Miriam Michelson. A Yellow Journalist. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1905. 315 pp. Illustrated by Gordon H. Grant. Published October 1905.
The adventures of Rhoda Massey, girl reporter for the News, the “biggest and yellowest paper in San Francisco.” In her pursuit of scandal, Miss Massey covers several interconnected stories, including gambling and white slavery in Chinatown, political corruption, bribery, and murder cases. Her unscrupulous methods, and the fact that she is a woman, make her very good at her job. She rises up the ranks from reporter to City Editor (the first woman to hold such a post) to membership in the Ex-City Editors Club when she refuses to obey the proprietor’s orders to sell out the paper’s editorial integrity.
Setting: San Francisco and environs.
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