Director | Morgan Lieberman

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Director | Morgan Lieberman

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Newspaper Pioneers

Director | Lea Konczal

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Final Edition

Director | Derek Poore

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Concerned Student 1950

Director | Bajaj, Dietrich and Marvin

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An aggregation of important writing from and about the world of documentaries, including exclusive writing on the subject from the students and faculty of the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism.


Nobody Speak

Documentary Charts Path of Media through Present-Day Minefield

It seems fitting that perhaps one of the most important First Amendment cases of our time revolves around the publication of a sex tape featuring renowned former WWF superstar Hulk Hogan sharing a bed with the wife of his best friend, Bubba the Love Sponge. That’s the kind of stuff of which good First Amendment…

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Netflix “Original” Content: The Way to Go for Docs?

When Myles Kane and Josh Koury were looking to distribute their film Voyeur, they had a lot of interest in the documentary. The pair had spent three and a half years working independently on the film, and wanted to make sure to find the right place for it. Enter Netflix. While the directors had offers…

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Sound Effects Enhance Documentaries, Trouble Ethicists

Arguably one of the best-known documentaries of the last 20 years is March of the Penguins, the beloved nature documentary. Anyone who has watched it can remember the scene when the baby penguin is taking its first steps. Layered on with Morgan Freeman’s sagely voice, audiences can hear the light steps on the snow and feel…

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Docu-Series Squanders Power of True Crime

Streaming giant Netflix has cemented its position as a leading documentary platform in 2017, releases nearly 30 original documentaries docu-series. One of the most recent docu-series to hit the Netflix site is The Confession Tapes. The Confession Tapes is a seven-episode documentary series about murders throughout the United States that resulted in convictions based on taped confessions. These…

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