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Journalists in Film: Heroes and Villains

Brian McNair


We both love and hate journalists. They are perceived as sexy and glamorous on the one hand, despicable and sleazy on the other. Opinion polls regularly indicate that we experience a kind of cultural schizophrenia in our relationship to journalists and the news media: sometimes they are viewed as heroes, at other times villains. From Watergate to the fabrication scandals of the 2000s, journalists have risen and fallen in public esteem. This book explores how journalists have been represented through the prism of one of our key cultural forms, cinema. Drawing on the history of cinema since the ... More

Keywords: journalists, news media, Watergate, fabrication scandals, cinema, liberal democratic societies, foreign correspondents, investigative reporters, news maker, public relations professionals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780748634460
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634460.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian McNair, author