Inside Media: Introducing "Reel Journalism"

November 09, 2008

Guest: Nick Clooney

Broadcaster Edward R. Murrow inspired Nick Clooney to pursue a career in journalism, a decision he has never regretted.

"I was able to do what I’d dreamed of doing. Not many people are that lucky," the veteran newsman said.

Since starting his broadcasting career in 1951, Clooney has anchored the news in Los Angeles, Buffalo, Cincinnati and Salt Lake City; written a longtime column for The Cincinnati Post; authored three books and hosted shows on network and cable television.

Watching broadcast journalism evolve from radio to the blogosphere, he believes the job of the reporter has remained the same.

"Our duty is to be accurate, fair and speak truth to power," Clooney said.

Similar to his love for journalism is his passion for movies. He wrote the 2002 book "The Movies That Changed Us: Reflections on the Screen" and produced a documentary about Hollywood’s portrayal of news.

"Movies are endemic to our culture. They can tell you how we felt about each other during the [era] a film was made. What was our general condition? Movies frame those moments," he explained.

As host of the "Reel Journalism" film series, Clooney will explore depictions of journalists in films including "Broadcast News" and "Good Night, and Good Luck." The monthly series will debut at the Newseum in December.

He is eager to interview the actors, journalists and filmmakers associated with the films.

"I plan to ask what they were trying to accomplish in making these films, how they think news happens and how it has changed," Clooney said.

"Reel Journalism" is a collaboration of the Newseum and The American University School of Communications, where Clooney recently joined the faculty as distinguished journalist-in-residence.

"Inside Media," produced by the Newseum, is open to the public. Seating is on a space-available basis.

For more information on the "Reel Journalism" film series, click here.

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