Citizen muckraking : how to investigate and right wrongs in your community / the Center for Public Integrity

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Subjects: Whistle blowing--United States
Political corruption--United States
Corporations--United States--Corrupt practices
Investigations
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: Monroe, ME : Common Courage Press, 2000
LC Classification: J, JK
Physical Description: vi, 201 p. ; 20 cm
Table of Contents: Foreword 1
Introduction 8
Ch. 1. The Freedom of Information Act
Ron Hayes Is Waging One Good FIGHT 13
Freedom Trail 18
Twelve Steps to FOIA Success 19
You Can't Always Get What You Want 20
State of the States 22
In Denial 23
Ch. 2. Making a Federal Case of It
Ed Block Battles Down to the Wire 27
Unearthing Government Documents 32
Government Gumshoes 34
Is There a Docket in the House? 35
CAR Trips 38
Muckraking 101, Lesson One 40
Ch. 3. State Secrets
For Jim McCloskey, Truth is Sometimes a Life-or-Death Matter 42
Open for Business 46
The Art of the Interview 51
Affairs of the State 53
Maintaining Order 58
Muckraking 101, Lesson Two 60
Ch. 4. Local Heroes
Juanita Ellis Showed a Texas Utility the Real Meaning of Power 63
Unturned Stones 67
All-Court Press 69
What's Where 74
Smooth Operators 76
Muckraking 101, Lesson Three 78
Ch. 5. Giving Corporations the Business
In Virginia's Piedmont Area, Mickey Wasn't the Mouse That Roared 81
Tricks of the Trade 86
Corporate Scrutiny 87
Nonprofit Examinations 89
Mining Annual Reports 90
Muckraking 101, Lesson Four 93
Ch. 6. Environmental Forces
Water, Water Everywhere, but in Kentucky, Not a Drop to Drink 96
The Grand Tradition 101
Enviro-CAR 102
Raising Your IRE 105
Anti-SLAPP Happy 107
Muckraking 101, Lesson Five 110
Ch. 7. Consumer Protection
Rosemary Shahan's Quest for Car-Repair Satisfaction Was No Dead End 112
Rules of Engagement 116
The Inside Scoop 118
Special Occasions 123
Making a Cause a Crusade 125
Muckraking 101, Lesson Six 127
Ch. 8. Opposition Research
After Terri Moore Took Charge, the Camera Never Blinked 129
Ask the Experts 135
Super Sleuths 136
Sly vs. Sly 138
Lights, Camera, Reaction 140
Follow the Money 143
Ch. 9. Brave New Worlds
For Richard Means, Old-Style Muckraking Just Does Not Compute 149
Venturing Into Cyberspace 154
Freeloading 155
Low Tech, High Yield 157
Web Sites (and Sounds) 158
Just the Facts, Please 161
Ch. 10. Spreading the Message
Fat Cats Are Deemed an Endangered Species 164
From "Fat Cat Hotel" 165
For Immediate Release 171
Behind the Newsroom Door 174
Opportunity Knocks 176
Strategies and Tactics 178
The Write Stuff 180
About the Center 183
Acknowledgments 185
Index 186
Additional Authors: Center for Public Integrity
Notes: LCCN: 00022203
ISBN: 1567511880 (paper)
ISBN: 1567511899 (cloth)
Includes index
OCLC Number: 43445687
ISBN/ISSN: 1567511880
1567511899