Journalism on Screen

Professor William Schmidt

Professor Nancy Sharkey and journalist David Cay Johnston

Since 2015, the University of Arizona School of Journalism has helped host the Journalism on Screen series at The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway. Other sponsors are the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Arizona Daily Star, the Arizona Daily Wildcat/UA-TV3, The New York Times and Arizona Inn.
The series, organized by professors William Schmidt and Nancy Sharkey, features Q-and-A sessions with journalists and writers after the screenings. Schmidt and Sharkey are both former editors at The New York Times.


Sunday, March 5, 2 p.m.: “The Killing Fields” and a Q&A with Craig Whitney, former foreign correspondent and Foreign Editor of The New York Times, and Joe Sharkey, adjunct professor at the School of Journalism. Joe and Craig served together in Vietnam, as members of the same U.S. Navy unit. “The Killing Fields” (1984) won three Oscars, and tells the story of journalists trapped in Cambodia during Pol Pot’s bloody ascension.  Sam Waterson plays the late New York Times foreign correspondent Sydney Schanberg, and Haing Ngor is Dith Pran, Schanberg’s assistant.  After successfully escaping Cambodia, Dith joined The New York Times staff as a photographer. 

Past movies 

• Feb. 12, 2017.: "The Insider." See an excerpt of the Q&A with former "60 minutes" producer Lowell Bergman and New York Times lawyer David McCraw. Bergman, director of the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, is played by Al Pacino in the 1999 Michael Mann film. It tells the story of a research chemist (Russell Crowe) in the tobacco industry who comes under attack when he decides to spill the beans about the industry to Bergman and "60 Minutes." See the trailer.
• Jan. 22, 2017: "The Natural." See the Q&A with Arizona Daily Star sports columnist Greg Hansen and screenwriter Will Conroy followed the 1984 film, directed by Barry Levinson and starring Robert Redford as baseball player Roy Hobbs and Robert Duvall as sports writer Max Mercy. Hansen analyzed the film and talked about UA basketball, including the Alonzo Trier story. See the trailer.
• Dec. 4, 2016: "Ace in the Hole." The 1951 film, directed by Billy Wilder, was followed by Q&A with New York Times Phoenix Bureau chief Fernanda Santos. The film is about a former big-city journalist (Kirk Douglas) who is stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper. He exploits a story about a man tapped in a cave to re-jump start his career. Santos covers Arizona and New Mexico for the N.Y. Times. See the trailer.
• Nov. 14, 2016: "All the King's Men." See the Q&A with David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author of "The Making of Donald Trump." Johnston spoke about a pending Trump administration after the screening of the Oscar-winning 1949 film, which is about the rise and fall of a corrupt politician who retains power with a populist appeal. See the trailer.
• Sept. 25, 2016: "Spotlight." The Oscar-winning 2015 drama was followed by an onstage discussion with journalist and former Boston Globe publisher Richard Gilman, a UA journalism alum who was at the helm of the Globe during the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation depicted in the film. See the trailer.
• Aug. 23, 2016: "The Witness." See the Q&A with School of Journalism Director David Cuillier, professor Nancy Sharkey and The Loft's Jeff Yanc. See the trailer.
• March 24, 2016: "Citizenfour.See the Q&A with Glenn Greenwald, journalist and advocate. Greenwald's work with the Guardian on Edward Snowden's leak of classified documents was rewarded with a Pulitzer, and the film also won as Oscar as best documentary. See the trailer.
• Feb. 6, 2016: "Selma." See the Q&A with Diane McWhorter, journalist and author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book, Carry Me Home, about the civil rights struggle in her hometown of Birmingham, AL. See the trailer.
• Nov. 12, 2015: "Broadcast News." Q&A with Alessandra Stanley, former TV critic of The New York Times. See the trailer.
• Oct. 8, 2015: "The Paper." Q&A with Sam Sifton, senior editor at The New York Times. Former national editor at Times. See the trailer.
• Sept. 20, 2015: "Absence of Malice." Q&A with Kurt Luedtke (via Skype), Academy Award-winning screenwriter (won Oscar for Out of Africa). Former executive editor of Detroit Free Press. See the trailer.



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