Watergate's Legacy and the Press

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ISBN 978-0-8101-6507-6

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2719-7
Publication Date
January 2011
Page Count
336 pages
Trim Size
5.25 x 8

Watergate's Legacy and the Press

The Investigative Impulse

Did two reporters really change the course of history? And what impact did they actually have on American journalism and government? Jon Marshall explores different answers to those questions by charting the past and the possible future of the critical public service provided by investigative reporters. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein symbolize an era when investigative reporters were seen as courageous fighters of corruption and injustice. Although many mainstream news outlets no longer have the resources to support expensive investigative reporters on staff, journalists have found other ways to support themselves Marshall’s discussion of the opportunities they have found in blogs, crowd-sourcing, and nonprofit institutions offers hope for the future of investigative journalism.
About the Author

Jon Marshall is a lecturer at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He has reported for the Tampa Tribune, written a column for the Chicago Daily Herald, and contributed to the Christian Science Monitor, CBS News’ Public Eye, the Chicago Tribune, and Quill magazine.