Never cry in a newsroom? Here’s what female journalism leaders know

When Janet Coats was an intern reporting for a newspaper in Knoxville, Tennessee, her boss was a hard-nosed city editor who drank whiskey all day from a thermos.

One day, he tore into her about a story she had done, and Coats ran to the bathroom and burst into tears. A veteran police reporter followed her into the bathroom and locked the door. “She said, ‘You can cry all you want in here, but don’t you ever, ever cry out there. Don’t do it.’”

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