The newsroom is a natural setting for a movie. Films are largely about momentum and conflict, and what environment presents more opportunities for both than a buzzing media center where everyone is chasing down stories, making phone calls, having loud opinionated conversations and quickly jotting things down before they forget them.The classic movie newsrooms, perhaps like the real news organizations of old, have a pulsating energy that feels a million miles away from the quiet cubicles or home offices where most actual modern journalism takes place. Having said that, as we can see in some of the below selections like the contemporary documentary "Page One", the classic vision of bright offices where angry news professionals (some of them in suspenders) bark at one another about what's getting on the front page has yet to die out completely.
"The Daily Planet" is really a perfect hideout for Clark Kent when he's not being Superman. He gets to keep up with the day's events thanks to the constant busybody Lois Lane, he gets a plucky cohort in photographer Jimmy Olson AND there's a perfect explanation for why he's never around. (He's out chasing down a hot story!) It would all be perfect if not for the ill-tempered, ever-dismissive Perry White, embodied in the Richard Donner original by Jackie Cooper.
Cooper had originally auditioned to play Otis, the bumbling assistant to Lex Luthor who was eventually portrayed by Ned Beatty.(NOTE: There aren't really any great clips of Jackie Cooper as White on YouTube for embedding, so here's a clip of John Hamilton playing the character on the old "Adventures of Superman" TV show.)