Silly Stunt or Immersion Journalism?
You be the judge as Chicago Trib columnist Julia Keller, who already has a Ph.D. and a Pulitzer, goes back to college for 10 weeks. Check out her first dispatch about it here.
Immersion journalism may have started--or at least gained greater momentum--with In Cold Blood, Truman Capote's chronicle of the Clutter family murders. How he got that story and how it affected him are portrayed exquisitely in the film Capote starring Philip Seymour Hoffman.
I don't see that many mainstream films anymore, but this one... wow. My pulse quickened, my throat tightened. As the saga dragged on and on, keeping Capote from finishing the manuscript and getting it published, the dance between writer and subject began to change. Hoffman's performance will win him the Oscar. And screenwriter Dan Futterman's adaptation of Gerald Clarke's huge biography (also titled Capote) doesn't miss a lick. See it.