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CoastLine: Breaking the News is a study on inclusivity for both film team and the news team at The 19th*

from the documentary Breaking The News, The 19th* reporter Kate Sosin
Breaking the News
from the documentary Breaking The News, The 19th* reporter Kate Sosin

Breaking The News was supposed to be a documentary about a new nonpartisan, nonprofit newsroom called The 19th*, started by two women who wanted to cover news at the intersection of gender, politics, and policy. But when The 19th* launched in early 2020, so did an international pandemic.  The way the filmmakers had to film changed. And the story they thought they were telling also changed.

It was early 2020 when Emily Ramshaw and Amanda Zamora launched a new national nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet. The 19th* would report on issues at the intersection of gender, policy, and politics. They agreed to let a film crew document their journey as they covered the 2020 presidential election.

But then a pandemic spread around the globe. The United States and other parts of the world went into lockdown.

The film that emerged about The 19th*, Breaking the News, is not the story filmmakers set out to tell. Nor is it what the participants thought they had agreed to.

With three directors, all women, different ethnicities, the making of the film began to mirror the making of The 19th*: two teams, the film team and the news team, on parallel explorations of inclusivity and diversity.

The 19th* is named after the Constitutional Amendment granting the right to vote regardless of gender. The name includes an asterisk – symbolizing the work yet to be done.

In this episode, we explore the making of the film and the making of the news organization.

In the first segment, we’ll hear from co-founder and CEO of The 19th, Emily Ramshaw.

We spend the rest of the discussion with Chelsea Hernandez, one of three directors of Breaking the News.

For more information on the screening and how to get tickets:

Breaking The News at Jengo's Playhouse


Emily Ramshaw, Co-founder, CEO, The 19th*

Chelsea Hernandez, Emmy-nominated filmmaker; director, Breaking the News; producer, Panda Bear Films

Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.