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Hacks in the spotlight

Journalism has become a popular subject on stage and on screen. Is a new play an elegy for the profession?

By Emma Hogan  

photo: Manuel Harlan

As Aaron Sorkin knows, dramatising journalism can be hard to pull off. For every exciting aspect of a newsroom—the breaking stories, spitfire expletives and race to deadline—there are the everyday realities of office work, or the sense that fictional news can never live up to the real thing.

In the past year, several shows have competed to present the most accurate, or potentially the most toe-curling, depiction of Fleet Street and its televised equivalents. Sorkin’s The Newsroom,…

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