Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

February 13, 2008

Expert on African American Press to Present Feb. 27 Lecture at Whitworth

Who: Patrick Washburn, Ph.D., author and professor of journalism in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University

What: A lecture, "The Fight for Black Rights: The Black Press, the Double-V Campaign and the U.S. Government in World War II"

When: Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m.

Where: Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University

Cost: Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-4429.

Patrick Washburn is the author of The African American Newspaper: Voice of Freedom (2006), and co-author of The Greenwood Library of American War Reporting: Vol. 5, World War I; World War II, The European Theater (2005). Washburn's book A Question of Sedition: The Federal Government's Investigation of the Black Press During World War II (1986) was reviewed in the New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, the Washington Post, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, among others. 

Washburn is the recipient of the 2007 Eleanor Blum Award for Distinguished Service to Research, presented by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has spoken twice at the Smithsonian and once at the National D-Day Museum on black-press research, and was a consultant for a 1999 PBS documentary, The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords, which won a DuPont-Columbia Award.

Washburn joined the journalism faculty at Ohio University in 1984; he holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Baylor University and a master of arts in journalism and a doctorate of philosophy, mass communications from Indiana University.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.



Jim McPherson, associate professor of communication studies, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4429 or jmcpherson@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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