"Journalism is literature in a hurry." -- Matthew Arnold
Mixed Media: Journalism Goes to the Movies
A selective (as opposed to a comprehensive) list:
It Happened One Night (1934): A reporter in need of a scoop finds a runaway heiress.
His Girl Friday (1940): A remake of 'The Front Page,' about an editor trying to keep his ex-wife from quitting the paper for suburban life.
Foreign Correspondent (1940): On the brink of World War II, an American journalist exposes enemy agents in London.
Philadelphia Story (1940): Tabloid journalist snoops for dirt about the father of the bride.
Citizen Kane (1941): Charles Foster Kane/William Randolph Hearst, Orson Welles' first feature.
Meet John Doe (1941): Reporter who's about to get fired makes up an unemployed guy who intends to kill himself -- and then hires someone to impersonate him.
Ace in the Hole (1951): Washed-up big city reporter exploits a New Mexico mining disaster to revive his career.
Deadline USA (1952): Editor tries to save a dying newspaper.
Sweet Smell of Success (1957): A powerful gossip columnist and the publicist who needs him.
The Parallax View (1974): 'All the President's Men' meets 'The Manchurian Candidate.' The reporter's not paranoid; they are chasing him.
All the President's Men (1976): The journalist as national hero.
Network (1976): Satire for broadcast concentrators.
Under Fire (1983): TV journalists in Nicaragua before the 1979 revolution.
The Killing Fields (1984): Based on the true story of NYT Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Sydney Schanberg and his Cambodian interpreter, Dith Pran.
Street Smart (1987): A reporter fakes a profile to get a cover story -- and a pimp uses the story as a murder alibi.
Broadcast News (1987): A mainstream romantic comedy set in a TV newsroom.
L.A. Confidential (1997): Corruption everywhere, and a sleazy tabloid to report it all.
State of Play (2003): The 6-episode British TV series, not the movie, for a look at the collision between old and new media.
Good Night, and Good Luck (2005): CBS newsman and commentator Edward R. Murrow goes after Senator Joe McCarthy and the HUAC investigation.
Capote (2005) and Infamous (2006): Two takes on Truman Capote's 'In Cold Blood,' a classic of narrative non-fiction.