October 25, 2018—October 26, 2018

Roy W. Howard Archive Symposium

Connecting Journalism's Past, Present and Future

Franklin Hall Commons
The Media School
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 was recently digitized and is available for online viewing and research.

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.



6 p.m. // Keynote Speaker: James Neff, Philadelphia Media Group


10 a.m. // Stories from the Archives: Research Presentations


Ellen Gruber Garvey, Ph.D., New Jersey City University
Na Ma, ChineseInvestors.com, Inc.
Melony A. Shemberger, Ed.D., Murray State University


Prof. Gerry Lanosga

11:45 a.m. // Lunch buffet

12:20 p.m. // Scholars Roundtable
A panel discussion with four senior scholars who have done research in the Roy W. Howard Archive.


Gene Allen, PhD, Ryerson University, Toronto
Kirsten Bönker, PhD, Bielefeld University
Jonathan Silberstein-Loeb, PhD.


Prof. Emeritus Dave Weaver

2 p.m. // Closing Panel: Issues and Opportunities in Digital Archives


Josh Bennett, media manager/archivist, IU Media School
Erika Dowell, associate director and curator of modern books and manuscripts, IU Lilly Library
Julie Hardesty, metadata analyst, IU Libraries
Carrie Schwier, outreach and public services archivist, IU Archives


Prof. Emeritus Dave Nord



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.


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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://mediaschool.indiana.edu/royhowardarchive/



James Neff is deputy managing editor for investigations/projects at the Philadelphia Inquirer and the award-winning author of five nonfiction books.

Neff graduated from the University of Notre Dame and earned a master’s degree in American civilization from the University of Texas-Austin. He was a reporter at the Austin-American Statesman and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and was investigations editor for 15 years at The Seattle Times before joining the Inquirer in 2016.

Neff has edited three Pulitzer Prize-winning projects and was a finalist himself in 2003 for the Seattle Times’ 18-part series “The Terrorist Within,” for which he was the lead writer. From 1994-99, he was the Willard M. Kiplinger Chair in Public Affairs Reporting at The Ohio State University’s School of Journalism and Communication.

As an author, Neff relied on archival materials to write books about Teamsters president and high-level FBI informant Jackie Presser, serial rapist Ronnie Shelton and the Sam Sheppard murder case. Mobbed Up: Jackie Presser’s High-Wire Life in the Teamsters, the Mafia and the FBI was adapted into an HBO movie, Teamster Boss. In The Wrong Man: The Final Verdict on the Dr. Sam Sheppard Murder Case, Neff concluded Sheppard was wrongly convicted of killing his wife in the notorious 1954 case. When Sheppard’s son sued the state of Ohio for wrongful imprisonment of his father, prosecutors subpoenaed Neff’s unpublished research to try to bolster their case. He and his lawyer were successful in getting the subpoena withdrawn. Neff’s most recent book is Vendetta: Bobby Kennedy versus Jimmy Hoffa, published in 2015.

From 1991-2002, Neff was a board member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, of which he also was president. In 2017, he served as chair of the jurors selecting finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting.

Ellen Gruber Garvey is the author of two prize-winning books, The Adman in the Parlor: Magazines and the Gendering of Consumer Culture (Oxford U P), and Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaisssance (Oxford UP, 2013). Both look at journalism from the point of view of the reader. Her articles include work on American abolitionists’ use of newspapers as data, the advertising of books, and on women editing periodicals. She has written for CNN, New York Times Disunion blog, Slate, and The Root. She has discussed her scrapbook work on CBS Sunday Morning.

She has received fellowships from the NEH, the National Humanities Center, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the American Antiquarian Society, and held the Walt Whitman Distinguished Chair in American Literature in the Netherlands. She is Professor of English at New Jersey City University.

Na Ma works as the chief editor for ChineseInvestors.com Inc. in New York. She earned a Master of Arts in journalism from IU in 2014.

Melony Shemberger is associate professor of journalism and mass communications at Murray State University. In addition to her teaching duties, she serves as the department’s undergraduate assessment coordinator. She has published peer-reviewed journal articles, media education book chapters and several public relations guidebook articles. She has presented at several academic and professional conferences. Her research interests include media history, sunshine laws and pedagogy. She has been a Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy fellow, a Business Journalism Professors Seminar fellow and a Murray State Provost Faculty Teaching fellow. Before teaching, she worked in higher education public relations and marketing, and newspaper and radio news reporting. She holds a doctorate in administration and supervision with a concentration in higher education from Tennessee State University-Nashville.

Associate Professor, The Media School, Indiana University

Gerry Lanosga’s research and teaching revolve around the practice of journalism from both contemporary and historical standpoints. In particular, his interests include the development of journalism as a profession, prize culture in journalism, and journalism’s intersections with public policy through investigative reporting and the use of freedom of information laws. Lanosga completed his Ph.D. in 2010 at Indiana University and taught for three years at Ball State University before returning to IU. Previously, he spent nearly two decades as a print and broadcast journalist. He worked nine years as an investigative producer at WTHR-TV, the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis, where his work won numerous state, regional and national honors, including the duPont-Columbia award, the George Foster Peabody award, Sigma Delta Chi’s public service award, and the Freedom of Information medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors. Before that, he was a reporter and columnist for The Indianapolis News and The Indianapolis Star. A frequent speaker and writer on issues relating to open government, Lanosga serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations working in that arena – the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, the Indiana Coalition for Open Government and the Indiana Debate Commission. In addition to his scholarly work, he is a regular contributor to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Indiana Forefront political blog. Lanosga is married and has three sons.

Ryerson University, Toronto

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.

Bielefeld University

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.

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).

