RA Lake Ohrid (Macedonia)Roy Alden Atwood, the editor of The Handwritten Newspapers Project, holds faculty and administrative appointments at Nehemiah Gateway University in Bucimas, Pogradec, Albania. He holds a doctorate in Mass Communication from the University of Iowa’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

He previously served as the President and a Senior Fellow of Humanities at New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, ID, USA (2000-2015). For 16 years, he was a faculty member at the University of Idaho (1984-2000; tenured 1987) and served as the director of the School of Communication (now School of Journalism and Mass Media) from 1995 to 2000. He held the Abraham Kuyper Distinguished Professorship at Morthland College in West Frankfort, IL, USA, during the 2015-16 academic year.

He is a former head of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s (AEJMC) History Division and was the founding book review editor of the American Journalism Historians Association’s (AJHA) journal, American Journalism (1983-1986). He served as a guest editor of  Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies (South Africa) in 1998.

He has been a Senior Fulbright Scholar twice, first to the Institute of Journalism at Warsaw University, Poland, in 1991, and then to the Institute of Communication Research at North West University (formerly Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education), South Africa, in 1998.

He worked at Egerton University’s Media Centre, Kenya, East Africa, in 1992 as a Visiting International Development and Training Professor, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He has conducted externally funded media research in East Central Europe (Warsaw, Poland; Prague, Czech Republic; and Budapest, Hungary) and Scotland in 1995.

His scholarly articles and reviews have appeared in Acta Academica (South Africa), American Journalism, The Annals of Iowa, Canadian Journal of Communication, Christian Scholars Review, Communicare (South Africa), Ecquid Novi (South Africa), Journal of Communication Inquiry, Journalism Educator, Journalism History, Journalism Quarterly, Journalism Studies (England), Journal of Communication, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Media, Culture & Society (England), and Public Relations Review.

His research has also appeared in the History of the Mass Media in the United States: An Encyclopedia (ed. by Margaret Blanchard, 1998) and the Biographical Dictionary of American Journalism (ed. by Joseph McKerns, 1989). He is a former editor of The Journal of Communication Inquiry, the founding book review editor of American Journalism, and guest editor of Ecquid Novi (South Africa) in 1998. He is the author of Mass Communication Law in Idaho (New Forums Press, 1992), Transforming the Internet (Institute of Reformational Studies, 1998), and several other monographs.

Roy and wife Beverlee have two married children and 12 grandchildren.

Contact him about The Handwritten Newspapers Project at royaatwood@gmail.com.

Selected Works on Handwritten Newspapers by Roy Atwood

  • “Foreword” to Michael Ray Smith, A Free Press in Freehand: The Spirit of American Blogging in the Handwritten Newspapers of John McLean Harrington, 1858-1869 (Grand Rapids, MI: Edenridge Press, 2011), pp. xiii-xv
  • “Handwritten Newspapers,” History of the Mass Media in the United States: An Encyclopedia, ed. by Margaret A. Blanchard. Chicago and London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1998, pp. 249-250
  • “Shipboard News: Nineteenth Century Handwritten Periodicals at Sea,” Annual Convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, History Division, Chicago, IL, August 1997
  • “Handwritten Newspapers of the Canadian-American West, 1842-1910,” Annual Convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), History Division, Kansas City, MO, August 1993 (Faculty Research Award Recipient, AEJMC History Division)
  • “Captive Audiences: Handwritten Prisoner-of-War Newspapers of the Texan Santa Fe Expedition and the War Between the States,” Annual Convention of the American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA), Salt Lake City, UT, Oct. 1993
  • “The Handwriting on the Wall: Frontier Journalism as Cultural Form,” Annual Convention of the American Journalism Historians Association, Coeur d’Alene, ID, Oct. 1990
  • “The ‘Critical Mass’ for the Frontier Press: Demographics, Economics and Newspapers During Idaho’s Territorial Period,” Annual Convention of American Journalism Historians Association, Atlanta, GA, Oct. 1989
  • “Old News: Using Newspapers in Pursuit of the Past,” invited keynote address presented to the Iowa Newspaper Project Conference: Pilot Project for the National Newspaper Preservation Project, National Endowment for the Humanities, Des Moines, IA, 1984
  • “Washington, Iowa’s Manuscript Newspapers,” The Palimpsest: Iowa’s Popular History Magazine, 62 (January-February 1981), 10-13
  • “Handwritten Newspapers on the Iowa Frontier, 1844-1854,” Journalism History, 7 (Summer 1980), 56-59, 66-67

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