Women in Journalism: Behind The Scenes & On the Big Screen

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Women in Journalism: Behind The Scenes & On the Big Screen

Q&A with journalists Lisa Belkin, Allison Gilbert & Pamela Paul, with Janet Maslin

Join us for a lively conversation about the status of women in journalism — back in Elsie Robinson’s time (1920s-1950s), and today. Allison Gilbert, whose new book is the first biography of Hearst nationally syndicated newspaper columnist Elsie Robinson, will be joined by Lisa Belkin, former columnist for The New York Times, Pamela Paul, The New York Times Opinion columnist & former editor of The New York Times Book Review, and JBFC board president Janet Maslin.

Before the discussion, enjoy the 1940 classic His Girl Friday, a rapid-fire screwball comedy featuring reporter Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell) who spars with her ex-husband and editor (Cary Grant).

Books from Allison, Pamela, and Lisa will be available for sale following the discussion, courtesy of The Village Bookstore.


7:00: Q&A with journalists Lisa Belkin, Allison Gilbert, Pamela Paul, and JBFC board president Janet Maslin
Wednesday, Nov. 2 2022, 7:00
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  • Allison Gilbert is an award-winning journalist and co-author of Listen, World!: How the Intrepid Elsie Robinson Became America’s Most-Read Woman. She is host of “Women Journalists of 9/11: Their Stories,” a 20-part documentary series produced in collaboration with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, which features interviews with such luminaries as Savannah Guthrie, Maggie Haberman, Dana Bash, and Linda Wertheimer. Allison is also the official narrator of the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s historical exhibition audio tour, the only female journalist to be so honored. On her blog, she features Q & A’s with some of the most notable names in our culture today including, Arianna Huffington, Jon Stewart, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Dani Shapiro, Gretchen Rubin, and Susan Orlean. 
  • Pamela Paul is an Opinion columnist for The New York Times. She was previously the editor of The New York Times Book Review for nine years, where she oversaw book coverage and hosted the Book Review podcast. She is the author of eight books, including: 100 Things We’ve Lost to the Internet (named a best book of 2021 by The Chicago Tribune).
  • Lisa Belkin has spent a career covering American social issues, as a daily journalist, a magazine writer, and a book author. She spent nearly 30 years at The New York Times followed by a decade in the digital realm, in senior positions at HuffPost and Yahoo News. Belkin is the author of three books -- Life’s Work, Confessions of an Unbalanced Mom, First, Do No Harm, and Show Me A Hero, which was made into an HBO miniseries of the same name.

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