Linford’s fascination with the revolutionary press took her on an academic journey through 18th century newspapers, diaries of printers and colonial-era city maps as she completed the research for her masters thesis. After utilizing all the available resources at the Harold B. Lee Library on campus, Linford used an Ashton Grant awarded to her by the Communications Department to continue her research in Boston. There she found original documents such as letters, diaries and account books at the American Antiquarian Society and the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Linford placed second in the graduate division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual convention as a first year master student, beating out several Ph.D. candidate entries. She presented the paper at the organization’s August 2008 conference in Chicago.