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Behind the Headlines at a Big City Paper

Behind the Headlines at a Big City Paper

by Betty Lou English

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4 UpThe New York Times is the ``big city paper'' in question here, becoming the second New York newspaper to be the subject of a children's book this publishing season. (The first was the Daily News in Margaret Miller's Hot Off the Press! Crown, 1985). Miller's method of reporting on the News was to trace a single story from inception to newsprint. English, on the other hand, devotes only one chapter of her book to this strategy before turning her attention to what really interests her: the people behind the news. The stories are told in a series of almost always interesting and occasionally revealing mini-biographies which range from the leadership of the paper to its science news staff. English's excellent photos accompany and illuminate the text. The book is not without its problems: the Times is such a labyrinthine organization that readers are occasionally lost in the maze (an organizational chart would have helped), and none of the persistent controversies attending the paper's management is even alluded to. But, on the whole, both the paper and the reader are well served by the author. Michael Cart, Beverly Hills Public Library

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