Fake News: Journalism Goes to Hollywood Features Spotlight at KiMo Theatre, Albuquerque
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Fake News: Journalism Goes to Hollywood Features Spotlight

Sunday Aug 19, 2018

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Albuquerque, NM 87102

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The Academy Award Best Picture winning film is shown with a panel discussion to follow.

Fake News! Journalism Goes to Hollywoodfilm and discussion series continues August 19 at the historic KiMo Theatre with "Spotlight.”

"Spotlight," an Academy Award Best Picture winner, is about a team of investigative reporters from The Boston Globe, who exposed a decades-long cover up of sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests and the ensuing shake-up of Boston's religious, legal and government establishment.

Following the film, Weekly Alibi Managing editor and film critic, Devin D. O'Leary, will moderate a discussion on the movie’s themes and on the importance of journalism in today’s society. Panelists include Ellen Berkovitch, award-winning journalist, Bruce Daniels, former State Editor for the Albuquerque Journal, and David Weiss, Communications and Media Studies professor. The panel discussion will be followed by questions from the audience.


Ellen Berkovitch is an investigative journalist, radio producer and writer. She led an investigative team in producing Dark Canyon, a 10-part radio series on the role the Archdiocese of Santa Fe played in both the national and the New Mexico sexual abuse crisis, for KSFR-FM (Santa Fe Public Radio). That series won first place in general religion reporting from the 2018 Society of Professional Journalists' Top of the Rockies contest. Her writing has appeared in local and national publications.

After 12 years as a reporter and editor for the Albuquerque Journal, Bruce Daniels became the Journal's religion editor in early 1992. Almost immediately Archbishop Robert F. Sanchez abruptly quit as leader of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe under a cloud of scandal. Daniels spent the next several years covering the onslaught of lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic priests and how this crisis affected the church in New Mexico.

Dr. David Weiss teaches courses in strategic communication, political communication, and media studies. His research interests include media discourse, political and religious communication, and the media and popular culture industries. Before his return to academia in 2000, Dr. Weiss worked in the advertising agency business in New York City for almost two decades. He has taught in Oregon, Ohio, and Montana, and is thrilled to be back at UNM, where he earned his Ph.D. degree in 2005.

Devin D. O'Leary has served as the film section editor and chief film critic for the Weekly Alibi newspaper in Albuquerque, NM for 25 years. Last year he took over as the paper's managing editor. He has been the booker and host for Midnight Movie Madness at Guild Cinema since 2002. He was the founder of the Alibi Short Film Fiesta and served as its curator for 10 years. Mr. O'Leary spent the summer of 2008 in Hong Kong co-teaching a class on the history of Hong Kong film to a group of filmmaking students from New Mexico State University. He has written and produced four independent feature films here in New Mexico.

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Jounalism in the Spotlight

The New Mexico Humanities Council’s film/discussion series “Fake News: Journalism Goes to Hollywood” returns Sunday, Aug. 19 to the KiMo Theatre (423 Central Ave. NW). This month the film screening will be 2015’s Spotlight. The Academy Award-nominated film tells the true life story of Boston Globe investigative journalists who reported on cases of widespread and systemic child abuse in the Boston area by numerous Roman Catholic priests. In 2003 the “Spotlight” reporters earned The Globe a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The film features an ensemble cast, including Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Stanley Tucci. Following the film there will be an on-stage panel discussion about the state of modern journalism involving Alibi film editor Devin D. O’Leary (that’s me), award-winning journalist Erin Berkovitch, state editor for the Albuquerque Journal Bruce Daniels and UNM’s department chair in Communication & Journalism David Weiss. Sponsored in conjunction with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Pulitzer Prizes, “Journalism Goes to Hollywood” is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative. The initiative is aimed at deepening the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the interconnections joining democracy, the humanities, journalism and an informed citizenry. The screening starts at 2pm. Admission is free.

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