1995 The year the future began

Drawing on interviews, oral histories, memoirs, archival collections, and news reports, Campbell presents in 1995 a brisk, detail-rich portrait of a pivotal year.

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Media Myth Alert

Award-winning research W. Jospeh Campbell accepts SPJ Award
Campbell is a past winner of the Society of Professional Journalists' national award for Research about Journalism for his book, Getting It Wrong.
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■ Campbell is a past winner of the AU student government's
'Faculty Member of the Year' award.

All about "yellow journalism" as practiced in the late 19th century

W. Joseph Campbell is a tenured professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C.

Campbell entered the academy after 20 years as a newspaper and wire service journalist, a career that took him across North America and to West Africa, Europe, and Asia.

Campbell discussed Getting It Wrong at the
Library of Congress "Books and Beyond" series

He joined the AU faculty in 1997 and has since written six books, among them the forthcoming 1995: The Year the Future Began, to be published by the University of California Press.

Campbell's other books include Getting It Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism (2010), which was critically well received. Commentary magazine said: "It may be the best book about journalism in recent memory; it is certainly the most subversive."

The Wall Street Journal called Getting It Wrong "persuasive and entertaining," adding:

"With old-school academic detachment, Mr. Campbell ... shows how the fog of war, the warp of ideology and muffled skepticism can transmute base journalism into golden legend."

Campbell's other books include The Year That Defined American Journalism: 1897 and the Clash of Paradigms (2006).

Campbell's first book, The Emergent Independent Press in Benin and Côte d'Ivoire: From Voice of State to Advocate of Democracy (1998), examined the wellsprings of independent-minded journalism in francophone West Africa.

His second book, Yellow Journalism: Puncturing the Myths, Defining the Legacies (2001), challenged prominent myths and misunderstandings of the yellow press period in the United States at the end of the nineteenth century. He also is the author of The Spanish-American War: American Wars and the Media in Primary Documents (2005).

Campbell earned his Ph.D. in mass communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997.

Campbell was interviewed about Getting It Wrong
by Brian Lamb on C-SPAN's "Q&A" program

Before then, his reporting assignments included covering nuclear arms negotiations in Geneva, youth unrest in Swiss urban centers, the challenge to communist rule in Poland, political upheaval across West Africa, and the consequences of the world's deadliest industrial disaster at Bhopal, India.

His research has been published in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, American Journalism, Journalism History, Editor & Publisher, and American Journalism Review. Campbell has lectured at the National Press Club, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, and the Newseum.

His research has won national awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, as well as AEJMC and the American Journalism Historians Association. More...

WJC  Lends Groundskeepers a Gloved Hand

In the summers of 2009, 2010, and 2012, Campbell worked
two days a week with the AU groundskeeping staff.

Every day was like a seminar, he has said about his time
in the arboretum. Read more

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