Journalists in the Movies:
A Bibliography of Books and Articles in the UC Berkeley Libraries

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The Image Of The Journalist In Popular Culture (IJPC) Database

Badsey, Stephen.
"The Depiction of War Reporters in Hollywood Feature Films From the Vietnam War to the Present." Film History 2002 14(3-4): 243-260.
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"Examines the role of war correspondents in Hollywood films made from the Vietnam War era to 2002. Such films as The Green Berets (1968), Salvador (1986), and We Were Soldiers (2002) portray war reporting as an ambivalent occupation in which noncombatant correspondents are often called on to make a commitment and even take up arms. Correspondents obsessed with "getting the story" are often ridiculed or played as buffoons." [America: History and Life]

Baird, Robert
"Journalism and the Media." In: The Columbia companion to American history on film : how the movies have portrayed the American past New York : Columbia University Press, c2003.
Full text available online (UCB users only)
Doe Reference Reference Hall PN1995.9.U64 C65 2003
Media Resources Center PN1995.9.U64 C65 2003
Moffitt PN1995.9.U64 C65 2003

Barris, Alex.
Stop the Presses!: The Newspaperman in American Films South Brunswick: A. S. Barnes, c1976.
UCB Main PN1995.9.J6B31 1976

Bowden, Mark
"When The Front Page Meets The Big Screen." Atlantic Monthly Mar2004, Vol. 293 Issue 2, p146-150, 5p
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"The article focuses on the depiction of journalists in motion pictures. The author provides a brief overview of films with journalist protagonists and films which are about journalism. The author discusses journalists who appear to craft factual literary pieces rather than report the news. Particular attention is given to the depiction of journalism in the film "Shattered Glass." Advocacy journalism is defined and discussed." [Ebsco]

Carvalho, John; Kirby, Nicholas.
"Looking Bad on Paper, Worse on Film: Portrayals of Sports Journalists in Three Classic Baseball Films." Nine: A Journal of Baseball History & Culture 17. 2 (2009 Spring): 45-57.
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The Pride of the Yankees (1942), The Natural (1984); Eight Men Out

Cozma, Raluca; Maxwell Hamilton, John
"Film Portrayals of Foreign Correspondents." Journalism Studies; Aug2009, Vol. 10 Issue 4, p489-505, 17p
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Ehrlich, Matthew C.
"Facts, truth and bad journalists in the movies." Journalism, Vol. 7, No. 4, 501-519 (2006)
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Ehrlich, Matthew C.
"Journalism in the movies." Critical Studies in Media Communication, Volume 14, Issue 3 September 1997 , pages 267 - 281
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Ehrlich, Matthew C.
Journalism in the movies. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2004.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.J6 E38 2004
Table of contents

Garber, Megan
"The Big Picture." Columbia Journalism Review; Nov/Dec2007, Vol. 46 Issue 4, p12-14, 3p The article discusses the portrayal of journalists in Hollywood movies. Reporters and other newsmen are seen as having gone through a period of negative portrayals in the 1980s and 1990s in such films as "Absence of Malice" and "Wag the Dog." However, the individual journalist has been rehabilitated in the 2000s with films such as "Capote" and "The Hunting Party."

Garelik, Glenn
"Stop the presses; movies blast media; viewers cheer." (movie portrayals of journalists reflect changes in the news media industry) The New York Times Jan 31, 1993 v142 s2 pH11(N) pH11(L) col 1 (33 col in)

Gersh, Debra
"Stereotyping journalists: whether in movies from the 1930s or the 1980s, newspeople are usually portrayed as rude, divorced, hard-drinking, cigarette-smoking misfits." Editor & Publisher Oct 5, 1991 v124 n40 p18(3)

Good, Howard.
The Drunken Journalist: The Biography of a Film Stereotype / Howard Good. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2000.
UCB Main PN1995.9.J6 G57 2000

Good, Howard, 1951-
Girl Reporter: Gender, Journalism, and the Movies Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 1998.
UCB Main PN1995.9.J6 G59 1998

Good, Howard.
Outcasts: The Image of Journalists in Contemporary Film Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1989.
UCB Main PN1995.9.J6 G581 1989
Contents via Google books

Green, Norma Fay.
"Press Dress: The Beige Brigade of Movie Journalists Outdoors." In: Beyond the stars / edited by Paul Loukides and Linda K. Fuller. pp: 65-76. Bowling Green, Ohio : Bowling Green University Popular Press, c1990
Main Stack PN1995.9.C36.B49 1990 Library has: v.[1]-5 (c1990-c1996)
Moffitt PN1995.9.C36.B49 1990 Library has: v.[1]-5 (c1990-c1996

Green, Norma Fay.
"Newsroom Cityscapes." In: Beyond the stars. Vol. 4: Locales in American Popular Film. / edited by Paul Loukides and Linda K. Fuller. pp: 65-76. Bowling Green, Ohio : Bowling Green University Popular Press, c1990
Main Stack PN1995.9.C36.B49 1990
Moffitt PN1995.9.C36.B49 1990

Haberman, Clyde
"A version of my job, made for TV." (television portrayals of journalists)(Column)(Review) The New York Times Oct 7, 2000 pB1(L) col 1 (16 col in)

Hall, Kenneth EView Profile.
"Newspapermen in the Western" Studies in the Western 13 (2005): 31-50.

Hanson, Christopher
"Where have all the heroes gone?" (journalists are no longer portrayed as heroes)Columbia Journalism Review, March-April 1996 v34 n6 p45(4)
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"Hollywood is no longer depicting reporters as heroes, which is a reflection of the current mood toward journalists. In 1976, All the President's Men glamorized the press, but Oliver Stone's 1996 Nixon hardly mentions Woodward and Bernstein. In 1994, the movie Quiz Show did not mention the key role newspaper reporters played in uncovering the game show scandals of 1958. The journalist as a rogue is much more popular in the movies of the '90s." [Expanded Academic Index]

Hanson, Philip
"Stunt Reporting, Sob Sister Journalism, and Distrust of the Press in Films of the Great Depression." 49th Parallel (online, nd)

Khorana, Sukhmani.
"The Female Journalist in Bollywood." Metro, Jan2012, Issue 171, p102-106, 5p
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Langman, Larry.
The Media in the Movies: An Illustrated Catalog of American Journalism Films, 1900-1996 Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 1997.
UCB Main PN1995.9.J6 L35 1997

Lutes, Jean Marie
Front page girls : women journalists in American culture and fiction, 1880-1930 / Jean Marie Lutes. Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2006.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN4888.W66 L88 2006

Mahon, Bill
"Portrayal of journalists in movies." Editor & Publisher Oct 1, 1994 v127 n40 p18(2)
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"Several movies that include journalists among their major characters have appeared in 1994. "I Love Trouble" and "The Paper" portray journalists in a positive light, but "Natural Born Killers" portrays the media, in general, as sensationalist. The portrayals of journalists and journalism in several other movies are discussed, and soon-to-be-released movies with journalistic characters or themes are listed." [Expanded Academic Index]

McNair, Brian.
"Journalists in film: heroes and villains." Australian Journalism Review, Jul2011, Vol. 33 Issue 1, p133-138, 6p

Ness, Richard.
From Headline Hunter to Superman : A Journalism Filmography Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 1997.
UCB Main PN1995.9.J6 N47 1997

Niblock, Sarah
"Movie journalists: hello Hollywood." British Journalism Review, March 2007 vol. 18 no. 1 69-75
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Robards, Brooks.
"Newshounds and Sob Sisters: The Journalist Goes to Hollywood." In: Beyond the Stars: Stock Characters in American Popular Film Beyond the stars / edited by Paul Loukides and Linda K. Fuller. pp. 131-145. Bowling Green, Ohio : Bowling Green University Popular Press, c1990-c1996.
UCB Main and Moffitt PN1995.9.C36 B49 1990 v.[1]-5 (c1990-c1996)

Rowe, Chip.
"Hacks on Film." (portrayal of reporters by television and film, includes filmography of best films about journalism) Washington Journalism Review v14, n9 (Nov, 1992):27 (3 pages).
"Television and film usually portrays journalists as one of four stock characters, the newsroom monster, the cardboard cutout, the saint with a crooked halo or the newsroom saint. The journalist has most often been seen in the role of the heartless hack who will do anything for a story, which was typified in the 1931 classic 'The Front Page.' The saintly crusader made a brief appearance in the 1970s starting with 'All the President's Men', but has disappeared as other villains have been scripted." [Expanded Academic Index]

Ryan, Joal .
"Lou Grant made me do it." (how Hollywood portrayals of reporters affect budding journalists) American Journalism Review Nov 1996 v18 n9 p13(1) (865 words)
"Sympathetic portrayals of journalists in motion pictures, such as "All the President's Men," and on television series, such as "Lou Grant," often inspire budding reporters to seek careers in journalism. Although Hollywood's depictions of the profession may not be realistic, they do not necessarily lead to disillusionment later on. Three journalists describe the way such portrayals influenced their career choices and how they have successfully adapted their glamorous expectations to the real world of journalism." [Expanded Academic Index]

Saltzman, Joe
"Analyzing the Images of the Journalist in Popular Culture: a Unique Method of Studying the Publicís Perception of Its Journalists and the News Media." Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture Website.

Saltzman, Joe
Frank Capra and the image of journalists in American film. The Norman Lear Center, The Annenberg School for Communication, c2002.
MAIN: PN1995.9.J6 S25 2002
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Saltzman, Joe
"Frank Capra and the image of journalists in American film." USA Today (Magazine) Nov 2002 v131 i2690 p54(3)
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"Silver Screen Journalists." Quill; Sep2005, Vol. 93 Issue 7, p6-6,
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Slovick, Matt.
"Journalists in the Movies." Washington Post
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Sessions, Carl Sessions.
"Film Dour." (journalism portrayed in motion pictures) American Journalism Review Jan 2000 v22 i1 p56 (865 words)
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Stevens, J.D.
"The unfading image from The front page." Film & History Vol XV nr 4 (Dec 1985); p 87-90
On the enduring influence of the stereotyped reporter in the three versions of 'The front page'.

Stone, Gerald; John Lee.
"Portrayal of journalists on prime time television." Journalism Quarterly Winter 1990 v67 n4 p697(11)

Teachout, Terry.
"Journalism, Hollywood Style" Commentary 120. 5 (2005 Dec): 69-72.
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Valencia, Ofa Bezunartea, et al.
"... So What? She's A Newspaperman and She's Pretty. Women Journalists in the Cinema." Zer: Revista de Estudios de Comunicacion; nov2008, Vol. 13 Issue 25, p221-242, 22p
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Vaughn, Stephen and Evensen, Bruce.
"Democracy's Guardians: Hollywood's Portrait Of Reporters, 1930-1945." Journalism Quarterly 1991 68(4): 829-838.

Weinraub, Bernard
"Bad guys, good guys: journalists in the movies." (analysis of how journalists are portrayed in motion pictures) (Living Arts Pages) . The New York Times Oct 13, 1997 v147 pB1(N) pE1(L) col 4 (42 col in)

Broadcast News

Ansen, David.
"Zooming in on TV news; a hot new film takes a comic look at love, ambition and journalistic ethics on the tube. (Broadcast News)." Newsweek 110.n26 (Dec 28, 1987): 44(6).

Blake, Richard A.
"Broadcast News." America 158.n5 (Feb 6, 1988): 122(1).

Corliss, Richard.
"A season of flash and greed; two Christmas movies tweak and '80s devil. ("Broadcast News" and "Wall Street")." Time 130.n24 (Dec 14, 1987): 82(2).

Denby, David.
"Broadcast News." New York 21.n1 (Jan 4, 1988): 42(3).

Detman, Linda A.
"Negotiating the Woman of Broadcast News." Studies in Symbolic Interaction, 1993, 15, 3-14
" In a study in how cultural texts represent women to themselves & society, the film Broadcast News (1987) is examined from a feminist perspective. C. Gledhill's (1989) concept of negotiation, which analyzes the struggle between competing frames of reference (text vs consumer) to derive meaning from cultural commodities, is employed to study the film's ideological message that white professional women must make a choice between a career or a personal life, & choosing a career makes them less a woman in the traditional sense. However, the film also offers moments that contradict this dominant ideology." [Sociological Abstracts]

French, Sean.
"Broadcast news." Sight and Sound 57.n2 (Spring 1988): 137(1).

Kael, Pauline.
"Broadcast news." The New Yorker 63.n47 (Jan 11, 1988): 76(3).

Kauffmann, Stanley.
"Broadcast news." The New Republic 198.n5 (Feb 1, 1988): 26(2).

Lardner, James.
"Broadcast News." The Nation 246.n3 (Jan 23, 1988): 94(3).

Simon, John.
"Broadcast News." National Review 40.n2 (Feb 5, 1988): 56(3).

Good Night and Good Luck

See separate Edward R. Murrow bibliography

His Girl Friday

See Howard Hawks bibliography

Shattered Glass

Beckerman, Gal.
"Facts and fictions: shards of Glass." (journalist Stephen Glass)(Movie Review) Columbia Journalism Review Sept-Oct 2003 v42 i3 p54(2)
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Bowden, Mark.
"When the front page meets the big screen: Hollywood is not a reliable moral arbiter of anything, so it's not surprising that when it holds a mirror up to journalism, Shattered Glass is the result." (Movies) The Atlantic Monthly March 2004 v293 i2 p146(5)
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Campbell, James
"I'll blow your cover, eventually." (Shattered Glass)(Movie Review) TLS. Times Literary Supplement June 4, 2004 i5279 p19-19

Ehrlich, Matthew C.
"Shattered Glass, movies, and the free press myth." Journal of Communication Inquiry April 2005 v29 i2 p103-118
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Lawrenson, Edward.
"Shattered Glass." (Movie Review) Sight and Sound June 2004 v14 i6 p68(3) S

Rich, Frank.
"So Much For 'The Front Page'." (Arts and Leisure Desk) The New York Times Nov 2, 2003 pAR1 col 01 (39 col in)

Sklar, Robert.
"Shattered Glass." Cineaste Winter 2003 v29 i1 p23(4)
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Steyn, Mark
"A vegetable too far." (Shattered Glass)(Movie Review) Spectator May 29, 2004 v295 i9173 p46(1) (1035 words)
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