article by Elon University School of Communications faculty member
Michael Skube, an assistant professor who teaches journalism classes,
was published in the Los Angeles Times April 6.
In his essay, "The Model Embed," which appeared in the
Times opinion section, Skube writes respectfully about a fellow
Pulitzer Prize winner, World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle.
The story begins:
On U.S. Highway
36, barely a dozen miles from the Illinois line, the town of Dana
sits quietly in the middle of Indiana cornfields. From the highway,
you see little more than a cluster of buildings, some silos nearby
and a scattering of farmhouses. No billboards bid the motorist to
pull off the straight shot of a road. Only a small green sign modestly
informs the passing public that this was the birthplace and childhood
home of Ernie Pyle.
name no longer rings many bells. Media celebrities are as evanescent
as fireflies, and Pyle would have loathed the idea of his even being
a celebrity. But 60 years ago, when the United States was in a different
and much larger war, Americans everywhere knew Ernie Pyle. That
war was being fought on two fronts, one in Europe, the other in
the Pacific, and no journalist was so thoroughly "embedded" with
the troops as Pyle. Much of what Americans knew of that war they
knew from reading the dispatches that Pyle wrote for the Scripps-Howard
wire service. He was read in almost every paper in the country.
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