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15 Best Movies and TV Shows About a Newsperson

Something about the activity of a newsroom or the glamorous charm of a fashion magazine makes for a powerful story. To celebrate the National Hug a Newsperson Day, here are the 15 Best Movies and TV Shows About Newsperson to binge-watch with.

Best Movies About Newsperson

Check out this list of 10+ movies about news anchors.

Anchorman: Wake-Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd (Actors)

Anchorman: Wake-Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie

Legendary TV anchor Ron Burgundy is back in this alternate saga of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. As Ron finds his popularity in a tailspin, competitor Veronica Corningstone gets a lead on a career-making story involving a radical protest group. This is one of the funniest journalism movies you will find.

Morning Glory (2010)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton (Actors)

Morning Glory

Newcomer news producer Becky (Rachel McAdams) is tasked with reviving a failing morning show. With cancellation on the line and her troublesome anchor, Mike (Harrison Ford), thwarting her every effort, Becky has to get creative to keep the show afloat.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell (Actors)

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Hotshot television anchorman Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) welcomes upstart reporter Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) into the male-dominated world of 1970s broadcast news — that is until the talented female journalist begins to outshine Burgundy on air.

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Soon he grows jealous, begins a bitter feud with Veronica, and eventually makes a vulgar slip on live TV that ruins his career. However, when an outrageous story breaks at the San Diego Zoo, Ron may get a chance to redeem himself.

Broadcast News
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • William Hurt, Albert Brooks, Holly Hunter (Actors)

Broadcast News

Intelligent satire of American television news. A highly-strung news producer finds herself strangely attracted to a vapid anchorman even though she loathes everything he personifies.

To make matters worse, her best friend, a talented but not particularly telegenic news reporter, is secretly in love with her.

Good Night, and Good Luck
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • David Strathairn, Patricia Clarkson, George Clooney (Actors)

Good Night, and Good Luck

When Senator Joseph McCarthy begins his foolhardy campaign to root out Communists in America, CBS News impresario Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) dedicates himself to exposing the atrocities being committed by McCarthy’s Senate “investigation.”

Murrow is supported by a news team that includes long-time friend and producer Fred Friendly (George Clooney). The CBS team does its best to point out the senator’s lies and excesses, despite pressure from CBS’ corporate sponsors to desist.

Switching Channels
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Christopher Reeve, Kathleen Turner, Burt Reynolds (Actors)

Switching Channels

Cable news anchor Christy Colleran (Kathleen Turner) and her cagey boss, John L. Sullivan (Burt Reynolds), have a long history together: They used to be married.

But now Christy is set to leave journalism and her ex-husband forever by moving to New York City with her fiancé, retail mogul Blaine Bingham (Christopher Reeve).

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Since Sullivan still has feelings for her, he hatches a plan to keep Christy around by assigning her to a hot news story she can’t resist. 

The Newsroom: Season 1
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston (Actors)

The Newsroom

Aaron Sorkin once chronicled the daily work of the federal government in “The West Wing.”

In “The Newsroom,” one of a few TV shows about journalism, the Emmy-winning executive producer uses the operation of a fictional news TV show network as the heart of the story, with Jeff Daniels portraying the network’s lead anchor and leading an ensemble cast.

Episodes are written around actual recent news events, reported by a staff that takes its collective responsibilities seriously, but corporate and commercial obstacles — plus entangled personal relationships — fly in the face of their public mission.

Wrong Is Right
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Sean Connery, George Grizzard, Katharine Ross (Actors)

Wrong Is Right 

Patrick Hale (Sean Connery) is a slick television journalist with impressive ratings.

When Hale travels to the Middle East to interview a prominent member of Arab royalty, he gets entangled in an intricate plot that involves the American president (George Grizzard), a terrorist group, nuclear devices, and possibly even global war.

Before long, the CIA, a high-powered arms dealer, and religious zealots are involved, giving this dark comedy plenty of satirical fodder.

The Terror Live

A newsman discovers he’s been rigged with a bomb after he has an exclusive interview with a terrorist who blew up a bridge. | Stream on Netflix

If you’re looking for more journalism movies on Netflix, check out this list.

The Insider
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer (Actors)

The Insider

After seeking the expertise of former “Big Tobacco” executive Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe), seasoned TV producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino) suspects a story lies behind Wigand’s reluctance to speak.

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As Bergman persuades Wigand to share his knowledge of industry secrets, the two must contend with the courts and the corporations that stand between them and expose the truth.

All the while, Wigand must struggle to maintain his family life amidst lawsuits and death threats.

The China Syndrome
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas (Actors)

The China Syndrome

A news reporter (Jane Fonda) and her cameraman (Michael Douglas) are unintentional witnesses to a scram incident, an emergency core shutdown procedure at a nuclear power plant in California.

The crew prevents a catastrophe, but the plant supervisor (Jack Lemmon) begins to suspect the plant is in violation of safety standards and tries desperately to bring it to the attention of the public, fearing that another scram incident will produce an atomic disaster.

Bruce Almighty
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston, Morgan Freeman (Actors)

Bruce Almighty

Jim Carrey revels in spiritual glory as a TV reporter whose lack of faith prompts God to endow him with all of His powers.

Newsfront
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Bill Hunter, Wendy Hughes, Gerard Kennedy (Actors)

Newsfront

As the onset of television threatens his livelihood, newsreel cameraman Len Maguire (Bill Hunter) tries to bolster his failing company as his co-worker and brother, Frank (Gerard Kennedy), leaves to work for a competing outfit.

Len finds a new source of frustration in his rigid wife, Fay (Angela Punch), whom he marries after realizing that fellow employee Amy (Wendy Hughes) loves Frank. As ambitious Frank looks to new forms of electronic journalism, Len remains committed to traditional ways.

Bombshell
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie (Actors)

Bombshell

At the top of my list of movies about television network news and reporters, is this provocative real story of three whip-smart, ambitious, strong women who, after anchoring one of America’s most powerful news networks, become headlines themselves when they risk everything to stand up to the man who made them famous.

That was our list of shows and films you need to watch to become an award-winning journalist!

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