Prior to joining the faculty at Trinity, professor Sammye Johnson was an award-winning editor and writer for more than a decade. She continues to freelance; since 1985, she has published more than 450 articles in newspapers and magazines and received 19 writing awards.
She has published more than 20 articles in the top refereed journals in the journalism and mass communication field and presented more than 60 refereed papers at national and international conferences. She also has contributed 15 chapters to books specifically dealing with magazine publishing in the United States.
She is a founding co-editor of The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture Journal (The IJPC Journal), a refereed academic journal that premiered in 2009 and is published by the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.
She also gives workshops on a variety of editorial and design topics and consults with editors and art directors wanting to modify, reposition, or revive an existing publication.
M.S.J., Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism
B.S.J., Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism
Sammye Johnson and Patricia Prijatel, The Magazine from Cover to Cover (2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2007). Widely used in the magazine industry and praised by both professionals and educators. More than 40 journalism and mass communication schools and departments in the United States, Canada, Europe, and South Africa have adopted the book. Translated into Chinese in 2010 and adopted by journalism schools throughout China.
Sammye Johnson, "Why Should They Care? The Relationship of Academic Scholarship to the Magazine Industry," Journalism Studies, 8, no. 4 (2007): 522–528.
Sammye Johnson, "Promoting Easy Sex Without Genuine Intimacy: Maxim and Cosmopolitan Cover Lines and Cover Images." In Critical Thinking about Sex, Love, and Romance in the Mass Media: Media Literacy Applications, edited by Mary-Lou Galician and Debra L. Merskin, 55–74. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2007.
Sammye Johnson, "Women's Salary and Status in the Magazine Industry," in Women in Mass Communication, edited by Pamela J. Creedon and Judith Cramer, 47–57. Thousand Oaks, Calif., Sage Publications, 2007.
Her research agenda focuses on magazine history, content, and publishing trends and applications. Her research often looks at the depiction of women on the covers and editorial pages of such magazines as Time, Newsweek, Maxim, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, and Glamour.
Honors & Awards
Fulbright Scholar Award, U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to teach graduate courses and do research on international magazines at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, 2011.
Pioneer Award, Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication, for outstanding teaching and research, 2009.
Distinguished Educator, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2006.
Z.T. Scott Faculty Fellowship, Trinity University's highest award for excellence in teaching, 2005.
Distinguished Advising Award, for outstanding advising and mentoring at Trinity University, 2005.
Magazine Educator of the Year, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, for outstanding teaching and curriculum development, 1997.
Judge, National Magazine Awards, considered the Pulitzer Prizes of the magazine industry, since 1997.
Community service & Involvement
Member, Campus Board of Publications since 1992 (chair, 1999–2005, and vice chair, 1997–1999).
Judge, Study Abroad Photo Competition for International Programs since 2001.
Member of the Association for Women in Communications (AWC), San Antonio Professional Chapter since 1978, serving as president and holding numerous positions on the board over the years.