“Spotlight” is the number one film for young journalists. The Spotlight team, through their investigation of molestation and abuse in the Catholic church, shows young journalists how to follow a story and not give up no matter how lost the story seems. One of the best lines in the movie that all journalists can relate to is when Rachel McAdam’s character says “We’re going to tell this story and we’re going to tell it right.”
“All The President’s Men”
This is truly one of the classic journalism movies that every news student should see. “All The President’s Men” retells the story of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein as they uncover the details of the Watergate Scandal that happened during Nixon’s presidency. They faced so much adversity in uncovering this story, especially because their whole investigation was based on the word of an anonymous source. These two showed the world that through dedication to getting to the truth, journalists can make important social and political change.
Overall, “Shattered Glass” is a great movie. It recounts the story of Stephen Glass, a reporter for the News Republic, when he is discovered to have fabricated over half of his stories. While what Glass did was horrible and essentially the bane of journalism, “Shattered Glass” serves as a constant reminder to report only what is true.
“Almost Famous” centers around the world of 15-year-old Rock Journalist William Miller as he follows a mid-sized band around the country writing a cover story for Rolling Stone. While most of the movie revolves around his life on the road, trying to get interviews from the musicians and make his deadlines. When he interviews the band, they insinuate that he should not write the whole truth, as to not hurt their reputations. He writes a factual story of the band’s tour, and the band denies it all and Miller’s story is trashed. Later in the movie one of the musicians tells Rolling Stone that Miller told the truth and his feature is run on the front cover. This movie shows that writing the truth will always be better than sugar coating your subject.