investigative journalism

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1. Journalism that does not merely report an ‘official’ news agenda (see agenda setting) but researches stories that become newsworthy when brought to the attention of the public. Typically these stories concern ethical wrongdoing such as government or corporate scandals, a famous example being the Washington Post reporting of the Watergate scandal which led to the impeachment and resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974.

2. A form of popularist television journalism where the reporter (typically with hidden camera and microphones) is placed in potentially dangerous situations.

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