This Just In: 6 Must-Watch Movies For Every Single Journalist

Olive Wassen
Olive is a college student who enjoys Chinese food, sarcasm, and movies. If you ever want to talk about Johnny Depp hit her up.

If you have a passion for reporting news, staying up on the latest trends, drinking tons of caffeine, and watching how the media portrays certain aspects, there’s a good chance you’re an aspiring journalist. The news world is a popular topic in plenty of movies, and some of these movies belong on your must-watch list if you plan on entering the world of media. (WARNING: There may be slight spoilers below)

Shattered Glass (2003)

This movie is magnificent in many ways (including have quite the attractive lead character). It’s a great reminder of what can happen if you decide that you’re just going to cut some corners instead of working your hardest. After all, you’re not spending all of this time and moola on a college education to become the type of fraud who gets reported on, instead of you reporting about it.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

Andie Anderson has it all — she’s intelligent, funny and beautiful — but there’s one thing wrong with her life. Her job. Take a lesson from Andie and work towards your dream job, and not just a job that will pay the bills. Yes, paying your bill is important, but when you’re doing work that you hate, it clearly kills your soul enough that you’re able to think up the idea of a “love plant.” Only bonus is if you’re able to find your own Matthew McConaughey on the way to that job.


Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)

Okay real talk, this movie is so freaking inspiring. Like the type of movie that gives you goose bumps during and then immediately after you are so motivated that you start AND FINISH three different projects. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but if you are serious about delivering real news to humans of the earth, please watch this movie. This story about legendary 1950s CBS anchor Edward Murrow exemplifies what journalism is all about.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

This movie may not give the best techniques and advice to future journalists, but it may just be the funniest movie about news ever made. Here’s a fun game for you to play. Every time I watch it I see how many times I can use the timeless one-liners the next day. It makes work/classes so much more enjoyable when you can work in “He had a voice that could make a wolverine purr and suits so fine they made Sinatra look like a hobo” or “I read somewhere their periods attract bears. Bears can smell the menstruation” into an everyday conversation. Is this movie going to illuminate your path to the journalism world? Maybe not, but it’s a still a ton of fun.


Frost/Nixon (2008)

This film is outstanding for so many reasons. It tells the story of a famous interview done with President Nixon, most notorious president in history. The number one thing to take away from this is that you can always deliver the truth, you just have to work towards it. There may be times when you have to deal with difficult presidents who make fun of your shoes, but eventually you will get the story you want. Just keep going!


Spotlight (2015)

Spotlight just received an Oscar nomination for “Best Picture” and it’s pretty damn deserving. This film about the Boston Globe reporters who uncovered the Catholic priest sexual abuse scandal is as chilling as it is mesmerizing. This movie highlights just what good journalism can do to change the world. It’s not flashy or loud, but the hard work this team did saved lives. When you’re feeling down about that 10-page paper you can’t seem to finish, check out this film and be reminded of why you wanted to get into journalism in the first place.

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