The thing that is supposed to keep the world connected to the most up-to-date information is ultimately the same thing that’s ruining the delivery of news. The new documentary ‘Page One: Inside the New York Times’ perfectly showcases how even veteran print journalists are now fighting to keep their jobs at even the most well-known newspapers, as the world continuously turns to the Internet to obtain the news.
‘Page One: Inside the New York Times’ chronicles the inner workings of the Media Desk of one the country’s largest and most respected newspapers. While the paper has been in print since 1851, The New York Times, as with the rest of the print industry, has had to adapt to the Internet surpassing print as America’s main news source. Fearing the historic newspaper will follow in the footsteps of other dailies that closed due to bankruptcy, Times writers Brian Stelter, Tim Arango and David Carr track print journalism’s change. While the writers work to get the best quotes and information for their articles, their editors and publishers struggle with such problems as WikiLeaks releasing videos of the Iraq war on-line, Twitter constantly breaking major news events and readers expecting that online news should be free.
As ‘Page One: Inside the New York Times’ director and New Yorker Andrew Rossi said of Carr, he’s “the kind of character that a documentary filmmaker dreams of finding. He speaks his mind.” The scenes featuring the 25-year reporting veteran are definitely the most entertaining, as he isn’t afraid to go after the story he wants to write, and is tireless about obtaining the information he needs to write an article. When his interviewees question the ways he or the Times covers topics, Carr relentlessly defends the paper’s way of reporting.
One of the most memorable scenes in the movie is when Carr is interviewing New York-based Vice Magazine executives, including CEO and Co-Founder Shane Smith, about the publication’s association with CNN to help draw in younger viewers to the network. Smith then begins questioning the way the Times covers war, and Rossi lets go of his fair-mindedness to point out the executives’ false fronts and canned responses.
Rossi also made the right decision in highlighting 25-year-old Times reporter Brian Stelter, who covers television and media for the newspaper. Stelter proved that younger reporters are more atoned to the Internet and digital world when he began covering WikiLeaks’ release of video footage from the Iraq War onto YouTube. Working closely with Media Desk Editor Bruce Headlam, the reporter shows the hard work it takes writers to cover even mainstream political and military events, as people are afraid to confirm details.
‘Page One: Inside the New York Times,’ which is currently playing at the Roslyn and Malverne theaters, is an informative, but entertaining, documentary for anyone interested in seeing how the Internet is affecting print journalism. Since the majority of the public feels that getting the latest news on-line is faster and cheaper than picking up newspapers, even historic publications as The New York Times are unfortunately feeling the effects. Rossi perfectly captured the journalism world’s fear of the collapse of print.