Transnational Journalism History Conference

Conference Details and Papers

Gene Allen of Ryerson Univesity (Canada) discusses the relationship between the Associated Press and Reuters in the 1940s at the Transnational Journalism Conference in Groningen, the Netherlands. (photo by David W. Bulla)Scholars from nine countries and three continents will present the most current research on an emerging area of journalism history at a conference hosted by the Department of Communication in May.

The keynote speaker is Leonard Teel, professor emeritus at Georgia State University and founder and first president of the Arab-U.S. Communication Education Association. He will be speaking on the connections between journalistic communities in the United States and the Middle East.

Paper topics for the 5th Annual Transnational Journalism History Conference range from information security to labor issues within the mass communication field to the influences of missionary newspapers. c

This is the fifth gathering of scholars who work in the emerging area of transnational journalism history.

From right, Jordan Stenger and Luis Rocha Antunes, both of Augusta University, and Nancy Dupont of the University Mississippi listen to a presentation at the Transnational Journalism Conference in Groningen, the Netherlands. (photo by David W. Bulla)“Most journalism history is done within a national context,” explained the communication department's Dr. Debbie van Tuyll, one of the founders of the conference. "However, journalism as a field is not always constrained by national borders."

Instead, van Tuyll continued, journalistic practices, ethics, technologies, stories, even journalists themselves flow naturally across national borders in their work to create news content for their audiences.

Van Tuyll's work in this area focuses on the earliest Irish-American press. One of her most important findings to date is the role Irish-American journalists played in convincing President John Adams that the Alien and Sedition Acts were necessary to quell criticism of his administration. The early Irish-American editors' opposition to the proposed laws, many of whom had fled to America to avoid being charged with treason by the British for their work as journalists in Ireland, contributed to the shaping of America's unique approach to the freedoms of speech and press, van Tuyll said.

In addition to van Tuyll, other conference founders and organizers include Mark O'Brien of Dublin City University, and Marcel Broersma of the University of Groningen (the Netherlands), and Jim McLean of Concordia University (Montreal).

Murray Dick of Newcastle University (UK) presents his paper on the telegraph at the Transnational Journalism Conference in Groningen, the Netherlands. (photo by David W. Bulla)Syracuse University press will publish in June 2020 the first book based on papers presented at the 2016 and 2017 conferences. Van Tuyll, O'Brien and Broersma have a second book in the works that will be a guidebook to transnational journalism history.

The conference will be May 28 and 29 on the Augusta University campus. The sessions will be open to the public. For more information, contact van Tuyll at


Accepted papers

5th Annual Transnational Journalism History Conference

Augusta University

Augusta, Ga.

May 28-29, 2020


Keynote Speaker 

Leonard Teel, professor emeritus, Georgia State University and founder and first president of the Arab-U.S. Association of Communication Educators,


 Untitled at the moment, Carla Baptista, NOVA FCSH and ICNOVA, and Rubén Antón, Universidad de Castilla-LaMancha


 “‘A Transnational Journey: Mythological Readings of Fernando Pessa’s Broadcast Career,” Luis Rocha Antunes, Augusta University


 “Securitization of Islam and Muslim: Comparing Historical and Contemporary Discourses,” Ruqiya Anwar, International Islamic University (graduate student)


 “Foreign Correspondents as Political Actors: Western Journalists and Soviet Bloc Dissidents During the Cold War,” Bent Boel, Aalborg University, Denmark


 “The Soul of the American Civil Rights Movement:African-American Press Coverage of Gandhi’s Struggle for Social Justice,” Dianne Bragg, University of Alabama


 “Coverage of Gandhi’s 1922 Seditious Libel Case,” David Bulla, Augusta University


 “Missionary Media and Modern China Cities—From the Example of Chongquing’s Periodical: The West China Missionary News,” Liu Daming, Zhang Zhizhong, Pei Yonggang, Southwest University of Political Science and Law


 “Irish-American journalism and the Irish Free State: The Gaelic American’s perspective, 1922-1932,” Michael Doorley, Open University, Ireland


 “Labor Movements and Radio Broadcasting: American and Australian Frameworks ,” Shant Fabricatorian, Columbia University


 “Nationalism, Publicity and Pragmatism: Erich von Salzmann’s Competing Values as Military Officer, Foreign Correspondent and Advocate for Transparency in Germany’s Government-Press Relationship (1917-1926),” Elisabeth Fondren, St. John’s University


 Adding Spain to Transnational Networks: Using Print to Support an American Protestant Foreign Missionary Project in Spain, 1872-1903,” Carol Gigas, Independent Scholar, Deland, Fla.


 “Laudanum, Opium Dens, and Newspapers – Painkillers or Just Killers,” Paulette Kilmer, University of Toledo


 “‘A typical anti-Irishman’: Frank O’Connor, independent Ireland and the Holiday magazine controversy of 1949,” Mark O’Brien, Dublin City University


 “Newspaper Coverage of China’s One-Child Policy,” Amber Routh, Augusta University


 “Plain Features: Ernie Pyle’s American Homespun Style of War Reporting and the British Response,” Daniel Routh, Augusta University


 “Propaganda and Terrorism: A Study of the Evolution of Communication Techniques and Their Use in Waging Information Warfare,” Josh Rutland, Augusta University (undergraduate student)


 “Toward a history of atomic bomb photographs,” Benjamin Wright, University of Texas at Austin, Briscoe Center for American History (graduate student)