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Reel Journalism: Mitchell, Greenspan and ‘The Philadelphia Story’

Next Tuesday night, April 26th, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and her husband, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, will join Nick Clooney for another edition of “Reel Journalism” at the Newseum.

They’ll screen “The Philadelphia Story,” the 1940 film starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant as Philadelphia socialites who find themselves the focus of a story by a tabloid magazine writer, played by Jimmy Stewart. A discussion will follow, and audience members will be able to ask questions.

Tickets cost $15 for the general public and $10 for Newseum members, and are available for purchase here.

Meanwhile tonight, as we’ve already reported, Diane Sawyer joins Clooney for “The China Syndrome.”

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Reel Journalism: Sawyer & “The China Syndrome”

ABC “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer will grace the Newseum on Tuesday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. for the next edition of “Reel Journalism” with Nick Clooney.  Attendees at the event will screen the 1979 movie “The China Syndrome” which stars Jane Fonda as human interest TV reporter Kimberly Wells who, with her camera man (Michael Douglas), witnesses a near disaster at a nuclear power plant and finds herself entangled in a conspiracy.  Following the screening, Sawyer and Clooney will discuss the film and take questions from the audience.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Newseum’s site here.

No one Confuses Juan for Denzel

FNC’s Juan Williams was the guest last night for  the first 2010-2011 Reel Journalism with Nick Clooney Film Series event. Not a bad way to kick off the series considering his recent and controversial firing from NPR.

The event was a co-production of AU’s School of Communication and the Newseum.  Williams discussed “The Pelican Brief” – starring Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts – before the screening  with host Nick Clooney, journalist in residence at AU and the Newseum.

Clooney said he had recently watched the film again, and was surprised at how basic technology was in the early 1990s. He wondered what Williams thinks about the Internet’s impact on journalism.

“I find that the best reporting still comes from people who pick up the phone to ask questions about what is going on,” Williams said after acknowledging the power of the blogosphere.  “Too often, what we get from the Internet is opinion, not fact.”

Williams revealed that the “The Pelican Brief”s” director and producers shadowed him while developing Washington’s character.  “They wanted to know how my desk was organized and asked to see what was in my trash can,” said Williams, who was, at the time, a reporter for WaPo.

“How many people have mistaken you for Denzel Washington?” Clooney joked. “None yet,” Williams replied.

A special thank you to Maggie Barrett, public information officer at AU, for the contents of this post.

Williams Kicks Off New Season of Reel Journalism

“Reel Journalism With Nick Clooney” kicks off its 2010-2011 film series on December 9, 2010 with “The Pelican Brief” and Fox News political analyst Juan Williams.  Williams, who spent 23 years at WaPo and is a former senior national correspondent for NPR, will discuss the movie and take questions from the audience following the screening.

The event begins at 7.00 PM in the Newseum’s Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater.  Tickets are available online here.

MTP Slated for “Reel Journalism” Season Finale

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“Meet the Press” host David Gregory and EP Betsy Fischer will join Nick Clooney on Monday June 14th for the grand finale of the Newseum’s 2010 “Reel Journalism” series.

Gregory and Fischer will join the audience for a viewing and discussion about “State of Play,” starring Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams and Ben Affleck.

For more info or to purchase tickets, click here.

Connie Chung and Maury Povich Join “Reel Journalism”

connie maury.jpg “Reel Journalism with Nick Clooney” presents the critically acclaimed movie “The Paper” with special guests, husband and wife Maury Povich and Connie Chung on Thursday, May 13th at the Newseum.

About “The Paper”
In the movie, Michael Keaton stars as a New York tabloid city editor who discovers a police conspiracy involving a race-related killing. But before he is allowed to run the story, his profit-minded editor, played by actress Glenn Close, questions its validity and tries to kill it.

To purchase tickets or for more info, click here.

Clooney, Campbell, and Peterson network over ‘Network’

NickClooney.jpg WJLA’s Arch Campbell and Gordon Peterson were the guests for last night’s Reel Journalism with Nick Clooney Film Series event, a co-production of American University’s School of Communication and the Newseum.

