Page One: Inside The New York Times

Breaking news in the media landscape over the course of a year was captured on film for the documentary Page One: Inside The New York Times.  With unprecedented access to the newsroom at The New York Times newsroom, the audience is given a rare experience into the day-to-day workings of the paper of record.  With every major scandal of the past few years touched upon, Page One is both a historic narrative of scandal in print as well as a report on the new media landscape threatening the newspaper industry.  Following reporters, the stories and new news outlets, Page One is a captured moment in the transition of media.

From WikiLeaks, Gawker and the iPad, Page One’s dominant question is whether or not The New York Times can go out of business.  Touching on the bankruptcy of the Tribune Company and countless conferences stressing the topic, the movie takes a dark turn focusing on the decline of advertising and the closure of countless newspapers across the country in the wake of the current recession. But instead of following the decline Page One leaves a hopeful message of how the ‘Grey Lady’ will survive.  While the Internet has led to an influx of sharing, The New York Times remains a major source for news.  In fact the documentary claims that most hard hiding news articles can be traced back to the Times.

One of the biggest defenders of the Times is media columnist and breakout star David Carr.  His weekly column chronicles the media landscape.  With a tremulous past as a drug addict and single father on welfare, Carr offers a refreshing but definitive attitude towards those threatening the reputation of the Times.  With hard words against Vice and Newser, Carr comes across as a well spoken crazy person but he is able to back it up his facts.  Midway through the documentary, Carr begins writing a piece on the bankruptcy of the Tribune Company.  The segment shows the hard-hitting reporting that give the Times its good name but also shows the audience the importance of investigative reporters.  A cameo by Carr’s father adds to this man overall demeanor and give him a humanistic quality.  If there will be a sequel it should be primarily about David Carr.

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