Cover of Documentary magazine Fall 2017 Issue with illustration by WBYK

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Observe & Report:
Where Documentary Meets Journalism Fall 2017

In the spirit of the IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund, the Fall issue examines the intersections of doc-making and journalistic practice and offers a baseline of guidelines about the responsibilities, risks and ethics of journalistic storytelling. These articles are supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as by the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


  • Preparation, Protection, Patience: Documentary Filmmaking in Hostile Environments

    Talal Derki is making a film in an area so...
  • Team Effort: An International Coalition of Broadcasters Pools Resources to Compete with Streaming Giants

    In the face of perceived dominance in the...
  • Shared Interests: Double Exposure Bridges the Gap between Filmmakers and Journalists

    Since its inception in 2015, the Double Exposure...
  • From Erik Ljung's 'The Blood Is at the Doorstep.' Courtesy of Milwaukee Magazine

    Whose Story?: Five Doc-Makers on (Avoiding) Extractive Filmmaking

    From Black Lives Matter to Standing Rock, the...
  • Requesting Public Records: What Documentary Filmmakers Should Know

    By Katie Townsend & Adam A. Marshall Federal...
  • The No-Spin Zone: How Journalistic Documentaries Check Their Facts

    A fact is a truth, that verifiable, reliable...