The Imperfect Mirror: Inside Stories of Television Newswomen

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Charts the hard-won gains made by television newswomen--the struggle they have faced in being taken seriously and the difficult balance of personal and professional life

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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.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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 .
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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