Nicholson News

Kim Voss Begins Sabbatical Research

September 5, 2017


Kimberly Voss, Ph.D., is one of two faculty members from the Nicholson School of Communication who have been awarded sabbaticals in the 2017-2018 academic year. Voss will be on sabbatical for the fall 2017 term. She will document the stories of female food editors in the post-women’s page years of newspapers and compile her findings into a book.

Voss’ book will serve as a follow-up to her 2014 book, “The Food Section: Newspaper Women and the Culinary Community.” The book focused on the food journalists in the women’s page years at newspapers, from the mid-40s through the early 1970s.

While studying for her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, Voss became fascinated by the rich history of “women’s pages,” which were in newspapers during the 1950s, ’60s and early ’70s. Intrigued by the vibrant “sense of community” that these women had built over the years, Voss has continued writing about these editors as a way of keeping their legacy alive.

“With the increasing retirements and layoffs of senior reporters at newspapers, important institutional memory is being lost,” said Voss, who is an associate professor of journalism. “An oral history project of these journalists would allow memories to be documented.”

Voss plans to interview newspaper food editors who are also members of the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) and who worked during the 1970s to 1990s.

“I discussed the project with food editors at the AFJ annual meeting in October 2015,” said Voss. “Editors from Orlando, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Chicago and Milwaukee have been agreed to be interviewed.”

Sally Hastings, Ph.D., will also go on sabbatical in spring 2018. Read more about her topic and research methods in the next edition of Nicholson News.