Kristen Czaban on First, But Last? with Emy DiGrappaKristin Czaban is the first female publisher in the history of the Sheridan Press – a history that dates back to 1887.

Before heading West, she graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Journalism.

In this episode, Kristen weighs in on whether or not Wyoming still deserves to be called “The Equality State” and she shares her thoughts on how small-town papers can report on contentious issues like #metoo without bias.

“Print news, by its nature, takes a little longer to be out in front of people. I think taking that breath before something is in print allows print journalists to avoid the sensationalism that happens in other mediums.” – Kristen Czaban

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“Wyoming did a great job to start, but we’ve really fallen behind on womens’ equality and equality of any kind across the state. There’s action heading in the right direction, but not enough and not nearly fast enough.” – Kristen Czaban

Show Notes:

  • Why Kristen moved to Wyoming to work for a small-town paper
  • Why rural newspapers have a better shot at survival than metropolitan papers
  • Whether or not Wyoming still deserves to be called the “Equality State”
  • Kristen’s coverage of wealth inequality in Lodge Grass, Montana
  • Why the Sheridan Press started a Women’s Conference
  • Kristen’s experience with discrimination in her work as a journalist
  • How small-town papers can report on issues like #metoo without being accused of creating “fake news”
  • How Kristen mentors young women in Sheridan

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“Any sort of downside to being a woman in this industry has come more from the people that I interview or write stories about than within the industry itself. I get a lot of dismissal from some of the people I need to write about, whether it’s politicians or CEOs.” – Kristen Czaban

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