A creative fiction film about the realities of misleading news
My story, titled Trusted Sources, is a satire comedy that follows student-reporter Joe Millsap on his journey to understanding the harsh and dangerous realities of misinformation in news. Joe’s producer, Nick Hardy, is desperate for ways to bring in more viewers, and ultimately looking to gain a larger audience. When an assistant of University President Garrison makes an error causing Garrison to display a presentation announcing a new College of Scientology, Joe takes and posts a photo of it to social media, unintentionally going viral. With Nick determined to grow his platform, he pushes Joe, who is reluctant at first, to keep spreading the lie. After gaining a bit of popularity around campus, Joe is happy and content. With everything going well, Joe is then presented with a dilemma. His Campus Bugle coworker, Robert, announces with a rage that he has been fired due to Joe and Nick using their platform to spread misinformation. Filled with guilt, Joe realizes what he and Nick are doing is wrong and pleads to Nick that they must delete the post. When Nick refuses to oblige, Joe storms out. Strolling down the hallway, Joe sees someone watching a video of a student protesting Scientology on campus. Then, after getting berated by a passing student, Joe learns that President Garrison is live-streaming a speech about misinformation. Joe then teams up with Garrison to take down Nick. He makes the decision to come clean on their show, without telling Nick. Nick cuts off the show as Joe apologizes to the audience, and then Nick is confronted by President Garrison. After promising not to do it again, Nick takes and posts a photo of Garrison’s arm around Joe, starting a new conspiracy and not learning from his mistake, overall reflecting the impact of fake-news.