sob sister


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sob sister

n.
1. A journalist, especially a woman, employed as a writer or an editor of sob stories.
2. A sentimental, ineffective person who seeks to do good.

sob sister

n
(Journalism & Publishing) a journalist, esp a woman, on a newspaper or magazine who writes articles of sentimental appeal

sob′ sis`ter


n.
1. a journalist who writes sentimental human-interest stories.
2. a persistently sentimental do-gooder.
[1910–15]
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Noun1.sob sister - a journalist who specializes in sentimental stories
journalist - a writer for newspapers and magazines
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I'm so sorry I turned into a sob sister this morning, please forgive me, but I hope you'll wish me well.
Those familiar images still focus our thinking today, whether they be the energetic, opportunistic reporter who would do anything for a scoop; the cynical big-city newspaper editor committed to getting the story first, even if it means strangling his reporters to do it; the tough, sarcastic sob sister trying desperately to outdo her male competition; or the morally bankrupt, ruthless publisher who uses the power of the press for his or her own ends.
I'm so sorry I've turned into a sob sister this morning," she said.
Such reporting is "so mawkish and so soppy that only those who were unusually stalwart or unconsciously insensitive could keep from shedding a tear," according to Phyllis Leslie Abramson in her book, Sob Sister Journalism.