A news programme shown in cinemas. These were almost always in black and white. Many of them had a propaganda element to them, subtle or blatant. To give a fictional example of the latter:

"Comrades, the mighty Red Army continues to crush the evil fascists. The brave men of the ''Rodina'' have now taken Warsaw and liberated Poland from their evil grip. Casualties were heavy, but the Red Army prevailed".

A fictional example of the former:

"Soviet troops enter Warsaw. The people of Warsaw cheer the end of Nazi tyranny and the restoration of freedom".

Pretty notorious even in their own day for being ''flamboyantly'' censored and emotionally manipulative (edging dangerously close to DocumentaryOfLies territory in some cases), and for [[WorstNewsJudgmentEver often outright ignoring "troubling" topics in favor of "cute" human-interest stories]].

Faded away in the 1950s and 1960s due to the rise of network news. (The last documented newsreel aired in 1967.) Often mocked up in period pieces.

See also PropagandaPiece.
* Parodied in ''Film/StarshipTroopers''.
** Just as well, as the first ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' movie was made by the same guy who made ''Film/RoboCop1987'', a movie series also known for its fake commercials.
** And also because the director wanted to evoke the PatrioticFervor of World War II-era war films.
* ''Film/CitizenKane'' has one of the earliest (if not ''the'' earliest) examples of an in-movie fake newsreel. Furthermore, OrsonWelles had the company he worked for, RKO, use their own newsreel department to create it to make it look authentic.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' uses a newsreel to explain the SuperRegistrationAct.
* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', a newsreel provides Eddie Valiant with a crucial clue in solving the Acme murder.
* The first few episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' began with a newsreel setting up the BackStory of the Warners.
* In an episode of ''ScoobyDoo'' (the one with Scooby-Dee), the gang watched a newsreel at the Milo Booth film festival.
* The movie ''Film/{{Patton}}'' used them as exposition. Although it was rather obvious that they were just there for exposition, it did fit the time period, as newsreels were common.
* Old-timey newsreels are apparently still attached to films in the 31st century of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''.
-->'''Fry''': Ooh, this is ''real'' futuristic!
* ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' features one, depicting an Oceania attack on a refugee convoy. Yes, where the story is set. Yes, it even goes as far as to praise it. [[TechMarchesOn Yes, a newsreel in]] TheEighties.
** Possibly justified as the alternate history of 1984 splits from ours when newsreels were still very common.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': Part Two of "Storm Front" [[GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel which takes place in an alternative timeline where Nazi Germany is winning WW2]] begins with a fake newsreel showing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEly8nXA6Oo&feature=related Hitler touring an occupied New York]].
** While most of the footage was digitally constructed or altered, there was a piece of ''actual'' historical footage included - the Nazi rally in front of a full-body portrait of George Washington were seldom-seen images of a real rally in 1939 by the German-American Bund.
* Likewise in the 1966 film ''Film/ItHappenedHere'' (in which [[DayOfTheJackboot Great Britain has been occupied by the Nazis]]) there is a newsreel showing a revisionist history of British/German relations. Chillingly it is narrated by a well-known voice-over reader of the war years.
* Used as the intro for ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' as well as the TV series. It actually helps set the tone quite nicely in the case of the TV shows moreso than it did for the movie.
* Used in the pre-title scene of ''Film/RaceForTheYankeeZephyr'' (1981) to introduce the titular WW2 aircraft and its cargo (a shipment of medals, booze, and $50 million in gold). The B&W footage of the aircraft ends with smoke pouring from its engine and the pilot looking out the window in alarm, then it vanishes into the clouds, setting up the contemporary events of the film when the crashed plane is discovered.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' opens with young Carl watching a newsreel on explorer Charles Muntz.
* ''StarCraft'' concludes the ''Brood War'' Terran campaign with a newsreel, with all the propaganda elements they could fit in.
** Before all that there was the UNN which was used by the Confederacy/Dominion as a propaganda machine to promote pro-faction news, and to label Sons of Korhal/Raynor as terrorist.
* ''ZorkGrandInquisitor'' starts with a mock newsreel of the propaganda-heavy variety (it's entitled "Propaganda on Parade". Subtle.)
* ''PrivateSchulz'' uses these for exposition purposes during the series, which takes place throughout and after WorldWarII.
* ''ALeagueOfTheirOwn'' uses the newsreel to promote the AAGPBL.
* In ''Film/TheRocketeer'', Cliff and Jenny see a newsreel that talks about [[ChekhovsGun a German zeppelin on a tour of the continental US]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has two newsreels in the episode "Meet Captain America". The first shows how Captain America became a SuperSoldier, then a hero for the Allies. The second plays after Cap becomes a HumanPopsicle, and announces that he has fallen in battle.
* ''TheSimpsons'': Decades ago, Abe Simpson and one of his friends watched one showing Springfield as a "City on the Grow". Flash forward to presente time, showing those days of prosperity were over.
* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'': There's one in "From Here to Machinery" showing Shere Khan signing a contract buying new pilot robots.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': First 20 seconds of "Port Chicago" begins with an authentic Paramount News Reel.
* Every episode of the 1970s war TV series Baa Baa Black Sheep (Black Sheep Squadron) opened with a faux newsreel. The images were authentic but the voiceover was modern, settting up the action for the episode.
* ''Anime/SpaceBattleShipYamato2199'' has Captain Okita watching a newsreel about first contact during one episode. [[spoiler: The official story does not quite match the memories of those who were present, especially on the question of who shot first.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' has these, sometimes overlapping with PreviouslyOn. It also has a Thought for the Day, which is related to the episode's {{Aesop}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'' features a "March of War" newsreel reporting on the war between the U.S. and Canada and announces Terrence and Phillip's execution live at a USO show.
* The 1978 Australian film ''Newsfront'' follows the workers of a fictional newsreel company during the late 1940s and early-mid 1950s as they deal with the challenges of their jobs, their own personal issues, and the political and social changes affecting the country (including the looming approach of Australian commercial television).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' has a newsreel in-between the TimeSkip detailing the passing of the SuperRegistrationAct and the supers being forced into civilian identities.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' begins every episode with a newsreel recap of the previous events.
* In the Creator/MontyPython movie ''And Now For Something Completely Different'', during the World's Funniest Joke sketch, a British newsreel introduction is briefly used, with John Cleese's narration leading to the military applications of the Killer Joke.
* Used occasionally in ''Series/{{MASH}}'', either to place an episode's plot during a specific historical event (clips of the 1952 Helsinki Olympics were used during one episode where the 4077th held their own Olympics) or to [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped hammer home a point on how popular media tended to gloss over the ugliness of war]] (contrasting the harsh realities of life near the front line with footage of a dance contest or a cat who can play table tennis).
* ''Series/GetSmart''. In "The Secret of Sam Vittorio", Max and 99 must impersonate a notorious OutlawCouple from TheThirties, and are shown newsreel footage of their exploits.