Journalism movies to watch before applying for grad school

The world of journalism is an exciting one, so what better to prepare you this Winter than watching the icons in action.


In 2001, editor Marty Baron of The Boston Globe assigned a team of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan, a priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. Led by Walter Robinson, played by Michael Keaton, reporters Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Matt Carroll and Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) interview victims and try to unseal sensitive documents. The reporters make it their mission to provide proof of a cover-up of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church.

How to lose a guy in 10 days 

Composure columnist, Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson), is writing a new story about how to get a man to leave you in 10 days. She quickly finds a man to experiment on, cue executive Ben Berry (Matthew McConaughey), who is so confident in his romantic prowess that he thinks he can make any woman fall in love with him in 10 days. Enter disaster. This rom-com will have you crying with laughter and wanting more.

All the President’s men
The 1976 film, which stars Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Washington Post reporters, was said to have inspired a generation of students to enter journalism.
It garnered eight Oscar nominations and even today is considered one of the most exciting journalism movies to watch. Not only does it involves a huge story but portrays the true side of investigative reporting.

Never been kissed 

Josie Geller (Drew Barrymore), a junior copywriter at the Chicago Sun-Times, poses as a student at her former high school to research contemporary teenage culture. This bubblegum film wasn’t popular among critics but is so corny it will have you backing Josie all the way through. This Nineties flick also stars Jessica Alba and Michael Vartan.

Broadcast News

Holly Hunter stars as a TV producer, from layoffs to heartbreaks, Broadcast News is full of witty lines and honesty.

Confessions of a shopaholic 

There is a Rebecca Bloomwood in all of us. Like many New York City girls, she loves to shop. The trouble is, the redhead is drowning in debt. She quickly lands a job as an advice columnist for a finance magazine which she is hoping will save her but as it becomes an overnight success, her secret blows up too.

Almost Famous

Cameron Crowe wrote and directed 2000’s “Almost Famous,” a sweetly nostalgic, semi-autobiographical look at his days as a teenage writer for Rolling Stone. In the movie, Patrick Fugit plays a fictionalised version of Crowe, whose career started when Lester Bangs assigned him to cover a Black Sabbath concert. This classic has Fugit embarking on an eye-opening journey with the band’s tour, despite the objections of his protective mother.

Teacher’s Pet 

Here, an old-school city editor (Clark Gable) poses as a wallpaper salesman so he can attend a night-school newswriting course. The journalism prof is played by Doris Day, at her smartest and sexiest.

Quotable moment: “To me, journalism is like a hangover. You can read about it for years, but until you’ve actually experienced it, you have no conception of what it’s really like.”

Author: Scriptoeris

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