Dr. Michael Fuhlhage
Michael Fuhlhage (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) joined the Wayne State journalism faculty in 2014. Fuhlhage has many years experience in news, sports, and feature editing, design, and writing, including work at The Santa Fe New Mexican, Des Moines Register, Columbia Missourian, Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, The Desert Sun of Palm Springs, Calif., and the St. Cloud (Minn.) Times.
"I grew up in family where we all gathered in the living room on Sundays and shouted at the TV during Sunday-morning news shows such as Face the Nation and Meet the Press. Combine that interest in public affairs with a love of writing and you get an aspiring news editor.
"Two newspaper internships and a bachelor’s degree in journalism prepared me for my first career as an editor, designer and writer for newspapers as small as the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World and as big as the Pulitzer Prize-winning Des Moines Register, though the best I worked at were the Santa Fe New Mexican and the Columbia Missourian, where I was a news editor.
"Professional experience during the rise of online journalism informs my teaching of reporting, news writing, editing, and design. Want to write about public affairs? Sports? Business? Lifestyles? Food? I’ve worked in all those departments, and I’ve been part of hiring decisions in professional newsrooms. That gave me the experience I need to show you what you need to do to succeed as a journalist.
"I treat my classroom as if it were a newsroom. When you take my news reporting course, you go out into the community and cover events, conduct interviews, write issue stories, learn to use social media platforms and curation tools to gather information and cultivate sources. You’ll learn the importance of getting it right as well as getting it fast. You’ll learn to fix your own errors. You’ll learn to write and think like a professional journalist."
View Prof. Fuhlhage's curriculum vitae.
Journalism; mass communication; media and race; Latinos and mass media; history of communication networks
Area of Expertise
Cultural history, journalism, editing, reporting, news design, data visualization,
Awards & Honors
Honorable mention: "Storify and Twitter for Covering and Curating a Meeting Story," Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century (TNT21), Newspaper and Online News Division teaching ideas competition, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Washington, D.C., 2013.
Nominee: AJHA National Award for Excellence in Teaching, American Journalism Historians Association, 2013.
Top Paper: Wally Eberhard Award for the Outstanding Paper on Media and War, "The Evolution of the Mexican Image in the Reporting of George Wilkins Kendall of the New Orleans Picayune, 1841-67," American Journalism Historians Association, New Orleans, La., 2013.
Honorable Mention: David Sloan Award, "The Evolution of the Mexican Image in the Reporting of George Wilkins Kendall of the New Orleans Picayune, 1841-67," American Journalism Historians Association, New Orleans, La., 2013.
Top Faculty Paper: David Sloan Award, “Brave Old Spaniards and Indolent Mexicans: J. Ross Browne, Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, and the Social Construction of Off-Whiteness.” American Journalism Historians Association, Raleigh, N.C., 2012.
Top Paper on a Minorities Topic: J. William Snorgrass Award, “Brave Old Spaniards and Indolent Mexicans: J. Ross Browne, Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, and the Social Construction of Off-Whiteness.” American Journalism Historians Association, Raleigh, N.C., 2012.
Top Faculty Paper: “Undocumented Workers and Immigration Reform: Thematic vs. Episodic Coverage in a Rural Kansas Community Daily.” Community Journalism Interest Group, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Chicago, Ill., 2012.
Third-place Faculty Paper: “A Northern Reporter’s Correspondence, Capture, and Escape During the American Civil War.” History Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Chicago, Ill., 2012.
Second-place Faculty Poster: Social Sciences Division, Auburn University Research Week, 2012.
Second Place Student Paper: “Justice Delayed, Justice Denied: Racism in the Press and Congress During New Mexico’s Quest for Statehood, 1848-1912.” Minorities and Communication Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual convention, Boston, Mass., 2009.
Honorable Mention: Robert Lance Memorial Award for Outstanding Student Research Paper, “‘A Blanketed Nation of Thieves and Harlots’: How New York Correspondents Portrayed the Mexican-American Southwest in the 1860s.” American Journalism Historians Association annual convention, Seattle, Wash., 2008.
FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AND SCHOLARSHIPS
University Research Grant, Wayne State University, 2016
Office of the Vice President for Research Research Enhancement Program in Arts and Humanities, Wayne State University, 2015
Joseph McKerns Research Grant Award, American Journalism Historians Association, 2013.
College of Liberal Arts Summer Research Grant: Auburn University, 2011.
Kappa Tau Alpha: Member, Norval “Neil” Luxon Chapter at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, national journalism and mass communication honor society, inducted 2010. Previously inducted at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, 2007.
Margaret Blanchard Dissertation Support Award: School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010.
Isaiah Thomas Stipend: American Antiquarian Society, Summer Seminar in the History of the Book in American Culture, “The Global American South and Early American Print Culture,” Worcester Mass, 2010.
Joseph L. Morrison Award for Excellence in Mass Communication History: School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009.
William Francis Clingman Jr. Ethics Award: School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009.
Roy H. Park Fellow: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 2007-2010.
Indiana University Journalism Teaching Fellow: 2003.
State of Kansas Scholar: University of Kansas, 1985
MEDIA INDUSTRY AWARDS
Award of Excellence: Redesign, Society for News Design Best of Design competition. Columbia Missourian staff was recognized for its redesign of the Sunday edition, 2006.
Best Front-Page Design: New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors, 2000.
Second Place, Creative Design and Typography, New Mexico Press Association, The Santa Fe New Mexican staff, 1999.
Best Headline Writer: The Des Moines Register, in-house contest, June 1998.
Best of Gannett Most Improved Newspaper Runner-up: The Desert Sun, 1998. Judges cited redesigned Sunday features sections and enterprise reporting packages that I edited and designed as top factors.
Associated Press Sports Editors 10 Best Sports Sections: St. Cloud Times, 1992.
Degrees and Certifications
• Ph.D. in Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
• M.A. in Journalism, University of Missouri-Columbia
• B.S.J. in News-Editorial Journalism, University of Kansas
Primary Research Interest
My research examines newsgathering in the nineteenth century, the evolution of news coverage of Latinos and Latino immigration and the ways cultural identity shapes journalists’ perception and representation of minorities. I am primarily a media historian but also study contemporary media portrayals of Latinos. My most recent contemporary project examined differences in wire service and local coverage of Latino immigration in a rural community. I'm intrigued by big historical problems, starting with how the evolution of mass communication networks influences the flow of ideas. One example is my work on the ways the Southern press portrayed Mexicans in the nineteenth century. My most recent publication elucidates the interplay between a journalist's social identity, the material he wrote about the anti-slavery movement in Bleeding Kansas, and the ecosystem of abolitionist news, information, and opinion in the 1850s. I'm now working with a team of graduate students to map the flow of news during the Secession Crisis in 1860-61.
Michael Fuhlhage, “To Limit the Spread of Slavery: A Boston Journal Correspondent’s Multiple Roles in the Kansas Free State Movement,” Journalism History (scheduled for publication October 2017).
Michael Fuhlhage, Donald Shaw, Lynette Holman, and Sun Young Lee, “Blowing Embers: An Exploration of the Agenda-Setting Power of Books,” Journalism Studies. (February 2016). DOI Number: 10.1080/1461670X.2015.1135755
Michael Fuhlhage, “Brave Old Spaniards and Indolent Mexicans: J. Ross Browne, Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, and the Social Construction of Off-Whiteness,” American Journalism 31, no. 1 (Spring 2014), 100-126.
Michael Fuhlhage, "Storify and Twitter for Reporting and Curating a Meeting Story," in Susan Keith (ed.),TNT 21 2013: Top Submissions to Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century, Vol. 2, (Lincoln, NE: Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2013): 10-11.
Michael Fuhlhage, “ ‘The Most Solemn and Impressive Duty’: New York Tribune Reporter Albert Deane Richardson’s Captivity and Campaign to Relieve Prisoners During the Civil War,” Journalism History 39, no. 2 (Summer 2013): 82-93.
News Reporting, Special Topics: Seminar in Propaganda and Public Opinion, Special Topics: ACES Boot Camp
Seminar in Mass Media (Historical Methods and Historiography in Mass Media)
Introduction to Professional Media Practices
Public Affairs Reporting