Muckraking and Objectivity: Journalism's Colliding Traditions

Muckraking and Objectivity: Journalism's Colliding Traditions

by Robert Miraldi
ISBN-10:
0313272980
ISBN-13:
9780313272981
Pub. Date:
05/08/1990
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
ISBN-10:
0313272980
ISBN-13:
9780313272981
Pub. Date:
05/08/1990
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Muckraking and Objectivity: Journalism's Colliding Traditions

Muckraking and Objectivity: Journalism's Colliding Traditions

by Robert Miraldi

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Overview

This timely study by a former investigative reporter zeroes in on the role of the jourbanalist in a democratic society. Robert Miraldi explores the relationship between an objective reportorial stance wherein an audience is given verifiable, neutral facts and muckraking, when a reporter crusades on an issue to expose what he or she sees as evil. Including examples of muckraking from newspapers, magazines, and television, the volume traces the history of muckraking jourbanalism and investigative reporting from the turban of the century, when a band of magazine writers were exposing political and business corruption, to the sixties and seventies when television and newspaper reporters continued the tradition of expose jourbanalism. He locates the colliding traditions of jourbanalism in democracy's demand that the press uncover crime and corruption while at the same time requiring that reporters observe the social process more than intrude. The collision between objectivity and expose informs this fact-filled study.

The first chapter recounts Miraldi's experience as a New York City reporter tracking down illegal drug sales and offers an historical overview of muckraking jourbanalism. Chapter Two analyzes the work of Ida Tarbell, David Graham Phillips, Samuel H. Adams, Will Irwin, Ray Stannard Baker, and Charles Edward Russell, six turban-of-the-century muckraking writers who were determined to be both objective reporters and partisan crusaders. The fall of muckraking jourbanalism and its later reappearance with Edward R. Murrow's Harvest of Shame television documentary are the focus of chapters Three and Four. Chapter Five presents a case study of New York Times reporter John L. Hess' expose of New York State's nursing homes. Concluding with a look at factors that interfere with the work of jourbanalists, Dr. Miraldi, in chapter Six, calls for a renewed spirit of activism as jourbanalism enters the nineties. The book closes with a penetrating interview with Fred W. Friendly. This challenging history is must reading for scholars in jourbanalism and mass media, practicing jourbanalists and historians, students and teachers in college-level jourbanalism and mass media courses, theory classes such as Press History and Mass Media in Society, as well as newswriting courses at all levels.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313272981
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 05/08/1990
Series: Contributions to the Study of Mass Media and Communications , #18
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile: 1320L (what's this?)

About the Author

ROBERT MIRALDI is Associate Professor of Jourbanalism at SUNY, New Paltz, and a former reporter with the Staten Island Advance. His previously published articles include Objectivity and the New Muckraking: John L. Hess and the Nursing Home Scandal, Scaring Off the Muckrakers with the Threat of Libel, and Fictional Techniques in the Jourbanalism of David Graham Phillips.

Table of Contents

The Muckrakers: Heroes or Villains?
The Muckrakers: Storytelling and Reforming
The Muckrakers Are Chased Away
An Awakening: Murrow and the Migrants
Old People and Objectivity: The Times Crusades
Inching Society and Jourbanalism Forward
Epilogue: When to Cross the Line
Selected Bibliography
Index

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