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The Phone Hacking Scandal: Journalism on Trial [Paperback]

Richard Lance Keeble , John Mair
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19 Jan 2012
The Phone Hacking Scandal: Journalism on Trial Hackgate is the biggest scandal to engulf the mainstream press in decades. What started as a small bush fire News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman and his private detective friend Glenn 'Trigger' Mulcaire being detained at Her Majesty's pleasure in 2007 for hacking illegally into the phones of the royal family and others - has become a forest fire destroying countless reputations (and the NoW itself) in its wake. The few hacked by NI in 2007 became nearly 6,000 in late 2011. Hackgate has also thrown the spotlight on the somewhat excessively close ties between the press, police and political elite - and raised countless questions about media standards and regulation. As Lord Leveson continues his inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press, The Phone Hacking Scandal: Journalism On Trial (edited by Richard Lance Keeble and John Mair) brings together an extraordinary range of academics, journalists and media activists to provide bang-up-to-date, informed and lively commentary on the controversy: • Brian Cathcart on 'The Press, the Leveson Inquiry and the Hacked Off Campaign' • Glenda Cooper on 'Facing up to the Ethical Issues surrounding Facebook Use' • Jackie Newton and Sallyann Duncan on 'Exploring the Ethics of Death Reporting in the Social Media Age' • Richard Peppiatt on 'The Story Factory: Infotainment and the Tabloid Newsroom' • Alan Rusbridger on how Hackgate 'reveals failure of normal checks and balances to hold power to account' • John Tulloch on 'Oiling a Very Special Relationship: Journalists, Bribery and the Detective Police' Other contributors include Chris Atkins, Steven Barnett, Patrick Barrow, Teodora Beleaga, Daniel Bennett, Damian Paul Carney, the Co-ordinating Committee for Media Reform, Tim Crook, Sean Dodson, Chris Frost, Ivor Gaber , Tony Harcup, Phil Harding, Huw L. Hopkins, Mike Jempson, Nicholas Jones, John Lloyd, Tim Luckhurst, Kevin Marsh, Ben McConville, Eamonn O'Neill, Wayne Powell, Stewart Purvis, Justin Schlosberg, Kate Smith, Judith Townend and Barry Turner. This is the sixth in a series of books coming out of the Coventry Conversations Conferences held jointly with the BBC College of Journalism and the School of Journalism at the University of Lincoln. Also available in this series: PLAYING FOOTSIE WITH THE FTSE? THE GREAT CRASH OF 2008 AND THE CRISIS IN JOURNALISM (Arima 2009) AFGHANISTAN, WAR AND MEDIA: DEADLINES AND FRONTLINES (Arima 2010) FACE THE FUTURE: THE INTERNET AND JOURNALISM TODAY (Arima 2011) INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM: DEAD OR ALIVE? (Arima 2011) MIRAGE IN THE DESERT? REPORTING THE 'ARAB SPRING' (Arima 2011)

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  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: abramis (19 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845495330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845495336
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 760,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, compelling read! 8 Dec 2012
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This very comprehensive work leaves no stone unturned in offering a multi-layered perspective on the whys and wherefores of where the media and in particular the press, stands today. With many eminent contributors, including journalists and academics, Richard Lance Keeble and John Mair have contributed to and compiled an outstanding work not so esoteric that a lay person such as myself cannot understand it with ease.

The book is presented in five sections, the majority of articles contained therein being headed with a succinct, engaging summary allowing the reader to `dip in' to a particular area of interest. The first (A) informs the current debate addressing many of the salient issues raised during the course of the Leveson Enquiry, offering the reader insight as to how the press works and the differing tensions within giving rise to the seemingly inevitable ethical/moral dilemma journalists face today. The second section (B) focuses on the power and influence of the Murdoch family and makes for very interesting reading as one learns of the interactions between the press moguls and governments in their power struggle, seemingly the latter losing out to the former corporate giants whose undoubted influence can win or lose them general elections. Section three (C ) considers how the Leveson Enquiry throws light on the weaknesses inherent in both the media and political arenas, enabling a lack of accountability to exacerbate phone hacking as a journalistic information source. We are shown how, at its inception and beyond, it was almost covertly sanctioned in the inertia of those who chose to ignore it including those parts of the press who, possibly not surprisingly, considered it not to be newsworthy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The standard text 7 Dec 2012
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This book has deservedly become the standard text on leveson.deservedly. Totally comprehensive totally of the moment.mixes big names and not so big. hacks and academics.the impact is judged by the fact that according to 'sources close to him' that lord justice leveson himself has read. It as part of his cannot praise this work enough n
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