Student journalist Nelly Rouzroch tells the story of the woman who inspires her most, journalist Ethel L Payne, the first Black female in the White House Press Corps. Known as the “First Lady of the Black Press”, Ethel L Payne was respected for asking tough questions and, in fact, was catapulted to fame when she angered President Eisenhower by putting him on the spot about Civil Rights. Ethel L Payne was an early proponent of advocacy journalism, believing she was “an instrument of change.” Nelly relates Ethel’s path to her ground-breaking career as well as her legacy. Ask the tough questions!
Our storytellers share these astonishing women with us conversationally and unscripted; we fact-check afterwards and note any major discrepancies for accuracy.
Student Director: Lucia Barker
Directing Mentor: Julie Hébert
DP: Sevdije Kastrati
Student DP: Sophie Evans-Katz
Editor: Rachelle Hoppel
Sound: Nancy Kwon
Dialogue Editor: Daniel Raphael
Producer: Courtney Graham
Associate Producer: Cara Harrington
Student Producer: Cat Oriel