Host: Nick Clooney

Host: Nick Clooney

Reel Journalism

"Reel Journalism," sponsored by the Newseum and the American University School of Communication, showcases classic and contemporary films depicting the important role of the press in a democratic society and is hosted by veteran journalist Nick Clooney.

The 2008-2009 Season featured the following films:

Previous screenings

Jun 1, 2009: A Mighty Heart (2007)

Guests: Steve Stecklow, John Bussey and Steve LeVine
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Starring Angelina Jolie, "A Mighty Heart" depicts the 2002 kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, based on his widow, Mariane Pearl’s, harrowing 2003 memoir. Steve Stecklow, the last person to share a byline with Daniel, joins the Journal's Washington bureau chief John Bussey and former Journal correspondent Steve LeVine to reflect on Daniel’s life, death and what it means to work as a journalist in peril in a post-9/11 world.

May 18, 2009: The War Room (1993)

Guests: George Stephanopoulos, Paul Begala and Dee Dee Mye
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"The War Room" takes viewers behind the scenes of the 1992 presidential campaign of Bill Clinton to reveal how the young Arkansas governor took on incumbent President George H.W. Bush — and won. More than 15 years later, George Stephanopoulos, Paul Begala and Dee Dee Myers, former Clinton advisers, share their thoughts on the spin machine, the love-hate relationship between candidates and the press, and how American politics has evolved over time.

Apr 14, 2009: The Soloist (2009)

Guest: Steve Lopez
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Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez gave "Reel Journalism" fans a firsthand account of the story behind "The Soloist," a movie about his unlikely friendship with the homeless, gifted musician Nathaniel Ayers.

Mar 16, 2009: All the President’s Men (1976)

Guests: Carl Bernstein and Leonard Downie Jr.
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Investigating the 1972 Watergate break-in, Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein follow a trail of deception that leads them all the way to the Richard Nixon White House, and ultimately to the resignation of an American president. Nearly 40 years later, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Carl Bernstein and former Post executive editor Leonard Downie Jr. provide their insights into how the reel experience relates to the reality.

Feb 23, 2009: Citizen Kane (1941)

Guests: Tom Shales and Frank Mankiewicz
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Loosely based on the life of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, Orson Welles’s iconic 1941 classic is hailed as one of the greatest films ever made. Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post television and film critic Tom Shales and Frank Mankiewicz, son of Herman Mankiewicz, winner of an Academy Award for writing the "Citizen Kane" screenplay, share their thoughts on the film’s enduring legacy.

Jan 26, 2009: Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)

Guests: George Clooney and Bill Small
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At the height of Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist campaign in the 1950s, legendary CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow takes on McCarthy against a backdrop of intense political pressure. Academy Award-winning actor George Clooney, who directed, co-wrote and starred in the docudrama, and former CBS News executive Bill Small discuss Murrow’s most memorable moment and its translation to the silver screen.

Dec 8, 2008: Broadcast News (1987)

Guests: Susan Zirinsky and Bob Schieffer
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Three ambitious reporters discover the world of television news is more than they bargained for in this quirky romantic comedy. CBS News producer Susan Zirinsky, the inspiration for the character portrayed by actress Holly Hunter, joins Bob Schieffer, CBS News chief Washington correspondent and host of "Face the Nation," to discuss the film’s foreshadowing of the changes occurring in the TV news business today.

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