Congratulations to author Nikki Usher on her Tankard Book Award Prize!

by Sam Killian August 13, 2015

Congratulations to Nikki Usher on winning the Tankard Book Award for Making News at the New York Times. The Tankard Book Award is given to a piece of well-written and ground-breaking scholarship relevant to journalism and mass communication. It is the book of the year award at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The Tankard Book Award was conceived as a way to both honor Dr. James W. Tankard, Jr., who was admired for his journalism scholarship, creativity, and character, and to celebrate books written by AEJMC members. You can find more information about the book here.

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Guest Post: Working Behind the Desk at the Michigan Daily

by Sam Killian August 12, 2015

The following essay was written by Stephanie Steinberg, editor of In the Name of Editorial Freedom, a University of Michigan Press publication that will be released in September. Stephanie and other contributors to the book will be appearing at a number of promotional events in the coming months. A list of those events appears at the end of this post.   If you’re a University of Michigan alum, you may have vivid memories of rallies in the Diag, concerts in Hill Auditorium or victories in the Big House. Odds are you sat in class debating the implications of Brown v. Board of Education or […]

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Congratulations to Best-Selling Author Mardi Link

by Sam Killian August 10, 2015

University of Michigan Press author Mardi Link is on the Michigan Bestsellers List twice for the month of July — once for U-M Press’ book Wicked Takes the Witness Stand and again with a book by another publisher. Wicked Takes the Witness Stand (2014) describes the true story of the still unsolved 1986 murder of Jerry Tobias in Gaylord and the ensuing trial that sucked state police and local officials into a morass of perjury and cover-up and ultimately led to the separate conviction and imprisonment of five innocent men. Her two other books with the press are also true crime stories – When Evil Came to […]

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Michigan’s Extreme Weather

by Kasie Pleiness August 6, 2015

Left without power by a large storm that rolled through Michigan late Sunday night, I found myself in a dark and increasingly humid house. Having spent Sunday afternoon kayaking the Huron, it struck me how suddenly the weather had turned. When Monday morning rolled around, I was still power-less, yet neither the sky nor the temperature showed any indication of the previous night’s storm. If you grew up in the state of Michigan, you’re no stranger to the joke “Don’t like the weather in Michigan? Wait ten minutes.” You’ve heard horror stories about lake effect snow in West Michigan and […]

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Publishing, Poetry, and the Future: Reflecting on the 2015 Bear River Writers’ Conference

by Allison Peters July 27, 2015

The weekend May sprung into June, I attended the 2015 Bear River Writers’ Conference at Camp Michigania up on Walloon Lake (where Ernest Hemingway used to spend his summers as a kid), 250 miles north of Ann Arbor, a little south of Petoskey. Sponsored by the University of Michigan Department of English, Bear River is rich with writing workshops, readings, panels (often related to publishing), and craft talks. Directed by University of Michigan faculty member and poet Keith Taylor, the annual conference—now in its fifteenth year—is regularly attended by some of the University’s most prestigious creative writing faculty as well […]

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