Thanks to Emerson Journalism Prof, Boston Lands Major Bragging Rights

For the first time, SPJ's Historic Sites in Journalism award goes to a city.

We’ve all heard the term Big Man on Campus. And right now, no one at Emerson College can touch journalism professor Emmanuel Paraschos (pictured) for that lofty designation.

It was Paraschos who nominated the city of Boston for the prestigious Historic Sites in Journalism Award, an honor first given out by the Society of Professional Journalists in 1942. When Boston was presented with the award last week at City Hall by the organization’s New England chapter, it became the first city to ever be so recognized. From a report in the Berkeley Beacon:

Boston is the first city to receive this honor due to its historical significance in American journalism. The first American newspaper, Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick, was created in Boston in 1690, and had only printed one copy before the British shut it down.

Paraschos has been teaching at Emerson since 1988. A few years ago, he wrote about The Boston Journalism Trail for Sage’s Encyclopedia of Journalism and created an interactive map depicting, among other things, where five of this country’s first seven newspapers were headquartered.

[Photo via: mparaschos.com]