SPJVA to sponsor screening of film ‘Reporter’

The University of Richmond Journalism Department will host a screening of the award-winning documentary “Reporter” and a conversation with director Eric Daniel Metzgar, on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Alice Haynes Room of the Commons at UR.

Metzgar’s film is a feature about Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nick Kristof’s reporting trip to the Congo. The film, which was widely praised at the Sundance Film Festival and nominated for an Emmy Award, is a fast-paced, detailed look at how a passionate journalist tries to bring awareness of poverty, war, disease and famine in Africa to the rest of the world.

Reviewers noted that the film “injects the viewer into Kristof’s riveting journey – including a harrowing visit with the reigning warlord and a race to the hospital to save a dying woman.” For a preview, see http://www.reporterfilm.com/trailer.html

To raise additional awareness of issues in the Congo and other parts of the world, Metzgar is riding his bike from New York to Richmond. His ride also is a fundraiser for Women for Women International.

The event is free and open to the community. It is sponsored by the UR Journalism Department; the Society of Professional Journalists, Virginia Pro chapter; the ONE chapter of the University of Richmond; and the South Court PCA program of Richmond College.

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