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23rd January 2012, 11:49am
Hackgate under the spotlight in Journalism academic's latest book
Professor Richard Keeble Hackgate, the biggest scandal to rock the mainstream press in decades, is the subject of the latest book by Professor Richard Lance Keeble of the University of Lincoln's School of Journalism.

'The Phone Hacking Scandal: Journalism on Trial', jointly edited with John Mair of Coventry University, includes contributions from 31 major commentators.

They include Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian, Brian Cathcart, professor of journalism at Kingston University and founder of the Hacked Off campaign, and Richard Peppiatt, who resigned from the Daily Star over its alleged Islamophobia and who has given dramatic evidence to the Leveson Inquiry set up to investigate the culture, practice and ethics of the press.

Professor John Tulloch, head of the Lincoln School of Journalism (LSJ), has contributed a chapter titled 'Oiling a Very Special Relationship: Journalists, Bribery and the Detective Police' while Barry Turner, senior lecturer in law in the LSJ, examines critically the questions being posed by the Leveson Inquiry. Mike Jempson, visiting professor of journalism at the LSJ, has a chapter looking at the history of largely fruitless moves to improve ethical standards on Fleet Street.

Other contributors include Kevin Marsh, former editor of the BBC's Today programme, Professor Steven Barnett, of Westminster University, Chris Atkins, director of Starsuckers, and Professor Ivor Gabor, of City University. Phillip Knightley, visiting professor of journalism at the University of Lincoln and internationally acclaimed investigative reporter, says on the cover: "If you want to know how newspapers really work, you need to read this book."

Professor Keeble commented: "This is the sixth in the series of books John Mair and I have produced in the last two years bringing together the work of top journos, academics and campaigners on major contemporary media issues. They, in effect, amount to a new model for academic publishing quick, timely, rigorous, highly readable and with substantial impact."

'The Phone Hacking Scandal: Journalism on Trial', the 21st book Richard Keeble has written and edited, is published by Arima, of Bury St Edmunds. It is to be launched at a press conference in London on 7th February to be chaired by Steve Hewlett, presenter of the BBC's The Media Show.

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