Journalism is at a crossroads right now. With the advent of bloggers (who often play the role of unofficial news reporters), social media and internet journalism, what role does the news media have to play anymore? David Folkenflik takes a close look at this serious issue in his book Page One. (Readers may be familiar with a movie of the same name; they cover the same issues and Folkenflik cites the movie as the "starting point" for his book.) This series of essays gathers together some of the greatest minds in media today to answer the difficult questions when it comes to journalism's future.
If it's the reporter's zeal and determination that you love, then you should give Joy Castro's Nola Cespedes novels a try. Nola is a print reporter in post-Katrina New Orleans, trying to get by in an era of cost-cutting and staff layoffs at her newspaper. Castro brings the grittiness and heartbreak of New Orleans to life for the reader. In Hell or High Water, Nola is assigned a profile of sex offenders, while in the upcoming Nearer Home, she stumbles upon the body of her former journalism professor. Readers will appreciate Nola's complex character and the view of journalism that Castro provides in her novels.
Investigative journalists provide a valuable resource for the public. They expose corruption, uncover long-hidden truths and have the potential to change the world. Silent Spring is one of the classics of investigative journalism; with this book, Rachel Carson single-handedly launched the environmental movement. Despite the fact that 50 years have passed since its publication, this book remains timely and important, a well-written, scathing account of the effects of pesticides on bird populations. Though there are many incredible investigative journalism books out there (Columbine by Dave Cullen and Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer, to name just two), we can't help but recommend the original, arguably the book that launched investigative journalism.
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