Ritical book review of the Jensen work, Stories That Changed America: Muckrakers of the 20th Century”
Critical book review of the Jensen work, Stories That Changed America: Muckrakers of the 20th Century”
Book title: Jensen, Carl. Stories That Changed America: Muckrakers of the 20th Century
In the review, please consider the following:
1. What is the background of the author? How is this relevant to
understanding the purpose of the book overall?
2. What is the thesis of the book? How successful is the author/editor
of getting his/her point across to the reader clearly and do they
ultimately prove what the thesis claims to show? Give factual examples
of how and/or how not.
3. In the process of doing steps one and two above, take three of the
journalists in the book and use them as examples in the review itself.
This implies a brief discussion about each of the three journalists
selected, their writings, the significance of the issue addressed, and
what happened as a result of his/her reporting. Please choose an
author/journalist from the first third, middle third, and last part of
the 20th century in terms of time periods (spreading out your choices
throughout the book).
4. Do you think that investigative reporting and a free press are
important to a democracy? Why or why not? Give an example of a
contemporary muckraking journalist (not in the Jensen text) and the
issue he/she addresses. What is socially/politically compelling about
the topic and what possible solutions are offered in the current example
you chose. How is your example related to the history presented by Jensen?
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