Behind the Headlines: A History of Investigative Journalism in Canada

Paperback | August 24, 2011

byCecil Rosner

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Canadian investigative journalism has brought down governments, held powerful interests to account, infiltrated criminal networks, and exonerated the wrongly accused. Behind the Headlines presents the exciting history of investigative journalism in Canada in an account spanning from thenation's earliest newspapers through to the present day. Drawing on numerous case studies and examples, Cecil Rosner, a journalist with more than 30 years of experience, analyzes the evolution of investigative journalism in Canada and explores the development of specific practices within the contextof changing social and historical forces. Rather than working through a straightforward chronology, Rosner uses a topic-based approach exploring wide-ranging and thought-provoking issues such as public broadcasting, commercialization of the press, alternative media, ethics, and the impact oftechnology. Highlighting key players and stories such as the sponsorship scandal and the Mulroney "Airbus Affair," Behind the Headlines provides fresh insight into this previously undocumented history. A new Introduction to the paperback edition brings the book up to date, offering a current perspective on the shift from old to new media and ongoing efforts for media outlets to find financially sustainable revenue models. After the collapse of the CanWest empire and the rise of ProPulica andWikiLeaks, the turbulent media landscape is taking on a new form. What implications does this have for investigative journalism, not just in Canada, but around the world?

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Canadian investigative journalism has brought down governments, held powerful interests to account, infiltrated criminal networks, and exonerated the wrongly accused. Behind the Headlines presents the exciting history of investigative journalism in Canada in an account spanning from thenation's earliest newspapers through to the presen...

Cecil Rosner teaches investigative journalism in the department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications at the University of Winnipeg. He has more than 30 years of experience in print and broadcast journalism, and investigative journalism is his area of expertise. He has two Michener Awards and two Gemini Awards to his credit. Curren...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.47 inPublished:August 24, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019542994X

ISBN - 13:9780195429947

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Paperback EditionPreface1. Bringing Down the Government2. Origins3. To the Modern Era4. Bigger and Better Scoops5. The Public Broadcasters6. Out of the Mainstream7. In Watergate's Wake8. Robbers and Cops9. Newsmagazine Wars10. Dirty Tricks11. Investigative Journalism Matures12. Undercover, Hidden-Camera, and Gotcha Journalism13. The Chilling Effect14. Attacking the Messenger15. Access to Information16. Bringing Down a Former Government17. Modern ToolsBibliographyIndex

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"A fascinating and largely untold story of a generation of rebels and reformers. Not only the definitive work on the subject but an exciting read." --Mark Starowicz, CBC Television