Emily Ramshaw is an innovator in media today. As the co-founder and CEO of The 19th*, she is creating the nation’s first non-profit, nonpartisan newsroom that is situated squarely at the intersection of gender, politics and policy. Emily and her team are working to create a platform that more inclusively covers issues as they pertain to women of all races, faiths, and political persuasions. It’s a huge challenge to be sure, but for Emily it’s the big idea that just wouldn’t go away and the one she felt was worth taking a big risk for!
The 19th* is also embracing a cutting edge non-profit journalism business model similar to one created at the Texas Tribune. Emily has spent the past decade at the Tribune, and as editor-in-chief since 2016.
When Texas Tribune co-founders Evan Smith and Ross Ramsey were asked how they selected Emily to join the team they were building, Ramsey is quoted as saying: “You ought to hire the reporters who you are afraid to compete with.”
Emily is a real journalist who understands how to dig into a story. She’s gone undercover in a polygamous West Texas cult, exposed sexual abuse in juvenile detention centers, and her work as both a journalist and leader in media earned her a seat on the Pulitzer board.
In this episode, I talk with Emily about:
- how she’s building The 19th* (which is a nod to the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which gave women the right to vote);
- how to manage an almost entirely virtual model (even beyond COVID);
- what impact she hopes to have;
- how she’ll work to include and cover specific groups of women who often feel left out or ignored by traditional media sources;
- how she evaluates professional risks;
- how she tackles self-doubt;
- what she’s learned from motherhood (she’s the mom of four-year-old Sophie);
- and more.
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