Category: media

See the date – this newspaper piece was …

See the date – this newspaper piece was published in 1912.

THE editorial team is looking for a part-time …

THE editorial team is looking for a part-time Media Editor to help find and curate images for the website and reach out to photographers.

This is a volunteer position. As a non-profit company we greatly rely on the help of volunteers who are passionate about history.


  • Find images, videos, and 3D models for articles and educational material on the encyclopedia, in coordination with the responsible editor.
  • Find media for upcoming articles in the editorial calendar, giving editors a choice of already-sourced images to choose from.
  • Find new media sources we have not used previously, such as volunteer photographers or museums.
  • Write to photographers and content creators whose media we are using to inform them that we have published their work.
  • Verify the copyright status of new media content, make sure the attribution is correct and clear usage rights if necessary.

Your Place in the Team

  • You will work from home. We are a completely global company and everyone works digitally.
  • You would report to the Publishing Director, Mark Cartwright.
  • You will work closely with the other editors and the social media manager.


  • You are able to invest at least five hours per week, spread throughout the working week. We cannot accept volunteers who cannot commit to this time investment.
  • You must be able to work independently, set your own schedule and stay motivated without face-to-face interactions with colleagues.
  • Your textual communication skills are good: You will be communicating with your colleagues and photographers almost exclusively through email.
  • You must have a basic understanding of copyright law to determine which media can be used and under which conditions.
  • You are skilled at manipulating photographs: straightening, colour correction, resizing.
  • You have access to a photo editing software such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Paint Shop Pro, Pixelmator, or equivalent. You must legally own a license.

Please email your application to including a current CV and an email explaining why you want to volunteer for Ancient History Encyclopedia.

Thank you!

WE’RE looking for volunteers! Our non-profit o…

WE’RE looking for volunteers! Our non-profit organisation is looking for a media editor, graphic designer, travel editor and travel writer. Join us; you’ll love it! Learn more here:

Don’t Make Jokes About Alien Invasions, One Ci…

In 1949, a radio broadcast based on The War of the Worlds caused panic in Quito, Ecuador. Thousands of people attempted to escape the impending Martian gas raids. Many ran to churches, attempting to confess their sins to overwhelmed priests. A panicked mob set fire to the radio station’s building, killing fifteen people inside, but authorities were slow to respond and quell the violence.

Why? Well, most police and soldiers in the city had been sent to the countryside to help fight off the aliens.

The First Newspaper

This one goes to the Romans! They had “Acta Diurna” (Daily Events) which was a handwritten news report, posted in multiple public places for the public to read. It first appeared in 131 BCE during the Republic. Although initially only the outcomes of trials, the Acta Diurna eventually expanded to public notices and announcements like important births or senatorial decrees.

Descendants’ Stories of the Clotilda Slave Shi…

Descendants’ Stories of the Clotilda Slave Ship Drew Doubts. Now Some See Validation.:

“So many people said that it didn’t really happen that way, that we made the story up,” one woman said of the boat that brought her great-great-grandfather to America.

An American Crime Journaliste

Edna Buchanan, who was born in 1939, moved from New Jersey where she was born and raised to Miami in the 1960s. She wanted to pursue a career as a journalist, and she was offered a job by a small community newspaper near the big city. Florida worked out well for Edna. Her wit and writing skills caught the notice of editors at the larger Miami Herald, and they hired her in 1973 as a crime reporter.

She loved her new job. As their police reporter, she covered thousands of violent crimes, while Miami lived through its peak as the center of the international drug trade.

She is famous for grabbing the reader’s attention with the opening lines of her crime stories. When reporting on Gary Robinson, an ex-con who was shot and killed by a security guard at a Church’s Chicken restaurant, after getting violent when they ran out of fried chicken, she wrote “Gary Robinson died hungry.” With writing like that, Edna got many accolades, including the highest. In 1986, she won a Pulitzer Prize for general reporting.

She loved crime so much that even when she retired, she kept writing about it, publishing multiple mystery novels. Edna said of her job: “Nobody loves a police reporter. The job can be lonely and arduous. I have been threatened with arrest, threatened physically, had rocks thrown at me. I’ve gotten threatening letters, subpoenas, and obscene phone calls, some of them from my editors. It is tiring, haunting, and truly wonderful.”

If you bet on a horse, that’s gambling. If you…

If you bet on a horse, that’s gambling. If you bet you can make three spades, that’s entertainment. If you bet cotton will go up three points, that’s business. See the difference?

The First Lady Who Wished To A Be Queen

Julia Gardiner Tyler, the twenty-four-year-old bride of John Tyler, the President of the United States, was notable for more than her age. Although she was the youngest First Lady up till then.

Julia Tyler took enjoyed flaunting her new status as the premier woman of the nation, riding around Washington in a four-horse carriage, refurbishing the White House with her family’s money, and dressing the White House staff in garish new livery.And in a move that reminded too many of royalty, she had twelve ladies-in-waiting, who accompanied Julia everywhere she went. They were nicknamed the “Vestal Virgins” by a hostile press. 

The First Female War Correspondent

Margaret Full was a well-educated native of Massachusetts in the early 1800s. Born in 1810, she joined the New York Tribune as its literary critic in her early 30s and quickly amassed a following. She became something of a celebrity in her native New England, and was popular enough that she became the first woman allowed access to the library at Harvard College! (Which says more about Harvard than about Full, unfortunately.) She argued for equal access to education for women, prison reform, and the abolition of slavery.  Her views ended up in a book, “Woman in the Nineteenth Century” in 1845.

One year later, the New York Times sent Fuller to Europe as its first female correspondent, for her to cover the democratic revolution in Italy led by Giuseppe Mazzini. There, she fell in love with revolutionary Giovanni Ossoli, giving birth to their child – scandalously without marrying Ossoli. The three were en route back to America in 1850 when their ship foundered off Fire Island, New York, drowning all three. Her friend, writer Henry David Thoreau, searched the beach for Fuller’s personal effects but none were ever found.