Journalism film series free to public

Movies explore the evolution of professional values in the news media.
Thursday, January 27, 2011 | 5:31 p.m. CST; updated 9:28 p.m. CST, Thursday, January 27, 2011

COLUMBIA — MU journalism professor Betty Houchin Winfield is offering a journalism film series, Film Images of Journalism in American Culture, this spring.

Winfield, who is a UM Curators' Professor, is showing the films to the public for free. The films are being shown in the order they were produced, beginning with "It Happened One Night," which premiered in 1934 and starred Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.

Film Images of Journalism in American Culture

Film Images of Journalism in American Culture begins at 7 Thursday in Fisher Auditorium in MU's Gannett Hall, just south of the intersection of Eighth and Elm streets. The films will be shown at 7 p.m. each Thursday through April 28. Here's the schedule.

  • Thursday: "It Happened One Night"
  • Feb. 3: "Foreign Correspondent"
  • Feb. 10: "Citizen Kane"
  • Feb. 17: "Ace in the Hole," also known as "The Big Carnival"
  • Feb. 24: "All the President's Men"
  • March 3: "Under Fire"
  • March 10: "Absence of Malice"
  • March 17: "Reeds"
  • March 24: "Killing Fields"
  • April 7: "Broadcast News"
  • April 14: "The Insider"
  • April 21: "Good Night and Good Luck"
  • April 28: "Frost/Nixon"

The series began Jan. 20 and continues tonight and will continue every Thursday through April 28.

"I'm not trying to get anything but just have it out for the community," Winfield said. "Come out and have fun."

Winfield cited history as a reason for holding the series now.

"I was thinking about all the escape methods during the Great Depression and a way to kind of feel better when the economy was so horrible and people were so down, ... and they went to movies and they escaped," Winfield said. "And I thought, why not again?"

MU students can enroll to attend and discuss the film series for credit, Winfield said. MU journalism faculty will lead discussions with students and the public after each film. The aim of the series is to examine journalism values and professionalization in different eras.

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