IDA's Doc U - The Doc Reporter: Navigating the Intersection of Documentary and Journalism

With the contraction of traditional news reporting and journalism over the past decade, more traditional media outlets are turning to both long- and short-form documentaries in order to better understand our world. What does it mean for documentary filmmakers if, more and more, people equate “documentary” with “journalism?” When is a documentary filmmaker acting as a journalist? What are the inherent responsibilities? Is calling yourself a “journalist” enough when it comes to legal protections and long-established journalistic rights? What new opportunities and challenges are available, as documentary filmmakers move into the spotlight of journalism and reporting, and recording history as it is happening? Join moderator Karin Stellwagen (Brooks Institute) for a discussion with Sarah Burns (The Central Park Five) and others on the intricate balance between video journalism and documentary filmmaking.