Asked to select their favorite journalism film, the longtime D.C. news men picked the TV-news skewering “Network”. While host Nick Clooney (father of George), distinguished journalist in residence at AU and the Newseum, jokingly referred to the 1976 classic as a documentary, the film hits eerily close to home for those who have worked in TV news.

Peterson recalled that after he first saw the film in 1976, a colleague described the film as absurd and unrealistic. Peterson’s reply? “Be patient,” he recalled. Campbell added “I think it (the film’s portrayal of TV news) came true.

“The real message is as long as you don’t impact the corporate profits – even if it is a crazed anchor bent on committing suicide on air as is the case in the movie – they’re (management) is fine with it.”

The event also marked the launch of a partnership between Allbritton’s forthcoming D.C. news Web site – to be led by AU alum and former executive editor of Jim Brady – and AU’s School of Communication.

Partnership plans include student-produced content and internships, among other opportunities. “Larry Kirkman, the dean of the School of Communication, and I were just talking about this film,” Brady said during introductory remarks. “The most famous line is ‘I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.’ Well now, journalism students don’t have to take it anymore,” he said of the opportunities today’s journalists have to seek employment beyond the mainstream media.

This not lost on Campbell, Clooney, and Peterson as they reminisced about TV news before the digial era. “In 1976 I could do a 5-minute story,” Peterson said, noting that stories were also shot and edited on film, making for a longer turnaround.

Joked Clooney, “You know, they’re looking at us as if we’re in rocking chairs up here.” Clooney.

A special thanks to Maggie Barrett, American University’s public information officer, for the contents of this post.

“Network” with Clooney, Campbell and Peterson

network-movie-poster.jpg As part of American University’s School of Communication, “Reel Journalism” series, journalists will convene on March 22 to watch and discuss the classic 1976 satire about network news, “Network”, at the Newseum.

WHO: Nick Clooney, journalist-in-residence, Newseum and American University School of Communication; Gordon Peterson, senior correspondent and anchor, ABC7/WJLA-TV; and Arch Campbell, entertainment reporter, ABC7/WJLA-TV

Tickets are available at
NOTE TO EDITORS: Journalists are invited to cover the event. Please contact Jonathan Thompson,

Reel Journalism: Brian Williams and Absence of Malice

NBC Nightly News’ Brian Williams will join Nick Clooney for a Reel Journalism screening of the Oscar-nominated newspaper drama “Absence of Malice” on January 12, 2010. After the screening, Williams and Clooney will discuss the film and take questions from the audience.

The event begins at 7.30pm (doors open at 6.30pm). Tickets can be purchased in advance here.

“His Girl Friday” On a Tuesday

Clooney and Roberts.

Cokie and Steve Roberts agree: as journalists who are married and work together, the secret to their success is to “edit… gently.”

Both discussed Howard Hawks‘ 1940 comedy “His Girl Friday” with Nick Clooney at Tuesday evening’s Reel Journalism Film Series, presented by American University’s School of Communication and the Newseum.

Illustrating the strains their hectic schedules must have on any journo couple– Cokie chatted in person, but Steve pre-taped the interview.

The film focuses on Rosalind Russell as Hildy Johnson and Cary Grant as Walter Burns– journos and former spouses fated to chase after the story and each other.

Steve Roberts recalled his first impression of the film was that it seemed– in some ways–to present an unrealistic or cartoonish view of journalism. Cokie Roberts said she respectfully disagreed with her husband, save for one factor. “What I find unbelieveable is her power as a female journalist in a 1940s newsroom,” she said. “We were told that women could not deliver the news because our voices were not authoritative enough.” Roberts followed up with the charge that women in their different roles – perhaps most notably as mothers – have always had authoritative voices.

The next Reel Journalism event will be a screening and discussion of “Absence of Malice” in January. And NBC’s Brian Williams is slated to be the guest.

Special thanks to Maggie Barrett.