Reassessing Janet Malcolm's The Journalist and the Murderer

Ricketson, M 2006, 'Reassessing Janet Malcolm's The Journalist and the Murderer', Australian Journalism Review, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 219-228.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Reassessing Janet Malcolm's The Journalist and the Murderer
Author(s) Ricketson, M
Year 2006
Journal name Australian Journalism Review
Volume number 28
Issue number 1
Start page 219
End page 228
Total pages 10
Publisher Journalism Education Association of Australia
Abstract Janet Malcolm's 1989 two-part article in The New Yorker opens with one of the most notorious lines in modern media criticism, accusing journalists of first seducing. then betraying. those they write about. The article was later published under the title The journalist and the murderer; it examined what she portrayed as the rotten underbelly ofj ournalistic practice. especially in book-length journalism. Malcolm's work has been influentialfor a generation of journalists and journalism academics. prompting discussion, often heated, of an issue that had been all but ignored by both industry and the academy. The purpose of this article is to revisit Malcolm's work, especially in the light of a largely over- looked attack on the ethics of Malcolm's own journalistic practice by "the journalist" of her title, Joe McGinniss.
Subject Journalism Studies
Keyword(s) media criticism
ISSN 0810-2686
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