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4 Must-Read Books By Female Journalists For Aspiring Media Career Girls

Posted October 16, 2014 by Lisa Granshaw in Career Moves

If you’re a Career Girl who dreams of working in the media one day, there are a few different ways you can prepare to enter the field and educate yourself about what to expect in the industry. While you’ve probably thought of some of the most common ways to do this like working internships during the summer or school year and requesting informationals with media professionals, another way to get a sense of a career in media is by reading books written by some of the top women in the field.

By reading books authored by notable professionals, you can get a sense of the work women in specific roles do and what challenges they faced working in the industry. It should come as no surprise that media is a difficult field for women to move up in due to the lack of diversity but many have succeeded and their experiences can help you learn to succeed too.

Here are four book to add to your reading list:

  1. “Audition” by Barbara Walters: Walters forged a path for women in the broadcast media industry. Many opportunities would not be available today if it wasn’t for her. In this book you can learn about the struggles she faced moving up and what it’s like working in the TV industry.
  2. “Front Row At The White House: My Life and Times” by Helen Thomas: Thomas was the first female member of the White House press corps and paved the way for women covering presidential politics. If you’re interested in working at a wire or covering D.C. politics, this book is an essential read.
  3. “Reporting Live” by Lesley Stahl: Stahl rose through the broadcast journalism ranks when women were even rarer in the field than they are today. Her experiences will teach you a lot about the lifestyle of TV news.
  4. “Personal History” By Katharine Graham: If newspapers are more your style, then you need to read this book by one of the top women in the industry who was the publisher of The Washington Post, continuing her family’s long legacy in the position which only recently came to an end.

About the Author

Lisa Granshaw

Lisa Granshaw is a freelance writer and career consultant based in New York City. Her company, Media Career Consulting LLC, offers a variety of consulting services to young professionals interested in a career in the media and communications industry. She began her career as a NBC Page, worked as a production assistant at Nightly News with Brian Williams, and was a producer and writer for the TODAY Show's website. Her work has appeared on The Daily Dot, TODAY.com, Parents.com, Vetstreet, Blastr, and more.