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Br(e)aking the News

Journalism, Politics and New Media

Edited By Janey Gordon, Paul Rowinski and Gavin Stewart

What is the breaking news in the world today? How did you find out this news? How do you know it is true? Was it reported ethically? What checks and balances are being put on the news media?
The answers to these questions reflect the themes of this book. The chapters are by experienced journalists, academics and practitioners in the field. They unravel and clearly present the recent and on-going developments in journalism and the press around the globe, including the US, Europe, Asia and Africa. Chapters deal with the phone hacking and data thefts in the UK that provoked a major inquiry into press ethics and standards. Twitter is examined and found to be a valuable tool for reporters in the Arab world and research shows how, in Australia, readers use Twitter to pass along news topics. Chapters also explore the use of the mobile phone to access news in sub-Saharan Nigeria, the role of media magnates in presenting political views in Europe, and Wikipedia’s representation of conflict. This collection of fourteen chapters by leading authors examines journalism as practised today and what we might expect from it in the future.


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JANEY GORDON, PAUL ROWINSKI AND GAVIN STEWART Introduction 1 JULIAN PETLEY Leveson and Operation Motorman: lessons from a debacle over data protection 5 KATE IRONSIDE Closing Time at the Last Chance Saloon? Phone hacking and the future of press regulation 29 IVOR GABER The many faces of Rupert Murdoch as revealed by his evidence to the UK’s Leveson Inquiry into the Culture, Practice and Ethics of the Press 49 PAUL ROWINSKI Berlusconi, Murdoch and the power of persuasion over Europe 65 JON SILVERMAN Cats, convicts and clerics: how the media and politicians have framed the Human Rights Act 85 ALI USMAN SALEEM AND SAYEEDA SYED Terrorism Radio, Coercion and Illiteracy 105 vi JANEY GORDON AND UMAR LAWAL MARADUN Radio Audiences and Mobile Phones: the case in northern Nigeria 121 TIM MARKHAM The Uses of Seriousness: Arab Journalists Tweet the 2011–2012 Uprisings 145 LEE HALL, NEIL FARRINGTON AND JOHN PRICE Twitter, Disintermediation and the Changing Role of the Sports Journalist 165 AXEL BRUNS, TIM HIGHFIELD AND STEPHEN HARRINGTON Sharing the News: Dissemination of Links to Australian News Sites on Twitter 181 SONYA YAN SONG, FEI SHEN, MIKE Z. YAO and STEVEN S. WILDMAN Un/masking News in Cyberspace: Examining Censorship Patterns of News Portal Sites in China 211 DAVID R. BRAKE Journalists, User Generated Content and Digital Divides 231 SUSAN JACOBSON Br(e)aking the News: The End of American Journalism Education 253 GAVIN STEWART Wikipedia and War 271 Notes on Contributors 291 Index 297

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