This book is an educational insight into journalism and the choices a journalist makes when covering 'big' stories.It covers major stories Peter played a key part in, as well as detailing his work in shaping new relationships between the media and the Police. This includes his key role in setting up voluntary media news blackouts during kidnaps which still helps to save lives today, and how he helped establish the nationwide Crimestoppers scheme, which enables members of the public to give information, sometimes anonymously, to solve crimes and bring wanted crooks to justic. He reveals many secrets from the 'Street of Adventure'.Peter served as Chairman and subsequently President of the Crime Reporters' Association, representing members of the national press, news agencies, TV and radio. He was also a member of the Board of Crimestoppers at Scotland Yard. In 1996 he was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to crime journalism and crime prevention. He was also commissioned by the Foreign Office to write an HMSO publication detailing the work of all Government law enforcement departments involved in the worldwide fight against illicit drugs.How I Changed Fleet Street is essential reading for media and journalism students and provides the general public with a unique insight into what goes on 'behind' the front page.
Peter deals with the ethical decisions facing the media when seeking information, a subject which has come under public scrutiny following revelations of illicit phone tapping.