The Fearless Journalist
The name Nellie Bly was actually her journalist pseudonym. Her real name was Elizabeth Jane Cochrane, and she had already earned a reputation as being the world’s first investigative reporter. By the time this adventure began, Bly had already made headlines for her bold journalistic work.
In an early example of investigative journalism, she spent ten days in a madhouse to expose the cruelties experienced by those living in New York’s Blackwell’s Island insane asylum. Bly made a name for herself as a fearless journalist – a pioneer, not just for women, but for all reporters. In 1889, she took on another daring project, which attracted even more attention than her previous story: she decided to take a trip around the world.