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  • Directors: Andrew Rossi
  • Producers: Alan Oxman, Adam Schlesinger
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Dogwoof
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Nov. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005EQKJII
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,661 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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With the Internet surpassing print as our main news source, and newspapers going bankrupt, Page One chronicles the media industry s transformation and assesses the high stakes for democracy.

The film deftly makes a beeline for the eye of the storm or, depending on how you look at it, the inner sanctum of the media, gaining unprecedented access to the New York Times newsroom for a year. At the media desk, a dialectical play-within-a-play transpires as writers like salty David Carr track print journalism s metamorphosis even as their own paper struggles to stay vital and solvent, publishing material from WikiLeaks and encouraging writers to connect more directly with their audience. Meanwhile, rigorous journalism including vibrant cross-cubicle debate and collaboration, tenacious jockeying for on-record quotes, and skilful page-one pitching is alive and well. The resources, intellectual capital, stamina, and self-awareness mobilized when it counts attest there are no shortcuts when analyzing and reporting complex truths.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard Hine on 5 April 2012
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First off, everyone who cares about newspapers and journalism in general or the New York Times in particular should see this movie.

Page One: Inside The New York Times is a compelling fly-on-the-wall documentary (released in 2011) that takes you inside the newsroom during a stressful, challenging time in The Gray Lady's history.

It's 2010, and as newspapers all around the country are going bankrupt, things are looking dire at The Times too. The question is, if it's this tough for the New York Times - and by extension every other national and major metro newspaper - what hope is there for everyone else?

For those who know the industry, the challenges are not new: Like most US newspapers, the NYT is struggling in the age of the internet. The high costs of the "legacy" business - a big newsroom, a network of global bureaus, a dead-tree product distributed inefficiently by a fleet of trucks, etc. etc. - are slamming up against a declining print readership and, even more importantly, a cratering ad market, with the Classified section already savaged by Craiglist and the "expensive" display advertising market tanking in the face of a brutal recession.

But if the future is all online, where does the future revenue come from? Especially in a world where, as the Times's Brian Stelter points out, more and more online readers have, "grown up in the era where everything seems free."

Beyond the business questions, the film also explores the crucial debate about the role newspapers like the Times play in American society. Are they, as then-Executive Editor Bill Keller says, "essential to a functioning democracy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Pitts on 3 Feb. 2012
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This is an excellent piece of film-making, a true fly-on-the-wall documentary of life in the newsroom and the turbulence affecting journalism as a profession due to the decline in print and increase in on-line reporting. Great for general interest or students of journalism and media. 5 star film-making.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve Shanahan on 5 May 2013
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Having really enjoyed the excellent documentary about The New York Times photographer, Bill Cunningham, I was possibly expecting too much from this. Having worked in the commercial/advertising side of media for many years I have some insight in to how a newspaper works. But nothing I experienced could compare with the size and scale of The New York Times operation. There is much to admire in both their corporate and editorial structures. I would have appreciated a lot more on these aspects rather than featuring one journalist - even if he is a delightful maverick. Worth buying.
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This 90 minute documentary achieved a limited theatrical release back in 2011, and charts the fight for survival for one of America's most respected and beloved newspapers, The New York Times. Their problem is one facing thousands of papers across the globe; Why pay for a newspaper in a world where information is everywhere, instantly, and for free?

Much of the film follows a man called David Carr, a reformed drug addict who came to journalism at the age of 46, who now works for the paper. We see him run through a gamut of tasks and ruminate on the state of the industry whilst travelling through the city. This material is interspersed with high-profile and prominent talking heads imparting opinions and predictions. At times, the grave tones of some of the witnesses jar the viewer into shock (and awe) at the reality of the threat facing these once powerful institutions. This aspect is the film's undoubted strength. These are troubling times, make no mistake.

Also, there is a good reason for the bulk of the film to focus on Carr. He stands out as a passionate spokesperson for the New York Times and the traditional media. He is an engaging presence and has a charisma. Unfortunately, however, the film struggles to contain an impulse to melodramatically delve in and out of his back story and this diminishes the impact of the piece. Furthermore, you cannot help but feel that the film-maker, Andrew Rossi, wants Carr to be all things at once. There is a sense that he wants him to pull the curtain back, Wizard of Oz-style, to reveal media practices, play the cynic to the changing tides of the modern era, then to find a solution to save the industry . He would also like him to push the documentary along like a thriller.

The film suffers as a result.
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This doc had its moments,but I really thought it was going to delve more into the Day to Day workings of the Newspaper instead of Honing in on One or Two individuals and their opinion of where the printed paper word is heading in a world of 24 Hour news channels and internet Bloggers.Interesting all the same but not a story of Journalists and News print.
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