By Neil Henry

In this vividly written, compelling narrative, award-winning journalist Neil Henry confronts the obstacle dealing with specialist journalism during this period of quick technological transformation. American Carnival combines parts of memoir with wide media examine to discover serious modern matters starting from reporting at the Iraq battle, to American race family, to the exploitation of identical to journalism via advertisers and politicians. Drawing on major currents in U.S. media and social background, Henry argues that, given the volume of fraud in lots of associations in American existence at the present time, the decline of journalistic professionalism sparked by way of the industrial problem of recent Media poses in particular critical implications for democracy. As more and more alarming tales floor approximately unethical practices, American Carnival makes a stirring case for journalism as a calling that's important to a loose society, a career that's extra priceless than ever in a electronic age marked via startling attacks at the cultural primacy of truth.

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In our academies, even leading scholars such as Stephen F. Ambrose and Doris Kearns Goodwin have been compelled to admit plagiarizing portions of their work from other scholars. The problem of intellectual dishonesty and fraud in academia and scientific research has become so troubling that a new peer-reviewed academic journal devoted to this subject, Plagiary: Cross-Disciplinary Studies in Plagiarism, Fabrication, and Falsification, was founded in 2006. 27 On the Web today, one of the fastest-growing educational enterprises is dedicated to investigating whether high school and college student term papers have been plagiarized—particularly in light of other popular online enterprises dedicated to facilitating fraud by selling term papers to students.

Now she was being ordered to use those hard-earned and valuable skills to do something that veered sharply from the mission and purpose of journalism as she understood it. But what could she do? Refuse to do the story? Quit in protest? Who would hire her in television news again? Who would pay the student loans she took out to finance her professional schooling? So she carried out the assignment, she told me, no questions asked. Using her investigative skills and the station’s precious labor time, she eventually did track down such a subject, who was persuaded to do an on-camera interview with his face blurred out and his voice scrambled to protect his identity.

After all, we are a complaining bunch. But I found the state of affairs particularly telling. Reporters and editors I knew contemplated careers in music, modeling, real estate, education, public relations—almost anything but the grind of daily journalism. What is scariest about that is the people of whom I write were good, solid journalists on the fast track at their respective news organizations. They were beaten down by the unrelenting stress and pressures of the profession and discouraged by newsroom poli- American Carnival 27 tics.

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