SP19-50 Listening to Women Week 8
MAY 2 Women in the Media: Journalists Share Their Stories Despite facing discrimination, women were active journalists even before the 1890s. Nelly Bly, who died in 1922, was an American journalist who faked insanity to study a mental institution from within. Decades later, Martha Gellhorn was considered one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century. However, with rare exceptions, until the latter half of the 20th century, women journalists were generally limited to covering topics like fashion and cooking. But overcoming significant obstacles, women today are prominent journalists covering every aspect of society, politics, science, and more. This session is a conversation with three distinguished journalists from print media, television, and radio. They will share their professional experiences, focusing on the realities of being a woman journalist today.
Mary Braxton-Joseph, an Emmy award-winning journalist and media consultant, has worked in print, radio, and television. Chris Serio Martin, Communications Director for UN Women, Gulf Coast Chapter, was an award-winning journalist in Elkhart (IN). Sheila Rue is the Program Director at WUSF Public Media, encompassing both its NPR and classical music stations.