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Journalism at the Movies – Helping to Recall
By: Doug Bedell
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Two new movies may be bringing back into focus the strengths and values of journalism at a time when the craft is nigh to floundering. There’s “Truth” about a later discredited 60 Minutes II report about then-President George W. Bush’s military service, and “Spotlight” on the Boston Globe’s coverage of child abuse by priests there.

“I think we have emerged into a culture of half-truths defined by pictures on Instagram, Tweets and breaking news that isn’t thoroughly researched,” said Michael Sugar, a "Spotlight" producer. "We as a people are hungry for the facts. Our hope with these movies, as I’m sure was the same for filmmakers of other journalism movies, was to celebrate the people who actually do the research and do the work to get the truth. I feel like that is what has been lost in our current society.”

Get a better sense of what we’ve “lost,” or how to relate well to newsrooms, from sources like these.

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About the Author
Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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