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

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

ISBN-10:
0231106750
ISBN-13:
9780231106757
Pub. Date:
05/20/1998
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
ISBN-10:
0231106750
ISBN-13:
9780231106757
Pub. Date:
05/20/1998
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Custodians of Conscience: Investigative Journalism and Public Virtue / Edition 1

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

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Overview

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: 05/20/1998
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

About the Author

JAMES S. ETTEMA is on the faculty of the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. He is the editor, with D. Charles Whitney, of Individuals in Mass Media Organizations: Creativity and Constraint and Audience Making: How the Media Created the Audience.THEODORE L. GLASSER is a director of the Graduate Program in Journalism at Stanford University. He is the editor of the Idea of Public Journalism and, with Charles T. Salmon, Public Opinion and the Communication of Consent.

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

What People are Saying About This

Bill Kovach

At a time when a revolution in communications technology and the economics by which it is organized is radically changing journalism and causing journalists to question their traditional standards and values, along come James Ettema and Theodore Glasser to begin a conversation that could lead to a new rhetoric for a powerful new journalism of the future. Carefully reported, analyzed, and argued, this is an important book that has to be read by anyone concerned for a self governing society and the future of a journalism which truly serves the public interest.

Bill Kovach, Curator, Nieman Foundation at Harvard University

Steve Weinberg

The authors let readers in on lots of craft talk-how investigative journalism is conducted, why it happens, what impact it has on the larger society. They demonstrate that investigative journalists simultaneously validate and shake up the prevailing social order.

Steve Weinberg, Author of The Reporter's Handbook: An Investigator's Guide to Documents and Techniques

James W. Carey

The most important book about journalism to be published in years. Journalists, students, and teachers can here experience more intensely the triumphs of investigative reporting and the moral ambiguities of the craft. This book marries the stylistic grace of good journalism with the penetrating insight of sound scholarship. It pays journalism the highest compliment by taking it seriously, and is sure to be a touchstone volume in its field.

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