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The Watchdog Still Barks: How Accountability Reporting Evolved for the Digital Age

Beth Knobel


Perhaps no other function of a free press is as important as the watchdog role. It is easier for politicians to get away with abusing power, wasting public funds, and making poor decisions if the press is not shining its light with what is termed “accountability reporting.” This need has become especially clear as the American press has come under direct attack for carrying out its watchdog duties. This book presents a study of how this most important form of journalism came of age in the digital era at American newspapers. The book examines the front pages of nine newspapers, located across t ... More

Keywords: free press, watchdog reporting, American press, accountability journalism, newspaper industry, investigative reporting, digital age

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780823279333
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823279333.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Beth Knobel, author
Fordham University