Jan 6, 2023 • Wikireadia

The muckrakers were reform-minded journalists, writers, and photographers in the Progressive Era in the United States (1890s–1920s) who claimed to expose corruption and wrongdoing in established institutions, often through sensationalist publications. The modern term generally references investigative journalism or watchdog journalism; investigative journalists in the US are occasionally called “muckrakers” informally. In contemporary American usage, the term can refer to journalists or others who “dig deep for the facts” or, when used pejoratively, those who seek to cause scandal.

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Wikipedia contributors. November 30, 2022. Muckraker. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved January 3, 2023, from

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McClure’s Cover, January 1901
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Portrait of S. S. McClure
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