Aaron Matthews, USA, 2007, 78 min.
Thursday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m., Webster University
“The Paper” takes an inside look at the pressures and problems of modern journalism as faced by the staff of a university newspaper embroiled in controversy. Following a year in the life of Penn State’s Daily Collegian, the film features first-time journalists struggling with the greatest challenges to the field: plummeting circulation, barriers to investigative reporting, and criticism of coverage. “The Paper,” directed by SLIFF alum Aaron Matthews (“A Panther in Africa”), is both inspiring and astonishing in its exploration of tomorrow’s journalists wrestling with key questions facing today’s national media. Do you lure newspaper readers by entertaining them or offering them hard news? How do you deliver the news when you are obstructed by wary public officials and misleading public-relations campaigns? What is your responsibility to serve the public interest?
A panel on the issues raised by the film will follow the screening.
Participants include former St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor Richard Weiss and St. Louis University professor Avis Meyer.
Sponsored by Richard and Josephine Weil