October 25, 2018—October 26, 2018

Roy W. Howard Archive Symposium

Connecting Journalism's Past, Present and Future
Bloomington, IN

The Indiana University Media School is organizing a new symposium around the launch of the fully digitized collection in IU’s Roy W. Howard Archive. This influential journalist and newspaper publisher ran the United Press and the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain in the first half of the twentieth century, and IU has housed a substantial collection of his papers since 1983. The collection is being digitized and will be available for online viewing and research this year.

To celebrate this rich resource, the Media School will host a symposium for researchers, archivists, journalists and others interested in Howard’s legacy, the broader history of twentieth century journalism, and the increasing availability of digitized archival sources for historical research.

The symposium will be in October 2018 on IU’s beautiful Bloomington, Indiana, campus and will feature paper sessions, a roundtable discussion on archives and digitization, and a showcase panel of senior scholars who have used the Howard Archive. The symposium is funded by generous support from the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Howard family.

Call for Papers

Deadline is June 15, 2018


Thursday, Oct. 25
EVENING // Opening reception and keynote speaker (TBD)

Friday, Oct. 26
9 a.m. // Welcome and demo of Roy W. Howard Archive
10 a.m. // Morning paper session
12 p.m. // Lunch and showcase panel
2 p.m. // Afternoon paper session
4 p.m. // Closing Panel: A Discussion on Digital Archives and Historiography



Indianapolis International Airport

Most attendees will elect to fly to the Indianapolis International Airport. Direct international flights maintain substantial connecting service from all major international hub airports within the US.

Airport Symbol: IND
Location: 50 miles (93 kilometers) north of Bloomington, IN


Most attendees will choose to travel from the airport to Bloomington via shuttle service. It is best to book tickets on-line in advance. Their departure location is easy to find outside the baggage claim area on the lower level of the airport.


Go Express Travel

  • Service 9 times daily between the airport and Bloomington campus
  • Advance reservations: Recommended
  • Reservations on-line: www.goexpresstravel.com
  • Phone: 800.589.6004 or 812.332.6004
  • Rate: currently $20.00 one way
  • Airport pick-up location: Ground Transportation Center. Lower level, outside of airport Baggage Claim


Classic Touch Limousine

  • Door-to-door service from airport to any location in Bloomington
  • Advance reservations: Required
  • Rates: Currently $122.00 roundtrip per person. When making your reservations, inform Classic Touch that you are attending a conference at IU. Request an IU conference rate. Rate is for shared ride service; private car rate is not guaranteed
  • Reservations on-line: www.classictouchlimo.com
  • Phone: 800.319.0082 or 812.339.7269
  • Airport Pick-up Location: Ground Transportation Center. Lower level, outside of airport Baggage Claim
  • IMPORTANT: The limousine driver will NOT be waiting for you inside of the terminal baggage area. You must proceed to the Ground Transportation Center, locate a Classic Touch limousine and identify yourself to the driver.

CAR RENTAL: Most major car rental companies


We suggest that you consult Mapquest or Google maps for the best directions to Bloomington and return.  Driving to and from the airport to campus is simple and direct.  Driving time from the airport to campus is approximately 50 minutes.


For attendees staying at the Indiana Memorial Union, parking is free.  Those electing to stay off campus may park in one of the two lots adjacent to the Indiana Memorial Union and pay the daily parking fee.  Discounted parking passes will be available at the registration check-in desk.  The approximate cost of discounted daily parking is $12.00.  You may also purchase a Temporary Permit on the conference registration form.  The Temporary Permit will allow you to park in many IU parking lots and garages, but it is not valid for in the IMU lots. 


A block of hotel rooms is available for Oct. 24 – 28, 2018 as follows:

Biddle Hotel and Conference Center
Indiana Memorial Union
900 E. 7th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

Group rates are $120.60 – $170.10.

To reserve a room, call 800-209-8145 and reference block code: MEDIARWH.

Note: The block release date is Sept. 24, 2018.

About the Roy W. Howard Archive

The Roy W. Howard Papers, 1892-1960, is the first archival collection of The Media School at Indiana University. The collection includes more than 14,000 pieces of correspondence, along with thousands of photographs, audiovisual materials and other media. The archive covers Roy Howard’s career as journalist, president and general manager of United Press, and chairman of Scripps Howard Newspapers. These records are organized by series and format and are stored in archival storage containers in an environmentally controlled room in Franklin Hall, home of The Media School.

Highlights of the archive include Howard’s correspondence with national and international leaders over several decades. These individuals include several United States presidents, including Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt; military and intelligence figures, including J. Edgar Hoover; international leaders, including extensive communication with Philippine President Manuel Quezon; and a diverse spectrum of journalists and leaders in American media.

Led by Media School archivist Joshua Bennett, the Roy W. Howard archive is currently in the process of complete digitization of its materials, funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Howard Family. The current finding aid for the collection is available at: http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/findingaids/view?doc.view=entire_text&docId=VAD2868



Dr. Gene Allen had an extensive and varied career as a television news and documentary producer (CBC) and as a newspaper editor and reporter (Toronto Globe and Mail) before joining the Journalism faculty at Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada) in 2001. He is the author of Making National News: A History of Canadian Press (2013), which was a finalist for the Canada Prize for the Humanities in 2015, and co-editor of two volumes of essays: Toward 2020: New Directions in Journalism Education (2016) and Communicating in Canada’s Past: Essays in Media History (2009). He is currently completing a biography of Kent Cooper, general manager and executive director of the Associated Press news agency from 1925 to 1951. Gene has a PhD in history from the University of Toronto. From 2015 to 2018, he was holder of the Velma Rogers Research Chair in the School of Journalism, and he is the founding director (2007-2010) of the school’s Master of Journalism program.

Dr. Kirsten Bönker is the interim professor of the history of modern societies at Bielefeld University. She holds her MA and PhD from Bielefeld University in History, Slavonic Studies and East European Studies and Law. She is the author of Brave New World? Watching TV and Political Communication in the Late Soviet Union, forthcoming through Rowman & Littlefield / Lexington Books. Dr. Bönker’s research interests lie in the history of the Russian Tsarist Empire and the Soviet Union. She addresses transnational and intertwining perspectives of the Cold War, the media, communication and the public, consumption and monetary practices as well as urban and urbanization, civil society and local politics. Dr. Bönker’s publications have appeared in the Journal of Modern European HistoryL’Homme, and VIEW: Journal of European Television History and Culture.

Prof. Terhi Rantanen (MSc, LicSc, DocSc, Docent, Helsinki University) is a professor in global media and communications at the London School of Economics. Before joining the LSE, she held a full-time position as a senior academic in the Department of Communication at Helsinki University and was visiting scholar and professor at several universities around the world including Stockholm University, The University of Southern California and Harvard University. Prof. Rantanen’s research areas are global media organizations and news agencies, communication technologies and global mediagraphy. She has published extensively on global news transmissions. Prof. Rantanen is also the founding editor of Global Media and Communication.

Dr. Jonathan Silberstein-Loeb is a barrister of the Inner Temple and a member of the New York State Bar. He was formerly Senior Lecturer in History at Keble College, Oxford. He is the author of The International Distribution of News: The Associated Press, Press Association and Reuters, 1848-1947 (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and co-editor with Richard R. John of Making News: The Political Economy of Journalism in Britain and America from the Glorious Revolution to the Internet (Oxford University Press, 2015).