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"I love the smell of fear in a newsroom."
Perry White, Lois & Clark
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The Intrepid Reporter's boss. Gruff and authoritarian, frequently a Cigar Chomper, often seen with his jacket off and his sleeves rolled up. Is fond of both shouting at his reporters over any conceivable pretext, often scoffing at seemingly outlandish stories submitted no matter how much evidence is presented, and passionately defending them (and the newspaper) from any threats to the freedom of the press.

Has a lot of overlap in personality and plot function (and surprisingly often appearance) with Da Chief. (But if he's Perry White, don't call him "Chief"!)

The School Newspaper Newshound is a frequent variant seen in many episodic TV series.


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    Across Multiple Media 

  • J. Jonah Jameson, editor of the Daily Bugle, in Spider-Man and its spin-offs and adaptations in various media, with the J. K. Simmons portrayal from the Raimi trilogy being the image most associated with him.
  • Perry White, editor of the Daily Planet, in Superman and its numerous spin-offs and adaptations in various media. In Supergirl story arc Bizarrogirl, Perry is seen ordering his workforce around, asking for eyewitness accounts, giving instructions and asking where are both Jimmy Olsen and his coffee. Perry has always been portrayed this way from John Hamilton in The Adventures of Superman to Jackie Cooper in Superman: The Movie. Lane Smith as Perry in Lois & Clark is slightly more jocular and Laurence Fishburne's Perry in Man of Steel is a soft-spoken Deadpan Snarker, but you can still tell it's him.
    • In The Superman Adventures, based on the animated series, one issue shows Perry White wondering about his relationship with a new generation and "point a camera and narrate", then having a flashback to his old boss, "Old Man Jenkins". He realizes at the end of remembering a borderline disaster that may or may not have been on his shoulders he's older now than Jenkins was then.

    Comic Books 

  • René Goscinny gets caricatured as this in the Achille Talon comic books. There is a "No!" sign permanently fixed to his desk for the convenience of people asking for raises or days off and he does not hesitate to attack his subordinates with an axe if they don't deliver on schedule or are caught slacking off. The image of a rabid, hyperactive midget demanding the impossible from his underlings worked so well the real Goscinny was often met with surprise at how tall he was.
  • Virtually all of Vic Sage's bosses in The Question.
  • Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman: The version of Perry White in "Girls' Day Out" retains his strict way of running things, but has definitely had a character alteration for the sake of continuing the Running Gag of Wondy only getting questions about her love life and appearance from reporters as he sends Lois Lane a long list of fluff questions she "must ask Wonder Woman".
  • Superman: Perry White is much more kind than most examples to his employees, but he's still tough, strict, and often angry though that anger is usually directed outside the Daily Planet Jimmy Olsen's less thought out actions can set him off.
  • Despite technically being based on the cartoon that preceded it, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures had its own separate Da Editor figure in Murdock Maxwell, who fires April at the beginning of her spin-off mini-series.
  • Mitchell "Where's my fucking column" Royce in Transmetropolitan, City Editor of The Word. Slightly unusual in that he heads a section rather than being Editor In Chief. Gets A Day in the Limelight in the issue "Two-Fisted Editor".
    Let me tell you how it is. You gather the evidence and write stories. That's what you do. That's your job. I'm an editor. That means I do everything else.

    Film 

  • In the 1952 film Deadline: USA, Humphrey Bogart plays Ed Hutcheson as a quietly intense version of this. When he does raise his voice, it's with meaning and purpose.
    That's the press, baby. The press! And there's nothing you can do about it. Nothing!
  • Oliver Stone in Nothing Sacred, who banishes his star reporter Wallace Cook to the obituary column at the beginning when a story about a prince turns out to be a hoax. Cook telling him about Hazel Flagg, a woman dying of radium poisoning (or so they think), and Stone's decision to let Cook pursue the story, is what drives the plot.
  • Lawrence Nolan, in Our Miss Brooks. He's authoritarian, but more of a stuffed shirt rather than stereotypically gruff.
  • In The Paper, Bernie White (Robert Duvall) is the grizzled editor-in-chief of The New York Sun, who has put his work first at the expense of his family. Metro editor Henry Hackett (Michael Keaton) loves his job but worries that his life is headed in the same direction as Bernie's.
  • Clem's unnamed editor in the Frank Capra film The Power of the Press is the standard-issue gruff, barking editor. He insults Clem's reporting skills and doesn't give him an assignment until he has no other choice, and he fires Clem when Clem tries to get him to yank the story to be nice to Mary. But he does back up Clem when Clem's rival Bill tries to steal the story.
  • Ben Bradlee Jr. as in Spotlight. Marty Baron, the Globe's new editor-in-chief, is a notable subversion.
  • Pringle, Richard's boss in Cradle of Fear. He initially he appears to be just a Pointy-Haired Boss: busting Richard's balls and threatening to fire him for no reason. However, it soon becomes apparent that his anger is justified, as Richard has become so wrapped up in his obsessions that he is no longer doing his job as a reporter. Eventually Richard isolates his cubicle from the rest of the office so he can surf the web looking for the elusive Sick Room site without being interrupted. Justifiably, Pringle fires him at this point and gets punched in the face for his trouble.
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    Literature 

