Essay on Investigative Reporting is the Driving Force in Journalism

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Investigative reporting has been a driving force in journalism for centuries. The reporting tradition of revealing misconduct was already well established much before the 20th Century. Its practise even predates the publication of the first successful colonial newspaper in 1704, demonstrating the press’ watchdog role has had deep historical roots in democracy much prior to the 1960s. Over the past three centuries, investigative reporters have tried to make a difference by raising public consciousness about perceived wrongdoings. Prior to the early 1960s, investigative reporting was highly localised and sporadic. This was a reflection of the character of early journalism and the technological limits of communication. It was not until the …show more content…
Investigative reporting has been a driving force in journalism for centuries. The reporting tradition of revealing misconduct was already well established much before the 20th Century. Its practise even predates the publication of the first successful colonial newspaper in 1704, demonstrating the press’ watchdog role has had deep historical roots in democracy much prior to the 1960s. Over the past three centuries, investigative reporters have tried to make a difference by raising public consciousness about perceived wrongdoings. Prior to the early 1960s, investigative reporting was highly localised and sporadic. This was a reflection of the character of early journalism and the technological limits of communication. It was not until the 20th century that a unique combination of forces combined to create a sustained era of national exposures. (Reference)
By the 1960s, investigative journalism started to prosper more than ever before. The media industry had started to become a more acknowledged industry, with not only the elites of society making use of print, radio and TV journalism but also everyday civilians. Reporters also saw a change in their roles as journalists. Reporters saw the press’s responsibilities to include being “an investigator, a watchdog on government, an interpreter of the news, and an educator to the masses” (Aucoin, 2005). A new ‘golden age’ of journalism during the 1960s to 1970s had begun. Investigative journalism began to thrive for a number of

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