Sid Bedingfield

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Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication
206 Church St SE
111 Murphy Hall


My work focuses on mediated communication and its influence on political and cultural change across time. I am particularly interested in political journalism in both historical and contemporary settings. My book -- Newspaper Wars: Civil Rights and White Resistance in South Carolina, 1935-1965 -- was published by the University of Illinois Press in September 2017. It argues that the black and white press played a larger role in the transformation of Deep South politics in the mid-twentieth century than had been previously assumed. My interest in political journalism grew out of personal experience. I spent more than two decades as a professional journalist covering political contests in the United States and abroad. During that time, I came to realize that journalists and their publics increasingly disagreed about the role journalism has played – and should play – in civic life. As a historian and a media researcher, I hope to engage in the scholarly conversation about an issue that is central to a democratic society.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D: Mass Communication, University of South Carolina, 2014.
  • M.A.: Mass Communication, University of South Carolina, 2010.
  • B.A.: English Literature, Florida State University, 1983.


  • Political Communication and Journalism History
  • Newspaper Wars: Civil Rights and White Resistance in South Carolina, 1935-1965. Bedingfield, Sid, University of Illinois Press, Author, 2017.
  • Culture, Power, and Political Change: Skeptics and the Civil Sphere: Bedingfield, Sid, Sage, Journal of Communication Inquiry, 39(2) 158-169, 2015.
  • Thinking About Romney: Frame Building in a Battleground State in the 2012 Presidential Election: Bedingfield, Sid, Dien Anshari, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 91, 1, Spring: 78-97, 2014.
  • Partisan Journalism and the Rise of the Republican Party in South Carolina, 1959-1962: Bedingfield, Sid, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 90, 1, Spring: 5-22, 2013.
  • Journal's Health Care Plan Coverage Free of Murdoch's Conservative Bias: Bedingfield, Sid, Newspaper Research Journal, 33, 2, Spring: 68-83, 2012.
  • John H. McCray, Accommodationism, and the Framing of the Civil Rights Struggle in South Carolina, 1940-1948: Bedingfield, Sid, Journalism HIstory, 37, 2, Summer: 91-101, 2011.
  • The Dixiecrat Summer of 1948: Two South Carolina Editors -- a Liberal and a Conservative -- Foreshadow Modern Political Debate in the South: Bedingfield, Sid, American Journalism, 27, 3, Summer: 91-114, 2010.