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Nellie Bly

Found In: language arts & literature; social studies; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

Nellie Bly is a website celebrating the life and journalistic achievements of a pioneering investigative reporter and the first American female war correspondent. In an era when women newspaper writers were relegated to gardening, fashion, or society, Bly wrote about the poor and oppressed. The website is a good supplementary resource for grades 5-8 social studies and language arts and grades 9-12 journalism.

Biography provides an overview of the life and career of Nellie Bly, born Elizabeth Jane Cochran on May 5, 1864. This section features a timeline setting Blys career in historical, social, and literary context.

Her Writing provides downloadable copies of Around The World In 72 Days, Blys successful attempt to break Phineas Foggs record in Jules Vernes novel Around The World In 80 Days, and Ten Days In A Mad-House, a description of Blys experiences as an investigative reporter posing as a patient in Bellevue Hospital on Blackwells Island. In addition, this section offers articles she wrote for the Pittsburgh Dispatch, The New York World, and The New York Evening Journal.

Gallery includes photographs of Bly and Bly memorabilia, such as Trading Cards and Round The World board game popular when she was circling the world in 1890.

Books & More is a select and annotated bibliography of books and videos about Nellie Bly for K-12.

Links connect to web resources. NYUs Undercover Reporting has more newspaper articles written by Nellie Bly.


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