James S. Ettema and Theodore L. Glasser's "Custodians of Conscience: Investigative Journalism and Public Virtue"

James S. Ettema and Theodore L. Glasser's "Custodians of Conscience: Investigative Journalism and Public Virtue"

Author: 
James S. Ettema
Theodore L. Glasser

James Ettema and Theodore Glasser research the role of investigative journalism and morality.

Book Excerpt: 
". . .Investigative journalists, as Zekman demonstrates, can issue a compelling call for public moral indignation. Their particular sort of reporting yields stories that are carefully verified and skillfully narrated accounts of specific injury and injustice but stories with a meaning that always transcends the facts of the particular case. Their stories call attention to the breakdown of social systems and the disorder within public institutions that cause injury and injustice; in turn, their stories implicitly demand the response of public officials - and the public itself - to that breakdown and disorder. . ."
Year of Publication: 
Wed, 1998-07-01
Rights Information: 
Access to online material.
Book Publisher: 
Columbia University Press