Methods of the Writers' War Board
The Writers' War Board had many different distribution methods for their propaganda throughout the media and making sure that the views and causes of the government and the WWB were known and promoted by the members of the organization. They did this through their own publications and also through outside media sources. In their second year of existence the Writers' War Board had sufficiently organized themselves to be able to send out many publications to help their cause. The main one was the WWB Monthly Report. This report was sent to more than 4000 professional writers across the United States. (3) Each report included approximately five projects that the Board had been working on and needed publicity on. Suggestions were made and facts,deemed important, were provided in the Report to further provide an outline of themes and events the authors should write about in their books, stories, or plays for that particular month.
    Another propaganda method the WWB used to influence the American public was their editorial service. This sent out four to eight editorials to approximately 1,600 newspapers nation wide to be published anonymously. (3) The effect of this method, as with other propaganda, was to make their beliefs and causes the same beliefs and causes that the general public cared so much about. By using anonymous editorials it caused the public to believe a majority of citizens shared positive views about the war. Since people, whether consciously or subconsciously, tend to go along with what their peers believe and are thinking, the editorial system was extremely effective.

The Writers' War Board also circulated "Brief Items" each month. These were assortments of slogans, poetry, cartoons, and articles related to current campaigns. The different versions were given to newspapers, in house newsletters of approximately 2,600 industries, and to 1,100 army camp newsletters. Another circulation that was sent out was the "War Script of the Month". These were dramas that were meant for performance on radio broadcasts. At certain times during the War these "War Scripts" were sent to 825 radio stations, schools, and colleges that broadcast on the radio. (3) Along with these broadcasts 800 prepared speeches were sent out each month that had to do with war related topics.


Example of a cartoon that would have been suggested by the WWB.
http://www.fsu.edu/~ww2/chance2.htm

Another example of a cartoon that would have been suggested in the "Bulletin for Cartoonists".
http://www.fsu.edu/~ww2/fireside.htm
Finally, the WWB sent out a "Bulletin for Cartoonists" to 200 of the nations most popular and talented editorial cartoonists. (4) By sending out all these publications to the different forms of media the WWB very effectively controlled their propaganda machine. They sent this "machine" out across the entire nation. With their uniform views and beliefs, authors, poets, radio commentators, and actors all focused their trade around these beliefs and in effect, communicated them to the outside world.

In addition to from producing its own publications the Writers War Board used outside sources of media to further reach the American public. National magazines such as Colliers, Reader's Digest, and The Saturday Evening Post often ran articles submitted by the well known authors that were aimed at expressing the views of the WWB. Also popular comic books ran issues that supported the WWB by putting their heroes in situations that emphasized "pro-allied themes". (4)

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