James Aucoin's "The Evolution of American Investigative Journalism"

James Aucoin's "The Evolution of American Investigative Journalism"

Author: 
James Aucoin

James Aucoin reveals how investigative journalism has been significant throughout the history of journalism.

Book Excerpt: 
". . .In truth, serious investigative journalism has become nothing short of a national phenomenon. Network television and cable are awash with investigative news programs, from the sensationalistic and ethically suspect to the more journalistically sound. In addition, millions of people can easily access news web sites to read excellent investigative reports by newspapers, television stations, and magazines throughout the United States. Local issues such as the spread of crack cocaine in Los Angeles or Iowa's child-abuse problems now achieve a national or international audience. Granted, investigative journalism in the early years of the twenty-first century seems burdened by silly McMuck stories on TV news shows, a growing threat from lawsuits, newsroom budget crunches, and tight-lipped government officials using the war on terrorism as an excuse to clamp down on information to the public. Nevertheless, serious investigative journalism has become a defining characteristic of the news media. When done well, investigative journalism sets the standard against which all news reporting is judged; when done poorly, it is a lightning rod for complaints about the news media. . ."
Year of Publication: 
Sat, 2005-01-01
Rights Information: 
Access to online material.
Book Publisher: 
University of Missouri Press