The February News Book Club pick is “She Said”

Happy Friday! I hope you’ll all get some time over the holidays to rest, recharge — and read.

I wanted to try something new for the next installment of News Book Club. My colleague Kyra Miller and I both recently read “She Said” by New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey and we both immediately thought that it would be a perfect fit for book club. 

She Said” details how Kantor and Twohey broke the story that brought down Harvey Weinstein and helped accelerate the #MeToo movement. It’s also a master class in investigative reporting. The book is full of helpful tips and insights into the journalistic process.

As a result, Kyra and I decided that we’d like to co-host a discussion on “She Said,” which will be our next book club read in February. 

Here’s where I need your help: Instead of me arbitrarily picking a date, I’d like you to vote on the date that works best for you in a Doodle poll. I’ve chosen a handful of dates in early-mid February, but please let me know what works best for you by voting here.

I’ll send a follow up email after the holidays with the winning date, and you can add the Book Club schedule to your Google calendar by clicking here. You can also join our Slack group here

I’m looking forward to discussing “She Said,” and please let me know if you have any questions or anything. 

Thank you also to everyone who joined us last month for our discussion of “There’s No Crying in the Newsroom.” 

The discussion was led by Anita Zielina, Director of News Innovation and Leadership at the CUNY J-School. 

We had a lively discussion about female leadership in journalism. We discussed strategies for advancing your career, different leadership styles, and how to be an effective ally. 

I was planning on sharing some insightful quotes from the discussion — but my voice recorder died, and I can’t access the recording I made of the conversation. I also didn’t take good notes because I was focused on participating in the discussion. 

Oops. Lesson learned. 

Below are a few tweets and Slack posts that highlight some key points from both our conversation and others’ reading of the book. 

If you participated in the conversation or just have thoughts you’d like to share on the book, please feel free to reply to this email. I’ll share your comments back out to the group. 

Thanks for your understanding, and my apologies for the goof. 😔

And as we wrap up 2019, I wanted to take a minute to say thank you. 

The idea for this book club started with me procrastinating on Twitter, and has blossomed into a really nice community. I’m grateful that you have shared space in your email inbox and taken time out of your day to discuss nerdy journalism books together. Thank you for taking part in this experiment. 

I can’t wait to keep reading together in 2020. 

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