The Reel Story: Reporting in Washington
March 7, 2018
Reporting in Washington is so glamorous that Hollywood wants in. Good and bad journalism make great and awful movies. It's more than The Post and All The President's Men. There's Shock and Awe, Broadcast News, Shattered Glass, The Pelican Brief, The Insider, Wag The Dog and much more. Some of Washington old and new journalism hands talked about their favorite journalism movies that have a Washington dateline or scene and what makes them so good or so bad. What happens when your reporting is translated to the big screen? What does Hollywood get right and wrong about journalism in Washington? The guilty pleasures and the just plain guilty. This Dialogue was hosted by NYU Washington, DC and moderated by NYU journalism instructor Seth Borenstein.
Carole Feldman, News Editor, The Associated Press
Carole Feldman is a news editor at The Associated Press’ Washington bureau overseeing coverage of domestic beats, including health, education, the environment and veterans affairs.
A 41-year-veteran of the AP, Feldman also has supervised coverage of the White House, Congress, national security, the economy and health, science and medicine, as well as presidential and congressional elections. She started her AP career in New Jersey.
Feldman is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists ethics committee and worked on revisions to the organization’s widely used code of ethics.
She teaches journalism ethics and the culminating Capstone class to graduate students at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies and journalism ethics through the movies and communications law to undergraduates for The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars.
A New York native, she received a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University in 1975 and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Pennsylvania State University in 1974.
Pat Myers, Copy Editor/ Humor Contest Editor, The Washington Post
Pat Myers has been the "Empress" of The Style Invitational, The Washington Post's weekly humor/wordplay contest, since 2004, posting and judging more than 600 contests containing untold thousands of entries. "Invite" contests cover a wide variety of humor genres, but among the most popular are those for light verse and song parodies, encompassing limericks, double dactyls, tailgaters, and many other forms -- including newly coined ones -- and showcasing some of the world's best light-verse poets in the English language, including fellow workshop leaders Melissa Balmain and Frank Osen.
Maegan Vazquez, Breaking News Reporter, CNN
Maegan Vazquez is a digital reporter for CNN Politics, where she covers breaking news from Washington.
Prior to CNN, Vazquez worked for Independent Journal Review, where she worked as a political reporter, an editor, and most recently, a White House reporter.
At IJR, Vazquez conducted West Wing interviews with senior Trump administration officials, uncovered President Barack Obama's post-presidency home renovation plans, and profiled Las Vegas legend Wayne Newton.
Vazquez grew up in Laredo, Texas, and graduated from New York University, where she majored in journalism and social & cultural analysis.
John Walcott, National Security Editor, Reuters
John Walcott serves as Foreign Affairs and National Security Editor at Reuters' Washington bureau. Walcott is responsible for D.C. based foreign policy reporters as well as reporters at the UN bureau in New York.
Most recently, Walcott, who has covered foreign affairs for over three decades, was the team leader for national security and foreign affairs at Bloomberg. Before that, he was the Washington bureau chief at Knight Ridder and then McClatchy, when the latter bought the former.
Walcott was also the first recipient of the Nieman Foundation’s I.F. Stone award, when it was introduced in 2008. The foundation cited him for “leading his team of reporters in their probing, skeptical coverage of events during the run-up to the Iraq war at a time when most U.S. news organizations failed to question the motives and rationale for the invasion of Iraq.”
Seth Borenstein, Science Writer, The Associated Press
Seth Borenstein was part of an AP Gulf of Mexico oil spill reporting team that won the 2010 George Polk Award for Environment Reporting and a special merit award as part of the 2011 Grantham environment reporting prizes. He was part of a team of finalists for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Columbia space shuttle disaster. A science and environmental journalist for more than 20 years, covering everything from hurricanes to space shuttle launches, Borenstein has also worked for Knight Ridder Newspapers’ Washington Bureau, The Orlando Sentinel, and the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. He is the co-author of three long out-of-print books, two on hurricanes and one on popular science.