The Murrow Era
The Murrow Era
Edward R. Murrow [David Inman]
Edward R. Murrow is widely credited with inventing the styles and conventions of broadcast journalism as we know it. First during his wartime radio broadcasts from Europe – from London on the eve of the invasion of Poland and during the blitz, and from the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Then, as a television reporter for CBS News, when the style and substance of t.v. news was not yet codified. On shows like See It Now (1951-1958) Murrow established himself as the first and probably greatest of the (now) archetypal news anchors – poised, steely, authoritative, and well-spoken.
Murrow the man and the myth is now immortalized in the new George Clooney film Good Night. And, Good Luck. The black and white film explores themes that will resonate strongly with anyone who cares about journalism, or even follows the news. It is, as former NBC White House correspondent Roger Kennedy said to us recently:
…About how journalism changes history. This is journalism that doesn’t become a player, but because of finding truth changes consequences.
We’re assembling a cast of characters made up of the real people from the Murrow era – the folks who were with him in the newsroom or at his side in the field – to ask them about the then and now of journalism, ethics and power. About what it was like to work with Murrow, and about what it’s like to practice journalism now. Because how can we not think of today’s journalistic and political scandals and conundrums in Murrow’s famous words? And where does the new integrity in journalism lie today? Is it in the blogosphere?
Joe and Shirley Wershba
Journalists in the Murrow newsroom
Served as consultants to the new film
Shirley Wershba blogs on her life, journalism, and the film for Participate.net
Senior News Analyst for NPR
Part of the CBS news team – recruited by Murrow himself in 1953
Last “Murrow Boy” still active in journalism
NBC White House Correspondent in the ’50s
Director Emeritus of the National Museum of American History
Director of the National Park Service 1993-1997
- Extra Credit Reading and Listening
Murrow biography from The Museum of Broadcast Communications
From George Clooney’s studio site, Info on the new movie and bios of the real people on whom the characters are based
Boing Boing points to a number of interesting sites, including the Internet Archive, which has documentary films narrated by Murrow, as well as an interview with Fred Friendly
from earlier this yearrecorded in 1990.
Interview with Daniel Schorr in the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Daniel Schorr’s acceptance speech delivered upon induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.