Comments on: Oscar special: Journalists on film http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2009/02/19/oscar-special-journalists-on-film/ Dean Wright on Ethics, Innovation and Values Sun, 08 Apr 2012 05:10:49 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: symeon http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2009/02/19/oscar-special-journalists-on-film/comment-page-1/#comment-1361 Thu, 14 Oct 2010 13:18:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/?p=59#comment-1361 Please accept some random thoughts upon stumbling across this blog posting:

Journalists apply their professionalism (doubtlessly to all degrees of candour c.f. Stephen Glass) to report facts to us through reporting media channels. With similar divergence to keeping true to the facts, the big screen has historically adapted a plethora of media related / journalism stories to challenge box office hits; nothing new.

What is interesting, however, is the contrary; when movies create real facts thereby feeding journalism. Indeed, many fictional stories are predecessors to subsequent real life events, bringing us to question whether the story inspired actionable blueprints and/or to marvel the author’s prophetic capabilities.

The abovementioned movie – Ace in the Hole – holds remarkable similarities to what has, is, and will transpire with the trapped Chilean miners.

Many will see cynicism in the similarities and try to pass judgement on the credibility of the operation. Others will refute its relevance to maintain the dignity of this human disaster and authenticity of this timely and successful rescue story. Despite differing opinions, Ace in the Hole provides an interesting ‘conversation piece’ about how a piece of 1950s American fiction resembles so closely to the current state of affairs in Chile 60 years later.

Journalism is constantly faced with ethical concerns of representing the truth. The question of whether journalism reports the truth or whether it creates the truth can be blatantly clear-cut but also extremely complex. This fine line comes face-to-face with the challenges of our era where facts are labelled ‘true’ as long as enough people accept them as such.

This debate however, should not impede journalism nor curtail the movie industry. Indeed, both nourish a much sought-after psycho-sociological need in our ever alienating society: ‘to confirm the life of others’; nothing new. Hence a blog entry and not a Pulitzer prize!

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By: jlew2045 http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2009/02/19/oscar-special-journalists-on-film/comment-page-1/#comment-1261 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 07:04:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/?p=59#comment-1261 “Shattered Glass” is one of my favorites. I love to watch the lie(s) unfold as the movie progresses. It’s 94 minutes long–a really good one to watch if you’re short on time.

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By: Jeremy Gaunt http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2009/02/19/oscar-special-journalists-on-film/comment-page-1/#comment-383 Fri, 27 Feb 2009 16:35:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/?p=59#comment-383 As an ethics guru, I am surprised you did not mention “Absence of Malice” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081974/ which looks very closely at the impact of reporting on the lives of those being reported on.

I also recall liking that a small ’70s film called “Between the Lines” which was about a small underground newspaper being taken over by big business.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075744/

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By: Dean Wright http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2009/02/19/oscar-special-journalists-on-film/comment-page-1/#comment-382 Fri, 27 Feb 2009 12:13:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/?p=59#comment-382 Ah, yes. -30-. I remember first learning of “double trucks” and Bodoni type faces when, if I recall correctly, Jack Webb orders up a page with a picture of a storm drain with words to the effect of: “I want a double truck with a picture of the drain and a 48 point Bodoni headline, ‘Hey, Kids, Stay Away From This.” It was certainly public service.

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By: Robert Basler http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2009/02/19/oscar-special-journalists-on-film/comment-page-1/#comment-381 Thu, 26 Feb 2009 15:48:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/?p=59#comment-381 But anyway, as long as you’re spotlighting the best, don’t forget the great “His Girl Friday.”

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By: Robert Basler http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2009/02/19/oscar-special-journalists-on-film/comment-page-1/#comment-380 Thu, 26 Feb 2009 15:41:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/?p=59#comment-380 You should follow this up with a list of the WORST journalism movies. I nominate the Jack Webb abomination called -30-.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052526/

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By: arky http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2009/02/19/oscar-special-journalists-on-film/comment-page-1/#comment-377 Wed, 25 Feb 2009 00:16:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/?p=59#comment-377 Absence of Malice

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By: Julian Rake http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2009/02/19/oscar-special-journalists-on-film/comment-page-1/#comment-376 Tue, 24 Feb 2009 16:10:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/?p=59#comment-376 Also worth a mention is Joel Schumacher’s “Veronica Guerin” starring Cate Blanchett as the Irish reporter who paid the ultimate price for her reporting on Ireland’s burgeoning drugs trade. The film examines whether Guerin was brave or simply reckless in her pursuit of the inside story of the violent gangs that controlled the trade.

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By: Pratish Narayanan http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2009/02/19/oscar-special-journalists-on-film/comment-page-1/#comment-374 Tue, 24 Feb 2009 11:26:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/?p=59#comment-374 Excellent additions, Alexander.

But why should the list be about films that only deal with journalism? Isn’t there space for films that are acts of journalism themselves even though they may not feature characters who are journalists?

I have to say — with a little help from Abraham Lincoln — that if Errol Morris’ Gates of Heaven, Marcel Ophüls’ The Sorrow and the Pity and Werner Herzog’s Encounters at the End of the World, just to name a few, is not journalism, nothing is journalism.

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By: Madhu http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2009/02/19/oscar-special-journalists-on-film/comment-page-1/#comment-373 Tue, 24 Feb 2009 11:15:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/?p=59#comment-373 There’s also Robert Redford’s “Lions for lambs” in which Meryl Streep dons the journalistic hat in a role which, I presume, would’ve resonated with many in DC as a senator (Tom Cruise), who’s a key military adviser to the President, tries to steer Streep’s character into “selling” a new plan of attack in Afghanistan.

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