Binakuromo Ogbebor

Binakuromo Ogbebor

Participant in 2014
Work history 1997-2013 News producer, editor and reporter for Gloryland Television (Also known as Niger Delta Television) Bayelsa State, Nigeria.

1994 -1996 Rivers State Television (RSTV), Nigeria.

Teaching (Seminar Tutor):
2013: Understanding Journalism Studies, Module Co-ordinator - Prof. Bob Franklin
2014: Doing Media Research, Module Co-ordinator - Dr Kerry Moore
Study history MA International Journalism (Cardiff University, Wales, UK) 2010-2011

BA English and literary Studies (University of Calabar, Nigeria) 1988 -1992

Federal Government Girls' College Benin City, Nigeria
1980 -1986

Phd Projects

2014

Media representation of the News of the World phone hacking scandal and the Leveson inquiry

The News of the World Phone hacking scandal turned the British political-media complex upside down. Newspaper editors, media owners, journalists, private investigators were placed in the spotlight for their malpractice. The scandal resulted in the closure of a newspaper that had existed for 168 years, and led to the setting up of the Leveson inquiry. But most importantly, it stirred up a debate on the role journalism plays and is expected to play in contemporary society. Subjects of this debate include issues of public trust, press freedom, privacy, media ownership and arguments bordering on whether or not the British media need more regulation, if at all.

This research aims to analyse the media coverage of the debates arising from the phone hacking scandal and the Leveson inquiry. In it I explore the different arguments and issues that dominated this debate. Many of these arguments are based on lay and specialist normative theories of the media, and are mainly inspired by the idea that the media is entrusted with information power and as such ought to be socially responsible. The normative theories upon which my arguments are based are mostly, though not exclusively, within the precincts of liberal democratic ideals. In this vein I examine libertarian and social responsibility theories as well as various perceptions of the public sphere with special focus on the media and the public sphere. Central to the various theories in this study is the media’s role in a democratic society. This is due to the wide conception that journalism is legitimated by its role in the sustenance of democracy.

While there is a good number of articles and news reports on the debates arising from the News of the World phone hacking scandal, there is still a dearth of scholarly literature on these arguments, much less an analysis of how the subjects of the debate were represented by the media and what consequence this could have for democracy (if any). This study aspires to fill that gap using a combination of content and discourse analyses. My study sample shall be the textual content of British newspapers coverage of the scandal (both broadsheets and tabloids). This study may argue that the media fell short in its democratic role in the coverage of the debates that arose from the News of the World phone hacking scandal and the Leveson inquiry.

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