How media outlets report on scandals that hit close to home

July 19, 2011

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Professor Loren Ghiglione spoke about the problems facing a media outlet reporting on a scandal in its own organization.

The alleged phone hacking at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. has received its fair share of media coverage. Except, according to some, from the company’s own media outlets. It’s a sticky situation that may well be familiar to Chicago journalists. Only last year, the Chicago Tribune had to report on a scandal unfolding in its own boardrooms, and former Chicago Sun-Times owner Conrad Black’s conviction on fraud made headlines in that paper.

How do media outlets cover the story when it hits close to home? And how do news organizations manage in the eye of a media storm? To answer these questions and more, Alison Cuddy was joined by Loren Ghiglione, Professor of Journalism at the Medill School of Journalism.