Taking Their Place: A Documentary History of Women and Journalism (The American University Press Journalism History Series)

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This innovative, highly regarded book tells the story of U.S. women in journalism to the present time in part, in their own words.

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Taking Their Place is an innovative, highly regarded history of U.S. women in journalism to the present time told, in part, in their own words. It begins with Colonial-era women working in family-run print shops; shows women gaining public roles in the 1800s, publishing abolitionist and suffrage newspapers; and describes their struggles and achievements breaking into news reporting, war correspondence, political commentary, and broadcasting. Later chapters describe the rise of feminist journalism and challenges to media-industry employment and reporting practices.

The text is intertwined with a rich array of historical documents first-hand materials that bring history to life. Among these are abolitionist and suffrage editorials; 19th-century descriptions of newspaper staff reactions to women in newsrooms; reports from the Russian Revolution and World War II; Katharine Graham s description of Watergate and the Washington Post; women reporters descriptions of the challenges they faced in Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War; oral history interviews; legal documents; and industry guidelines for avoiding sexism in news coverage.

The new edition is carefully updated to reflect current issues and events. Expanded commentary and new illustrations enhance the reader s sense of context and connections.

The first edition of this book was named an Outstanding Title by Choice (a publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries).

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Maurine H. Beasley is professor of journalism at the University of Maryland. She holds bachelor s degrees in history and journalism from the University of Missouri Columbia, a master s degree in journalism from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in American civilization from George Washington University. She is a past president of both the American Journalism Historians Association and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. This is the eighth book she has written, edited or co-authored/edited pertaining to the history of women in journalism. A previous co-edited book, The Eleanor Roosevelt Encyclopedia (Greenwood), received an Editor s Choice Award from Booklist, the journal of the American Library Association. Her honors include the Founders Distinguished Senior Scholar Award from the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation. Beasley is a former staff writer for The Kansas City Star and The Washington Post.

Sheila J. Gibbons has extensive experience in journalism, corporate communication, public relations and strategic communication planning. She has a bachelor s degree in political science from the State University of New York at Albany and a master s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. She is vice president of Communication Research Associates, Inc., and editor of the quarterly newsletter Media Report to Women, of which Communication Research Associates is the publisher. She has written extensively on women and media as well as on general communication issues. She is co-author of Exploring Mass Media for a Changing World (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates). She has edited a special-market women s magazine, worked as a news editor at Gannett New Media and served as director of public affairs for Gannett Co., Inc., one of the largest diversified news and information companies in the United States.

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