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Scoop

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And now back to our regularly scheduled insanity.

Channel 7 news producer Hugo Talley dreams of working with first-class professionals. Instead he's saddled with a weatherman who can't admit when he's wrong, an aging anchorwoman who refuses to release her clawlike grip on the newsdesk, a conscience-stricken reporter who's reluctant to focus on sensationalism, and a new assistant-former homeschool student Hayden Hazard-who can't just seem to leave her faith outside the newsroom.

When the Channel News 7 team inadvertently stumbles on a hot news story, Hugo is frantic to exploit this rare opportunity. But a series of crises-including a Botox disaster and the disappearance of a colleague-threatens to destroy his chance for ratings success and send him completely over the edge.

Meanwhile Hayden's presence is distracting at least two coworkers. Softspoken reporter Ray Duffey isn't sure whether he's attracted or frightened by her outspoken faith, while ego-driven Sam Leege is certain her naiive spiritual convictions will fall victim to his persuasive attentions.

With their oddball antics and all-too-real foibles, this lovable cast of characters offers a hilarious look at the sometimes-unexpected effects of taking one's faith boldly into the workplace.

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About "Scoop"

And now back to our regularly scheduled insanity.

Channel 7 news producer Hugo Talley dreams of working with first-class professionals. Instead he's saddled with a weatherman who can't admit when he's wrong, an aging anchorwoman who refuses to release her clawlike grip on the newsdesk, a conscience-stricken reporter who's reluctant to focus on sensationalism, and a new assistant-former homeschool student Hayden Hazard-who can't just seem to leave her faith outside the newsroom.

When the Channel News 7 team inadvertently stumbles on a hot news story, Hugo is frantic to exploit this rare opportunity. But a series of crises-including a Botox disaster and the disappearance of a colleague-threatens to destroy his chance for ratings success and send him completely over the edge.

Meanwhile Hayden's presence is distracting at least two coworkers. Softspoken reporter Ray Duffey isn't sure whether he's attracted or frightened by her outspoken faith, while ego-driven Sam Leege is certain her naiive spiritual convictions will fall victim to his persuasive attentions.

With their oddball antics and all-too-real foibles, this lovable cast of characters offers a hilarious look at the sometimes-unexpected effects of taking one's faith boldly into the workplace.
- Koorong

And now back to our regularly scheduled insanity. ^Channel 7 news producer Hugo Talley dreams of working with first-class professionals. Instead he's saddled with a weatherman who can't admit when he's wrong, an aging anchorwoman who refuses to release her clawlike grip on the newsdesk, a conscience-stricken reporter who's reluctant to focus on sensationalism, and a new assistant-former homeschool student Hayden Hazard-who can't just seem to leave her faith outside the newsroom. ^When the Channel News 7 team inadvertently stumbles on a hot news story, Hugo is frantic to exploit this rare opportunity. But a series of crises-including a Botox disaster and the disappearance of a colleague-threatens to destroy his chance for ratings success and send him completely over the edge. ^Meanwhile Hayden's presence is distracting at least two coworkers. Softspoken reporter Ray Duffey isn't sure whether he's attracted or frightened by her outspoken faith, while ego-driven Sam Leege is cer
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Meet the Author

Rene Gutteridge

Rene Gutteridge is the author of seven novels, including "Boo, Boo Who," and "Boo Hiss," as well as "Ghost Writer" and "Troubled Waters," Her work as a playwright has been published more than thirty times. A trained screenwriter, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oklahoma City University, earning the "Excellence in Mass Communication" award. She served for five years as the full-time director of drama for First United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City before leaving to be a stay-at-home mom and full-time writer. She enjoys instructing at writer's conferences and college classrooms. Rene lives

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Humourous and fascinating insight into the news enviroment - and workplace behaviour!
4 stars By Narelle Mollet, Jun 04 2007
Rene Gutteridge's diverse writing talent continues to amaze me! Scoop, the first in her Occupational Hazard series, details the inner workings of a television news team struggling in the ratings and looking for the one big "scoop" that will boost their popularity.

With a stressed out producer, a young and dedicated reporter, an ageing news anchor and an ethically-challenged news director, Channel 7's 10 o'clock news is looking down the barrel of oblivion if the team doesn't find a story so the news director sees no problem trying to make the news instead of just reporting it. Into this mix comes Hayden Hazard, assistant to the producer, Hugo, home schooled with an honesty about her faith that is both endearing and confronting to her colleagues. When their news anchor disappears, it seems Channel 7 finally has a story that will be a ratings winner and save their futures.

Rene gives fascinating insight into the stressful and fast paced news environment and fills it with genuine and unique characters. As always her writing is injected with humour yet with an underlying depth that encourages the reader to think and contemplate their own workplace behaviour. My only niggle with the book was not hearing more of Hayden's own "voice". Hayden is portrayed through the thoughts of her work colleagues and no doubt while I imagine this was a deliberate choice by Rene, it would have been great to hear directly from this interesting character.

Scoop has left me highly anticipating Snitch and Skid - Gutteridge's coming releases.

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 248534
  • Product Code 1400071577
  • EAN 9781400071579
  • Pages 352
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Waterbrook Press
  • Publication Date Oct 2006
  • Sales Rank #32063
  • Dimensions 207 x 140 x 25 mm
  • Weight 0.309kg

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