“Shattered Glass” Journalism on Screen


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    Shattered Glass



    “See the acclaimed 2003 drama, Shattered Glass, starring Hayden Christensen and Peter Sarsgaard, followed by an onstage discussion with Arizona Daily Star editor, Jill Jorden Spitz!

    Journalism on Screen is an ongoing series combining films that explore the world of journalism with lively discussions with experts and industry professionals. Presented by The New York Times, The Arizona Daily Star, The Daily Wildcat/UA TV-3, The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, The University of Arizona School of Journalism, Arizona Inn and The Loft Cinema.

    Shattered Glass tells the infamous true story of journalist Stephen Glass, the twenty-something whiz kid who quickly rose from a minor writing post in Washington, to a sought-after feature writer for such publications as Rolling Stone and the New Republic, until a bizarre chain of events suddenly stopped his career dead in its tracks. Young hotshot journalist Glass (Hayden Christensen) puts on a good show for his adoring editor, Michael Kelly (Hank Azaria), but admits deep insecurities to his fellow writer, Caitlin Avey (Chloë Sevigny). When Glass begins turning in outrageous stories, his popularity skyrockets, but rival journalist Charles Lane (Peter Sarsgaard) becomes suspicious as to their factual accuracy, and eventually discovers that Glass has been fabricating many of his sources, leading to a shocking and highly-publicized fall from grace that rocked the world of journalism. (Dir. by Billly Ray, 2003 USA, 94 mins., Rated PG-13)

    Jill Jorden Spitz is editor of the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, AZ. Jorden Spitz joined the Star in 1998 as a reporter and has also served as business editor, assistant managing editor, and was most recently a senior editor. Before that she covered Walt Disney and Universal Studios for the Orlando Sentinel.”


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


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