Monday, April 5, 2010

Read All About It: The Newspaper Picture, Newspaper Reporters In The Movies

I read an interesting piece about newspaper movies by Stephen Whitty at the Star-Ledger.

Newspaper movies, it seems to me, depict newspapers about as well as cop movies depict cops and military movies depict the military - which is to say, not well.

I've wanted to be a writer since I was 12, and like Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain and many more of my teenage literary heroes, my plan was to write for newspapers prior to writing fiction. So in addition to reading newspapers and books about writers, reporters and newspapers, I loved watching the old newspaper movies while growing up.

I went on to write my first piece for the ship's newspaper as an 18-year-old sailor stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk in 1970. I would continue to write military journalism for U.S. Navy and Defense Department publications for many more years.

I became a freelance writer in 1993 and I covered crime and politics for a South Philadelphia weekly newspaper that had a larger circulation than most small American city daily newspapers.
I later became a weekly newspaper columnist and reporter and I also wrote commentary for The Philadelphia Daily News. I've been a contributor to The Philadelphia Inquirer since 1999.
And I still love the old newspaper movies.

I'm especially fond of The Front Page, Ace in the Hole, Citizen Kane and His Gal Friday.

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