The News Book Club will be meeting to discuss “She Said” at 1pm EST on February 12. Click here to add the meeting to your Google calendar.
In “She Said,” New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey tell the behind-the-scenes story of how they broke the story on Harvey Weinstein’s long history of sexual misconduct. It is a masterclass in investigative reporting, and it will give us plenty to discuss.
Weinstein was in the news this week as his trial started in New York and he was charged in a new case in Los Angeles. The Daily, the Times’ weekday podcast, is airing a special two-part series this week on the cases. You can listen here.
I’ll send additional reminders and updates as we get closer to Feb.12, but please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions about the Book Club.
In our last email, I asked if anyone wanted to share reflections on our last Book Club read, “There’s No Crying in Newsrooms: What Women Have Learned about What It Takes to Lead.”
Robert Socha, a journalist with Poland’s TVN and a Book Club regular, shared a few thoughts with me, and he gave me permission to share with everyone here:
“When it comes to the last club meeting. When I read the book I realized how many insights I was able to find there, not only when it comes to women in newsrooms but kind of general ideas as well when it comes to leadership, such as the importance of listening.
I think it is even more important when it comes to digital media where listening to your audience is more important than it used to be decades ago; where agile, design thinking and so on are the declared principles. If digital is user centric so should be the treatment of employees. User first should also mean employees first too. I think that in this field Jennifer Brandel and her company Hearken are doing a pretty good job.
I also loved the idea of finding Your Tribe, as Ann Marie Lipinski advised somebody. The rule could be applied to any [underrepresented] minorities in a workplace.
One picture that stuck in my head was of the female journalist who decided to light up a cigarette in a newsroom breaking established rules. Social change starts with such small things. It involves grassroots work and time but one should keep going ahead.”
Thanks for sharing, Robert! And if anyone else has any reflections on any of our previous books that they’d like to share, please send them my way.
Thanks, and have a phenomenal weekend.