by Michael Sweeney, Professor; Associate Director for Graduate Studies
Sally Ann Cruikshank, a PhD student in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, took top honors for her informational poster the August conference of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication in Chicago.
Cruikshank’s poster, “‘A Slogan of Mockery:’ Never Again and the Unnamed Genocide in Southern Sudan, 1989-2005,” was named best poster in the History Division of AEJMC.
The poster summarized her study of how eight U.S. media outlets framed the conflict in southern Sudan. Cruikshank’s textual analysis revealed that, contrary to previous studies concerning U.S. media coverage of Africa, southern Sudan received steady coverage. Three dominant themes emerged in the coverage: famine, slavery, and oil. Despite the details of the civil war being a veritable checklist for genocide, the media failed to realize it. The implications of these findings were discussed at length.
Poster judges Lisa Burns told Cruikshank, “On behalf of my fellow judges, Ann Thorne and Tim Vos, I want to express how impressed we were with your ability to capture the essence of your research project in your poster. Your decision to use the famous photo [Kevin Carter’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of a vulture stalking a starving girl] as a background was brilliant. But the rest of the material was presented in an equally compelling way, which can sometimes be tough with this type of research.”