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The Societys Historic Sites in Journalism program honors the people and places that have played important roles in American journalistic history. The program dates back to 1942.
The sites were originally marked with a bronze marker, and some honorees include: World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle; Benjamin Franklin; William Randolph Hearst; The Associated Press offices in Washington and New York City; Freedoms Journal, the first Black newspaper published in the United States; and Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black.
Nominations must possess an accurate significance to the history of journalism.
Nomination form should be accompanied by a letter(s) of recommendation that reflects the nominees national historic significance in journalism and why the nominee is deserving of this national recognition. Nominations should also include an indication of the specific location (i.e. building, street address, inside or outside installation) where a bronze plaque would be placed. Nominators should contact the rightful authorities (such as owner of the building) to ensure that they are amenable to placement of a plaque.
Honorees will be announced and honored at a special celebration event determined by the award recipient. A bronze plaque is displayed at the location marking it as a Historic Site in Journalism.
Winner Announcement and Presentation
Honorees will be announced and honored at a special celebration event. A bronze plaque is displayed at the location marking it as a Historic Site in Journalism.
Washington, D.C., The Senate Press Gallery in honor of Anne N. Royall(1769-1854), the first Capitol Hill news woman
Will Rogers' Birthplace, Oklahoma
New York City, the Algonquin Hotel, initial site of the Overseas Press Club, a meeting place for foreign correspondents.
San Francisco, awarded to the San Francisco Chronicle in honor of the founders Michel H. de Young and Charles de Young. The brothers founded the Daily Dramatic Chronicle which appeared as the Chronicle in 1868.
Memphis, Tenn., at the Beale Street Baptist Church, in honor of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, editor of the Memphis Free Speech, a Black newspaper.
New York City, to The Amsterdam News, the oldest Black newspaper in New York City. Edited by James L. Hicks, first Black journalist accredited to cover the Korean War and the United Nations.
Montpelier, VA., the Virginia estate of James Madison.
Baltimore, The Sun, in honor of one of the newspapers founders, A. S. Abell.
Greenville, Ohio, birthplace of Lowell Thomas, radio and television broadcaster
Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss., marks the site of the personal and professional papers of William Turner Catledge, late editor of The New York Times.
New York City, accepted by the Magazine Publishers Association and the American Society of Magazine Editors in honor of Ida Tarbell, muckraking journalist of the turn of the century.
Washington, D.C., National Press Club, site of many world news events.
Red Wing, Minn., upon occasion of 100th anniversary of founding of National Newspaper Association.
Annapolis, Md., at site of Revolutionary War newspaper, Maryland Gazette, published by Jonas Green and his wife, Catherine Hoof Green.
New York City, Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971), one of Americas best-known photojournalists.
Kansas City, Mo., the Roy Wilkins site at the Kansas City Call, marked by the Kansas City Professional Chapter in recognition of Roy Wilkins editorship there between 1923 and 1931. The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists was a co-sponsor of the dedication.
Washington, D.C., United Press International, upon its 75th.anniversary.
New York City, Freedoms Journal, the first Black newspaper published in America.
Akron, Ohio, Akron Beacon Journal, in honor of John S. Knight, builder of the Knight-Ridder Newspapers Company.
Philadelphia, Richard Harding Davis, one of the most adventurous war correspondents of his time who was known for his colorful reportage during six wars.
Boston, The Christian Science Monitor, founder Mary Baker Eddy and long-time editor Erwin D. Canham.
Newburyport, Mass., William Lloyd Garrison, founder of the Liberator, anti-slavery journal.
Atlanta, W. A. Scott II, founder of the Atlanta Daily World, oldest continuing Black owned and controlled daily newspaper in the United States.
Charleston, S.C., Elizabeth Timothy, first woman publisher of an American newspaper.
Milwaukee, Christopher Latham Sholes, chief inventor of the first practical typewriter.
Memphis, Tenn., the Christian Index, the second oldest Black religious newspaper in the nation.
Philadelphia, Cyrus H. K. Curtis, who played a major role in consolidating Philadelphia newspapers and founded the Ladies Home Journal.
Toledo, Ohio, David Ross Locke (Petroleum Vesuvius Nasby), who created the Nasby Letters and was a forerunner of the muckrakers.
Milwaukee, H. V. Kaltenborn, pioneer radio news analyst who was known for his analysis of World War II.
New York City, The Wall Street Journal.
Richmond, Va., John Mitchell, one of the Souths leading Black reform journalists and editor of the Richmond Planet.
Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Packet or the General Advertiser, the first successful daily newspaper in the United States and first to publish the Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution.
Rochester, N.Y., Frederick Douglass, founder in 1847
of the North Star, which with its successor newspapers under Douglasss direction was the leading Black journal in the United States in the antebellum period.
Canton, Ohio, Donald Ring Mellett, publisher of the Canton Daily News, who was gunned down in front of his home after editorializing against Cantons lawless elements and city officials ineptness.
Worcester, Mass., Isaiah Thomas, American revolutionary editor, printer, pioneer press historian and co-founder and first president of American Antiquarian Society.
New York City, The Nation, oldest opinion magazine in the United States.
Pittsburgh, John Scull, first editor to transport type and a press across the Alleghenies to establish journalism west of the peaks; founder of Pittsburgh Gazette in 1786.
University of Alabama, Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black, eloquent and effective for the principle of a free and untrammeled press.
Chicago, the Chicago Defender, for pioneering and continuous leadership and strength in the Black press.
