Media has no time for courage today. It's click as fast as possible.
To get a story, Nellie Bly fooled NYPD, the New York Times, New York Sun, Bellevue doctors and a judge feigning insanity to expose asylum conditions on Roosevelt Island as an undercover patient. She wrote Ten Days In A Mad-House for Joseph Pulitzer's New York World.
Today, gourmet stories are no longer digested. Readers drink quick Kool-Aid.
"Squeezing complicated lives into a simple headline."
Nellie's next journalistic expedition set a world record for going "Around the World in 72 Days." She went from Jersey to Jersey meeting Jules Verne in France.
Today, media is about being "liked." "Like" is the world's most popular human activity for ads.
Grew up in Pittsburgh
Nellie broke into journalism at age 21, when women were unwelcome, writing in a steel town. She persisted writing on topics no one else had challenged, defining the essence of investigative journalism.
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