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.



EVENING // Opening reception and keynote speaker (TBD)


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
Terhi Rantanen, MSc, London School of Economics
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.


Go Express Travel

  • Service 9 times daily between the airport and Bloomington campus
  • Advance reservations: Recommended
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  • 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
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  • 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://mediaschool.indiana.edu/royhowardarchive/



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.

London School of Economics

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).

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.