Dr. Janice Hume

Department Head; Carolyn McKenzie and Don E. Carter Chair for Excellence in Journalism, Professor, Journalism

About: Dr. Janice Hume teaches media history, ethics & diversity, and media credibility. Her research concerns American journalism history, public memory and media coverage of death.

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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.

Narratives of Feminine Heroism Janice Hume

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 […]

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We Shall Overcome Janice Hume and Jason Lee Guthrie

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 […]

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The Past as Persuader in The Great Speckled Bird Janice Hume

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 […]

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Teaching Specialties

Dr. Hume’s teaching interests include media history, ethics & diversity, and media credibility.


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

In 2012 Dr. Hume received the American Journalism Historians Association’s National Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has been named an SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellow and to the Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy. She has been twice named Journalism Department Teacher of the Year and has twice received the Roland Page Outstanding Faculty Award, presented by graduate students of the Grady College.

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Look Forward Georgia examines Pulitzer Prize winning work and civil rights in Georgia

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Panel commemorates 50th anniversary of Foxfire

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Journalism department announces winners of 2016 ‘Best Stories of Summer’ contest

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