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The Enforcers: How Little-Known Trade Reporters Exposed the Keating Five and Advanced Business Journalism

Rob Wells

Abstract

The Enforcers describes the problems with business journalism and its possible future by focusing on the little-studied genre of the trade press. A historical and normative analysis of business journalism frames a case study about a small but extraordinary trade newspaper, the National Thrift News, whose aggressive reporting on the savings-and-loan crisis contributed to the downfall of a corrupt banker, Charles Keating Jr., chairman of American Continental Corporation and owner of Lincoln Savings and Loan. The National Thrift News offers broader lessons for mainstream business journalism in th ... More

Keywords: Business journalism, financial history, trade press, investigative journalism, political economy, indexing hypothesis, journalism norms, savings-and-loan crisis, financial regulation, journalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042942
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042942.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rob Wells, author
University of Arkansas