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|Researching Women in the Newspaper Industry
Several works investigating the presence of women in the newspaper field have appeared recently. Until the 1980s, most discussions of individuals involved in newspaper production focused on men—as editors, publishers, columnists, and reporters. Few women, unless they were so renowned that the history of the news would be incomplete without them—as was the case with Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Nellie Bly— were highlighted in the histories, and even fewer treatments of women's roles were published.
One of the few early works on women and the press was written by New York Herald Tribune reporter Ishbel Ross. Ladies of the Press (New York: Arno Press, 1936, 1974; PN4872.R7 1974 N&CPR) is a colorful history of women in the newspaper business from colonial times to the twentieth century. Roughly chronological in arrangement, its index is helpful in locating specific women. Great Women of the Press by Madelon Schilpp and Sharon Murphy (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, c1983; PN4872.S34 1983 N&CPR) is a biographical introduction to women in the press, from Elizabeth Timothy, as the first woman publisher, to war correspondent Marguerite Higgins (1920-1966). Although not as comprehensive as Ross's work, Great Women establishes the importance and credibility of women in the newspaper industry.
Other reference works that cover specific aspects of women as reporters include:
Periodicals of the newspaper industry
Several periodicals discuss women in their various roles as reporter, subject, and audience. While some are indexed in abstracting and indexing sources such as the general Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature and the more journalism specific Communications Abstracts, many periodicals are not indexed.
Periodicals that cover the newspaper industry include:
American Editor: The Bulletin of the American Society of Newspaper Editors
SAMPLE LCSH: Useful biographical headings include:
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