Scholars from multiple institutions are using MEP-connected tools to design a broad study of historic newsreels, newsfilm, and newscasts housed in disparate collections including Open Vault at WGBH in Boston, The Moving Image Research Collections at The University of South Carolina, The American Archive of Public Broadcasting, the Peabody Awards Collection at The University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries, the UCLA Film and Television Archive, and The Library of Congress. Participating scholars include Prof. Mark Cooper at The University of South Carolina and Prof. Ross Melnick at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Along with MEP director Prof. Mark Williams at Dartmouth College and Prof. Sara Beth Levavy, these scholars co-edited Rediscovering U.S. Newsfilm: Cinema, Television, and the Archive a compendium on news media history in the U.S. to the 1990s and early 2000s.


Study participants include:

  • Mark Cooper, Professor, University of South Carolina
  • Karen Cariani, Media Library and Archives Director, WGBH (Boston); American Archive of Public Broadcasting
  • Ross Melnick, Assistant Professor, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • Ruta Abolins, Moving Image archives at University of Georgia Special Collections
  • Heather Heckman, Moving Image Research Collections at University of South Carolina
  • Kathy Christensen, AMIA
  • Laura Treat, University of North Texas Library
  • Becca Bender, Rhode Island Historical Society
  • Sara Beth Levavy, Independent Scholar