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1 2007 Supervisor: Svetlana V. Titova Project work done by: Natalia Gordeeva Fira Ismailova Dinara Jarulina Svetlana Shapka Marina Yurovskaya

2 What is Investigative Journalism and Muckraking? There is no more important contribution that we can make to society than strong, publicly-spirited investigative journalism. – Tony Burman, editor-in-chief of CBC News Term given to 1920's and 30's investigativejournalism that focused on uncovering "hidden" but public information that exposed corrupt public figures and dishonest companies.

3 Theodore Roosevelt President Theodore Roosevelt responded to investigative journalism by initiating legislation that would help tackle some of the problems illustrated by these journalists. These included persuading Congress to pass reforms such as the Pure Food and Drugs Act (1906) and the Meat Inspection Act (1906).

4 Investigative highlights Broke Senator Bob Packwood sexual misconduct story 1992-93 Washington Post - sexual misconduct allegations against Senator Bob Packwood. National discussion about sexual misconduct in the workplace, and a historic 3-year Senate investigation that resulted in his forced resignation from the United States Senate after the Senate Ethics Committee voted unanimously to expel him.

5 Exposed Clinton accuser Kathleen Willey’s lack of credibility in the Lewinsky matter 1999 year-long Nation magazine investigation revealed that Kathleen Willey, who accused President Clinton of sexual harassment, was in fact seeking an affair with the president.

6 San Francisco center keeps muckraking alive "Investigative reporting is a money-loser for journalistic corporations," said Burt Glass, executive director of the center. "It's expensive, stories may not pan out, and you make a lot of enemies."

7 Jack Anderson as muckraking leader He began his reporting career at the age of 12, editing the Boy Scout page for the Deseret News in Salt Lake City. He was a foreign correspondent during World War II, but it was shortly after the war that he began working for Drew Pearson on the column that would become his life's work, Washington Merry-Go-Round.

8 Alternative Journalism in the Twentieth Century Throughout its history, alternative journalism has dug up the news that others would wish to see buried. It has spoken truth to power. It has stuck up for the common person and worked for the public good. It has used the craft of journalism as an agent of social change.

9 Muckraking Movement The period between 1900 to 1920 saw the emergence, growth and demise of alternative journalism. Upton Sinclair is well-known for his principle: "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it." which has been quoted in many political books, essays, articles, and other forms of media.

10 The years between 1920 and 1950 were a transition period for the genre. George Seldes - an independent journalist and author - made a bold attempt to single- handedly revive the muckraking movement with his weekly newsletter. The years between 1950 and 1960 were a crucial incubation period for the era of the underground press of the 1960s and early 1970s.

11 The second golden age of alternative journalism took place between 1960 to 1975. The political, economic and technological circumstances that made the first golden age - the Muckraking era from 1900 to 1915 - possible were again present in the 1960s. The period from 1975 to the present saw a maturation of the alternative press, as it struggled to stay relevant in yet another conservative age.

12 SUMMING UP As long as there is a majority media that serves the interests of the powerful rather than the people, there will be a place for dissident voices. That place will be the alternative press.

13 A Golden Age For Global Muckraking In the last 20 years, we have witnessed a surge in investigative reporting like we have never seen before on such a global scale. In Asia, Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union, journalists are exposing sleazy politicians, greedy companies, and a whole range of criminals, scam artists, and scoundrels. The late 20th century and the early part of the 21st may yet be known as the golden age of global muckraking.

14 Future of Investigative Journalism on the Web Charles Lewis, the founder of the Center for Public Integrity, one of the nation’s premier independent, non-profit journalism organizations. Investigative journalism is not valued anymore because all media – TV and newspapers – are not as popular. Online news on or provide mere facts and not in- depth journalism.

15 For more information htm 200603/ai_n17175665

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