Spotlight showing highlights investigative journalism


Spotlight poster

News Staff

The film “Spotlight” will be shown as part of the Late Night Film Series on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

Following the movie, a panel will lead a discussion about the importance and power of investigative journalism. The panel includes Kentucky Kernel Editor-in-Chief Marjorie Kirk, Dr. Kakie Urch of the UK journalism department and a representative of the UK Support Peer Activism Resources Connection (SPARC) group.

The UNA-USA Bluegrass Chapter, the UK Feminist Alliance and the Late Night Film Series are co-sponsors of the event, which was organized by Naiara Porras, a Spanish instructor at UK and president of the UNA-USA Bluegrass Chapter.

“Spotlight,” released in 2015, was based on the true story of the Boston Globe journalists who investigated the cover-up of child molestation within the local Catholic church.

Kirk has reported on the cover-up of sexual assault cases at UK for the Kernel, while Urch investigated sexual misconduct within the church as editor of The Kentucky Enquirer and the Cincinnati Enquirer.

“Hopefully this event will give participants a much needed opportunity to get informed on these issues, raise their concerns and ask as many questions as they have,” Porras said in an email.