Imperfect Mirror: Inside Stories of Television Newscasters

Imperfect Mirror: Inside Stories of Television Newscasters

by Daniel Paisner

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This revealing study provides numerous insights into the lives and careers of TV newswomen in the form of quotes from celebrities and lesser-knowns in the field. Paisner ( Theo and Me ) interviews stars like Jane Pauley, Lesley Stahl and Diane Sawyeras well as female anchors in Denver, San Francisco, Chicago, Detroit and elsewhereon such subjects as the way it was for pioneer women on the tube, what demands are made of women but not of men and how females cope with sexism and pregnancy. He follows six anchorwomen, among them Chere Avery of Ft. Myers, Fla., and Connie Chung of NBC-TV, through their typical days, showing the challenges unique to each and those that are common to all. Photos not seen by PW. (Mar.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
These ``inside stories'' consist of six ``A Day in the Life'' chapters and snippets of conversations (or ``sound bites'') with more than 50 television newswomen, including Connie Chung (NBC-TV) and Renee Poussant (WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C.). Paisner, co-author of Malcolm Jamal-Warner's Theo and Me: Growing Up O.K. (Dutton, 1988), says, ``I will leave the more scholarly task of analyzing the evolving role of television newswomen to others.'' (For a newswoman's view of the business, readers may prefer Marlene Sanders and Marcia Rock's Waiting for Prime Time: The Women of Television News , Univ. of Illinois Pr., 1988.) True, Paisner's is not a scholarly study, but in its use of ``fast-paced commentary'' it occasionally can be as dissatisfying and superficial as TV news itself.-- J o Cates, Poynter Inst. for Media Studies Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla .
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
YA-- A captivating book that describes the struggles of the women who have cracked the male bastion of television newscasting. The women profiled have weathered the differences in salary, opportunities, influence, and expectations, and projected the all-important image required for success in the man's world of broadcast news. Sylvia Chase, Connie Chung, Christine Craft, Faith Daniels, Jane Pauley, and Diane Sawyer are just a few of the network and local news personalities whose successes and struggles are reflected in this book. Snippets of interviews interspersed with ``a day in the life of . . .'' chapters reflect the energy, the drive, the ambition, and the urge to succeed that propels these successful women into the glare of the television studio lights. Along with the spotlight and the success, Paisner details the lonely lifestyles, the obsessive work behavior, the resentments, and the emphasis on hair, cosmetics, and wardrobe. This is a strong book about strong women that will attract journalism students and young adults interested in television careers, as well as almost anyone who turns on the TV on to catch the news.-- Gwen Salama, Hastings High School, Alief I.S.D., Tex.

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