Gathland State Park, Md., Townsends War Correspondents Arch, a memorial to Civil War correspondents of the North and the South.
Augusta, Ga., the Augusta Chronicle, the Souths oldest newspaper presently publishing.
Chicago, the Chicago Tribune.
Oologah, Okla., the Will Rogers Home, birthplace of Will Rogers.
Philadelphia, Sarah Josepha Hale and Godeys Ladys Book, first major womans magazine of mass circulation published from 1830-1882.
Baraboo, Wis., Ansel N. Kellogg and the first newspaper syndicate developed in 1861.
Chillicothe, Ohio, the Chillicothe Gazette, oldest newspaper in continuous publication west of the Allegheny Mountains, published since 1800.
Chicago, the Chicago Daily News and the nations oldest foreign news service operated by a newspaper.
San Francisco, William Randolph Hearst and the San Francisco Examiner.
Calhoun, Ga., the Cherokee Phoenix, the Indian-language newspaper of the Cherokee Nation.
Sacramento, Calif., the Sacramento Union, oldest daily in the West, founded in 1851.
Madison, Wis., the Wisconsin Press Association, oldest continuing state press association in the nation, existing since the 1830s.
Des Moines, Iowa, J. N. (Ding) Darling and the Des Moines Register and Tribune. Darlings cartoons catapulted him into national prominence and were a factor in enhancing the great prestige of his newspaper in the first half of the 20th century.
Hannibal, Mo., 206 Hill Street, boyhood home of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and site of the Hannibal Journal, which started Twain on the way to fame as one of Americas great writers.
Lexington, Va., Reid Hall, the journalism building on the campus of Washington and Lee University. Here the first formal instruction in journalism in the history of education was initiated by General Robert E. Lee in 1869.
Atlanta, Henry Woodfin Grady (1850-1889), and the Atlanta Constitution, leaders in creating a more comprehensive, interpretative journalism in the South.
Gunston Hall, Va., home of George Mason, author of Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776), which gave the first expression of a free press its binding, legal form.
Boston, James Franklins New England Courant, first newspaper published in the United States without license or authority. Washington, D.C., the Washington Globe (1831-1845), published by Francis Preston Blair and John C. Rives.
Cincinnati, The Centinel of the North-Western Territory, marking the 175th. anniversary of the first newspaper in the Northwest Territory, published in 1793.
Philadelphia, and Baltimore, Richard Hoe and Ottmar Mergenthaler, for invention of the rotary press in 1847 and the linotype machine in 1886, respectively.
New York City and Washington, D.C., the Associated Press. Establishment of the worlds first private, leased wire for news transmission (1875).
Carmel, Calif., Lincoln Steffans (1866-1936), foremost exponent of journalistic crusaders known as muckrakers, whose exposes of corruption and injustice aroused the public conscience.
Greencastle, Ind., DePauw University, where Sigma Delta Chi was founded, April 17, 1909.
Little Rock, Ark., John N. Heiskell and the Arkansas Gazette, oldest newspaper west of the Mississippi.
New York City, News department, Columbia Broadcasting System. Leadership in founding independent radio news system; distinguished reporting and interpretation exemplified by H. V. Kaltenborn and Edward R. Murrow.
Washington, D.C., National Intelligencer (1800-1865). Vital force in nations political force and set high standards of journalistic responsibility.
New York City, Adolph S. Ochs, largely responsible for the revival of The New York Times.
Louisville, Ky., Henry Watterson, outstanding editorialist.
Kansas City, Mo., William Rockhill Nelson, founder, Kansas City Star.
Hartford, Conn., the Hartford Courant, oldest newspaper of continuous publication in the United States.
New York City, James Gordon Bennett.
New York City, Horace Greeley, one of the most influential newspaper editors in American history.
Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin, statesman and newspaperman.
Charlottesville, Va., Thomas Jefferson.
Cleveland, Edward Wyllis Scripps and the Cleveland Press. Publisher, founder of the Cleveland Press and chain of newspapers, plus United Press and Newspaper Enterprise Association.
New York City, the trial of John Peter Zenger.
Baltimore, H. L. Mencken, author and newspaperman.
Columbia, Mo., Walter Williams and the University of Missouri School of Journalism. First school of journalism in the nation.
Pittsburgh, Radio Station KDKA. Reported Hardings election in 1920. First radio coverage of a national event.
New York City, Henry J. Raymond, co-founder and the first editor, The New York Times.
Bloomington, Ind., Ernie Pyle, editor, columnist, war correspondent for Scripps-Howard newspapers.
Alton, Ill., Elijah Parish Lovejoy, editor, The Observer, and a militant abolitionist assassinated by his enemies.
New Orleans, George Wilkins Kendall, co-founder of the New Orleans Picayune, first war correspondent to achieve fame as a regular reporter of military actions.
Boston, Mass., The Boston Gazette, second regularly-published paper in the nation.
Emporia, Kan., William Allen White, editor and publisher, the Emporia Gazette.
Montgomery, Ala., Grover Cleveland Hall, editor, the Montgomery Advertiser. He fought the Ku Klux Klan.
St. Louis, Mo., Joseph Pulitzer, founder, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
San Francisco, Calif., James King of William, founder, editor and publisher, the San Francisco Daily Evening Bulletin. He fought corruption in municipal government and was assassinated by a politician after many threats on his life.
A contribution was made to Peter Zenger Memorial Fund.
Bennington, Vt., Anthony Haswell, editor and publisher, the Vermont Gazette. He was jailed for fighting the Sedition Act.