Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies
Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies

Facts, Censorship, and Spin: The Challenge of Covering the Pacific War from Australia, 1942

Fri, October 18, 2019 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Dr. Michael J. Birkner is Professor of History at Gettysburg College, where he has taught since 1989. He is author or editor of 14 books and many articles on 19th and 20th century American political history.

Dr. Birkner will examine how Australian-based journalists met various professional challenges
as the prospect of a Japanese invasion loomed in 1942. How did their professional ideals compare with daily practice, given that their most usable information derived from official sources and that their dispatches ran a gauntlet of military censors? What were the tradeoffs for truth tellers and the implications of self-censorship? How well did these journalists inform their audiences back home?


Sponsored by: The Edward A. Clark Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies, and the Faculty Seminar on British Studies

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