Dr. Ray Hiebert established the Ray Hiebert History of Journalism Endowed Award in June 2016 to provide an annual award to any graduate student or faculty member at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism who writes the best master's thesis, doctoral dissertation, published article in a peer-reviewed reserach journal, or who has published a book on any aspect of American journalism history.
Dr. Hiebert is the founding dean of the College of Journalism at the University of Maryland who believes too little has been done in journalism education to teach journalism history and encourage research that sheds light on that history.
The award reflects the interest of Professor Hiebert - founding dean of the College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and himself a historian - in the historic role that journalism has played in American life, politics, government and culture. He feels that too little has been done in journalism education everywhere to teach journalism history and to encourage research that sheds light on that history.
The University of Maryland, situated on the doorstep of the nation's capital and within walking distance to one of the American government's most important history archives, is in an ideal location for journalism history scholarship. In addition to easy access to historic government documents that shed light on journalism's role, the University is in an ideal location to access the world's news and media, and their historic records.