If 2008 didn’t make clear how much media types love to read about themselves, chances are you haven’t looked at a newspaper in some time. Perhaps this, too, explains the special joy that is the j-flick: movies about journalists and what they do, or in many cases used to do. J-Source did a roundup recently of the ones you need to watch. Rather than replicate that list entirely I figured I’d do the NavFlix thing and tell you which ones are on Netflix. Fun, right?
Just so you know: these movies only made it on this list by virtue of being on Netflix, and being vaguely about the reporting process. I can vouch for at least half, but some I haven’t seen (Morning Glory) and others are just plain bad (Scoop). That said, I hope it’s of some use! Happy watching.
There’s only two movies about fact checking I know. Bright Lights, Big City, and this. While the former is funny this one is so good and so accurate and such a must if you’ve ever worked at a magazine.
4. NewsRadio (TV)
7. The Paper
From what I’ve read, this movie didn’t do particularly well at the box office. Fools. Think The Imperfectionists did a good job of creating the feel of a newsroom? Well.
10. Deadline (TV)
This looks like rewrite from The Soloist, only starring Josh Harnett and not based on real life. Take from that what you will.
Blech. Who okayed this script?