Memoirs By Female Journalists in Review

July 11, 2022 Uncategorized 3 ★★★★

Memoirs By Female Journalists in ReviewTitle: On All Fronts: The Education of a Journalist
Author: Clarissa Ward
Source: Library
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The writing in this book was good, but what made it really enjoyable was the author’s interesting life experiences. She spends only a chapter on her childhood, highlighting experiences that influenced her choice to be a journalist. The rest of the book included just enough about the author’s life outside her work to help me get to know her. She also shared a lot about what it felt like to be a war journalist, which I really enjoyed. It made for a great intro to the topic of war journalism. The author shared scenes from many different conflicts and tragedies. She also included brief introductions to world conflicts, with helpful historical context. This was a great look at an incredibly interesting career path.

Memoirs By Female Journalists in ReviewTitle: It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War
Author: Lynsey Addario
Source: Library
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This was very similar to the previous book. The author started her career a little earlier but was also drawn into covering war stories post-9/11. She’s a photographer, not a reporter, but works in very similar circumstances. Again, the writing was good, but the exciting events were the real star. This book included a little more about the author’s life, but even her personal life felt unique enough that it was enjoyable to learn about. Some of her language around trans people she worked with earlier in her life felt disrespectful to me. She might have been using language based on the time of the events, but I think should have been doing better by the time of writing. One big difference between this book and the previous one was the inclusion of the author’s photos. I loved the detail of the captions that were included, but I feel strongly that every picture should have had one. Because the events this author lived through were a little scarier, I found this the slightly more gripping and enjoyable of the two books, but both were fascinating reads.

3 Responses to “Memoirs By Female Journalists in Review”

    • DoingDewey

      It’s true! It was amazing to hear how dedicated they all are to doing the work, such that they’re willing to risk their lives over and over to keep doing it.

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