Screen Junkies » page one http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:16:30 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Extra! Extra! ‘Page One’ Trailer Now Online! http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/extra-extra-page-one-trailer-now-online/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/extra-extra-page-one-trailer-now-online/#comments Tue, 03 May 2011 00:19:28 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=210090 An inside look at the world's most prestigious newspaper feels a bit like a middle school field trip.

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Page One: Inside the New York Times delivers exactly what it promises: a look inside The New York Times. The operations of the world’s most iconic newspaper may make for an interesting story, but if the trailer is any indication, perhaps not the most interesting movie.

The trailer introduces a cast of characters in typical “Real World” fashion. The upstart, the salty veteran, etc, but its difficult to tell what the central theme of the film is. Is it the death of print journalism? Is it Wikileaks? Or is it a combination of these things?

Judging by the two-and-a-half minute clip, it looks like this film might be more informative than entertaining, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, unless you’re trying to make as much money as possible, which I’m sure Mark Cuban and Magnolia Pictures are.

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Review: Page One: Inside The New York Times http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-page-one-inside-the-new-york-times/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-page-one-inside-the-new-york-times/#comments Mon, 02 May 2011 16:04:22 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=209939 Presents all the important debates of the new media age.

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Page One: Inside the New York Times does show yo the office of the Times and how the editors and reporters work, but really it’s about how print media has to change with the times. From editors and reporters at the Times to competitors and media analysts, the film presents all the important debates of the new media age.

Times’ editors address the effectiveness of instant publication, namely WikiLeaks vs. The Pentagon Papers and Watergate. Newspapers made those historical scandals major public events. However, social media gets them in the new instantly. I found it interesting the effect that 2nd tier region newspaper closings have on the Times’ credibility.

New York Times media columnist David Carr becomes the rock star of the movie. He is completely in charge when he’s working on a story. Watching him take Tribune Media to task for their sexual harassment scandal and schooling Vice online newbies about real journalism, I want to be his groupie.

More importantly, Carr defends the Times against critics. At interactive seminars from the South by Southwest festival, Carr has an answer for the Daily Kos and Newser.com approach to reporting and aggregating. Carr has a humorous take on Twitter, but slowly saw its value just like I grudgingly did.

Brian Stelter speaks for the modern media upstarts because he went from blogging to a print post at the Times. Most analysts agree that print media has to adapt to stay relevant but it’s not about cutting the print edition completely. As the film points out, Monster.com and Craigslist didn’t spell the end of the classified or personals sections, so there is a way to integrate it all.

These are the issues that spoke most to me, and there are more. Most importantly is the fact that information isn’t free. We’ve assumed that for a while and that’s wrong. A wide acceptance of that notion will shake up the free website model, and might hurt my business, but it’s got to be addressed.

That does look like a mighty expensive office they have there. They probably could make do with a smaller, less flashy space and have some staff work from home. Seeing the 2009 layoffs are brutal and emotional. Even Carr calls out the hubris of the print industry when they assumed they were untouchable, and other analysts suggest they’re still not pessimistic enough. Still they offer solutions and compromise.

As for how the Times itself works, we see the A1 meeting where editors decide what goes on the front page. People who know journalism are asking the right questions and their writers are answering those questions. The editors seem reasonable when they negotiate word count and space allotted per story. Yes, they apologize for the Jayson Blair scandal too.

Even though each one is only touched upon, the film packs every issue in. That’s good. Cast a wide net to prompt the audience to consider every factor, and then we can explore each one in depth on our own. I’ll take the economic model of paygate vs. iPad. You take the Pro Publica funding of investigative journalism.

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