This book examines how representative films about journalism from the early 1960s to the mid-1980s allegorized the working life of the journalist. The central chapters deal with three popular images of journalists: the war correspondent, the scoop- crazed reporter or ratings-hungry TV executive, and the investigative journalist. Among the films discussed are The Green Berets, The Killing Fields, Under Fire, Absence of Malice, Network, The China Syndrome, and All the President's Men.
Howard Good (BA, literature, Bard College; MA, journalism, University of Iowa; Ph.D., American culture, University of Michigan) is Associate Professor of Journalism at the State University of New York, College at New Paltz. He spent five years working on daily newspapers including the Ann Arbor News in Michigan, the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota, and the Charlotte Observer in North Carolina. His articles have appeared in Journalism Monographs, Journalism Quarterly, Journalism Educator, American Journalism, The Quill, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He is the author of Acquainted with the Night: The Image of Journalists in American Fiction, 1890-1930 (Scarecrow, 1986).