  • Technically, William de Worde in Discworld books following The Truth should be this. In practice he refuses to give up being an Intrepid Reporter himself. And as Pterry says, since he invented journalism, who's going to tell him he's not supposed to? Later books refer to his apparent ability to write articles as if his bottom was stuffed with tweed despite still being a young man.
  • Whodunit Mysteries has Josh's editor at the Sentinel. He is loud and demanding in forcing him to go and dig up new info on stories.
    Editor: Now get out there before I make you into the next big murder case!

     Live Action TV  
  • Burnistoun: The editor of The Burnistoun Herald is burly, bald and mustacioed. He's gruff and demanding of his subordinates, but he's also very dim, so his suggestions often don't make much sense.
  • Donald Stern from The Chronicle. Basically Perry White merged with Zed from Men in Black.
  • Mitchell Ellison in Daredevil (2015) is editor-in-chief of the New York Bulletin. In season 1, he clashes regularly with Ben Urich over what will sell papers. In season 2, he becomes a mentor to Karen Page as she digs into Frank Castle's past.
  • Paris Geller during half the junior year in Gilmore Girls for the Yale Daily News; one of the rare examples where the staff overthrow her for being overly authoritarian.
  • House of Cards (US) gives us Tom Hammerschmidt, managing editor at The Washington Herald until he gets fired as a result of using dirty language to insult Zoe Barnes. He then becomes a freelance reporter, and after a lengthy absence through seasons 2 and 3, returns in season 4 with the backing of the Herald to expose President Underwood's corrupt political activities.
  • Tony Vincenzo, editor for the Independent News Service (a wire service), and Carl Kolchak's immediate boss in Kolchak: The Night Stalker.
  • Perry White of Lois & Clark is the tough occasionally shouty editor of the Daily Planet.
  • Cameron Foster, editor of the Herald, in State of Play, doesn't shout at his reporters, but he otherwise fulfills this character trope in both exhorting his reporters (especially Cal McCaffrey), and protecting them when the big story they're working on - who really killed Sonia Baker, aide (and lover) to MP Stephen Collins - threatens to get shut down.
  • Season three of Stranger Things introduces Tom Holloway, the editor of The Hawkins Post who mistreats the intern Nancy in a condescending, sexist manner alongside the rest of the paper's staff. In a case of Laser-Guided Karma, the thing that Nancy was trying to investigate, only for Tom and the staff to blow her off, winds up being the thing that kills Tom and his co-worker Bruce, as they get possessed by the Mind Flayer and ultimately get dissolved into its physical form.
  • Too Close for Comfort: In the Ted Knight Show-era episodes (from 1986), main protagonists Henry and Muriel Rush are part-owners of the Marin Bugler, a weekly newspaper. Ted is the editor and Muriel is a photographer.

     Video Games  

  • The Bonga Bugle editor in Final Fantasy Tactics A2 combines this with Miles Gloriosus, bragging about his physical prowess but frequently requiring your protection—then making himself out to be the hero in the resulting news reports.
  • One of your phone messages in Lighthouse: The Dark Being is from this. Your character is an Intrepid Reporter who's run out of ideas, and your editor is frustrated that you haven't answered his calls or shown him any of your work.
  • Akiyoshi Zaizen in Our Two Bedroom Story is the chief editor over several publications at the protagonist's workplace, responsible for keeping the various difficult personalities of his employees in line. He's strict and stern enough that the protagonist and her colleagues have nicknamed him "the Growler."

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     Western Animation  

  • Pablo plays this role in The Backyardigans episode "Front Page News!".
  • The Captain Caveman shorts on The Flintstone Comedy Show featured Lou Granite, editor-in-chief of The Daily Granite.
  • Diamond Tiara in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic plays this role when she's appointed editor-in-chief of the school paper in "Ponyville Confidential".
  • The director of the Channel 6 news team, Burne Thompson, in the '80s/'90s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. His somewhat fluctuating attitude towards the Turtles and constant pestering of his underlings for news stories led to April occasionally being at odds with him.
  • Lois Lane is portrayed this way on the school newspaper "The Daily Planetoid" in DC Super Hero Girls 2019, complete with '40s style jargon and an ambitious work ethic.


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