The Journalism of Outrage: Investigative Reporting and Agenda Building in America

The Journalism of Outrage: Investigative Reporting and Agenda Building in America

The Journalism of Outrage: Investigative Reporting and Agenda Building in America

The Journalism of Outrage: Investigative Reporting and Agenda Building in America

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Overview

This book is the first systematic study of investigative reporting in the post-Watergate era. The authors examine the historical roots, contemporary nature, and societal impact of this controversial form of reporting, which they call "the journalism of outrage." Contrary to the conventional wisdom that depicts muckrakers and policymakers as antagonists, the authors show how investigative journalists often collaborate with public policymakers to set the agenda for reform. Based on a decade-long program of research—highlighted by case studies of the life courses of six media investigations and interviews with a national sample of over 800 investigative journalists—they develop a new theory about the agenda-building role of media in American society.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780898625912
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 06/05/1992
Series: The Guilford Communication Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 301
Sales rank: 818,060
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

I. MEDIA MUCKRAKING: MEANING, ORIGINS, AND IMPACT
1. The Quest for Reform.
2. The Investigative Tradition.

II. CASE STUDIES OF INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING
3. "The Home Health Hustle.''
4. "Rape: Every Woman's Nightmare.''
5. "Beating Justice.''
6. "Wasted Time.''
7. "Missing?''
8. "Dialysis: The Profit Machine.''

III. INTERSECTING INTERESTS: AGENDA BUILDING ON MEDIA AND
POLICYMAKING ARENAS
9. Building the Investigative Agenda.
10. Building Media and Policy Agenda.

Interviews

Professionals and students in the fields of mass communications, journalism, sociology, political science, social psychology, and history.
 

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