Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Spotlight win is a victory for investigative journalism

No need for a long blog post here but it was gratifying to see Spotlight grab the best picture honor at the Oscars. When tabloids, often vilified for their outrageous stories and features, received praise for their coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial (1994/95) many journalists whose names are synonymous with investigate journalism and respectability gave credit to the tabloids for good 'ole fashion' shoe leather reporting. The type of reporting that requires walking, knocking on doors, digging, questioning - basically wearing out the leather on the bottom of their shoes. Well, that's exactly what the investigative journalists for the Boston Globe did when they wore out numerous pairs of shoes in their quest to uncover institutional child abuse.
"Tom McCarthy's movie doesn't turn its journalists into heroes.  It just lets them do their jobs, as tedious and critical as those are, with a realism that grips a audience almost in spite of itself." - Ty Burr, Boston Globe 

Here is a great segment on Spotlight in the Boston Globe.  When you've got some time, you've gotta read this stuff.  If you haven't seen the movie, go see it.  

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