Chapter

Introduction

Brian Mcnair

in Journalists in Film

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780748634460
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670925 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634460.003.0001
Introduction

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This book makes frequent reference to George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet, Will Ferrell and a host of other A-list stars who have made films about journalism and journalists a significant part of their portfolio. It reviews the evolution of the journalistic role and identity, and the professional practices of journalism in its various guises. It also covers the cinematic representation of these roles, identities and practices. The representation of journalism and journalists in cinema is evaluated. Journalism is a job for some, but part of the social and cultural fabric of all (or nearly all) our lives. This book also approaches the films as cultural artefacts worthy of analysis in themselves and as accessible points of departure for jumping into debates about the state of news media in the twenty-first century. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords: journalism; journalists; cinema; news media; films; George Clooney; Angelina Jolie; Kate Winslet; Will Ferrell

Chapter.  2603 words. 

Subjects: Film

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