March 2, 2020 at 10:45 am

CANCELED | Reporting World War II: American Correspondents at the Front-Lines, April 23-24

Photo of war correspondent, journalist, editor and author Cornelius Ryan from the Cornelius Ryan Collection at the Ohio University's Alden Library.

Photo of war correspondent, journalist, editor and author Cornelius Ryan from the Cornelius Ryan Collection at the Ohio University’s Alden Library.

NOTE: This event has been canceled.

The Contemporary History Institute (Ohio University), The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience (Florida State University), and Stars and Stripes are pleased to announce a symposium on “Reporting World War II: American Correspondents at the Front-Lines” at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City on April 23-24.

This international conference brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars who will examine how American journalists and newspapers covered World War II. The conference intends to consider war-time reporting prior to the entrance into the conflict and how American correspondents followed GIs across the globe after the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  The role of the journalists as objective reporters, propagandists, intelligence agents, and as witnesses to history are among the themes explored at this conference. Papers will consider the contribution of African American, Jewish, and women reporters as journalists and the unique work of correspondents serving in uniform.

The program features 18 presentations that range from newspaper reporting, magazines, and soldiers’ newspapers to particular groups of reporters (by race, gender, or ethnicity) and to the sometimes fraught relationship of the press and the military.

The Reporting World War II conference is funded in part by Iron Mountain, which is undertaking the digitization the Cornelius Ryan Collection at Ohio University’s Vernon R. Alden Library.  Ryan was a journalist and the author of the Longest Day, which documented the history of Operation Overlord (D-Day), the opening of the Second Front in France on June 6, 1944.  The Ryan Collection contains an extensive range of first-hand accounts from military and civilian participants in D-Day and other pivotal events.

For more information, contact Professors G. Kurt Piehler (; 850-644-9541) or Ingo Trauschweizer (; 740-593-4349).

Major support was received from Iron Mountain and Office of the Provost at Florida State University, with additional funding provided by Adam Matthew Digital, the Society for Military History and the Student Veterans Center at Florida State University.

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