Broussard receives 2019 Stempel Award
This year’s recipient of the Guido H. Stempel Award for Journalism and Mass Communication Research, LSU professor Dr. Jinx Coleman Broussard, told Ohio University students and faculty that the Black press wrote about points of pride in the African Americans community, rather than focusing only on challenges facing the readers of those newspapers.
Dr. Broussard visited the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism on Nov. 18 to receive the Stempel Award and give the annual Guido Stempel Lecture, which focused on two of her historical interests – African American female journalists and African American foreign correspondents.
Speaking to an audience of about 70 students and faculty, Dr. Broussard discussed her research and her academic and professional journey in strategic communication.
Her comments struck home especially with her student audience.
Anna Birk, a freshman journalism major, noted after the presentation that Dr. Broussard’s talk made her think about diversity in a new way. “[She] mentioned that there are not only racial biases in America, but also class biases,” Birk said. “I will use this in my future reporting by treating each subject with equality regardless of background.”
Another journalism student, Hannah Pastwa, agreed that Dr. Broussard broadened her awareness of the role of African American newspapers.
“Growing up in a community where there was almost no diversity, I was never exposed to African American struggles. We covered the basic civil rights history in class but had never learned about Ida B. Wells or Amy Jean Garvey,” Pastwa said.
“Because of Broussard’s speech I learned about the influence that African American journalists had on shaping the black culture and giving the community the power to stand up against oppression,” she added.
Dr. Robert Stewart, director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, noted that the Stempel Award was created in 2014 to honor long-time faculty member Guido H. Stempel III, who died in 2014, as well as scholars who research topics in journalism and mass communication relevant to professional journalists.
Dr. Broussard also met with graduate students to discuss their research during a brown bag lunch and lectured in a Political Communication course taught by School of Communication Studies faculty member Dr. Ben LaPoe, who studied under Dr. Broussard during his doctoral studies in LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication.