interest and sparking debate that would otherwise be impossible to
create, and have an unwavering ability to impact the public’s
understanding of the world in which we live.
Although public confidence in the journalism industry is
currently low for various reasons, I argue that one of the most prevalent
explanations for why journalists aren’t always trusted is because of
movies such as Shattered Glass and Ace in The Hole. Yet, we must also
recognize that films such as Spotlight and All The President’s Men may
reinforce the public’s belief in the value of journalism. It is these
journalists, who exhibit moral and upright behavior and serve as the
voices of society, who inspire me and give me hope. As with any
industry, there will be individuals who poorly represent the group as a
whole; but what actually matters are the lessons we learn from their
mistakes and triumphs. Films keep these lessons alive, as my
understanding of the scandals and journalistic victories has been greatly
enhanced by viewing such depictions. In the words of President
Thomas Jefferson, “Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press,
and that cannot be limited without being lost” (Felling 2007). The
damage of few journalists does not compare to the positive and
monumental impact of “good journalists” around the world.
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