David Weaver is distinguished and Roy W. Howard research professor emeritus in journalism at IU, where he taught from 1974-2011. He has published 14 books and numerous articles about journalists, media agenda setting, newspaper readership, foreign news coverage and journalism education. He is past president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research, and a fellow of the International Communication Association. He has won numerous awards for his research and has lectured in more than 40 countries. He has worked as a journalist on four daily newspapers in Indiana and North Carolina. He holds a doctorate from the University of North Carolina, which he earned in 1974.

Joshua Bennett is the media manager/archivist for The Media School, where he oversees the Roy W. Howard Archive, moving image archive and other records and digitization projects. He also serves as data access coordinator and assists with classroom technology and studio productions. He received his Master of Library Science degree with a specialization in archives and records management from IU in 2013.

Associate director and curator of modern books and manuscripts, IU Lilly Library

Erika Dowell is the Associate Director and Curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts for the Lilly Library; she also serves as the Project Director for the Orson Welles on the Air digital project, a joint effort of the IU Libraries and the National Recording Preservation Foundation to preserve, digitize, and make available online all the Orson Welles radio recordings held in the Lilly Library as well as teaching several graduate-level courses in the Department of Information and Library Science.

Her research interests include American history, visual arts, special collections, and digitization of rare books and manuscripts. She was the co-director and author of “The War of 1812 in the Collections of the Lilly Library” (July 2012), a digital project created to recognize the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

Erika has served as Section Chair of the Rare Books & Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (2012-2013), as President of the IU Bloomington Faculty Council (2009-2011), and as President of the IU Bloomington Library Faculty Council (2012-2013). She was awarded the William Evans Jenkins Award by the IU Libraries in 2016 in recognition of her outstanding contributions.

Prior to assuming her current role, Erika served as Associate Director and Head of Public Services at the Lilly. She has earned an M.A in History, an M.L.S., a B.F.A. in Sculpture, and a B.A. in French, all from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Metadata analyst, IU Libraries

As Metadata Analyst, Julie Hardesty establishes standards and requirements for discoverability, access, and sharing of digital collections held and managed by the IU Libraries, and works to ensure that these collections are preserved and will remain usable into the future. Her research interests include Linked Data, metadata standards for 3D digital objects, and migration of metadata from XML (Extensible Markup Language) into RDF (Resource Description Framework). Her programming skills include PHP, Ruby, Javascript, Java and stylesheets (XSLT, CSS).

Currently, Julie is a co-Principal Investigator on an IMLS-funded grant project to investigate how libraries can support and participate in the digitization, access, and preservation of 3D and virtual reality resources. She recently collaborated with Jennifer B. Young of Northwestern University to write the article “The Semantics of Metadata: Avalon Media System and the Move to RDF.” Other recent publications include “Transitioning from XML to RDF: Considerations for an effective move towards Linked Data and the Semantic Web.” Julie frequently presents about her work including recent talks at the 2017 Digital Library Federation Forum (“3D Two Ways: Researcher requirements and repository design for three-dimensional objects” with Jamie Wittenberg) and as a part of the IU Libraries’ Digital Library Brown Bag series (most recently “Migration Paths: Charting a route for IU’s digital library collections”).

Julie chairs the Indiana Memory DPLA Metadata/Aggregation Committee, which is the Indiana Service Hub for aggregating resources across the state to share with the Digital Public Library of America. Julie was elected President of the Indiana University Librarians Association (InULA), serving in that role during 2016-17. As a member of the IU Libraries’ Diversity Committee, she helped write the first ever Libraries’ Diversity Strategic Plan(PDF link). Since 2013 she has taught a graduate-level Encoded Archival Description workshop for the Department of Information & Library Science.

A longtime Hoosier, Julie worked for IU for a number of years prior to taking on her current position, serving as User Interface Design Specialist for the Libraries’ Digital Library Program from 2007-2012 and as Systems Analyst/Programmer for Library Information Technology and University Information Technology Services from 2002-2007. She received all of her degrees from IU Bloomington: Master of Information Science, M.A. in Art History, and B.A. in Art History.

Outreach and public services archivist, IU Archives

As the Outreach and Public Services Archivist for University Archives and Records Management, Carrie Schwier oversees the department’s public services and outreach initiatives such as exhibits and social media. She also works with faculty to integrate the Archives’ rich collection of primary source materials into course assignments, enabling IU students to literally touch history as part of their learning experiences.

Carrie presents and writes on primary source literacy, library and archives outreach initiatives, and University history; notable recent publications include the forthcoming book Indiana University Bloomington: America’s Legacy Campus (J. Terry Clapacs, with Dina Kellams and Carrie Schwier, Indiana University Press). She also participated in an Information Literacy Course Grant in spring 2016 to redesign English W350, Advanced Expository Writing, in order to integrate information literacy throughout the academic term. Carrie is active professionally as part of the Midwest Archives Conference, and was elected to the Board of Directors for the Society of Indiana Archivists in 2015.

She holds a Master of Library Science with a specialization in Archives & Records Management, and her Master of Arts in Art History from Indiana University Bloomington; Carrie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art History at Hanover College.

David Paul Nord is professor emeritus of journalism and adjunct professor emeritus of history at IU. He is a former interim editor and associate editor of the Journal of American History. His research interests lie in the history of journalism, religious publishing and readership. He is the author of two books and co-editor of another, and has published articles in a variety of scholarly journals, including the Journal of American History, American Quarterly, Journal of the Early Republic, Journal of Urban History, Journal of Communication, American Journalism and Journalism History. In 2012 he received the Sidney Kobre Award for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism History, given by the American Journalism Historians Association. He holds a doctorate in mass communication research from the University of Wisconsin.