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Pat Farabaugh awarded honorable mention on doctoral dissertation

October 11, 2011

Pat Farabaugh, an assistant professor in the English, communication arts and modern language department at Saint Francis University, has been awarded honorable mention in the American Journalism Historians Association's 2011 Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation competition.

Pat Farabaugh, an assistant professor in the English, communication arts and modern language department at Saint Francis University, has been awarded honorable mention in the American Journalism Historians Association's 2011 Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation competition.

The award is presented annually for the best doctoral dissertation dealing with mass communication history. Farabaugh is one of three honorable mention selections. Ira Chinoy of the University of Maryland won the annual prize, which has been awarded since 1997. Eligible works for the award included quantitative and qualitative historical dissertations, written in English, which were completed in 2010.

Farabaugh and the other award winners were recognized at the AJHA's annual convention on October 6-8, in Kansas City, Missouri. He presented his research at the conference.

His dissertation explores the story of Carl McIntire, a Philadelphia-area radio commentator, and his station, WXUR, and their role in the demise of the Fairness Doctrine. WXUR is the only radio or television station in American history to be denied license renewal by the Federal Communications Commission as a direct result of violation of the FCC’s former fairness rules.
An outgrowth of Farabaugh's dissertation, titled "Carl McIntire's Crusade Against the Fairness Doctrine," was published by VDM Verlag Publishing in August 2010.

 

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