Sob Sister Journalism


On June 25, 1906 an event of little public importance occurred--famous architect and womanizer Stanford White was shot dead by Harry K. Thaw, the scion of an influential family. It became the "hottest story" of the century. Four women journalists provided their newspapers with daily doses of tear-producing reportage. Abramson explores the climate, murder, and subsequent trial that led to the creation of sob sister journalism. An overview of the American scene, biographical sketches, daily courtroom events, and news coverage serve to document the origins of this journalistic style. This was the first time that women were recognized as a vast newspaper readership--causing advertisers to target marketing towards women as consumers. This led to the development of women's pages in many major dailies.

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