I read the web-publication Filmmaker Magazine regularly. They publish each month a VOD-calendar with their picks and I have used…
Page One: Inside the New York Times
This year, the biggest story is their own.
Unprecedented access to the New York Times newsroom yields a complex view of the transformation of a media landscape fraught with both peril and opportunity.
Although my erstwhile companion fell asleep, I found Page One to be an engaging documentary. Unfortunately she slept through most of David Carr's part in the film, which left her with a warped perspective, and the rest in attendance wishing we could be one quarter as witty and brazen.
On the subject of interest the film doesn’t really deliver. The future of the Times isn’t so much addressed directly, as we are introduced to some of its stalwarts and left in no doubt that whatever happens they won’t go quietly.
This at times muddled chronicle of goings on at the media desk of one of the world’s largest newspapers — amidst the turmoil of an old-media collapse — is almost single-handedly rescued by its central protagonist, straight-shooting columnist and reporter David Carr, as he compiles 6,000 words on the demise of the Tribune Company.
Director Andrew Rossi captures a little of the drama inherent in getting a story to page A1, but largely shields us from the bigger picture concerning the fate of the Times itself, and often fails to establish context for the vast array of personalities who voice opinion along the way.
Straightforward doc that follows a year in the lives of both the New York Times during 2010, a fascinating year for print journalism (the continued rise of new media, the introduction of the iPad, the Wikileaks break), and the lives of a handful of people employed at the institution.
Few bells and whistles, sort of meanders between focusing on the paper's response to stories, and doesn't really present much on the future of print journalism, but it is compelling and interesting for those engaged by the subject matter. Times writer David Carr is a particular highlight here; he has the gruff, wise, stern-but-likeable onscreen drive of someone like James Carville in The War Room or Charlie LeDuff.
I had never seen this documentary before. Watching it this week, after starting a new job in the newsroom at the Times and after David Carr's passing was pretty potent.
Carr takes this from what would've otherwise been a tick-tock of the inside of a massive machine, producing the daily miracle, and injects a deep, pulsing humanity into it. His relationship with younger reporters, the way he interacts with his editors, and how in turn his editors promote him to the masthead or defend him from outside pressure - that's what this documentary is about. I'm afraid that message gets lost at times in all the talk about the death of the newspaper.
A lot of things have changed in…
Interesting doc about the New York Times (and the entire publishing industry) attempting to adjust to the digital age of Wikileaks, Twitter, and a plummeting print advertisting. The recently deceased columist David Carr emerges as the paper and old school journalism's cranky pit bull of a champion. Worth watching if only for his takedowns of various NYT detractors like the Vice staff or an upstart blogger at a media panel. The film is squarely in the paper's corner and seems to have unlimited access. Watching the editors and reporters debate in the cubicles and offices of the Times about the news and the state of the Times itself is incredibly entertaining. And also seems much less chaotic than one would glean from various movies about the newspaper industry. The movie offers little to no answers about how the Times and its brand of reporting can possibly survive. Still it makes a compelling, argument that it should.
Many of this documentary's participants complain about the changes facing traditional media models and seem to overstate the importance of mainstream journalism. I don't think people should be turning to Twitter and Reddit for all their knowledge of current events but The New York Times is fairly sanitized. As someone in the documentary points out, mainstream media is more interested in the business of producing media than in delivering information. Another interviewee defends the New York Times' paywalls with the weak argument of "information, historically, was not free. You had to pay for it." It's the 21st century and information, for better or worse, is everywhere. I agree that journalists should be paid for their work, but stating that people should pay for information is a bit classist and elitist. Meh. It's a complex argument and typing this out is boring me so I'll leave it at that. The crossword is the best part of the NYT anyway.
Had been meaning to watch this since the untimely death of David Carr. Great insight on contemporary newspaper journalism and its future.
A must watch for any journalist, whether you run a small blog or write for a big newspaper.
A good watch but you don't really learn anything 'new'
An entertaining enough film. It chugs along at a fairly kinetic pace, but is ultimately weighed down by the lack of an impression it leaves. Early reflection would lead one to say what holds the film back is how it feels too much like a pro-NYT advertisement, but with further thought id lack of an interrogative focus soon emerges as the real problem. Ostensibly, 'Page One' is established as about an industry in flux, but the film's primary concern, which is to defend the NYT, detracts from its ability to hone in on the structural changes wrought by modernising forces.
Charmante Doku ohne penetrante Agenda. Good stuff.
RIP David Carr.
Qué guays que somos en el New York Times y qué pringaos y poco periodistas son los demás.
Y qué personajazo el David Carr, en paz descanse.
Interesante, pero un poco superficial.
Now I see why people were so upset at David Carr passing. Dude's a badass. The moment where he shuts down the dude from Vice - priceless.
Have added fourteen of the Documentaries I have watched and liked. Am looking for other recommendations to watch.