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Journalists Stephanie Forshee and Rosie Downey are writing a book about a dozen reporters who have made an impact in their field.
Journalists Stephanie Forshee and Rosie Downey are writing a book about a dozen reporters who have made an impact in their field.
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So what's this all about?

Ever read an incredible article and wish you knew just how the reporters did it? 

How did he or she get access to that particular politician or agency? And which documents did that information actually come from? How many months did this journalist spend on the single investigative series?

Those are precisely the types of questions you'll find out by reading In Other News: Reporters on Reporting. 

That's why we're writing this book - because when we first started out, we were looking for mentors, for resources, for a book that helps solve the mystery of what it takes to be a solid reporter. 

There are great resources out there like reporting handbooks, or you could grab a memoir by some of the greats like Walter Cronkite or Dan Rather, of course. You could even read All the President's Men to learn more about Woodward & Bernstein's incredible journey behind exposing the Watergate scandal.

But In Other News is geared to provide insight that cuts to the chase and digs into the stories of how 12 working journalists uncovered gems of stories, how they got their first jobs, why they chose this career, what gives them their edge in an incredibly competitive space, and other educational, inspirational and motivational advice. 

It's not everyday the reporter is the subject of the story. But in our world, we want it to be, so we can all learn from it. 

We wanted to know how Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael J. Berens (now with the Chicago Tribune, formerly of The Seattle Times) came up with the idea that methadone could be killing thousands of people in Washington state. He shared that story with In Other News.

We wanted to know why Devil's Knot author Mara Leveritt insisted, for 18 years, that the West Memphis Three were innocent - as they sat behind bars, one of them even facing Death Row. She told us.

Now we want to share that insider knowledge with our readers. 

The book is perfect for journalism majors interested in knowing what it's really like to work in the field. Consider it a roadmap of real-world examples. 

But honestly, it's something beneficial to working journalists also. We have both been in the field for more than five years each and we still have a long way to go - much to learn about how to report on stories that really matter, stories that impact lives and create change. 

That's our goal, and hopefully it's yours too. 

Plus, it's just really fascinating to hear the stories of Pulitzer Prize winners and journalists who have written best-sellers and reporters whose stories have been transformed into motion pictures. 

It motivates everyone and keeps us honest. It is inspiring to hear about journalists who gave their blood, sweat and tears to a particular story and, in the end, witnessed a tremendous payoff. 

Here's to ethical journalism, stories that make an impact and recognition for reporters who make a difference every single day. 

-Stephanie & Rosie

What people are saying about In Other News:

“Need inspiration? Watch All the President’s Men for the 15th time or instead savor a chapter from In Other News: Reporters on Reporting. You’ll get the tonic you need to tackle your own Watergate.” — Linda Austin, veteran editor and journalism educator

Oh, and here's the complete lineup of journalists featured in the book:

Gilbert Bailon, editor-in-chief, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Christina Bellantoni, assistant managing editor, politics, Los Angeles Times

Michael J. Berens, Pulitzer-winning investigative reporter, Chicago Tribune

Geoff Edgers, national arts reporter, The Washington Post

Sonari Glinton, business desk reporter, NPR West bureau

Mitra Kalita, managing editor, Los Angeles Times

Andrew LaVallee, New York deputy bureau chief, The Wall Street Journal

Mara Leveritt, Devil's Knot author and investigative crime reporter, Arkansas Times

Carrie Lozano, documentary filmmaker

Terry McCarthy, Emmy-winning foreign war correspondent, formerly of TIME, ABC, CBS

Joan Ryan, New York Times best-selling author, former sports reporter

Kendall Taggart, investigative data reporter, BuzzFeed

Questions, comments or concerns?

Contact us at stephanie@insideothernews.com or rosie@insideothernews.com.

Stephanie Forshee
Stephanie Forshee
Rosie Downey
Rosie Downey

Risks and challenges

There are few risks involved with publishing our book. The worst case scenario is that there could be a delay in delivering the books, but we don't foresee any significant hiccups at this point in the process.

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    Get a sneak peek of our book. You'll receive an official copy of ONE SAMPLE CHAPTER about Pulitzer award winner Michael Berens before the book is released. You'll also receive a personal thank you on InsideOtherNews.com.

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    Get a digital sneak peek of our book, plus an EXCLUSIVE CUSTOMIZED BOOKMARK WITH THE IN OTHER NEWS LOGO. You'll receive an official copy of ONE SAMPLE CHAPTER about assistant managing editor of politics Christina Bellantoni of the Los Angeles Times before the book is released. You'll also receive a personal thank you on InsideOtherNews.com.

