Bruce Shapiro's "Shaking the Foundations: 200 Years of Investigative Journalism in America"

Bruce Shapiro's "Shaking the Foundations: 200 Years of Investigative Journalism in America"

Author: 
Bruce Shapiro

Bruce Shapiro collects examples of investigative reporting from over 200 years that he considers master works.

Book Excerpt: 
". . .Lincoln Steffens first talked about 'journalistic investigations' in 1906, but the notion of professionally distinct 'investigative reporting' would probably have mystified most journalists before the 1960s. When a small network of daily newspaper reporters founded the professional association Investigative Reporters and Editors in 1977, they spent hours arguing about what it all meant. Even today, with 'investigative teams' at every major newspaper and television station, a precise definition remains elusive. Bob Greene, former investigative editor of New York Newsday and one of the country's most influential journalism educators, insists that investigative reporting has to involve 'uncovering something somebody wants to keep secret' -the Watergate standard. Others say secrecy is irrelevant, that investigative journalism can expose social conditions or patterns of institutional conduct that are there for anyone to see but have been ignored - as Chicago Tribune reporters have done over the past several years by dissecting death-row convictions and innocence cases. . ."
Year of Publication: 
Mon, 2003-07-07
Book Publisher: 
Thunder's Motuh Press/Nation Books