Alex Sujong Laughlin

Host, The Cohort

Alex Sujong Laughlin is the host of The Cohort newsletter. The Cohort is the nonprofit Poynter Institute’s twice monthly newsletter about gender in digital media and journalism.

Alex is a longtime Cohort subscriber. You might recognize her from The Washington Post podcast, “Other: Mixed Race in America” or have heard her speak at conferences such as Werk It! and the Third Coast International Audio Festival. She’s produced podcasts for legacy publications like The New York Times, digital organizations like BuzzFeed, and media startups like Transmitter Media.

Alex also has a keen interest in analyzing and critiquing workplace and labor issues within the media industry. She has written pieces about the limits of “work-life balance” and guides to salary negotiation, as well as blog posts about career pivots and the importance of hybrid roles in newsrooms. I know she’s eager to dig into other issues important to you, including the changing ethics and definition of objectivity, power balances between full-time staff and others, burnout related to sexism and racism, alternative funding models for women-led startups, and the many journalists who are deciding to leave the industry.

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