There are a whole bunch of movies about journalism. Shattered Glass, All the President’s Men, Citizen Kane, Good Night and Good Luck. I do love this genre, I really do. (So do journalists. They love to write about these movies.)
Well, I’m here to talk about the sensationalized journalism. You know, when we sacrifice just a little accuracy for entertainment. And, as someone with a journalism degree, I do find it entertaining. Really entertaining.
13 Going On 30
Jenna has her “dream life”: A high-ranking job at Poise Magazine, a fab wardrobe and a famous boyfriend. She eventually learns, though, that her priorities are a little off. Her friends are not genuine and she made some less-than-admirable moves for professional gain. She has a bit of an identity crisis at work and at home.After a long feud with a competing magazine, it’s time for Poise to redesign and find a new voice. Jenna brings it back to the “good old days”, filled with laughter, friendship and happiness. The magazine industry can be cut-throat and tough… but its employees can bring it right back down to earth.
Bridget Jones’s Diary
Ahh, Bridget. Everyone’s favorite heroine, making just a few missteps in her adventures. You may recall that Bridget lands her dream job as a broadcast journalist, where she finds herself jumping out of planes, sliding (or, more accurately, falling) down a fireman’s pole. When it comes down to it, she really is just humiliated for the audience’s entertainment. Which is, actually, pretty realistic.
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Here, we see employees at Composure Magazine taking their work very personally. Andie Anderson is writing a “How to” article (very common in the magazine and blogging world), but she decides to test her article before publishing it. Way to test for accuracy, girl! Total journalist move.The problems arise when she falls for the guy – her test subject. (He’s an advertising executive; media really is all over this movie.) Bet you didn’t see that one coming! #RomCom
Never Been Kissed
Those who were paying attention will remember that this movie takes place in Chicago! Josie Gellar (“Josie Grossy” – so unfortunate) writes for the Chicago Sun Times. Well, she starts as a copy editor at the Times, waiting for her big break. She eventually gets it, when she’s given a story as an undercover reporter at a local high school.Okay, first, this definitely did not represent the Times in a great light. The boss (I assume Editor in Chief) is kinda crazy. Irrationally fires people during staff meetings and basically just stomps around slamming his cane on tables to be super intimidating. I also wonder how accurate this undercover situation is. She was there for a really solid amount of time, attending classes, making friends and even falling in love. Can someone do this in real life? I’d love to read that story.I love this movie for a few reasons: CHICAGO (obviously); Drew Barrymore is adorable; the movie is a cute, wholesome film about a really great first kiss. Soooo rufus.
Classic Will Ferrell humor. I think I love this movie because of my identity as a print journalism student in college. Some classes were integrated with the broadcast journalism kids, but our schedules were different enough that there was a noticeable “them and us” situation happening within the journalism department.You know how that works. We were the print students, they were broadcast.Anyway. We wrote stories and they filmed news broadcasts, and radio. I think. I actually don’t know a ton about the broadcast curriculum.Well, in this movie, the broadcast journalists are a little crazy. So, I enjoy the humor. I also love Steve Carrell, so that is an added bonus.
The Ugly Truth
More broadcast, and more crazy! I love it. Here, we see the staff of a struggling morning show struggle to keep it afloat. They eventually bring on Mike Chadway (hello, Gerard!) to do a segment called “The Ugly Truth”, where he shares the ugly truth on dating. It pushes boundaries, and pushes ratings.The segment is like nothing else on television. On the air, Chadway finds himself in a pool of jello with two bikini-clad women. He discusses some arguably inappropriate things, much to the dismay of Abby, a producer on the show who doesn’t quite enjoy getting out of her comfort zone.
So, there you have it. Sensationalism in the media is everywhere, but goodness. It really does get us some great movies.