More After the Break
A Reporter Returns to Ten Unforgettable News Stories
by Jen Maxfield
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Pub Date 12 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 01 Aug 2022
Greenleaf Book Group, Greenleaf Book Group Press
A reporter uncovers the rest of the story
In More After the Break, Jen Maxfield revisits ten memorable stories from her career as a TV news reporter, describing in heart-pounding detail how the events unfolded and revealing what happened after the cameras went away. She introduces readers to unforgettable people who will inspire you with their hopefulness, even when confronting life’s greatest heartbreaks: a young man who lost both legs in a ferry crash, an endurance athlete with stage-four lung cancer, a fifth grader on a doomed field trip, an Ivy League undergrad sentenced to decades in prison, a young woman who gave her life for an animal, a Wall Street executive on an ill-fated bike ride, a preschooler whose health hinged on an immigration battle, a family who lost everything in a hurricane, a mother who fought back against domestic violence, and a man who stood up for his rights while seated in his wheelchair.
Returning to find these people years—even decades—after she featured their stories on the news gives Maxfield an opportunity to ask the burning questions she had always pondered: What happened after the live truck pulled away? What is the rest of the story?
“For a reporter accustomed to writing 90 second news stories, all I can say is that Jen Maxfield should be writing more books! More After the Break is a vivid and moving account of people’s stories, written by a journalist who holds her subjects in high regard.”
-Senator Bill Bradley, US Senate (1979-1997) and New York Knicks (1965-1977)
“The best journalists get into the business because they genuinely care about the good people they cover, as well as the good people who watch, read, and listen to their stories. Jen Maxfield is precisely that kind of journalist. More After the Break strengthens your faith in humanity, and not incidentally, in the still noble profession of journalism.”
-Gary Tuchman, CNN National Correspondent
“At a time when journalists and journalism are increasingly under attack, Jen Maxfield offers a compelling and heart-warming look at the industry and its practitioners. More After the Break is a must-read for aspiring journalists who are sometimes fed the message that sensitivity and compassion are antithetical to success in this business.”
-Charles F. Whitaker, Professor & Dean, Medill School, Northwestern University
“More After the Break is an extraordinary look into journalism and the journalist who represents the best in our profession. Jen takes us along on her intense and so often heartbreaking journey of service, and gifts us with the broader impact the stories she covers continue to have on families, society, and ourselves. What an important and impactful work!”
-José Díaz-Balart, MSNBC, NBC News, and Telemundo Anchor
“More After the Break offers an essential perspective we rarely consider: what happens to those who’ve been in the spotlight after the news moves on to the next big story? Jen Maxfield offers a compelling insider’s view, and a sense of humanity beyond the headlines. A must-read for anyone interested in the future of journalism.”
-Claire Shipman, New York Times bestselling author and journalist
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A wonderful story depicting the real life experiences of women who work in journalism, this was a great story that really inspired me to be more aware of the struggles that journalists and reporters go through, as well as the privilege that I have because I live in a place where news is more readily available to me.
I enjoyed this book but at times it was hard to read. Some of the stories where heart breaking. I do like how the author realize she may have put pressure on the people. That they may have different fellings about the circumstances if they weren’t thrust into the limelight.
Some of the stories we are all just interested in as it could be us.
Thanks to Netgalley for providing me the Advanced Review Copy of this book. This was one of those books that piqued my interest from the synopsis itself.
In this book,a journalist after two decades of news reporting revisits some of the people who she had interviewed earlier and tried to show her readers the impact of their respective traumatic experiences.
This book is a collection of ten different stories. All these stories will tug at your heartstrings and make you wonder about God’s justice system as you will come across real life stories in which honest people are unjustly punished while at the same time, people who are deserving of the harshest punishment possible roam free.
The person from whom I got inspired the most was the story of Zaina,who even after suffering extensive trauma at such a tender age, took steps and is still working towards changing the circumstances around her so that nobody else has to ever go through the suffering that she endured.
This book, although triggering in parts will rekindle your faith in humanity as you would realise that these people even after going through so much that they didn’t deserve to go through in the first place, while trying to move on and achieve a better life for themselves, are also trying to bring about a change in the society so that the history does not repeat itself.
Lastly, I highly commend the effort taken by the author to reconnect with the survivors of those highly devastating circumstances especially during the pandemic period when dread and uncertainty surrounded us on all sides and it was difficult to think about any other person except our immediate family and their safety. This book will serve as a reminder that what we see on the news is just a part of the story and not the whole story.
I really enjoyed reading about the authors experience as a reporter definitely not the glamorous job most of us think it is.I was really interested in what happened tothe people in these headline getting stories.The young victim of the states Island ferry crash saved by a young nurse who just happened to be there made a truly emotional story.#netgalley #greenleafbooks
More After The Break by Jen Maxfield is an immersive, inspiring memoir of a reporter revisiting ten or the most stories she covered during her career. Bring tissues! I read Maxfield's book in long bursts, glued to her words. But sometimes I needed a break, some space to absorb the real-life drama playing out on the page. Highly recommend!
i really love books like this! one that take you behind the scenes of professions and events you thought you knew the full story about. jen maxfield tells her stories with a lot of compassion and care as she goes back to her biggest and most heartfelt news stories from across the years. the concept was really interesting and i enjoyed it
If you are fascinated by journalists or inspired by their story telling, this book is for you. I really enjoyed learning about the behind the scenes of a breaking news reporter and the conflicting emotions that comes with it.
The stories she revisited were inspiring and emotional. I wish all stories had follow up like this!
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