So You Want to Be a Journalist—70 Years Ago

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

Sponsored by Vocational Guidance Films, Inc., this promotional film from the Prelinger Archive touts the thrills of working as a newsman in 1940 -- unless you were a newswoman, in which case your were probably stuck writing for the society pages. "Women find it difficult to compete with men in general reporting jobs," the narrator explains, "so girls who want to be successful in journalism should prepare for work in the special women's departments." 

For more films from the Prelinger Archive, visit http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger.

Via Brain Pickings

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http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/11/so-you-want-to-be-a-journalist-70-years-ago/249205/