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Celebrating the Centennial of Quarterly Journal of Speech

February 24, 2015
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Washington , DC  -  2015 marks the centennial of the National Communication Association’s Quarterly Journal of Speech (QJS). During the course of its 100-year history, QJS has been at the forefront of Communication studies, pushing boundaries, provoking comment, and strengthening the impact and reputation of the field.

To commemorate the journal’s centennial, QJS Editor Barbara A. Biesecker has curated a special collection of essays that exemplify the journal’s mission of “advancing and enriching long-standing intellectual traditions as well as forging new intellectual frontiers.” The Centennial Special Issue features past editors and book editors of the journal, each presenting their unique perspectives on the past(s), present(s), and future(s) of the field. Each original article is accompanied by two responses, clustering together key themes and ideas that have shaped QJS, and which will guide the journal into its next century.

It is rare to have former editors of a publication agree to celebrate its rich legacy in such a dynamic and impactful way, and the cross-generational dialogue speaks volumes to the scope and the impact of the journal in the field of Communication. “It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve as the journal’s Editor-in-Chief at this very special moment in its institutional history. The 300-plus page issue commemorating QJS’s diamond anniversary is a formidable volume whose many contributors find in our rich archive the remains of what has yet to be thought and done,” said Biesecker, who is also a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Georgia.

Join us in sending hearty congratulations to everyone who has contributed to QJS over the years;here’s to the next 100 years.

Published by the National Communication Association in partnership with Routledge, Taylor & Francis, QJS has an enduring tradition of publishing outstanding scholarship in rhetoric across many different intellectual, disciplinary, and political boundaries.

Access this special issue for free until March 13, 2015 at

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