The New York
Times is a very revered newspaper. They have did some wonderful reporting, but people are so willing to jump on the
hate wagon when they get it wrong. PAGE ONE takes the viewers inside the New York Times media desk and gives a
behind-the-scenes look at the newspaper reporters including the editor and the notable reporters like Brian Stelter
and David Carr (who steals every scene he is in- he is the star of this documentary even though he wanted Andrew Rossi also
focus on other people in this film). Brian Stetler embraces the new media like twitter and blogging while
David Carr was first slow to embrace it (I like the deleted scene where he is making web videos which he quit doing because
he felt they came off as hostage videos).
face challenges from the changing landscape with internet news and blogging in addition to advertising not bringing in the
big revenue like it used to (again the internet is responsible for this downturn). The New York Times like other
papers had to cut jobs and make decisions who to send out on location or farm out reporting to locals in that reporting area
in addition to partnering with a non-profit news organizations to do news stories. PAGE ONE covers the reaction
of the reporters to the WikiLeaks video and NBC declaring the war in Iraq was over (Pentagon said no while NBC created the story for a headline).
Even though newspapers are supposed to be non-biased, they are still influenced by their judgment of what will be the best
stuff to report and sometimes it even is colored by the opinions of the reporters and the newspaper. The New York
Times fights to survive and even adapts with the changing face of how news is reported in the internet age. Newspapers
have crumbled and the story of the fall of Tribune Media is also covered in PAGE ONE (which went bankrupt and the New York
Times uncovered the sexual harassment that happened at Tribune).
PAGE ONE is
a fascinating and riveting documentary. It is one of the best documentaries I have seen as director Andrew Rossi provides
a very balanced look at the New York Times. It is up to the viewer to decide whether the New York Times is a good newspaper
still and how they handle the changes (and mistakes). PAGE ONE made me feel like I knew the reporters at the paper
and what makes them tick. David Carr is a colorful newspaper writer who does steal the film from everyone else.
He makes a good point in one scene that internet media repurposes stories from newspapers and shows what the news landscape could
be like if newspapers went away. This documentary could have easily been about David Carr and still been a mesmerizing
piece of work. Still Carr's life is only one of the elements that makes this documentary tick. PAGE
ONE is a document on a respected newspaper and what makes it tick- definitely worth watching.
feature additional scenes that don't fit in the overall documentary narrative, but still each scene including Carr's hostage
web videos are great to watch. Also a mini-feature covers a little bit on New York Times reporter Tim Arango after
he takes the job of being the head of the Iraq
news desk in Baghdad and works with news photographer Joao Silva in Iraq.
ON THE REAL THREAT TO NEWSPAPERS
ON KEEPING JOURNALISM RELEVANT
ON THE MID OF MURDOCH as she talks about Murdoch's vendetta against the New York Times.
REACT TO PAGE ONE shows reporters from print and TV give their reactions to the documentary after seeing it.
WITH CAST AND FILMMAKERS has bits from various Q&As that the Filmmakers and reporters of the New York Times have in promoting
FINAL ANALYSIS: PAGE ONE is a fascinating look at one of the biggest newspapers in the world and show what makes
the paper (and reporters) tick. One of the best documentaries made in the last decade.