Call for Chapter Contributors: Essays on African-American Media

Below is a note from Dr. Alice Tait from Central Michigan University. 

Dear colleagues and friends,

We have a contract with Wayne State University Press to edit a work tentatively titled Essays on African-American Media, to be completed by Fall 2019. We are looking for contributions (not to exceed 30 pages) that help to answer the following questions:

  1. What is the rationale for African-American media ownership? Is it necessary in order to address scholarly and popular complaints of mainstream media coverage? To what extent has African-American ownership actually corrected perceived problems? Is significant African-American employment and managerial control a viable alternative to ownership?
  2. What is the current state of media ownership by African Americans (e.g., across media, by medium)?
  3. What factors currently inhibit or enhance African-American media ownership (e.g., economic, governmental, legal, citizen action)?
  4. What is the current state of African-American employment within mainstream media institutions and organizations, and how significant is their influence?
  5. What is the history and/or current state of African-American entrepreneurial media-activities (e.g., “Tony Brown’s Journal’ or The Oprah Winfrey Network)?
  6. What is the current African-American involvement in Twitter, YouTube, and other social media?
  7. What is the outlook for African-American media, in general or in a particular medium?

We welcome inquiries and referrals. Please contact:

Alice A. Tait, Ph.D., Professor at alana_project[at]hotmail[dot]com

Or at 989-774-6603

Central Michigan University

Department of Journalism

407 Moore Hall

Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

Important Dates:

  • Deadline to submit abstracts or completed chapters: October 1, 2018.
  • Invitation to write book chapters: October 31, 2018.
  • Deadline to submit book chapters: December 31, 2018.


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