12.28.2007

Newspapers in pop culture:
The Sun in HBO's The Wire

Newspapers have long been portrayed in movies and television, that's not news. But HBO's fifth and final season of The Wire will focus on the stories of Charm City's darker sides through the prism of the newsroom of The Baltimore Sun. The paper has played a supporting role throughout the series, but this season will focus around the media, and the paper in particular, according to recent trailers and a special 30 minute preview aired on HBO this week.

According to Variety magazine "The Wire gets the newsroom right"
"The best look at newspapers in movies or TV? Hands down, the prize goes to 'The Wire.' "
According to HBO's website:
"This season of 'The Wire' is based in large part on series creator David Simon's experiences in 13 years at The Baltimore Sun. Simon decries recent trends in the newspaper industry that have conspired to make high-end journalism vulnerable: out-of-town chain ownership, an economic climate in which the share price of media companies matters more to industry leaders than the product itself, and a newsroom culture in which prizes, personal ambition and the cult of the "impact" story has replaced consistent and detailed coverage of complex issues as the primary goal."








Before The Wire, Simon penned two books of narrative nonfiction, 'Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets,' which inspired the hit series 'Homicide: Life on the Street,' and 'The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood,' which inspired the Emmy(R)-winning HBO miniseries 'The Corner.'

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1 Comments:

Blogger Jared N said...

Looks like they got the fonts right. But who runs a 1-col front page headshot? (minor spoiler alert, from first epsidoe of Season 5)

Friday, December 28, 2007 11:26:00 AM  

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