Source: The Atlantic
“In my time, women usually had their life stories written for them. But I didn’t like the story I was given, so I wrote a new one.”
That’s Nellie Bly, the nom de plume of Elizabeth Cochrane. The story she wrote—in a newspaper in 1887, and, figuratively, of her life—would change the course of journalism in America.
Penny Lane’s new short film, “Nellie Bly Makes the News,” from The Center for Investigative Reporting and Glassbreaker Films brings Bly’s intrepid spirit to life.
The film is an inventive and wildly entertaining account of the late reporter’s pioneering work in investigative journalism.
It uses animation and a mix of documentary-style and reenacted interviews—drawn from primary sources, including Bly’s own writing and published interviews—to tell the story of a dynamic woman whose reportage is still being emulated today.
Watch “Nellie Bly Makes the News” above and read the story at The Atlantic.
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