Nine Network Hosts St. Louis Film Premiere: Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People
St. Louis, MO — March 19, 2019 — Nine will host a screening and discussion of Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People, with director and producer Oren Rudavsky, on Wednesday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m., outdoors in the Public Media Commons. Jim Kirchherr, Nine’s senior director of content, will moderate. The screening is free and open to the public, but registration is required at nineNet.org/Pulitzer. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs. In case of inclement weather, the screening will move indoors.
The American Masters’ film explores how Joseph Pulitzer, once a penniless young Jewish immigrant from Hungary, came to challenge a popular president and fight for freedom of the press as essential to our democracy. Adam Driver narrates and Liev Schreiber voices Pulitzer. The broadcast premiere is April 12 at 8:00 p.m. on Nine PBS.
Pulitzer spoke about the dangers of “fake news” more than 100 years ago. While he is remembered for the prizes that bear his name, his own heroic battles in the face of grave illness and presidential ire have been forgotten as has the artistry and game-changing originality he brought to newspapers.
“All I knew about Joseph Pulitzer was that he had created the Pulitzer Prizes. When I started to dig…I realized he was not only a really interesting guy, but he was quite relevant to the moment we are in in America,” says director Oren Rudavsky.
In 1878, Pulitzer bought the St. Louis Dispatch and merged it with another local newspaper to become the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In 1883, he bought the New York World newspaper from railroad financier Jay Gould. His circulation battles with William Randolph Hearst’s New York Journal also created what became known as “yellow journalism”—the use of big headlines, sensational writing and illustrations to attract readers on the streets.
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