By Katherine Ann Rowlands, JAWS Ambassador
An exciting and important effort to memorialize the work and lives of JAWS members is well underway, thanks to researchers at the University of Missouri who are documenting the oral histories of many of our members.
The project is led by Dr. Yong Volz, an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and a fellow at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, through which this oral history project is funded. The project aims to record the rich and varied experiences of women who made inroads into the traditionally male-dominated field of journalism, serving as a resource for the next generation and those who seek to foster diversity in the field, according to Volz.
“We want to thank everyone who has participated in the project and shared so many precious memories about JAWS and personal stories about themselves and peer women journalists,” Volz said.
So far, the 40 JAWS members interviewed (in order of recording) for the project include:
Mary Kay Blakely
Glenda Crank Holste
Nina R. Zacuto
Mary C. Curtis
Cherise M. Newsome
Jean Gaddy Wilson
Rita Henley Jensen
Julia Kagan (Baumann)
Peggy Sands Orchowski