Extra Credit: Between the Lines

At the offices of a Boston alternative newspaper, the staff members enjoy a positive and open-minded work environment. Music critic Max (Jeff Goldblum) uses his influence to score dates, while news reporter Harry (John Heard) is dating the lovely Abbie (Lindsay Crouse), the publication's lead photographer. However, it seems as though their relatively carefree days are numbered when the owner of a major publishing company buys the paper, leading to more money, but even more changes.

Fred Barron, who had written for both The Phoenix and The Real Paper, used his alternative newspaper experiences as the basis for his Between the Lines screenplay. Director Joan Micklin Silver (Crossing Delancy) also worked for The Village Voice.

The success of the film led to a short-lived TV sitcom, also titled Between the Lines.

EXTRA CREDIT, is a partnership between Ragtag Cinema and The Connector. This series features MU researchers discussing a monthly movie in relation to their research and creative activities.

Extra Credit: Meet the Panelists!

Dr. Jeanne Abbott
Jeanne Abbott is an associate professor of journalism and managing editor of the Columbia Missourian, the School's working laboratory for students. She joined the Missouri School of Journalism in August 2007 as a fellow of the Knight Center for Editing Excellence.

Formerly Abbott served as the assistant managing editor at the Des Moines (Iowa) Register. She earned four degrees from the University of Missouri: bachelor's degrees in English and journalism in 1967, a master's degree in 1969 and a doctorate in journalism in 1988.

Her professional experience includes stints at the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee and the Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News. Abbott has worked as an assistant professor at California State University in Sacramento and as an instructor at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Dr. Joel C. Poor
Professor Poor is an Associate Teaching Professor of Marketing at the Trulaske College of Business. He has previously taught Executive MBA, MBA and Undergraduate courses at the University of California, Irvine. Joel has received several department, college and university level teaching awards and teaches marketing, personal selling and product management courses. His current research interests include new product development and instruction methodology. Joel is a member of the American Marketing Association and the faculty advisor to A.M.A.'s student organization at the University.

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