Homework: Spotlight Review

Investigative reporting is represented at its finest when the film “Spotlight” took its own take on crimes that have been ravaging the United States, and frankly the world for years. In the film, staring actors such as Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, and Michael Keaton, an investigative group from the Boston Globe dives deeper into claims of sexual misconduct within the Catholic church.

Due to the touchy subject and the fact that people of the Catholic church were a majority of the reader base the Boston Globe had, it was difficult for some reporters to jump on this type of story. Enter Spotlight. Though Marty Baron, the newest owner of the globe, says that the “internet is cutting into the classifieds”, they know something of this caliber could potentially help put them back on the map.

Months pass by but nothing is published for fear of the church addressing the smaller issues and brushing them aside. By doing this, if the Globe were to publish the results again their credibility would go down. Spotlights decides that it is best to find the entire story and hit the church so hard that they couldn’t possibly cover their tracks.

Similarities in reported sexual misconducts not just in the Boston area, but the whole world as well. After speaking with upwards of 90 victims, the whole picture begins to become more clear for the investigative teams purpose on this case. Though there was and still continued to be a spree of sick priests who would do these unspeakable acts to the children whom attended their services, there was a system of cover up which deceived even the reporters who’s sole job was to investigate this situation.

In published books, there was a code written to show where exactly priests who were accused of sexual assault were at in the eyes of the church. Some would say they are on a mission trip or had a holy event come up. All of these similarities matched when and where these assaults were taking place. From there, more conclusions as to the types of action the church had taken to prevent these acts came to full light.

In the second part of this assignment, we were supposed to go to http://www.pulitzer.org to find two prize winners and briefly discuss the reasoning for their awards. My selections are listed below with direct links so you can do more of your own “investigative” research if you so choose.

Associated Press – Winner 2016 – Public Service Link

“For an investigation of severe labor abuses tied to the supply of seafood to American supermarkets and restaurants, reporting that freed 2,000 slaves, brought perpetrators to justice and inspired reforms”


Los Angeles Time Staff – Winner 2016 – Breaking News Story Link

“For exceptional reporting, including both local and global perspectives, on the shooting in San Bernardino and the terror investigation that followed”.



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