- Johnson to keynote conference on media in Central, Eastern Europe
- Johnson to address seminar on Baltic, East European studies
- Johnson to present at Right to Know conference
Specialist on Central & East European media history, and on specialized topics in U.S. journalism history, including World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle, and the historical development of the college press.
Co-author of Eastern European Journalism: Past, Present and Future (1999). Has also published Slovakia 1918-1938: Education and the Making of a Nation and numerous articles in Journalism Quarterly, Journalism History, Journalism Educator, Studies on East European Social History, and other books and journals, on mass media and sociocultural development in the Russian and East European area, as well as articles on journalism history in the United States.
Fulbright Distingushed Chair of East European Studies, U. of Warsaw, 2009-10; Recipient of numerous grants, including ACLS, IREX and National Council on Soviet and East European Research; Sigma Delta Chi (Society of Professional Journalists) Excellence in Journalism Award, Washington State; Who's Who in America.
Teaching and research areas
History and international communications (especially in Central and East European area).
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (Head, History Division, 1985-86); American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Slovak Studies Association (president, 1988-90); Czechoslovak History Conference, American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians; Journalism History, corresponding editor, 1985-2000; Kosmas, editorial board, 1996-present; Medijska istraživanja: Znanstveno-stručni časopis za novinarstvo i medije/ Media Research: Croatian Journal for Journalism & the Media, international editorial board, 2002-present; Otázky žurnalistiky (Slovak mass media research journal), editorial board, 2007-present
Past academic positions
Director of Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University, 1991-95; Director of Graduate Studies, Indiana University School of Journalism, 1990-91; Acting Director, Indiana University Polish Studies Center, 1989-90 & 2004-05; Assistant Professor, School of Journalism, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1979-80.
Part-time General Assignment Reporter and Sports Editor, Pullman Herald (Wash.), 1961-67; worked part-time at WUOM/WVGR (Ann Arbor-Grand Rapids, Mich.), 1969-77. Freelance journalism work has appeared inter alia in the Christian Science Monitor and on NPR's "All Things Considered." Since January 2004 has been writing occasionally for "The Slovak Spectator," an English-language weekly published in Bratislava, Slovakia; and serving from time to time as a host for Profiles on WFIU, Bloomington.
Professor Johnson, a historian, focuses his research primarily on two areas. One is the sociocultural roles and functions of journalism in Central and East European societies. The other is selected topics in U.S. journalism history.
Johnson's immediate research task is compiling the letters of World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle into a book. His medium-term research task examines the relationship between news media and Slovak national development in the twentieth century. His longer-term research is writing a history of the Indiana Daily Student, leading eventually to a history of the college press in the United States.
Some of his publications include:
- “Entertaining the People, Serving the Elites: Slovak Mass Media Since 1989,” in Media Transformations in the Post-Communist World: Eastern Europe’s Tortured Path to Change, edited by Peter Gross and Karol Jakubowicz (Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2013), pp. 149-65
- “Not Telling the Truth: Censorship in Communist Slovakia in the 1950s,” in Miloslav Rechcígl, ed., Czech & Slovak Culture in International & Global Context (České Budějovice, Czech Republic: Halama, 2008), pp. 102-08
- ”Begetting & Remembering: Creating a Slovak Collective Memory in the Post-Communist World,” in Michal Kopeček, ed., Past in the Making: Recent History Revisions & Historical Revisionism in Central Europe After 1989 (Budapest & New York: Central European Press, 2008), pp. 125-39
Longest serving member of active faculty in the School of Journalism, having come here in 1980. He is the 4th longest serving faculty member in the history of the School.