The scrum around defendant Rebekah Brooks at the Old Bailey. Pic courtesy Inforrm Blog
The first ever Old Bailey trial to be covered by tweeting is about to become a book.
Peter Jukes, the dramatist,citizen journalist and friend, has made a little bit of journalism history by providing instant tweets from the trial and got the public to back him through ” crowd sourcing.”
Now with the trial about to end he is producing a book subtitled The Inside Story of the Hacking Trial. This will not just be a rerun of his half a million words in tweets but the stuff reporters can’t print while a trial is in full swing because it would be contempt of court.
And as it involves the Murdoch empire there will be a lot to disclose that can’t be reported now.
To do this he has teamed up with Martin Hickman, whose blogs, with his permission, have been reproduced on this site as they appeared on Inforrm’s blog and Hacked Off websites. He is publishing the book under his own imprint, the Canbury Press.
It will be sold in four formats, including an e-book priced £8.99, from www.hackingtrial.com.
The four formats are e-book for quick release; first edition signed paperback with free e-book; the above with a dedication in the paperback and an invite to the launch party with special guests; and an access-all-areas pass.
Peter Jukes was recently named best reporter on Twitter and social media by Press Gazette in April and whose blog was nominated a month later for best UK news site by the London Press Club. He talks about book here.
He soundly beat yours truly as the best reporter on Twitter which is hardly surprising given his innovative skills. So be part of journalist history and buy into the new way journalism will survive well into the twenty first century.