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Paying Her Dues: The Early Career of Pioneering Broadcaster Pauline Frederick
Unformatted Document Text:  25 Paying Her Dues: The Early Career of Pioneering Broadcaster Pauline Frederick their readers would shun such stories. Frederick found that some of her story ideas -- usually those that went beyond simply covering and rehashing events – were not wanted. For instance, a New York literary agent charged with finding venues for some longer pieces warned Frederick in a letter about an interpretive story about the Nuremburg trials: “It [the story] is interesting but editors call it a ‘think’ piece in which most of the magazines are not interested…. Right or wrong, the American public is not much interested in them….Furthermore, the top markets here have their own correspondents at the trials and will not buy freelance material on this subject….In general, the attitude of the American public and the editors is that the war is over, let’s forget it.” 41 Some of Frederick’s story ideas, also, dealt with the plight of German families and the devastation they had to deal with after the war; but some American editors did not want any stories that might portray Germans in a sympathetic light – even families with children. Frederick did manage, however, to do a news broadcast for ABC radio during the Nuremburg trials when she reported on testimony of Hermann Goering. But nearly all her work at the time was for the print media. In addition to being required to hustle for stories when she was overseas, Frederick was between a rock and a hard place, as it were, when it came to many stories. Even an

Authors: Greenwald, Marilyn.
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Paying Her Dues: The Early Career of Pioneering 
Broadcaster Pauline Frederick               
their readers would shun such stories. Frederick found that some of 
her story ideas -- usually those that went beyond simply covering 
and rehashing events – were not wanted. For instance, a New York 
literary agent charged with finding venues for some longer pieces 
warned Frederick in a letter about an interpretive story about the 
Nuremburg trials: “It [the story] is interesting but editors call 
it a ‘think’ piece in which most of the magazines are not 
interested…. Right or wrong, the American public is not much 
interested in them….Furthermore, the top markets here have their 
own correspondents at the trials and will not buy freelance 
material on this subject….In general, the attitude of the American 
41 
Some of Frederick’s story ideas, also, dealt with the plight of 
German families and the devastation they had to deal with after the 
war; but some American editors did not want any stories that might 
portray Germans  in a sympathetic light – even families with 
children. Frederick did manage, however, to do a news broadcast for 
ABC radio during the Nuremburg trials when she reported on 
testimony of Hermann Goering. But nearly all her work at the time 
was for the print media. In addition to being required to hustle 
for stories when she was overseas, Frederick was between a rock and 
a hard place, as it were, when it came to many stories. Even an 


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