Nellie Bly and Investigative Journalism for Kids (Paperback)

Mighty Muckrakers from the Golden Age to Today, with 21 Activities

By Ellen Mahoney

Chicago Review Press, 9781613749975, 144pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2015



In the late 1800s, the daring young reporter Elizabeth Cochrane known by the pen name Nellie Bly faked insanity so she could be committed to a mental institution and secretly report on the awful conditions there. This and other highly publicized investigative stunts laid the groundwork for a new kind of journalism in the early 1900s, called muckraking, dedicated to exposing social, political, and economic ills in the United States. In "Nellie Bly and Investigative" "Journalism for Kids "budding reporters learn about the major figures of the muckraking era: the bold and audacious Bly, one of the most famous women in the world in her day; social reformer and photojournalist Jacob Riis; monopoly buster Ida Tarbell; antilynching crusader Ida B. Wells; and Upton Sinclair, whose classic book "The Jungle" created a public outcry over the dangerous and unsanitary conditions of the early meatpacking industry. Young readers will also learn about more contemporary reporters, from Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to Amy Goodman, who have carried on the muckraking tradition, and will get excited about the ever-changing world of journalism and the power of purposeful writing. Twenty-one creative activities encourage and engage a future generation of muckrakers. Kids can make and keep a reporter's notebook; write a letter to the editor; craft a great ideas box; create a Jacob Riis style photo essay; and much more.

About the Author

Ellen Mahoneyis an instructor in the Department of Journalism and Technical Communication at Metropolitan State University of Denver and is coauthor, with astronaut Edgar Mitchell, of "Earthrise: My Adventures As an Apollo 14 Astronaut."