Episode 26 – Elizabeth Cochrane aka Nellie Bly: Revolutionising journalism Part One

Content warning: this episode contains discussion of mental health and mental institutions that may be distressing to some listeners.

In this episode of Great Woman Theory, our hosts discuss the early life and achievements of one of the first investigative journalists, Elizabeth Cochrane, also known under her pen name, Nellie Bly. Called a ‘stunt girl’ reporter in her time, she paved the way for all undercover, investigative, and first-class women journalists. Her report on the conditions of a women’s asylum in 1887’s New York was truly remarkable and led to reforms that helped to humanise conditions going forward. And she’s only just getting started.

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