We spent the first half of yesterday’s class talking about the film we were invited to see at the Missouri Theatre last Thursday, “Nobody Speak: Hulk Hogan, Gawker and Trials of a Free Press.”
I unfortunately was unable to see the movie because I had to work, but it sounded really fascinating! From my understanding, the movie detailed the lawsuit that resulted when Gawker media refused to take down the sex tape of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan and his friend’s wife. It was a messy lawsuit that ended with $115 million awarded to Hogan for damages.
A majority of our time in class was dedicated to talking about the case and the movie in particular. A majority of us were in agreement that it would have been a lot better if Gawker Media had just taken the video down when they, along with many other media groups were asked by Hogan’s lawyer to remove it.
They insisted that the video was newsworthy. I’m not sure how much I agree with that…
Instead, they persisted, only taking the video down when a court order required it. This ultimately resulted in Gawker shutting down for good late last year. This could have easily been avoided.
The second part of class was spent talking about solutions journalism. We discussed examples my classmates had come up with for our homework assignment from last Tuesday, which was to find a news piece that had all of the qualities of solution journalism. Turns out, this was a lot harder to do than we all thought.