Page One: Inside The New York Times
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PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES deftly gains unprecedented access to The New York Times newsroom and the inner workings of the Media Desk. With the Internet surpassing print as the main news source and newspapers all over the country going bankrupt, PAGE ONE chronicles the transformation of the media industry at its time of greatest turmoil. It gives us an up-close look at the vibrant cross-cubicle debates and collaborations, tenacious jockeying for on-the-record quotes, and skillful page-one pitching that produce the daily miracle of a great news organization. What emerges is a nuanced portrait of journalists continuing to produce extraordinary work under increasingly difficult circumstances. At the heart of the film is the burning question on the minds of everyone who cares about a rigorous American press, Times lover or not: what will happen if the fast-moving future of media leaves behind the fact-based, original reporting that helps to define our society?
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That was yesterday. Today the Times is holding on for dear life. As noted in the film, it costs more to by one copy of the paper on the newsstand than to buy one share of the company's stock. It gets worse. The Internet's disruptive technology, which has already decimated the music recording industry, and has been aiming at doing the same to film and art, now has spilled over to journalism.
Our nation depends on a strong journalistic presence to keep the government honest, and to give context and perspective on the issues of our times. And just when Wall Street has gone rogue and the Supreme Court has backed Citizens United, we are at a very crucial juncture in our country. Everything, including our weather and shifting climate, has become politicized. The Times is running as fast as it can to stay in place, yet it still losses ground.
The documentary does not bother walking through the long dark smoke-stained hallways of the past, it lives in the ever disappearing present where everything on the Internet is just one big hustle to get a piece of the advertising bucks. Competing websites to the Times most often aggregate news from all over the web, and in a very funny moment at a journalism conference, David Carr illustrates just how dependent all other media outlets are on the Times.
I found this documentary to be a wake up call. If it goes under, as fewer people are willing to pay for news, nothing could replace it. In 1861 in reported on the Civil War. Today it covers every inch of the globe, and rarely gets it wrong. Tomorrow it could be toast. The only viable alternative route might be to become a non-profit organization supported by large foundations and individual gifts. America needs the Times. The world needs the Times. You watch and decide for yourself. It's a riveting documentary that you can't shake off very easily.
The documentary gives an overview of how the best newspaper in the world, functions and runs its daily business. It concentrates a great deal on the financial crisis of 2008 and on. This time was probably the most critical time in the face of journalism, many newspapers went under, thousands of lay offs occurred across the US. We are given a first hand look at the media desk, and a sampling of journalists, but not the nitty gritty of newspaper life. We follow David Carr as he discovers a great story about the Chicago Tribune and the scandals involved. David Carr is a superb journalist and we see how he works and how he gathers his information. We follow him on several speaking events. This documentary also focuses on the Pentagon Papers, Judith Miller, and Jayson Blair. We meet Bill Keller, the executive editor, but don't really see him at his job. We meet Brian Stelter who garnered his job from a blog that became so popular that Brian Williams read it everyday, and he was offered a job at the New York Times. I follow his tweets and learn a great deal from him about the news of the world.
This documentary gave me a bird's eye view of the New York Times, but I felt I was missing the real guts and glory of the paper. I came away feeling more impressed with the New York Times. A second edition documentary would be a great investment.
Recommended. prisrob 04-07-12
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Presenting fact is no longer a public service. Or even necessary.
Just as long as you get attention.