Academic journal article Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media

A Note from Susan Brinson, on the Occasion of Assuming Editorship of This Journal

Academic journal article Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media

A Note from Susan Brinson, on the Occasion of Assuming Editorship of This Journal

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I imagine that I feel the same way Frieda Hennock felt on that summer day in 1948 when she became an FCC commissioner: eager, thankful, and somewhat apprehensive. Similar to Frieda, who was excited to accept a federal position, I am equally enthusiastic to lead this prestigious journal. Hennock was gratified to the many people who sponsored her appointment, just as I appreciate the individuals and organizations who helped me realize this professional dream. I suspect I mirror Frieda's apprehension when she found herself in the midst of the 1948 Freeze and launching her campaign to reserve television frequencies for educational use: somewhat daunted but eager to press on. Unlike Frieda Hennock, I am not the first woman to hold this position; Alison Alexander holds that honor. I am the second female to hold this position in the journal's 52 years of publication. Thus begins my editorship of the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media.

This journal is the product of many people working in concert: editor, editorial board and reviewers, and researchers, all of whom are committed to maintaining the high standards that have developed since its inception in 1957. I am continually impressed by and indebted to colleagues who dedicate considerable time and effort to reviewing manuscripts, working without expectation of public recognition for their effort. I hope they appreciate the lasting significance of their work, anonymous though it is. Furthermore, JoBEM remains a top-tier international journal, both receiving submissions from and distributed to media scholars throughout the world. The Broadcast Education Association and its members are justifiably proud of their journal. I diligently protect its prestige.

The studies published in this journal communicate two messages. One message draws from the research published in its pages and reveals the influences of the media, historical developments, audience uses or textual meanings. The other equally important message communicates our identity as a discipline: the questions we consider important to ask and the methods we value to answer them. …

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