NEWSPAPERWOMAN by Agness Underwood


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Another side of journalism for women from Bess Furman's Washington By-Line; different, too, from the phases presented by various war correspondents and roving reporters. Some of this is tough, some unpleasant reading, but the whole is authentic and conveys a real journalistic flavor. Agness Underwood, first of the Los Angeles Daily Record then the Evening Herald and Express -- tells the story of her career in journalism. The form is of rambling recollections, reflections on women as reporters and editors, respect for competence, dislike for incompetence. She feels that being a woman is not a handicap. She worked up from the telephone switchboard to city-side reporter; it took lots of hard work. She respects Hearst as a newspaperman, insists that news is not slanted in the Hearst papers, and proves it in her own experience. Promoted to City Editor she writes of people she has worked with, reporters, photographers, editors; relationships with criminal and police, stars and publicity agents, the willingness of the press to help those who are cooperative, the ability of the press to snub those who are not. She tells of stories she has worked on, murders, trials, fires, flood, rape, Rose Bowl games, etc. Largely crime and filmdom- as related to journalism; another side of the picture.

Pub Date: June 8th, 1949
Publisher: Harper