Friday, May 24, 2013

Why Journalism Needs Women to Report and Edit

In the Washington Post, "She the People" columnist Melinda Henneberger pays tribute to an iconic journalist, Mike McAlary, the central figure in "Lucky Guy," a Broadway play starring Tom Hanks, written by another iconic writer, the late Nora Ephron.  "'Newspapering is the greatest,' the McAlary character says, 'because you work in a profession that can make the world just a little bit better.' And I still believe that so strongly that I’m forever arguing with those who only see our mistakes," Henneberger writes.  She then sketches the lives of women journalists who've enriched newspapering and the lives of their writers.  It's a great reminder that journalism is only as good as the variety of people doing it.

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