During World War I, Kirtland was based in France as a correspondent for Leslie's Illustrated Weekly. As an acknowledged journalist, she competed with her male counterparts, seeking out action. One of her stories covers battles near the Piave River in northern Italy with pictures of the Austrian trenches captured by the Italians.
Adams served as a correspondent for Harper's Magazine in Europe during World War I. She was the only female correspondent permitted to visit the trenches.