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The Fifth Estate

How 'Spotlight' became a love letter to journalism

How 'Spotlight' became a love letter to journalism

For more than a decade, America's daily newspapers have faced their own mortality.

Print circulation has plummeted nearly 50%. Ad revenue has plunged to less than half its one-time high. Two in five newsroom employees have been handed pink slips, forcing many to seek work in precincts outside the Fourth Estate.

That doesn't exactly make a newspaper an obvious backdrop for a movie -- or a ripe setting for praiseworthy endeavors. Yet "Spotlight" places journalists and the printed word shamelessly front and center, celebrating a quiet kind of heroism. No wonder preview and festival audiences are chock-full of ink-stained...