SPJ Houston to show “A Fragile Trust”


Houston SPJ will be screening “A Fragile Trust” at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at The Printing Museum, located at 1324 W. Clay St. A discussion on the film will follow the screening. Light refreshments will be served.

The film “tells the shocking story of Jayson Blair, the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time, and how he unleashed the massive scandal that rocked the New York Times and the entire world of journalism,” according to www.afragiletrust.com.

In 2003 Blair was caught plagiarizing the work of other reporters and supplementing his own reporting with fabricated details in dozens of different stories published in the Times, according to www.afragiletrust.com. The ensuing media frenzy left a major blemish on the history of the ‘Old Grey Lady’, which just a year earlier won a record 7 Pulitzer prizes for its coverage of 9/11.

“It is a remarkable film for its probing, its wealth of detail and testimony—remarkable above all, perhaps, in the clinical picture of its subject, one devoid of any efforts to assign mitigating factors to his disastrous career, whether of race or class.”
– The Wall Street Journal

“With more and more publications moving to online-only formats and plagiarism on the rise, this cautionary tale about the slippery slope of ethical transgressions is more relevant than ever,” according to www.afragiletrust.com.

Attendance is free for SPJ Houston members. There will be a $10 admission fee for nonmembers.

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RSVP by Sept. 26 to houstonspj@hotmail.com.

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