Kent State Professor Shares Her Experiences in Good Enough is the New Perfect

By Brianne Kimmel

 JMC Assistant Professor Jan Leach is one of dozens of working women featured in Good Enough is the New Perfect: Finding Happiness and Success in Modern Motherhood.

 Since her arrival at Kent State University in August 2003, Leach has shared her journalistic background and personal experiences with hundreds of Kent State University students.

 “I enjoy every minute at Kent State,” Leach said. “I’m still a professional journalist; I maintain professional contacts; I study journalism trends, and I also have the opportunity to interact with great students and people within the university.”

 In October 2008, a professional contact surprised Leach with a rare opportunity.

 “I was very honored Becky [Beaupre Gillespie] wanted to include me in the larger story of women finding self-worth,” Leach said.

 Good Enough is the New Perfect by Becky Beaupre Gillespie and Hollee Schwartz Temple features research on today’s working women and a number of firsthand accounts from working mothers balancing success in the office and at home.

 Leach was interviewed about experiences after having twins, “finding myself after pregnancy was a very important lesson for me,” Leach said.  “Being on bed rest for 29 days, while also having a three-year-old daughter was challenging. I remember thinking after I gave birth, what does Jan want to accomplish with her life.”

 After leaving her position as managing editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Leach became editor and vice president of the Akron Beacon Journal where she coordinated coverage of the September 11 attacks, including publishing an “Extra” edition, covering the local impact, and helping to launch and promote the “Fire Truck Fund” that raised more than $1.3 million for new safety equipment in New York City.

 Leach currently teaches media ethics, copy editing and other news courses and is director of Kent’s Media Law Center for Ethics and Access. She is also an Ethics Fellow at the Poynter Institute for Journalism Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla.

 Leach was the editor of two books by Terry Pluto. She is the author of four chapters in the book The Edge of Change: Women in the 21st Century Press, published in 2009.

Visit the Web for additional information on Good Enough is the New Perfect and Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


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