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The Struggles of Journalism in Film

Film portrayals of the struggles for power and influence within journalism.
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Eugene Resnick

on 29 April 2010

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Transcript of The Struggles of Journalism in Film

Introduction "Thus it comes to push-pull between newspapers and film; journalistic realism versus the entertainment interest of movie industry money." -The Washington Post, "When Worlds Collide," 1975 Throughout media's history, journalism has been struggling against numerous competing interests to deliver the news to its citizenry; however, what is considered news and journalism has been subject to change, but can easily be traced through portrayals in film. Journalistic Expectation Citizen Kane Newsies "Kane loved running his newspapers that managed the news to fit what would excite the readers." -Robert Castle, "All The Citizen's Men" Government Pressure on Journalism McCarthyism in the Film:
"Good Night and Good Luck" Edward R. Murrow Edward R. Murrow in the film,
"Good Night and Good Luck" played by David Strathairn Corporate Interests "It's not a story, it's a case" "I'm a journalist, not a publicist" "Your (journalists) need is greater than ours (police)" "You're (journalists) supposed to be sharing information with us (police)" "We're running with what
we've got today!" "All about you and
getting your story." "Real news vs. bullshit" Citizen Truths Redacted "The oldest cliche is that truth is the first casuality of war. I disagree. Journalism is the first casuality. Not only that; it has become a weapon of war, a virulent censorship that goes unrecognized in the United States, Britain and other democracies; censorship by omission, whose power is such that, in war, it can mean the difference between life and death for people in far away countries, such as Iraq." -John Pilger Le Fin Why does this matter? 1992 1974 2009 2005 2007 These struggles of journalism with both internal an external influences transform the way that news is approached, reported, and received. In effect, these changes reshape the nature of journalism on the whole, and redefine our perception of democracy. The Struggles of Journalism in Film
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