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    Do you love to read? Do you wish you had more time in your life to talk about books? Well here's your chance! Author Rosie Downey will lead a 3-MONTH ONLINE BOOK CLUB focused specifically on books about journalism. The 3 books will be chosen by popular vote amongst all members, one book will be assigned each month for 3-months and then Rosie will lead an online discussion about each book. You'll also receive a personal thank you on InsideOtherNews.com. (Ability to vote for books and participation in online discussion are included, you are responsible for obtaining chosen books).

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    You'll get your very own paperback version of In Other News: Reporters on Reporting shipped to your doorstep before anyone else (U.S. only). You'll also receive a copy of NYT Bestseller Molina: The Story of the Father Who Raised an Unlikely Baseball Dynasty by Bengie Molina and Joan Ryan (Joan's among the fabulous journalists we profiled in our book, oh, and she'll sign the book for you). You'll also get a personal thank you on InsideOtherNews.com.

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    Seasoned and talented national arts reporter GEOFF EDGERS is one of the subjects of our book and he has an awesome unique reward just for you! I'll let him describe it in his own words: "Mix tape…An arts package like no other. For two decades, Geoff Edgers has been listening, reading and watching the works of the greatest creators of our time, some well known, some sadly under-appreciated. He’s going to pull material from his personal collection to create a special “mix” for you. Expect music, a book, and a mystery item with an explanation of why these items are special." In addition, you will receive an autographed copy of our book. You'll also be able to attend the webinar with Mara Leveritt and get a personalized thank you on InsideOtherNews.com.

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    NEW YORK CITY OR SANTA CRUZ, CALIF. RESIDENTS ONLY: Interested in seeing a journalism related film and discussing it afterwards? Authors Stephanie Forshee and Rosie Downey will personally take you to a showing of awards-frontrunner film "Spotlight" and then treat you to coffee (or hot beverage of your choice) after the movie to discuss the film. You will receive an autographed copy of our book. You'll also be able to attend the webinar with Mara Leveritt and get a personalized thank you on InsideOtherNews.com. (Date to be arranged between you and Stephanie or Rosie, movie ticket and hot beverage included).

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    SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA OR LOS ANGELES RESIDENTS ONLY: Author Rosie Downey will personally take you to lunch and let you ask her (almost) anything about what it has been like behind the scenes to create In Other News: Reporters on Reporting and working as a journalist. She'll also have an autographed copy of our book personalized just for you. You'll also be able to attend the webinar with Mara Leveritt and get a personalized thank you on InsideOtherNews.com. (Date to be arranged between you and Rosie, lunch is included).

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    NEW YORK CITY OR WASHINGTON D.C. OR MEMPHIS RESIDENTS ONLY: Author Stephanie Forshee will personally take you to lunch and let you ask her (almost) anything about what it has been like behind the scenes to create In Other News: Reporters on Reporting and working as a journalist. She'll also have an autographed copy of our book personalized just for you. You'll also be able to attend the webinar with Mara Leveritt and get a personalized thank you on InsideOtherNews.com. (Date to be arranged between you and Stephanie, lunch is included).

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    Think you've got what it takes to interview Rosie and Stephanie? You could have your byline in an EXCLUSIVE Q&A WITH THE AUTHORS OF IN OTHER NEWS. This section will appear at the end of the book, and your questions will be used to interview the authors about their careers and what it was like to write In Other News: Reporters on Reporting. You'll also receive an autographed copy of our book signed by Rosie and Stephanie. And you'll be invited to attend the webinar led by Mara Leveritt and receive a personal thank you on InsideOtherNews.com. NOTE: Multiple people can potentially pledge for this reward, which means this could be a shared byline. Sorry to say, but the recipient of this reward will not receive any royalties or rights to the book. It'll have to be just for fun and to support the project. We look forward to your questions. (Interviews will take place in December).

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    For a journalist who is just starting out or for a non-journalist who is interested in the day-to-day life of a reporter-we present you with your very own REPORTING ESSENTIALS GIFT BASKET. Rosie and Stephanie will create a gift basket just for you, containing everything that helps them in their daily lives as reporters. Think inspirational movies and books, practical items like coffee, reporter's notebooks and a digital recorder plus a few surprises! In addition, you will receive an autographed copy of our book. You'll also be able to attend the webinar with Mara Leveritt and get a personalized thank you on InsideOtherNews.com. (Shipping and handling of gift basket is included).

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