|5.28.05. The McGannon Center presented its annual award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communications Policy Research to Watching Jim Crow: The Struggles Over Mississippi TV: 1955-1969 (Duke University Press, 2004), by Professor Steven D. Classen of Cal State Los Angeles.
Watching Jim Crow chronicles efforts by civil rights advocates in the 1950s and 1960s to bring greater diversity and minority representation to television programming in the South. The book documents the impact these efforts had not only on television programming, but on communications policymaking, for decades after.
The award was a presented at a reception at the 2005 International Communication Association Conference co-sponsored by the Quello Center for Telecommunications Management and Law at Michigan State University.
Promises to Keep: Technology, Law, and the Future of Entertainment (Stanford University Press, 2004), by Harvard Law School's William Fisher, was awarded an Honorable Mention.
More information about the McGannon Research Award, including a list of previous winners and a Call for Nominees for the 2005 Award, can be found here.
From left to right: Jim Capo, Philip Napoli, Everett Parker, Duke University Press Editor in Chief Ken Wissoker, Steven D. Classen, and series editor Lynn Spiegel.