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Media consult journalism professor on phone hacking scandal

Jack Lule, chair of the journalism department at Lehigh University and director of Lehigh’s Globalization and Social Change Initiative

The now-defunct British tabloid News of the World phone hacking scandal continues to dominate news headlines, raising questions about journalism ethics, the tabloid’s relationship with Scotland Yard and the future of owner Rupert Murdoch's news empire, News Corp. The 168-year-old News of the World was published by News International, a subsidiary of News Corp.

While much of the scandal is unfolding overseas, news coverage has scrutinized News Corp.'s U.S.-based media outlets, particularly Fox News and The Wall Street Journal. As media outlets continue to cover the scandal and its potential impact in the U.S., they're turning to Jack Lule, chair of the journalism department at Lehigh University and director of Lehigh's Globalization and Social Change Initiative. Lule researches international news reporting and is the author of Daily News, Eternal Stories: The Mythological Role of Journalism and the forthcoming Globalization and Media which includes a case study on Murdoch and News Corp.

"If anything gets uncovered here in the U.S. there will be a very, very high price to pay," Lule told the British newspaper The Guardian for a recent article: “Murdochs fight to stay afloat in U.S. as sharks circle News Corp.”

Lule also was interviewed by The Huffington Post for “Murdoch Education Affiliate’s $2.7 Million Consulting Contract Approved by New York City” and The Guardian for “Rupert Murdoch voices 'total' support for Brooks as he flies in to stem threat.”

Story by Sally Gilotti

Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011

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