In closing

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:
In closing

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This book has examined journalists portrayed in cinema to be heroes and villains; as complex, richly drawn characters; and as crude stereotypes. It has looked at lurid anti-tabloid revenge fantasies where journalists are exterminated like cockroaches; and illustrated poignant reconstructions of real-life tragedies in which the journalist is the victim, or the target. The final release of the 1997–2008 period was a film which portrays the scrutinising, adversarial, watchdog function of journalism at its best. The decline of print journalism, and its potentially adverse implications for democratic societies, inspired the making of the film in question, State of Play. The film, released in the UK just after this book went to press, was intended to defend the value of ‘grubby’, old fashioned, adequately resourced investigative journalism in the era of ‘sharp-suited bloggery and the internet’.

Keywords: journalists; cinema; heroes; villains; film; watchdog; print journalism; State of Play

Chapter.  665 words. 

Subjects: Film

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