from Anne Mitchell Whisnant, NCPH Journal Task Force:
As a member of the NCPH task force considering the future of The Public Historian, I, like several of my colleagues, have been mining the data from last summer’s survey about the journal. I focused on questions that asked about the “most or least compelling, interesting, or useful” aspects of other publications respondents identified as “exciting models” for NCPH.
“Hmm,” one respondent mused, “I usually don’t put ‘journal’ and ‘exciting’ in the same sentence.” Nevertheless, 229 survey respondents identified over 100 different publications that might be worth a look. Only eight publications, however, (discussed below) garnered four or more mentions. Meanwhile, nearly 100 respondents either named no models or seemed satisfied with the status quo. Continue reading