Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture

IJPC Director Joe Saltzman offers his immense wisdom about how journalists have been portrayed over the years in film and TV in this short, entertaining documentary, All the News Fit to Stream:

Do fictional depictions of journalists play a large role in American democracy? IJPC director Joe Saltzman has the answer in this brief video:

NOW Hot off the Press: “The Image of the Journalist in Silent Film, Part One: 1890 to 1919,” in the current IJPC Journal. Download the full article.


The mission of the Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture project is to investigate and analyze, through research and publication, the conflicting images of the journalist in film, television, radio, fiction, commercials, cartoons, comic books, video games, music, art and other aspects of popular culture demonstrating their impact on the American public’s perception of newsgatherers. Founded in 2000, the project is directed by Joe Saltzman, professor of journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.