‘Journalism is the first draft of history’ is a maxim amongst journalists. But as Women in Journalism points out on its website, that draft of history too often excludes female points of view. While some women are working at senior levels of broadcast journalism, newspapers are lagging behind, with just 25% of news stories on front pages of national newspapers in Britain women by women, and only eight national newspapers employing female editors.
Run from Nottingham Trent University by Dr Catherine Clay and Dr Eleanor Reed, and supported by Project Partner Women in Journalism, ‘Time and Tide: Connections and Legacies’ is a year-long project, publicising the ‘draft of history’ laid down by the influential and long-running feminist magazine Time and Tide. Founded in 1920 by Welsh businesswoman and feminist Lady Rhondda, this weekly review of politics and the arts was the only woman-controlled publication of its kind, competitive with the New Statesman. Time and Tide hosted contributions from many of the period’s leading political and literary figures, among them Vera Brittain, Rebecca West, Ellen Wilkinson, and George Bernard Shaw. During the interwar decades it was a beacon for feminism, a platform for women’s writing, and – as a leading ‘journal of opinion’ – offered perspectives on international as well as national politics from many of the most significant thinkers and public intellectuals of the day.
Central to ‘Time and Tide: Connections and Legacies’ is a brand-new, dedicated website. This website’s star attraction is a free, downloadable Souvenir Edition of Time and Tide, edited by Dr Clay and produced by Nottingham-based publisher, Five Leaves Publications. Showcasing selected articles from interwar issues of Time and Tide and replicating as closely as possible the layout and fonts used by the original magazine, the Souvenir Edition gives today’s readers a taste of its interwar content. A timeline charting Time and Tide’s interwar history and biographies of some of the magazine’s most significant producers give context to the Souvenir Edition. Illustrating the timeline and biographies, artwork and other visual content from the period bring the magazine and its producers to life, enriching our sense of the era.
The website will be updated regularly throughout 2020. New biographies will introduce more of Time and Tide’s producers, and commissioned blog posts from a diverse community of trainee women journalists will respond to the Souvenir Edition and explore the magazine’s relevance today. The website will also host resources for teaching and research, including film footage from a Festival of Women Writers and Journalists, to be held in London and/or online in November 2020, and highlights from an Exhibition of Interwar Women’s Magazines, to be hosted by The Women’s Library at the London School of Economics (January-April 2021). Details of these and other events will be available on the website.
To generate as much interest as possible in our project, we would be grateful if WiJ members would share links to our website amongst their own networks, and on social media – especially Twitter. You can find us on Twitter here – please tag us, and we will retweet you in return!