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    • May 1998
    • 9780231106757
  • 288 Pages
  • Paperback
  • $31.00
  • / £21.50


    • January 2007
    • 9780231500159
  • 288 Pages
  • E-book
  • $30.99
  • / £21.50

Custodians of Conscience

Investigative Journalism and Public Virtue

James S. Ettema and Theodore L. Glasser

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.

About the Author

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.

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

Winner, 1998 Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism, 1998 Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism (Research About Journalism Category), 1998 Frank Luther Mott-Kappa Tau Alpha Research Award