Graham Johnson was a fresh-faced journalist with an ambition to break the big news stories and make his name as a star reporter when an offer came in to work at a leading tabloid… he couldn't say no. Instantly, he found himself drawn into a world of sleaze, spin and corruption - where bending the law was justifiable in the hunt for the big-selling story and bending the truGraham Johnson was a fresh-faced journalist with an ambition to break the big news stories and make his name as a star reporter when an offer came in to work at a leading tabloid… he couldn't say no. Instantly, he found himself drawn into a world of sleaze, spin and corruption - where bending the law was justifiable in the hunt for the big-selling story and bending the truth was the norm. Against his better judgement, Graham found his niche in this new world and, what's more, he found that he was good at it. In his time at first the News of the Worldthen the Sunday Mirror, he made a name for himself as a man who could deliver the story, no matter what - a kind of tabloid terrorist who rifled through celebrity's rubbish bins, staked out politicians' hotel rooms, and paid-up page three girls to seduce Premiership footballers, all in the name of selling newspapers. Hackis a compelling and intoxicating story of one man's time in the tabloid jungle - a world that in its heady mix of sex, drugs and casual immorality is reminiscent of the City - and how he ultimately saved himself....
|Title||:||Hack: Sex, Drugs, and Scandal from Inside the Tabloid Jungle|
|Number of Pages||:||304 Pages|
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Hack: Sex, Drugs, and Scandal from Inside the Tabloid Jungle Reviews
Very revealing and interesting, but considering it's from a journo not very well written! The style betrays his red top career! Fascinating to read as a journalist myself though.
This book truly elevates and highlights the culture at the News of the World & also with tabloid journalism where speed, not accuracy, seems to be the key. You understand, although not condone, the behaviour of NOTW execs who hacked phones as the environment pushed people to its limits. GJ’s book is humorous, shocking and enlightening about behaviours as NOTW. But also about the Sunday Mirror, it shows every tabloid has a darker side to it in terms of behaviour and pressures. So much so the journalist fabricated, exaggerated stories to the misery of people. Shows how showbiz culture dominated tabloids to the extent that a change to serious news agendas were rebuffed as shown by Piers Morgan’s spell at the Mirror. Johnson’s good work as a journalist were shown in the drugs cases that he took on that shows underneath was a good journalist drowning in showbiz and salacious stories when a more focused agenda would have reaped stronger benefits.
A nice read, although the sub title is a little misleading. There's only a very small chapter about the phone hacking scandal. However, I was very surprised to learn just how much news is / was made up, newspapers out to deliberately ruin people's lives for a story whether true or not. I like Graham as an author and have read the majority of his books but this one annoyed me a little..... His writing in this book is different, he writes in short sentences. Like this. Where he uses full stops. Where anyone else would use. A comma.See how annoying that is? I would deffo read it though!