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When Reporters Cross The Line: The Heroes, the Villains, the Hackers and the Spies [Hardcover]

Stewart Purvis , Jeff Hulbert
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Book Description

5 Sep 2013
When Reporters Cross the Line tells the stories of fifteen journalists - among them some of the best-known names in British journalism: John Simpson, Guy Burgess, Lindsey Hilsum - caught up in controversy at moments when the worlds of media, propaganda, politics, espionage and crime collided. These are men and women who went beyond accepted journalistic conventions. Some broke the code of their craft in the name of public interest, but the actions of others led to truly shocking consequences. Many of the details have been secret, until now. This unique account of modern reporting examines the lengths to which journalists on the front line are prepared to go to get a story or to espouse a cause. The book undoubtedly features both journalistic heroes and villains, but certain heroes turn out to be tarnished and some of the villains surprisingly principled. In the heat of war and political conflict, rules are broken and ethics abandoned - and not just by opposing armies. This extraordinary book offers unparalleled access to the mind of reporters and to the often disturbing decisions they make when faced with extreme situations. In doing so, it hammers home some unsavoury truths, and poses the fundamental question: where do you draw the line?

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback; First Edition edition (5 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849545839
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849545839
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 370,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stewart Purvis was one of the greatest TV journalists of his generation, known for his energy, imagination and pioneering techniques. Now he's established himself as Britain's top analyst of the ethics and dilemmas of broadcast journalism. --Michael Crick, Channel 4 News Political Correspondent

A brilliant new book by Stewart Purvis. --Peter Preston, The Observer

I would like to commend to every reporter and editor, no matter how experienced, Stewart Purvis's excellent book 'When a Reporters Cross the Line:the Heroes,the Villains,the Hackers and the Spies'. It should be essential reading for every journalist. --Michael Reupke

A fascinating read. --Choice

[The book] offers unparalleled access to the minds of reporters and to the often disturbing decisions they make when faced with extreme situations. --Military History Monthly

This book should be on the reading list for every journalism and philosophy course taught in British universities. --Ethical Space, International Journal of Communication Ethics

About the Author

Stewart Purvis is Professor of Television Journalism at City University London. He worked for the BBC and for ITV, where he spent 31 years as a producer, Editor of Channel 4 News, Editor-in-Chief of ITV News at Ten and Chief Executive of ITN, before his retirement in 2007. Jeff Hulbert is a media historian and an honorary research fellow in the Journalism Department at City University London.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really informative book 13 Dec 2013
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The book is an interesting analysis of a selection of nationally known reporters who 'crossed the line' and strayed into areas which compromised their professionalism and independence. It's quite a surprise that this has been happening for many years, so the only thing that's new is the extent of the crossing. The book is very well written and presented, readable and informative. So, if the hacking scandal and its impact on the British press has grabbed your attention, you will enjoy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book! 1 Mar 2014
Format:Hardcover
I found this book fascinating and thought provoking. I recommend it to anyone with an journalistic history and a distrust of the media.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Hannah
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"If no-one agrees where the line is, how can anyone decide whether it has been crossed or not?"
I am so glad that this book has been written. Many of the events covered are ones that I had read about (in many cases indeed, had read the accounts written by the journalists presented within the pages of this book). It was fascinating to see the political, social, and personal struggles and discussions that went behind those stories.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in politics, history, journalism, moral quandaries, and good writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars reporting 4 Mar 2014
Format:Hardcover
This is the story of 13 journalists the author considered had crossed the line of so called journalistic ethics but it could have been named "Journalists who tried to make the news rather than reporting it."

The episodes cover instances when the media clash with propaganda,politicians,espionage and crime.
For some their actions were based on principle but for others it was a chance for self promotion and noteriety or in the public intrest
The book indicates that journalists have an inflated opinion of their importance.
There is a chapter on hackers.
You must make up your own mind on this book.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ??????? 28 Dec 2013
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What was I thinking buying this book ? I am not a journalist what a load of RUBBISH this one will be deleted
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