JINX BROUSSARD’s African American Foreign Correspondents: A History, received the History Division Book Award from the Association For Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Broussard teaches media history and public relations in the Manship School of Mass Communication at LSU. The Vacherie native is the William B. Dickinson Professorship in Journalism at LSU. Broussard traces the history of Black participation in international newsgathering, starting in the mid-1800s with Frederick Douglass and Mary Ann Shadd Cary – the first Black woman to edit a North American newspaper. Broussard’s work provides insight into how and why African Americans reported the experiences of Blacks worldwide.
According to African American Foreign Correspondents: A History, Black correspondents upheld a tradition of filing objective stories on world events, yet some Black journalists in the mainstream media, like their predecessors in the Black press, had a different mission and perspective. They adhered primarily to a civil rights agenda, grounded in advocacy, protest and pride. Accordingly, some of these correspondents – not all of them professional journalists – worked to spur social reform in the United States and force policy changes that would eliminate oppression globally.
By examining how and why Blacks reported information and perspectives from abroad, African American Foreign Correspondents: A History contributes to a broader conversation about navigating racial, societal, and global problems, many of which we continue to contend with today. Broussard conducts research on the black press and is the author of Giving a Voice to the Voiceless: Four Pioneering Black Women Journalists.