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They Wrote Their Own Headlines: American Women Journalists

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Gr 6-10-A delightfully readable collective biography that presents thoughtful and insightful profiles of seven women journalists. Whitelaw chronicles the early lives, professional growth, and career decisions of her subjects, whose expertise range from news and war reporting to photography, advice columns to television anchors, and span a time period from the late 1800s to the present. They include Ida Tarbell, Dorothy Thompson, Margaret Bourke-White, Alice Dunnigan, Ann Landers, Marguerite Higgins, and Charlayne Hunter-Gault. A full-page, black-and-white portrait of each woman introduces each chapter. An entertaining and informative offering.-Judie Porter, Media Services Center, Portsmouth School Department, RI
Frances Bradburn
This superb collective biography focuses on seven female journalists, from early-twentieth-century muckraker Ida Tarbell to contemporary advice columnist Ann Landers and Public Broadcasting System correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault, from war correspondent Marguerite Higgins and photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White to White House thorn-in-the-side Alice Dunnigan and Holocaust foreshadower Dorothy Thompson. These women come alive; the sheer drive, courage, and intelligence that allowed them to pursue a male-dominated field are evident as their childhoods segue into their demanding careers. Wars, sibling rivalry, and arguments with presidents all become an integral part of their stories. Each biography is followed by a list of that journalist's published books, and the selected bibliography includes some of those titles as well as works about the journalist. Unfortunately, the glossary is weak and the index inadequate, seeming like afterthoughts to an otherwise thoroughly readable collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883846060
  • Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1994
  • Series: Makers of the Media Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.67 (w) x 8.71 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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