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Chapter 6: Elements of Journalism

Chapter 7: Monitor Power & Voice to the Voiceless

I am learning more and more each time that I read from this book. I mean ps, it was news to me that in 1964 Investigative Reporting really became popular. Here I was all this time thinking that it had just been around forever, which I believe is still somewhat of a true assumption. It just wasn't in it's current state. The role of the journalist is another thing that is constantly being defined for me throughout this book. We are around to serve as independent monitors of power.

I also never heard of the Watch Dog Role before and it's close link to the Freedom of Information Act which really allowed the press to be FREE.

There are three forms of Investigative Reporting:
1.Original Investigative Reporting
2.Interpretive Investigative Reporting
3.Reporting On Investigations

The three forms defined:
a.Reporters discovering previously unknown things.
b.Taking a pre-established idea and interpreting it in the news. This form can be heavily torn apart by critics.
c.Basically investigating and investigation. Looking into a governemnt leak of information about a certain study is an example.

The Watch Dog role has weakened over the past few years because of the lack of real investigative reporting on television. Television producers ignore the facts and are only concerned with making good television. This actually reminds me of this funny Ellen DeGeneres bit when she is talking about local television stations and their pathetic investigative expose'(s). They suck you into the program but once it begins there is no useful content.

She sees a commercial that says, "Watch tonight at six-o'clock for the life threatening dangers of toxic mold in your household," and Ellen says, "Well let's hope my house doesn't have it because it's only 4pm and we've got some time to kill."

I agreed with Elyse Branam when she said in her blog that she found investigating investigations to be the most interesting of the three forms of reporting. But I do not necesarily agree with the statement that it would be very upbeat. You may uncover a lot of things that some find hard to follow and often shocking.

Comments (2)

Leslie, to be honest, you got a lot more out of this chapter than I did. You apparantly took a more thorough approach to that, and I absolutely give you all of the credit in the world. I personally think that you did so well, that I probably could have read this, and basically not have to have read this chapter lol. Great job.

Leslie Rodriguez:

Thanks for the compliments Jay. I try to write in such a way that I explain what the chapter was about while still putting my own spin on the information. I process these things by relating them to my own experiences.

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