News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist by Laurie HertzelNews to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist by Laurie Hertzel

News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist

byLaurie Hertzel

Hardcover | August 5, 2010

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Laurie Hertzel wasn't yet a teenager in Duluth, Minnesota, when she started her first newspaper, which she appropriately christened Newspaper. Complete with the most sensational headlines of the day-MARGO FLUEGEL HAS ANOTHER BIRTHDAY!-and with healthy competition from her little brothers and their rival publication, Magapaper (a magazine and a newspaper), this venture would become Hertzel's first step toward realizing what her heart was already set on: journalism as her future.

News to Me is the adventurous story of Hertzel's journey into the bustling world of print journalism in the mid-1970s, a time when copy was still banged out on typewriters by chain-smoking men in fedoras and everybody read the paper. A coming-of-age tale in more ways than one, Hertzel's eighteen-year career at the Duluth News Tribune began when journalism was a predominantly male profession. And while the newspaper trade was booming, Duluth had fallen on difficult times as factories closed and more and more people moved away. Hertzel describes her climb up the ranks of the paper against the backdrop of a Midwestern city during a time of extraordinary change. She was there during major events like the Congdon murders, the establishment of the BWCA, and the rise of Indian treaty rights, and eventually follows the biggest story of her life to Soviet Russia-and completely blows her deadline.

Written with the insight and humor of someone who makes a living telling stories, News to Me is the chronicle of a small-city newspaper on the cusp of transformation, an affectionate portrait of Duluth and its people, and the account of a talented, persistent journalist who witnessed it all and was changing right along with it-whether she wanted to or not.

(Oh, Newspaper doggedly outlasted the full-color Magapaper).
Laurie Hertzel grew up in Duluth, Minnesota, and spent nearly twenty years at the Duluth News Tribune as a newsroom clerk, librarian, copy editor, beat reporter, feature writer, news editor, and columnist. Her journalistic work has won numerous national awards, and her short fiction was honored with the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. Curr...
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Title:News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental JournalistFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:August 5, 2010Publisher:University of Minnesota PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0816665583

ISBN - 13:9780816665587

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Table of Contents

Contents
A Storyteller Is Born
Not Making Coffee
Eyewitness to Change
Murder!
On the Night Desk
An Accidental Reporter
Up the Shore
Reporting from Russia
Enter Mayme
A Month in the South
Back to Russia
The Long Goodbye
Epilogue
Acknowledgments

Editorial Reviews

"I thought journalists’ lives—aside from the stories we write about others—were ho-hum affairs. That was before I read Laurie Hertzel’s honest, engaging and witty memoir about working at her hometown newspaper in Duluth. " —Lake Superior Magazine