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The Edge of Change

Women in the Twenty-First-Century Press

A powerful and complex assessment of how women are transforming the news industry

Containing nearly three dozen original essays penned by the nation's leading newspaper journalists, editors, and executives, this book advances current discussions regarding women in journalism. Surveying the past quarter century, the book's contributors highlight the unprecedented influence American women have had on the news industry, especially newspapers, and look ahead to the future for women in news. Acclaimed anthropologist and author Helen E. Fisher adds her perspective in examining the role of women across millennia and how the talents of women are changing social and economic life in this global age.

Prominent female voices in journalism provide critical perspectives on the challenges women face in today's news organizations, such as connecting with diverse audiences, educating readers about international issues and cultures, maintaining credibility, negotiating media consolidation and corporate pressures, and overcoming the persistent barriers to professional advancement. A powerful and complex assessment of how women are transforming the news industry, The Edge of Change explores how the news industry might implement further reforms aimed at creating a more inclusive journalistic community.

Contributors are Catalina Camia, Kathleen Carroll, Pamela J. Creedon, Paula Lynn Ellis, Helen E. Fisher, Dorothy Butler Gilliam, Ellen Goodman, Sharon Grigsby, Carol Guzy, Kirsten Scharnberg Hampton, Cathy Henkel, Pamela J. Johnson, Jane Kirtley, Jan Leach, Caroline Little, Wanda S. Lloyd, Arlene Notoro Morgan, June O. Nicholson, Geneva Overholser, Marty Petty, Deb Price, Donna M. Reed, Sandra Mims Rowe, Peggy Simpson, Margaret Sullivan, Julia Wallace, and Keven Ann Willey.

"A much-needed update of existing books on women in the press. The richness of this work lies in its use of accomplished women's own voices to tell of their achievements and their struggles, even into the twenty-first century. Anyone interested in women's history will enjoy this fine book."--Kay Mills, author of Changing Channels: The Civil Rights Case That Transformed Television

June O. Nicholson is the associate director of the School of Mass Communication at Virginia Commonwealth University. Pamela J. Creedon is a professor and former director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa. Wanda S. Lloyd is the executive editor of the Montgomery Advertiser and the founding executive director of the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute at Vanderbilt University. Pamela J. Johnson is the executive director of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism, University of Missouri.

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