Things That Spotlight Nailed About Being a Journalist

  1. The pure awkwardness of so many journalists
    Mark Ruffalo is so good, for a number of reasons, in this movie, but the number one thing that stuck out to me is that he encapsulated the awkwardness of so many journalists I've met throughout my various internships and writing things I've done. There's a very straightforward, goal-oriented nature to so many of them that he really captures.
  2. The nitty-gritty nature of investigative journalism
    I worked on a pretty lengthy for the student paper and am currently working on a difficult story with people who don't want to talk on a murder trial that's still technically in litigation. There's just piles of papers, legal work and newspaper clips you need to work through. Somehow, the movie really captures the excitement I feel while researching that looks really boring from the outside.
  3. The political nature of media organizations
    The skepticism from the staff of Marty Baron, who is introduced as the Globe's EIC is something every news organization deals with. The hierarchy creates very odd and interesting working dynamics and creates inner-office tension that's very real.
  4. So this is less about journalism, but Spotlight NAILED the essence of being from Boston
    Boston is a major city that feels like a small town. Boston is so insular and has such a unique, distinct culture that it's probably the most provincial city in the United States. Even being right outside the city, there's a feeling that everybody knows someone who knows someone. This was never more true during the tragedies at the Boston Marathon and the entire city joined together in wake of tragedy and partied after the Red Sox won the World Series that same year.
  5. Anyways, watch Spotlight because it's the best movies of the year, it has one of the best ensemble casts in recent years and is the best movie ever made on journalism, including All the President's Men.