Custodians of Conscience: Investigative Journalism and Public Virtue / Edition 1

Custodians of Conscience: Investigative Journalism and Public Virtue / Edition 1

by James S. Ettema, Theodore L. Glasser
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0231106750

ISBN-13: 9780231106757

Pub. Date: 05/13/1998

Publisher: Columbia University Press

This book is the culmination of more than a decade of research and writing on the nature of investigative journalism as a form of social and moral inquiry. Focusing on the work of a number of award-winning investigative reporters, James S. Ettema and Theodore L. Glasser punctuate their analysis of news and journalism with interviews with these writers and excerpts

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This book is the culmination of more than a decade of research and writing on the nature of investigative journalism as a form of social and moral inquiry. Focusing on the work of a number of award-winning investigative reporters, James S. Ettema and Theodore L. Glasser punctuate their analysis of news and journalism with interviews with these writers and excerpts from their stories. Custodians of Conscience provides a powerful assessment and critique of the tensions and contradictions that characterize modern American journalism. It is a book that honors the rigor and importance of investigative journalism by showing how facts implicate values and by explaining why the future of news requires a deeper appreciation for the connection between human knowledge and human interest.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231106757
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
05/13/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
1390L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
1.Introduction: The Reporter's Craft as Moral Discourse1
2.In Search of Skills Not Taught in Textbooks17
3.The Paradox of the Disengaged Conscience61
4.The Irony of Irony-in-Journalism85
5.The Morality of Narrative Form111
6.The Intimate Interdependence of Fact and Value131
7.Journalistic Judgment and the Reporter's Responsibility155
8.The Value(s) of News183
Notes203
Bibliography219
Index227

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