Can this movie make journalism “cool” again?

While we are at it, let’s list the best journalism movies of all time.
I would put films like Citizen Kane in the lineup.  And of course Spotlight.  How about “Broadcast News.”
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I would also include a movie called “The Paper.”  It included a great line from Robert Duvall’s publisher character:

“I hate columnists. Why do I have all these columnists? I got political columnists, guest columnists, celebrity columnists. The only thing I don’t have is a dead columnist. That’s the kind I could really use.”

 

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ProPublica generated this list, in no particular order.

Absence of Malice (1981)

Ace in the Hole (1951)

All the President’s Men (1976)

A Lynching at the Curve, by Ida B. Wells (1892)

Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)

The Insider (1999)

The Parallax View (1974)

I would  not include silly films like “His Girl Friday.”  Or worse, “Anchorman.”
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How to tell the story of a mystery

When you are reporting a story that is filled with twists and turns, the writer dances a delicate dance of what to reveal and when to show it.  This story by WFAA’s Jason Whitely is a great example of how to string the viewer along with a steady feeding of rewards all the way to the end of the story.

I especially like the way Jason does not try to tidy up the end of the story. The fact is we do not know how the couple came by the painting, so don’t speculate.