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Breaking News Breaking Down

Mike Walter , Mike Walter  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Mike Walter
  • Directors: Mike Walter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS (DIRECT)
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2011
  • Run Time: 36 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0056031NM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,882 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Breaking News Breaking Down" on IMDb

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Breaking News, Breaking Down, Two journalists' emotional journey after 9/11 & Katrina - This program tells the hidden story of how traumatic news impacts the men and women who cover it. Mike Walter loved chasing the big story, but on one September morning, the biggest story of his career chased him down: a jet rained from the sky, piercing the Pentagon and shattering his emotional well being.

Now, in this award-winning film, Walter turns the camera on himself and his profession as he and other journalists flock to New Orleans after a photojournalist suffers a mental breakdown. John McCusker, overwhelmed by living through and covering Katrina, unwittingly brings the visiting journalists together, helping a beleaguered city rebuild, and also tearing down the emotional walls journalists have erected. The result is a raw and gripping look at an issue largely ignored by the profession. It is also a journey of self discovery that results in new meaning for Walter who is still haunted by witnessing the horror of 9/11.

Bonus Features include...
Classroom Session
Director's Commentary
Teacher's Guide (PDF)

This program contains language that may not be appropriate for all viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

This DVD features subtitles in English (SDH)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This DVD from PBS is about "Trauma Journalism" and the effects it has on the news reports and photojournalists whose work we see on the evening news or on the front page of our local news papers. In the papers and on TV we she photos of people in agony or despair or physically wounded. We turn the page or news program moves to the next subject and the image is gone for us. But for that reporter who was "on the scene" or or that photographer who took hundreds more images like the one we just saw, the tragedy does not go away. It's ingrained in their mind.

The producer, director and narrator of the 40-minute film that forms the basis for this DVD is Mike Walter. Now a news anchor for WUSA-TV in Washington, DC, Walter was a news reporter for USA Today and was in front of the Pentagon on 9/11/2001 where he watched the plane crash on that fateful day. It affected him emotionally and he wondered if similar events affected other reporters. He met a photographer who captured the 9/11 World Trade Center crash on film - and nearly died when debris fell on him. And he decided to make a film. Then came Katrina and even more reporters has post traumatic stress disorders (PTSD). Somehow - and it's never quite explained in the Walter's film - an organization called the Dart Center was formed and every year a group of Dart "Fellows" would go to New Orleans to help with the cleanup and discuss their common problems. We hear from a few of the reporters and photographers from the Times-Picayune and other reporters with PTSD, and see images of the disaster left by Hurricane Katrina. The documentary was Walter's therapy but it makes us aware of what these news people we see or read have to go through to do their job. And for that reason this is a film worth seeing.
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