HBO's TV series, The Newsroom offers an inside look into the fictitious news network of ACN. Its lead on- camera anchor is a smooth talking, well dressed man, Will McAvoy. He is known in the journalism field as the Jay Leno of news journalism. Will McAvoy has a very intelligent way of thinking. He is known for not taking a political stance because he doesn't want to cause any disputes or disagreements.
Will McAvoy used to be a journalist that once read and cared about the news. However, due to people not being a big fan of the news, he has traded his journalism smarts in for popular ratings.
As you can probably understand, newscasts become less and less entertaining as each day passes. This speaks to the viewers who enjoy good entertainment. It is unlike the usual mundane and dry newscasts that quite often can be a bit too serious and depressing at times for one to stomach.
Enter Mackenzie McHale, (Emily Mortimer) who is a well renowned journalist and also a former love interest in McAvoy's past. McHale was hired by the head of the news program Charlie Skinner, who is portrayed by Sam Waterston.
Skinner has made it his mission for the ACN news network to once again deliver news that matters to the viewers. Skinner hired McHale as Will McAvoy's executive producer to, as they say in the show, "To right the ship." To get away from the more mundane side of the news and deliver news that effects the viewers.
But, a station that delivers news is what the president of the network insists happen once again. With McAvoy and McHale working together as a team for the sake of journalism, the news division and its' staff are up for a hard line news story that will not only affect the viewers but it will also test their staff's working relationship to deliver good news.
The nightly news staff is hit with the news that an oil rig has exploded in the Gulf of Mexico which had leaked oil at thousands of gallons an hour. This is important because the oil spill affects water supply and sea life.
The oil companies are playing a bit of hardball. They're beating around the bush and they're not really giving the answers that people have a right to know about.
It is ACN'S job to get the answers, deliver the facts as well as inform the the public of what is happening.
All too often mass media and journalism are produced in a form of entertainment and glitzy news stories forcing journalistic integrity to take a back seat. Mass media and journalists can sometimes polarize a story without really informing the public.
The HBO Series, 'The Newsroom' offers a unique look into the lives of a news division. The one component that makes a television series like this so unique is the fact that a TV series much like this one has never been done before.
Although ACN is a fictitious news network, what The Newsroom does offer the general public is the constant struggle in journalism. It gives viewers the very real sense that good journalism is possible no matter the name of the network.
Join me tomorrow night as I breakdown episode 2 : News Night 2.0