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Submersion Journalism

Submersion Journalism

by Bill Wasik
     
 

“Submersion journalism” happens when a reporter dares to see a story from the inside: to participate in the events at hand, sometimes undercover, and then to tell the tale from a distinct point of view rather than pretend to some ideal of objectivity. During the Bush years, Harper’s correspondents infiltrated the Republican machine,

Overview

“Submersion journalism” happens when a reporter dares to see a story from the inside: to participate in the events at hand, sometimes undercover, and then to tell the tale from a distinct point of view rather than pretend to some ideal of objectivity. During the Bush years, Harper’s correspondents infiltrated the Republican machine, from its lowliest canvassing operation to its corporate and evangelical elite, and they posed as shady clients for sleazy blue-chip lobbying firms. They shot machine guns, lounged in Vegas brothels, and peered into secret tunnels in Mexicali. They terrorized art museums and touched off worldwide fads.

Here are some of the best examples of participatory reporting published in the past decade, called “brilliant work” by the Los Angeles Times.

Contributors: Charles Bowden Adam Davidson Barbara Ehrenreich Steve Featherstone Kristoffer A. Garin Gary Greenberg Roger D. Hodge Jay Kirk Willem Marx Morgan Meis Jeff Sharlet Jake Silverstein Ken Silverstein Wells Tower William T. Vollmann Bill Wasik

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Proof of the indelible power of . . . detailed nonfiction storytelling." —Washington City Paper

"It’s always exciting to see collections like these come out, if only for the fact that they highlight some of the best, most entertaining journalism ever written." —The Millions

"Admirable. . . . The selections are tightly and sometimes masterfully written." —Austin Chronicle

"An often-witty and engaging collection, proof positive that there are still reporters who prod, dig and poke. Not content to be embedded or press-release-driven, these journalists exemplify what it means to be intrepid investigators and inquisitors of power, whether personal or political." —The Indypendent

"A great anthology, chock full of fantastic articles." —Good

"This collection should be read by any student who aspires to the true art of journalism, as well as anyone who wants to learn more about what really goes on in American politics—and society—today." —Library Journal

"A terrific retrospective collection." —Booklist

"Although these are nonfiction contributions, they often read like literature." —The Brooklyn Rail

Library Journal

One of the longest-running general-interest periodicals, Harper's magazine remains an icon of American publishing, having hosted such authors as Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Norman Mailer, and Seymour Hersh, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning story on the My Lai massacre exemplifies the magazine's dedication to quality writing and informed journalism. In this collection of recent Harper's pieces (2001-07), Wasik (senior editor, Harper's) showcases writers whose first-person dispatches most powerfully convey the experiences of reporters going undercover to get to the truth. There is Wells Tower pretending he is a Republican campaign volunteer in "Bird-Dogging the Bush Vote"; and Jeff Sharlet, who uncovers a secret society of prominent Christian politicians called "The Family" in his "Jesus Plus Nothing." In-depth exposés such as these are noticeably-and unfortunately-absent in most mainstream media. This collection should be read by any student who aspires to the true art of journalism, as well as anyone who wants to learn more about what really goes on in American politics-and society-today. For academic and larger public libraries.
—Donna Marie Smith

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595583932
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
09/08/2008
Pages:
322
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author


Bill Wasik is a senior editor at Wired Magazine and was previously a senior editor at Harper’s Magazine. He is the author of And Then There’s This: How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture; a co-author, with Monica Murphy, of Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus; and the editor of Submersion Journalism: Reporting in the Radical First Person from Harper’s Magazine (The New Press). He lives in Oakland, California.

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