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

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David L. Protess
Guilford Press, Jun 1, 1992 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 301 pages
Some media investigations sway public opinion and serve as the impetus for government reforms, while others, seemingly of equal importance, just die. This volume--the first systematic study of investigative reporting in the post-Watergate era--explores how and why this happens. Based on a decade-long program of research, highlighted by case studies of the life courses of six well-known media investigations and interviews with a national sample of over 800 investigative journalists, this book presents a new theory about the agenda-setting role of media in American society. Chapters examine the historical roots, contemporary nature, and societal impact of investigative journalism. Contrary to the conventional wisdom that depicts muckrakers and policymakers as antagonists, the authors show how investigative journalists often collaborate with officials to set the agenda for reform. The Journalism of Outrage breaks new ground in looking at this controversial form of journalism.
 

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Contents

The Investigative Narrative
7
The Policy Paradoxes of Investigative Reporting
20
The Investigative Tradition
29
The Return to Quiescence
42
Notes
55
PART II
61
The Genesis of the Probe
69
Preparing the Investigative Report
80
Notes
175
The Investigative Influence
191
Building the Investigative Agenda
205
Seeing the Story
211
Preparing the Product
223
Building Media and Policy Agendas
231
Building Policy Agendas
238
Summing Up and Looking Ahead
249

Notes
93
Every Womans Nightmare
94
The Investigative Influence
109
Preparing the Investigative Report
123
The Investigative Process
139
Notes
156
Methodological Discussion
261
Reflections on Null Findings
267
Fact Sheet Data
278
Name Index
291
Subject Index
297
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