This week on The Upgrade, we spoke in front of a live audience at On Air Fest with journalist Jill Abramson, the first female executive editor of the New York Times, and the co-author of Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas. Jill is currently a political columnist for The Guardian as well as a Senior Lecturer in the English Department at Harvard. Her next book, News Wars, will be out in 2019.
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Discussed in This Episode
- The transformational role of social media on everything
- How journalists’s Twitter addiction can undermine their work
- How to modulate political news consumption to maintain your sanity
- What it’s like being the person reporting the news and also sometimes being the person creating the news
- How you maintain your credibility as a reporter when people are attacking you as partisan
- How polarised the news media has become
- The qualities used to describe women in power
- The changes that will come from the “Me Too” movement
- What Jill tells her students who want to be reporters
Our Upgrades of the Week
Every week we like to let you in on the upgrades we’ve made in our own lives. This week we talked about an (emotionally) pain-free scale, an exhibit to celebrate Women’s History Month, and mornings with a new yoga friend.