The journalism scandal: When scandalization hits journalists and news media

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Claas Relotius, the reporter from Der Spiegel, who faked stories and sources, is the most recent example of a journalism scandal and Jason Blair, the reporter from the New York Times, who did the same, is perhaps the most famous. Since the beginning of the millennium scandals involving journalism and news been have increasingly become global news stories involving countries such as Great Britain, the US, Denmark and Germany. A scandal can be defined as an action or event that is regarded as morally or legally wrong and that causes general public outrage. Research-wise many journalism scandals have been analyzed based on paradigm repair theory with the focus on how the news media caught in scandal have tried to reestablish faith and legitimacy to the journalistic paradigm after a scandal The purpose of this paper twofold: First to link journalism scandals closer to Thompsons (2000) scandal theory, especially in relation to questions of power and visibility and second to suggest and test a typology of journalism scandals This typology includes: 1) The ‘plagiarism’ scandal, 2) the ‘fabrication’ scandal, 3) The ‘hacking’ scandal and 4) the ‘errores information’ scandal. The typology is tested on a case study of journalism scandals in Denmark from 2005 to 2018. The study finds 10 journalism scandals in the selected period: 2 plagiarism scandals, 3 fabrication-scandals, 1 hacking-scandal and 4 errores-information scandals. The paper concludes by discussing the different types of scandals and how they affect journalism and trust in journalism.
Publikationsdato19 sep. 2019
StatusUdgivet - 19 sep. 2019
BegivenhedFuture of Journalism - University of Cardiff, Cardiff, Storbritannien
Varighed: 12 sep. 201913 sep. 2019


KonferenceFuture of Journalism
LokationUniversity of Cardiff

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