The Syracuse SPJ is excited to announce a movie screening of the 2013 thriller film The Fifth Estate, as part of the Newhouse Newspaper and Online Journalism Department’s News Engagement Day!

fifth_estateThe screening will be held on Tuesday, October 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the Herg Auditorium. The event is free to attend, and free pizza will also be served!

The Fifth Estate is a dramatic retelling of the story behind WikiLeaks, the online website started in 2006 devoted to published classified information and news leaks from anonymous sources. It follows founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange and former spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg as they initially meet to start the website, as well as the international exposure their work received and their straining professional relationship.

This film looks at several important issues for young journalists today that the SPJ often emphasizes, so we encourage all students to attend if they’re available. These include the ethical issues of leaking classified information to the public and weighing the risks to national security against the right of the public to know the truth, the legal ramifications of leaking this information, and even the evolving issues of privacy we face in the digital age. Even if these issues seem small while we’re still studying, they quickly become immensely relevant when we immerse ourselves in the professional world and are important to become familiar with.

We’re proud to host this event as the final part of News Engagement Day, especially as several of our members already have plans to volunteer to help with other related activities throughout the day. We also want to thank the Newhouse NOJ department, as well as our fellow Syracuse SPJ members, for helping to arrange the event and make it possible.

You can watch the film’s trailer below, and we look forward to seeing you all at the screening!