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Investigative journalism professor Brant Houston talks about British phone-hacking scandal
Brant Houston, Knight Chair for Investigative and Enterprise Journalism, was interviewed by the Christian Science Monitor and the Illinois News Bureau about the British phone-hacking scandal and the implications for investigative journalism.
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR (July 12) — Media watchdogs want the federal government to investigate Rupert Murdoch's media holdings in the US. The deeper question is whether US newspapers might be prone to similar behavior. Read entire article...
UI NEWS BUREAU (July 13) — Britain has been gripped by a mushrooming scandal shining a light on the methods of tabloid journalism, one result being the sudden shutdown of the The News of the World, part of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. Revelations that reporters hacked into the cellphone messages of a murdered schoolgirl and the families of fallen soldiers caused the scandal to explode in recent weeks. It touches on everyone from the royal family to Scotland Yard to past and present prime ministers. What does the scandal say about the line between tabloid and investigative journalism? Brant Houston is the Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at the University of Illinois and a co-author of “The Investigative Reporter’s Handbook.” Houston was interviewed by News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain. Read entire interview...