Dr. Janice Hume
About: Dr. Janice Hume teaches magazine writing, management, and media history. Her research concerns American journalism history, public memory, and media coverage of death.
Ph.D., Journalism, University of Missouri
M.A., Journalism, University of Missouri
B.J., University of Missouri
Research Interests and Activities
Dr. Hume’s research focuses on the history of American journalism as it relates to American culture and public memory. Her latest book Popular Media and the American Revolution: Shaping Collective Memory (New York: Routledge, 2014) considers the relationship between journalism and history in building a national narrative. For her first book Obituaries in American Culture (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2000), she read more than 8,000 obituaries published in newspapers in New York City, New Orleans, Baltimore, Chicago and San Francisco, along with Niles’ Weekly Register and The National Intelligencer to show what they reveal about changing American values. Dr. Hume’s second book Journalism and a Culture of Grief (Routledge, 2008) was co-authored with Dr. Carolyn Kitch of Temple University and considers the social construction of death in American media. She has also published research in a number of academic journals, including Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism History, American Journalism and Journal of Popular Culture.
She has presented papers at conferences of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, American Journalism Historians Association, International Communications Association, Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender, International Society for the Study of Subjectivity and the Symposium on the Antebellum Press, the Civil War and Free Expression.
Abstract: This essay considers the American heroine as portrayed in life and death on the pages of newspapers and magazines. Journalists use, and sometimes misuse, the term “hero” as a type of news frame, a tradition of highlighting extraordinary feats of individuals. In the United States, journalistic references to heroism both increased and evolved as […]Read More
This research proposal is based upon work done for a Pulitzer Centennial Campfires Initiative grant in collaboration with the Georgia Humanities Council. The focus of this grant is to create a digital exhibit commemorating one hundred years of the Pulitzer Prize awarding work that has contributed significantly to advancing civil rights, especially in the American […]Read More
Abstract: This study examines journalistic uses of history in the underground newspaper The Great Speckled Bird during its original run, 1968-1976, based on Richard E. Neustadt and Ernest K. May’s categories of the uses of history by political decision makers. The Bird used history for context, nostalgia and analogy, to promote values, and to challenge […]Read More
Dr. Hume’s teaching interests are magazine article writing, feature writing and media history. She has also taught classes in editing, mass communication and society, journalism philosophy and gender issues in media.
Dr. Hume spent twelve years as a newspaper reporter and features editor. She was lifestyle and arts editor at the Mobile Register (Alabama). Before coming to UGA, she served on the faculty of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Kansas State University.
Awards and Fellowships
Dr. Hume is the recipient of the Cruise Palmer Professorship in Journalism and Mass Communications, Kansas State University, for superior teaching. She was also named a “promising professor” by the Mass Communication and Society Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and received two Donald K. Anderson Graduate Student Teaching Awards from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.