My journalism hero

Personally, I don’t actually have a journalism hero – yet.

The thing that inspired me to do journalism was a book called Cupcakes and Kalashnikov’s: 100 Years of the Best Journalism by Women, by Naomi Wolfe and Eleanor Mills. I discovered this book through studying A Level English Language and Literature.

This book really spoke out to me because it is filled with women who have made a difference in this world through their writing.

One of the journalists who I particularly found interesting was Nellie Bly, who was the first investigative journalist who fought for better healthcare. In the book they included an extract of Ten Days in a Madhouse, which was one of her first pieces of work that made her rise to fame. For this, she posed as a mentally insane person to go into an asylum and expose what it was like in the newspaper she worked for.


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