Journalism nostalgia, deep passion for a newspaper industry icon, and President Trump's antagonism toward the press have helped propel a Kickstarter campaign close to its goal of raising $150,000 to fund a documentary on Eugene Roberts, former editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
A former New York Times reporter and editor, Roberts led the Inquirer from 1972 to 1990, during which the paper won 17 Pulitzers, journalism's highest prize. The North Carolina native went on to teach journalism at the University of Maryland.
The documentary, entitled The Newspaperman, is a four-year project by filmmakers David Layton and Mike Nicholson. The Kickstarter funds, they said, will enable them to "craft the many hours of archival footage and interviews into a compelling film" and to shoot the final interviews for its completion. Its release is expected in 2018.