Three Iconic Women In Journalism

Three Iconic Women In Journalism

Making headlines and leaving legacies

After almost three years in this major, I've learned more about Journalism then I could have ever imagined. But as much as I love the track i've set myself on, sometimes it can get old. It is at times like this that I think about the people in this field that have inspired me. It is hard to be a woman in this field. Female journalists fought an uphill battle for years try to make it in this industry. They are subject to sexism, racism, and mistreatment by network heads and superiors. It's one thing to make it in this field but to be taken seriously and respected is quite another. am hugely inspired by the women featured in this article. When a class or a task becomes too challenging I think about the female trailblazers in this industry, how hard they pushed themselves and how much they had to endure to get where they did.

1. Connie Chung

Connie Chung was born on August 20th 1946 in Washington DC. Her father worked in intelligence for the Chinese Government. She received a degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland. Chung has worked at almost all the major news networks she covered Washington for CBS, 20/20 for ABC, and anchored opposite Dan Rather on the nighty news broadcast for CBS. Connie Chung has had many impressive interviews throughout her career. One of her most famous was her sit down interview with Kathleen Gingrich in 1995, in which Newt Gingrich's mother confessed that her son had used a profane word to describe Hillary Clinton. Chung is also remembered for her pressing and high intensity interview of California Congressman and Chandra Levy murder suspect Gary Condit.

2. Gwen Ifill

Gwen Ifill was born on September 29th 1955 in Queens, New York. She got her Bachelors in Journalism from Simmons College. During her college internship, she found a racist note on her desk. She took it to her editors, who would later offer her a job out of college. Following her graduation, Ifill went to The Baltimore Sun in 81', and The Washington Post in 84', She would leave the previous in 91' after being told that she "couldn't handle covering Capitol Hill." Shortly after, she was hired by The New York Times where she covered the White House from 91-94.' Aside from the numerous political debates she hosted, Ifill is best remembered for her on-air partnership with PBS News Hour co-host Judy Woodruff. The duo were the first and only all-female team to anchor a nightly national news program on broadcast. Ifill also anchored PBS' Washington Week in Review. She was the first black woman to host a national political talk show. She also served on many prestigious boards and committees. Sadly Gwen Ifill passed away in September of last year from cancer at the age of 61. Some of her most iconic interviews include President Obama and the Dalai Lama.

3. Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters was born September 25th 1929, in Boston Massachusetts. Walters' father was in the entertainment industry and had many business ventures, meaning the family's finances were something of a roller coaster. Walters got her Bachelors from Sarah Lawrence in 1953. In 1961, she was hired by NBC as a writer. She became a "Today girl" as well. In 1964 she became a reporter and a sort of unofficial cohost to Frank McGee and Hugh Downs, she wasn't made an official cohost until 1974. Even then Frank McGee insisted on being given the first three questions of every interview he did with Walters. In 1976, she accepted a million dollar offer from ABC and became the first female co-anchor of an evening newscast. This move annoyed and angered many men in her field. Even her ABC co-anchor, Harry Reasoner had to problem vocalizing his agreement. One of Walters most famous ventures was her time at 20/20 (1979) It was here that she did some of her best and biggest work. Interviewing some of the biggest figures of the 80's and 90's including her 1996 sit down with the Menendez Brothers as well as the first TV interview with Monica Lewinsky - which is still the most-watched interview in history. Walters left 20/20 in 2004. Walters next and most successful venture was The View, of which she co-hosted until 2013, upon her retirement, though she remains executive producer. Most recently, she developed a series for Investigation Discovery, American Scandals with Barbara Walters. In which she revisits her biggest interviews. Barbara Walters is now 88 and has slowed though her legacy and work remains. She is also a huge personal inspiration to me, and has inspired me to consider work as an investigative journalist.

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.

The last 3-4 weeks of every college student's semester are always crazy hectic.

We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of "Chrisley Knows Best."

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.

3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.

6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.

7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in two days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.

14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.

You're finally back to your old self.

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5 Things To Think About During Trans Week Of Visibility

You should always think of your trans friends, but especially during this week.


Trans week of visibility is March 25 through March 31, these are the five things you should keep in mind during those days (and at all times).

1. Using The Correct Pronouns Are Extremely Important

If you do not know which pronouns to use, just ask. When talking to a trans person do not assume their pronouns, hell- don't assume a cisgender persons pronouns it is always better to ask someones pronouns when you first start talking to them. Using the correct pronouns is a major step in accepting trans people and it makes us feel so much more accepted, loved, and respected. It isn't that hard to do, so just ask.

2. Dead Names Are Dead For A Reason

If you know a trans persons dead name, DO NOT SHARE IT WITH OTHERS. It is dead for a reason. When trans people change their name (or pronouns) it is to reflect how they truly feel on the inside and show it to the outside world. This is something that is personal and should not be shared with anyone. Deadnaming a trans person is violent. Once a trans person has told you "Hey, I go by this name now", use that new name. Embrace it, love it, accept it, move on.

3. Never Ask What Genitals Trans People Have Or Which Bathroom They Use

First off, this is none of your business and why do you want to know? This is very private information and unless you're a doctor performing surgery or a doctor treating a patient you do not need to know what genitals a person has. Nobody needs to know which bathroom a person uses. That's all I have to say about this. Just don't do either of these things.

4. The World Isn't That Safe For Us, So Please Try To Make It Safer

Most of us are afraid to come out, even if you have been by our side no matter what or you have made comments that you would support us if we were trans. We are terrified because we know what the world is like for trans people. We see that the world we live in is a scary place for minorities and we are one of them. Being trans isn't easy, but coming out is one of the most freeing feelings in the world because you finally get to let the world in on who you truly are. It's all a scary process. If we come out to you, or even if we don't- just try to make the world safer for trans people. It's our cisgender allies that make the world safer for us. Without you all there is no change.

5. Love Us, Respect Us, Support Us

That's all we ask.

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