Howard Tumber is Professor in the Department of Journalism at City, University of London, UK. He is a founder and co-editor of Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism. He has published widely in the field of the sociology of media and journalism.

Silvio Waisbord is Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, USA. He was the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Communication, and he has published widely about news, politics and social change.

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chapter 1|12 pages

Media and scandal

part I|104 pages

Key concepts in media and scandal studies

chapter 2|9 pages

Scandal and social theory

chapter 3|12 pages

Media coverage of political scandals

Effects of personalization and potential for democratic reforms

chapter 4|9 pages

Moral panics

chapter 5|12 pages

Scandals and agenda setting

chapter 7|10 pages

Scandal and news values

chapter 8|9 pages

Selecting scandal

How legacy and social media gatekeep the news

chapter 10|11 pages

Media framing of political scandals

Theoretical framework and empirical evidence

part II|86 pages

Political context and media dynamics of scandals

chapter 12|9 pages

New Nordic noir

Political scandals as drama and media hunts

chapter 13|9 pages

Political scandal and kompromat

Manufactured outrage from Russia

chapter 16|9 pages

Social media and scandal

chapter 18|10 pages

Talk scandals

The power of mediated talk

chapter 20|10 pages

Unreported scandals

The power of personality and legal bluster

part III|80 pages

Scandals and journalistic practices

chapter 25|9 pages

From Snowden to Cambridge Analytica

An overview of whistleblowing cases as scandals

chapter 27|9 pages

Caught between transparency and scandal-making

Conceptualising WikiLeaks

part IV|126 pages

Themes and settings of media scandals

chapter 30|11 pages

Scandal and celebrity

chapter 32|9 pages

Scandals and sport

chapter 33|9 pages

The scandalous power of the press

Phone hacking in the UK

chapter 36|8 pages

Sex trafficking and scandal

chapter 37|10 pages

Race scandals as racial projects

chapter 38|9 pages

Scandals in science

chapter 39|10 pages

Scandals, media and religion

chapter 40|11 pages

Corporate scandalization process

Unpacking the corporate scandal

part V|96 pages

Consequences and legacies of media scandals

chapter 42|12 pages

Shame and scandal

Making the personal political

chapter 45|10 pages

The political consequences of corruption scandals

Main findings and challenges

chapter 47|10 pages

Protecting public perception

Responding to scandal using Benoit’s image repair theory

chapter 49|12 pages

Scandal and the law