Emily Ramshaw and Amanda Zamora wanted to do something radical about the white men dominating newsrooms. “70% of policy and politics editors are men, almost all of them are white,” says Emily. “These are the people deciding which stories are told, who is telling them, and whether they will be on the front page or the back page, if they get there at all.”
So, Emily and Amanda along with the Editor-at-Large Errin Haines and a scrappy group of fearless women and LGBTQ+ journalists band together to buck the status quo and launch The 19th*, a digital news start-up. Named after the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote, but with the asterisk to acknowledge the Black women and women of color who were omitted, the 19th’s work is guided everyday by the asterisk – asking who is being omitted from the story, and how can they be included.
This screening is a co-presentation organized by UNCW Office of the Arts, WHQR Public Radio, Cucalorus, and Working Films.This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources through the Spark the Arts program.