Editor’s note: I’m traveling early next week; News Mix will resume Wednesday, Aug. 22.

The National Women and Media Collection celebrates its 20th anniversary Sept. 11. Shelia Gibbons, writing at Women’s eNews, has a message for today’s female reporters and editors:

Journalists, occupied with chronicling the activities and efforts of others, too seldom consider how to preserve the history they make themselves. Icons such as the late Katharine Graham of the Washington Post produce the occasional memoir, and women who have covered war and sports, to name two nontraditional beats, have produced marvelous books about their experiences. But most journalists, accustomed to keeping themselves out of the stories they report, rarely reveal their own.

In particular, multitasking female journalists shouldering responsibilities on today’s smaller-than-ever news staffs don’t always have time to keep journals, blog or organize records that would prove valuable to future scholars. That could mean that journalism history will continue to have a gender gap. That’s a tragedy and a travesty.

So this is a call to all those overworked scribes to visit the Web site of the National Women and Media Collection at the University of Missouri-Columbia. There they can learn how to transfer those notes, research reports, back-of-envelope musings, speeches, correspondence and other miscellany they’ve accumulated throughout their careers to a repository that will sort, preserve and, most importantly, treasure them.

Continue reading Gibbon’s piece here.

“The people who run the nation’s journalism and mass communication schools are overwhelmingly white, and two-thirds of them are male — even though about two-thirds of JMC students today are female,” according to a new study released by the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication.

“Collectively, the people running our journalism and mass-comm programs don’t look much like America, and they don’t even look a lot like their own student bodies, which are now pretty much two-to-one female,” said Thomas Kunkel, dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and author of the study.

Barbara Ciara was elected president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) at the 32nd Annual Convention and Career Fair in Las Vegas. Ciara is currently the managing editor and primary anchor at WTKR NewsChannel 3 in Norfolk, Va.

“As another distinguished Caledonian scribe, Hugh MacDiarmid, might have had it, Ian Rankin is talking a ‘wheen o’ blethers’ with his contention that women crime writers, and lesbians in particular, are more bloodthirsty than men,” writes Libby Brooks, who describes the charge as both inaccurate and insulting.

Cleveland Magazine interviews Connie Schultz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist who took almost a year off from her column at the The Plain Dealer during her husband’s campaign for U.S. Senate (he won). Schultz’s book about the campaign trail, “… And His Lovely Wife: A Memoir from the Woman Beside the Man,” was published by Random House in June.

One of the 200 or so productions that make up this year’s New York International Fringe Festival is Nick Salamone’s play, “Hillary Agonistes.” The show has sold out two performances thus far, prompting Patrick Healy of The New York Times to write:

When did Mrs. Clinton become a cultural symbol? Was it when she seemingly dissed Tammy Wynette in 1992 and said she wasn’t “standing by my man”? Or when, as first lady, she took on major policy with her ultimately unsuccessful health care initiative? Or when Wendy Wasserstein, in her 1997 play “An American Daughter,” explored the news media scrutiny of a headband-wearing Washington politician?

Perhaps there was no one moment; the iconography of Mrs. Clinton, like the woman herself, seems to have been around forever.


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