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There's No Crying in Newsrooms

What Women Have Learned about What It Takes to Lead

Kristin Grady Gilger, Senior Associate Dean, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication Julia Wallace Campbell Brown



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Rowman & Littlefield
15 September 2019
There's No Crying in Newsrooms tells the stories of remarkable women who broke through barrier after barrier at media organizations around the country over the past four decades. They started out as editorial assistants, fact checkers and news secretaries and ended up running multi-million-dollar news operations that determine a large part of what Americans read, view and think about the world. These women, who were calling in news stories while in labor and parking babies under their desks, never imagined that 40 years later young women entering the news business would face many of the same battles they did - only with far less willingness to put up and shut up. The female pioneers in There's No Crying in Newsrooms have many lessons to teach about what it takes to succeed in media or any other male-dominated organization, and their message is more important now than ever before.
By:   Kristin Grady Gilger Senior Associate Dean Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Julia Wallace
Foreword by:   Campbell Brown
Imprint:   Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 238mm,  Width: 159mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   458g
ISBN:   9781538121498
ISBN 10:   1538121492
Pages:   216
Publication Date:   15 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kristin Grady Gilger is Senior Associate Dean at one of the nation's leading journalism schools, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She also serves as director of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism and the National Center on Disability and Journalism, both of which are housed at the Cronkite School. Prior to joining ASU in 2002, Gilger spent 20 years in various reporting and editing roles at newspapers across the country. Julia Wallace was a top media executive and high-ranking editor at four major newspapers. She spent more than 20 years as a top editor and was the first woman editor-in-chief of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She was inducted into the Medill School of Journalism Hall of Achievement. In 2017, she joined the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University as the Frank Russell Chair.

Reviews for There's No Crying in Newsrooms: What Women Have Learned about What It Takes to Lead

If there is one lesson that I can add to the many profound lessons this book offers, it is this: Focus on what's best for you and then throw yourself at it. And remember that the cause of women in newsrooms will take on urgency only if we make it happen-together. -- Campbell Brown, Head of Global News Partnerships, Facebook There's No Crying in Newsrooms is an important, readable, and timely book about women newsroom leaders at a turning point in American journalism. It vividly describes, from probing interviews, the struggles and triumphs of dozens of leading women journalists. Each chapter ends with engaging, sage advice from the authors, drawing on their own long careers as successful news leaders. A rich portfolio of photos of many of the women helps readers get to know them even better. The book should be essential reading for journalists and for everyone else interested in the journey of American women today. -- Leonard Downie Jr., former Executive Editor and VP of The Washington Post I'm truly thankful to Kristin and Julia for writing this book. It's part history, part practical advice, and fueled by the stories women journalists tell when we're together. It's important that the discussion about facing obstacles and opportunities for women in journalism be shared more widely. I came away inspired by and grateful to the trailblazing women journalists who have led the way. -- Nicole Carroll, Editor in Chief of USA TODAY A provocative look inside the world of journalism, filled with stories of women who have learned to lead, even though many of the same old obstacles remain. There's No Crying in Newsrooms is the real-life guidebook to a new generation of women intent on careers in not just news, but every profession. -- Gail Evans, EVP, CNN Newsgroup, Author of Play Like A Man, Win Like a Woman I found this book to be a triple gift. Not only do Gilger and Wallace write the compelling history of women climbing to the top of the news business, and profile many of those women who fought to the summit, they also provide a detailed roadmap for future leaders on their own journey to the top. I thought I knew this story because I lived it. But there's so much more that exists under the surface. This is required reading for anyone entering the business. -- Kate O'Brian, Former Senior Vice President of ABC News and President of Al Jazeera America Mentors, professors, and parents should recommend There's No Crying in Newsrooms to any aspiring journalist. Through captivating stories and anecdotes, the authors - trailblazers in their own right -- share the wisdom gained by those homesteading female pioneers who, over the past half century, rose through the ranks, paving a professional path forward for other women. Each chapter ends with a compendium of leadership lessons - a passing of the baton to the current generation and a toolkit for meeting the remaining challenges. -- Penelope Muse Abernathy, Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics, University of North Carolina

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