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Custodians of Conscience [Paperback]

James S. Ettema , Theodore L. Glasser

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June 15, 1998 0231106750 978-0231106757 0

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.


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The most thoughtful book in years about the intellectual assumptions behind investigative journalism.... It's hard to imagine any journalist who wouldn't do investigative reporting more thoughtfully, or any citizen who wouldn't read it more insightfully, after this two-teacher seminar.

(Carlin Romano The Philadelphia Inquirer)

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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)

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