5 MOVIES TO INSPIRE YOUR INNER JOURNALIST
There are hundreds of great journalism movies based on scribes and their adventures and although “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” may well be everyone’s favorite from a comical standpoint, this post is focused on films that ignite the integrity and desire to better serve the public and make a difference in the world.
1. Live from Baghdad– Before CNN was the powerhouse it is today, they were “the little network that could” that struggled to provide content as a 24-7 news network. The movie covers the days leading up to the first bombing of Baghdad after Saddam Hussein refused to pull his army out of Kuwait.
CNN ‘s Robert Weiner headed the only crew to stay and provide coverage of the assault, as a result all others networks had to depend on their live feed, making CNN a national media darling overnight.
2. All the President’s Men– A must see for any aspiring investigative journalist, the movie follows Woodward and Bernstein and how they cemented their names as journalism legends by tracing the Watergate burglary all the way to the steps of the White House.
3. Page One: Inside the New York Times- A riveting documentary that follows the New York Times newsroom during one of the most pivotal years in the history of the newspaper. Covers everything from the paper’s handling of Wikileaks to how journalism is drastically altering their strategy.
4. Shattered Glass– More an example of what not to do as a journalist, this movie covers the meteoric rise and sudden fall of The New Republic‘s Stephen Glass who fabricated at least 27 stories for one of the most prestigious papers in the 90’s.
5. Network- A riveting 70’s flick that inspired a generation’s worth of journalists and reminded the profession as a whole that their first job is to serve the public. Not to mention it includes one of the most unforgettable scenes in movie history with the “I’m Mad As Hell” rant delivered by crazed anchor Howard Beale.
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