Going on its third season, the school’s Journalism on Screen series at The Loft Cinema continues to generate conversations about the importance of journalism and the challenges it faces.
The series, which features Q-and-A sessions with top journalists, returns Sunday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. with “Shattered Glass,” with Arizona Daily Star Editor Jill Jorden Spitz (left). She is a 1989 graduate of the UA School of Journalism.
“I’ve been really pleased with the program,” said Professor William Schmidt, who organized the series with Professor Nancy Sharkey. “The whole media landscape has fractured, with questions of what is news, what is news you can rely on, what are facts. By using films, which speak to everybody, we’ve been able to talk about these themes.”
Schmidt and Sharkey work on the series' lineup with Jeff Yanc of The Loft, which just remodeled its main theater, and arrange for some speakers to talk to students on campus. In 2016, “Citizenfour,” with Glenn Greenwald, and “Spotlight,” featuring school alum Richard Gilman, drew big crowds.
“We’ve gotten a real variety of voices,” Schmidt said. “We’ve had people talk about Vietnam, the political process, how journalists deal with wildfires and natural disasters, and the connection between the civil rights movement and journalism.”
“Shattered Glass” (2002) chronicles journalist Stephen Glass (played by Hayden Christensen), a young reporter who rises quickly from a minor writing post in Washington to a feature writer at the New Republic, where his sources are questioned.
The series continues Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. with “Bill Cunningham New York.” Guy Trebay, a critic for The New York Times, will analyze the 2010 documentary about Cunningham, the late Times fashion photographer. Trebay profiled Tucson as an “unsung architectural oasis” in a 2015 Times’ story.
“Obit” on Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. will feature New York Times obituary writer Bruce Weber, who will give insight into the 2016 documentary, which interviews Times writers as they research and compose obits such as one for JFK's speech writer.
The series will continue in the spring, with tentative films "Secretariat" (Feb. 18) and "Good Night and Good Luck" (March 25), featuring Q&As with New York Times sportswriter Joe Drape and UA alumna/author Lynne Olson, respectively.
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