Published on August 13, 2018 by Sean Flynt  
The News Untold earned the 2018 Tankard Award
The News Untold earned the 2018 Tankard Award

Samford University journalism professor Clay Carey’s 2017 book, The News Untold, has earned the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s (AEJMC) Tankard Book Award. AEJMC is the oldest and largest alliance of college journalism and mass communication educators and administrators. The annual Tankard Award, presented at the organization’s annual conference Aug. 6-9, recognizes the best research-based book about journalism published each year.  

The News Untold focuses on how small-town reporters and editors in some of Appalachia’s poorest communities decide what aspects of poverty are news, how their audiences interpret those decisions, and how those two related processes help shape broader understandings of economic need and local social responsibility.

"It was an amazing honor just to be included among the other great authors who were nominated for this award, and it was even more exciting to be the winner,” Carey said. “I'm very grateful to AEJMC for the recognition, and to the many people who supported me and provided guidance and advice as I wrote the book, including my colleagues in the Journalism and Mass Communication and Communication Studies Department at Samford."

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.