Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011)
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 our 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. Writers like Brian Stelter, Tim Arango and the salty but brilliant David Carr track print journalism's metamorphosis even as their own paper struggles to stay vital and solvent. Meanwhile, their editors and publishers grapple with existential challenges from players like WikiLeaks, new platforms ranging from Twitter to tablet computers, and readers' expectations that news online should be free. But rigorous journalism is thriving. Page One 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. -- (C) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for Page One: Inside the New York Times
'Page One: Inside the New York Times' is sanguine about change. It describes it, captures it, but doesn't lament it.
If you're reading this article, chances are you have at least a passing interest in the role and value of newspapers. You like original reporting and writing enough to pay for it, online or on newsprint. And you'd probably enjoy Page One.
In journalism parlance, we have a dozen or so sidebars crowding out a fabulous front-page feature.
As an avid media watcher, I didn't come away from this with any new insights, but the movie is a pretty good snapshot of the daily newspaper business in transition and turmoil.
A fascinating study of a newspaper doing its best to not just survive but to continue to do so with excellence while the world tilts beneath the venerable broadsheet.
Even if the movie fails to truly capture the inner workings of a newspaper and the amount of work required to print an issue every day, it's still a highly entertaining snapshot of a culture in the midst of a rapid transformation...
Worth watching even if it fails to deal with the paper's troubled relationship to the power elite that effectively makes it our Pravda.
...a sporadically intriguing yet hopelessly unfocused documentary...
Although Rossi's style is a little unruly - flitting from story to story and desk to desk without any particular emphasis - it's a fascinating and privileged insight into an industry in turmoil
A consistently engaging documentary that's paced like a thriller and spiced up by a few colourful characters worthy of fiction.
Filmmaker Andrew Rossi has cobbled together a largely well-balanced examination of America's 'paper of record' and produced a multilayered look into the precarious state of print journalism in today's social-media-driven world.
This is a thought-provoking film for those interested in journalism.
In a culture where information is perceived to be free, we may be closer to learning the cost of losing the New York Times.
Page One is a pretty even-handed film, asking hard questions about what the Internet and media aggregation does to the quality of news that we're getting.
There's something troubling about Page One, but it's difficult to give it a name.
Fascinating viewing not only for fully paid-up NYT subscribers but anyone with a fleeting interest in the past, present or future of the newspaper industry.
This is a thoughtful fly-on-the-wall documentary that anyone concerned with the future of democracy should see.
Morris, whose previous work includes the remarkable The Thin Blue Line and The Fog of War, does not hesitate to provoke.
It's a bracing reminder that good writing and good journalism don't happen naturally; they have to be nurtured.
It's a complex, troubling story told with chastening intelligence...
A thought-provoking documentary that throws a spotlight on the beleagured newspaper trade and the values traditional journalism help sustain.
Frequently fascinating and consistently entertaining, this is a must-see for media junkies everywhere, thanks to an engaging cast of characters, some fortuitous timing on the part of the production and a series of topical, thought-provoking themes.
Audience Reviews for Page One: Inside the New York Times
I kind of saw this as a one-stop-shop advertisement to subscribe to the NYT paywall rather than any substantial docudrama. I learned more about what it was like to work for the Times in that fashion documentary, Bill Cunningham New York, than in this one. The movie's only saving grace (and it was a big one) is David Carr. He's the greatest.More
Interesting behind-the-scenes moments over the past 12 months, scattered throughout the movie, help to demonstrate the included arguments from the New York Times (and other legacy news media) for its necessity to exist in this new age of blogs and twitter. It's effective, but the movie could have been more efficient... it meanders.More
A bit unfocused at times, but overall a very interesting look at the state of modern journalism and how it's being impacted by technological and sociological change - particularly the advent of social media. What I think one takes away from this movie is the realization that while the platforms through which the news is delivered may be changing - as they have been for centuries - the human ingenuity, talent and intelligence behind responsible journalism will remain the key to its survival.More
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