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Nebraska’s Influential Women Journalists Chronicled in New Book

With an insider’s perspective, http://jmac.creighton.edu/?page_id=231http://jmac.creighton.edu/?page_id=231Eileen Wirth, Ph.D., chair and professor of the Department of Journalism, Media and Computing at Creighton University, chronicles remarkable Nebraska women in journalism, in her new book, “From Society Page to Front Page: Nebraska Women in Journalism.

The publication, which features journalists from every venue from rural weeklies to television, offers insight into not only the gender barriers females faced but also remarkable stories of the history of journalism. The firsthand look of the author, who was one of the first women reporters at the Omaha World-Herald, is a memorable journey into the lives of little-known trailblazers in our society.

The book covers stories from the days of Willa Cather to modern day journalists across the state. In researching her book, Wirth documents dozens of women of high achievement, many of whom she never previously knew about, and the obstacles they faced.

“In writing the stories of these women it became a journey of self-discovery,” said Wirth. “It was amazing to me that we had so many noteworthy and remarkable women who have made a lasting impact on journalism history,” she added.

Wirth grew up on a Nebraska farm and holds bachelors and masters degrees in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and doctorate in political science from UNL as well as a masters in political science from the University of Minnesota. She was a reporter at the Omaha World-Herald for 11 years, and then worked in corporate public relations at Union Pacific Railroad for eight years. She joined the Creighton faculty in 1991 and became chair of the Department of Journalism and Media and Computing, in 1997. Her books include They Made All the Difference, the story of the nation’s Jesuit high schools published by Loyola Press.

Her new 186-page paperback book, published by the University of Nebraska Press, is available at various bookstores in the area on May 1 or can be purchased from www.nebraskapress.unl.edu for $17.95.