Sunday night, Spotlight won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Journalists took the internet by a storm, tweeting words of praise and excitement.
One must understand…this wasn’t just a win for the entire Spotlight team, cast, and production. It was a win for journalism. Period.
Throughout history, journalism has developed a bad rap for multiple reasons: falsity, subjectivity, exaggeration. Of course, not every person in journalism has contributed to the creation of journalism’s negative light. Most, in fact, become journalists to do the opposite. However, it only take a few rotten apples to make the rest look just as bad.
Spotlight‘s win gave journalists the one thing that they all strive to receive from their readers…respect.
This movie showed the world what journalism can do. And now that most have seen this movie, it gives a little perspective to the people as to what it’s like being a journalist. What it’s like to fight for the truth. What it’s like to protect America’s democracy and its people.