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The discipline of communication has grown in popularity from the time professors of journalism and speech decided, in the mid-1960s, that the term “communication” was an excellent general descriptor for the theory and research that each group aspired to create.  Over time, the two groups grew closer and recognized significant overlap in their theoretical and research interests, but there were also differences in their traditions that kept them apart.  While both groups agreed that communication is a practical discipline, journalism professors focused a great deal of their attention on the education of media professionals.  Speech professors, on the other hand, often were more oriented to the liberal arts and valued the fact that communication could be approached from a variety of traditions, including the arts, ...

Investigative Journalism
Investigative journalism

From the perspective of many established investigative journalists and some other thoughtful commentators, very great changes are taking place in the media ecology of the Anglosphere, of which developments in investigative journalism are merely an epiphenomenon. In the course of these changes, the name, if not the substance, of investigative journalism is being co-opted into mainstream media, rather as the worker demonstrations of the 19th century were transmuted into party rallies in the 20th century. Because of this, those who wish to preserve the essence of investigative journalism need to invent another name, another site, another rationale for it. As to why this is the case and on what grounds it is being argued, we shall return to it later.

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