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Hintz, Arne ORCID: 2019. Leaks. Vos, Tim P. and Hanusch, Folker, eds. The International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies, John Wiley & Sons, (10.1002/9781118841570.iejs0261)

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High‐profile leaks, ranging from WikiLeaks to Snowden and to the Panama Papers, have elevated the leak to a prime position in both the practices and imaginaries of investigative journalism as well as public debate. New forms of leaks journalism and leaks activism have emerged that have not just generated greater opportunities for leakers but involved new actors in the processing of leaks. This has affected the broader media ecology, with new intermediaries engaging with journalistic work and facilitating interactions between sources and a diversity of media organizations. This entry explores the implications of leaks for the transforming media environment and broader social change. Based on a review of the role of leaks in classic forms of journalism, it discusses cases of, and controversies around, major leaks of the past decade and investigates both the importance and the limits of leaking. The entry thereby situates current discussions on leaks platforms and “leaktivism” in established notions of leaking as a journalistic practice.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118841570
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2022 07:14

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