"Spotlight" is a love letter to journalism, required viewing for any student thinking about mass media as a career, and a middle finger to establishment organizations like the Catholic Church for covering up for pedophiles. It may also be the most important film of the year. We are at an interesting moment in human history. Huge corporations are gobbling up media outlets and merging them together. As they do, the editorial power of these newspapers, television stations, magazines, and websites is called into question. Do they still possess the ability to speak about those in charge, if they are constantly concerned about offending someone? This film displays better than any other on the subject why the division between the editorial and advertising departments is so crucial. We, as citizens and voters, need the media to ask tough questions and investigate tirelessly, all in an effort to better inform us.
Be good to each other,