Erik Barnouw Award

DEADLINE: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY JANUARY 7, 2020

One or two awards are given annually by the Organization of American Historians in recognition of outstanding programming on television, or in documentary film, concerned with American history, the study of American history, and/or the promotion of American history. The award honors the late Erik Barnouw, Columbia University, a historian of the mass media.

Submissions should be self-contained products even though their content may extend across other media platforms (including podcasts and websites).

Only films and video programs released January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019 are eligible for entry.

The award will be presented at the 2020 OAH Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., April 2–5.

Submission Procedures

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2020 Erik Barnouw Award Entry,” must be mailed directly to the committee members listed below. Each committee member must receive all submissions postmarked by January 7, 2020.

Erik Barnouw Award Committee

Karen Johnson (Committee Chair)
Goodmovies Entertainment, Inc.
1405 Gatestone Way
Atlanta GA 30339

Marian Mathison Desrosiers
52 Deer Jump Hill
West Barnstable MA 02668
[Affiliation: Salve Regina University]

Vivian Kleiman
Zaentz Media Center
2600 Tenth Street Suite #619
Berkeley, CA 94710

The final decision will be made by the Erik Barnouw Award Committee by February 2020. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Annual Meeting and awards presentation. By applying for this award, you are agreeing to OAH’s use of your data however it is needed in the normal course of business if selected as winner or honorable mention. ​Read our privacy policy here.

DEADLINE: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY JANUARY 7, 2020

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