Ethics in Journalism: Now With 90% Less Dancing!


How do you measure the character of a man? By the company he keeps? His work ethic? Their dancing prowess? His ability to do the honestly report the facts despite pressure from his mentor, who may or may not be the editor of a powerful newspaper? Alleged would argue it's the latter. We know, that's a pretty specific choice and thus not really applicable to other judgments of character, but that doesn't make it any less valid. What's more, Alleged has won (received?) the Dove Foundation's "Family Approved" seal of approval. Now that's a pedigree few films can match. What does that mean for you the viewer? No sex, no swearing, no violence, and a whole lot of good ol' fashioned moral fiber. Mmmm mmm, yum. If the wholesome story of ethics and love in the face of corruption sounds like you're cup of tea, then you might want to check out Alleged, starring Colm Meaney, Brian Dennehy, Ashley Johnson, and Nathan West.

Well, we've got four copies to give away on DVD, so if you want to win a copy just keep reading to find out how.

Love and faith are put to the ultimate test in this drama set against the landmark Scopes "Monkey Trial" of 1925. Charles Anderson (Nathan WestMiracle) is a talented young reporter engaged to Rose (Ashley JohnsonThe Help), who works with him at the Tennessee small town newspaper his late father founded. The "Trial of the Century" brings brilliant adversaries William Jennings Bryan (Fred Dalton ThompsonThe Genesis Code) and Clarence Darrow (Brian DennehyCocoon) to Charles' hometown. But as the trial unfolds, Charles is caught up in the media circus and becomes torn between his journalistic integrity and impressing his mentor, the colorful Baltimore Sun editor H. L. Mencken (Colm MeaneyStar Trek: The Next Generation), who presses him to "make a story" instead of report one. 

alleged_dvdFor a chance to win, you just have to do two things...

1) "Like" JustPressPlay on Facebook (or click "Like" on the Facebook box in the upper left-hand corner) - and a tweet wouldn't hurt. Wink.

2) Leave a comment on the post for this contest on our  Facebook wall telling us your favorite musical about the newspaper business...

The contest ends on November 16th, 2011. One entry per person. Many will enter few will win. By few, we mean 4. Entry for contest must be left as a comment on this contest (article) to be counted. Winners will be notified via Facebook message. If the winner does not respond with one week to claim their prize, a new winner will be chosen, or whatever.

Lex Walker • Editor

He's a TV junkie with a penchant for watching the same movie six times in one sitting. If you really want to understand him you need to have grown up on Sgt. Bilko, Alien, Jurassic Park and Five Easy Pieces playing in an infinite loop. Recommend something to him - he'll watch it.


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