This text collects together over ten years of research and writing on the practice and effects of investigative journalism in America, providing an insight into journalism as a catalyst for social and moral inquiry. Focusing on the work of a number of reporters, some of whom have won Pulitzer Prizes, this analysis is punctuated with interviews with those writers, who discuss why they chose to write particular stories, how stories are developed and the surprising revelations that often come with the territory. The writers featured include broadcast journalist Pam Zekman, Boston Globe reporter Jonathan Kaufman and Chicago Tribune reporter Bill Gaines. Among the stories discussed are Zekman's exposure of negligent elevator mechanics in Elevator Rip-Off: An Open and Shut Case and the under-reporting of rape by the Chicago police in Killing Crime: A Police Cop Out , and Kaufman's study of racial discrimination in the workplace, in The Race Factor . What emerges from this analysis of the practice and meaning of investigative reporting is journalism t as mere news, but as an essential form of kwledge about the social world and an embodiment of public moral discourse.
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.