Literacy Journal Wins National Award

Literacy Journal Wins National Award

By Alexis BlueUniversity Communications
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The cover of the spring 2008 issue of the Community Literacy Journal.
The cover of the spring 2008 issue of the Community Literacy Journal.

A journal co-edited a by a University of Arizona professor has received the Best New Journal Award 2008 from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

The Community Literacy Journal, co-edited by John Warnock – a professor in the rhetoric, composition and the teaching of English graduate program – includes both scholarly works on the topic of literacy and articles written by individuals working to advance literacy outside of major educational institutions, such as those involved in adult education, early childhood education or workplace literacy programs.

Co-edited by Michael R. Moore, a professor of humanities at Michigan Technological University, and staffed by volunteers – many of whom are graduate students in the UA's rhetoric, composition and the teaching of English program – the journal was started in the fall of 2006 and is published twice a year. It features an average of 20 community literacy stories in each edition.

The publication was honored with the Best New Journal Award during the Modern Language Association's annual convention in San Francisco last month. Judges of the journal commented: "Its articles elegantly integrate insights from non-academic and academic authors. Its ethos is clear and wide ranging."

Warnock said he hopes the journal, currently available in print, will soon be made accessible online as well.

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