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Posts tagged with Investigative Journalism

Ida B. Wells was a prolific activist and muckracker who used her journalistic abilities to expose the brutal lynchings of African Americans in Memphis, Tennessee that were tragically common in the late 1890s. Living in a segregated, post-slavery society, Wells experienced discrimination herself that inspired her to write about the struggles of African Americans at […]

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Halloween hoaxes

Posted by: | October 27, 2014 | No Comment |

As an investigative journalist, I thought for the week of Halloween I would investigate a very common Halloween hoax that comes up year after year. Is Halloween candy collected from trick-or-treating safe to eat? According to the Halloween poisoning page on snopes.com , the rumors of poisoned candy being distributed to children on Halloween is false. The […]

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Watergate to MTV’s Catfish

Posted by: | September 8, 2014 | No Comment |

The definition of investigative journalism is changing with every news story.  The Cambridge Dictionary defines investigative journalism as “a type of journalism that tries to discover information of public interest that someone is trying to hide.” If one was to think back to a time where investigative journalism became extremely prominent – it is the presidency […]

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Tisha Thompson is a new addition to the NBC Washington news team. Her role is very specific. Thompson has joined the station to bolster the channel’s investigative news department. The Iteam is a new feature of NBC’s newscast that allows viewers and citizens of the Washington, D.C area to report issues of scandal and corruption […]

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Nellie Bly’s story sounds like it should be turned into a box office hit.  A striking young woman fakes insanity to expose a mental institution from within.  A little “Shutter Island” mixed with, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Credit: Nellieblyonline.com Nellie Bly was the pen name of Elizabeth Jane Cochran.  She was given the […]

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Investigative journalism

Posted by: | October 4, 2011 | No Comment |

Is it on the rise or the decline? Is the decline of investigative journalism hurting Americas’ democracy? According to The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the increase of fluff stories in the news are hurting our democracy. Michael Copps is one of five commissioners for the FCC. Cronkite News reports that Copps said that reporting has […]

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Muckraking in the 21st century

Posted by: | September 20, 2011 | No Comment |

While it is easy to assume that the term muckraking only refers to political reporters in the 1800’s, the act is still performed today. A new term has been coined. Investigative journalism is a widespread act of exposure. Instead of reporting a feature story or even hard news, investigative reporters are in the business of […]

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Raking up the muck

Posted by: | September 13, 2011 | No Comment |

In the late 1800’s, mostly cold hard facts were considered for news stories. At the turn of the century however, journalists were beginning to stray from objectivity. Finding the dirt of the story became more important than the where’s and they why’s. The word muckraker was first coined by Theodore Roosevelt, who was president during […]

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