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Page One: Inside the New York Times

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In the tradition of great fly-on-the-wall documentaries, PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES deftly gains unprecedented access to The New York Times newsroom and the inner workings of the Media Desk. With the Internet surpassing print as our main news source and newspapers all over the country going bankrupt, PAGE ONE chronicles the transformation of the media industry at its time of greatest turmoil. Writers like Brian Stelter, Tim Arango and the salty but brilliant David Carr track print journalism’s metamorphosis even as their own paper struggles to stay vital and solvent. Meanwhile, their editors and publishers grapple with existential challenges from players like WikiLeaks, new platforms ranging from Twitter to tablet computers, and readers’ expectations that news online should be free.

But rigorous journalism is thriving. PAGE ONE gives us an up-close look at the vibrant cross-cubicle debates and collaborations, tenacious jockeying for on-the-record quotes, and skillful page-one pitching that produce the “daily miracle” of a great news organization. What emerges is a nuanced portrait of journalists continuing to produce extraordinary work—under increasingly difficult circumstances.

At the heart of the film is the burning question on the minds of everyone who cares about a rigorous American press, Times lover or not: what will happen if the fast-moving future of media leaves behind the fact-based, original reporting that helps to define our society?


Andrew Rossi

Produced and Written by
Kate Novack and Andrew Rossi

Chad Beck
Christopher Branca
Sarah Devorkin

Executive Producers
Daniel Stern
Daniel Pine

Josh Braun
David Hand
Alan Oxman
Adam Schlesinger

Andrew Rossi

Original Music
Paul Brill

Graphics by
Tim D'Amico

Additional Editing by
Adam Bolt
Andrew Rossi

Associate Producers
Keith Hamlin
Luke Henry

Research Producers
Andrew Coffman
Paul Cannon
Susan Ricketts


Featuring (in order of appearance)
Sarah Ellison
David Carr
Bruce Headlam
Richard Pérez-Peña
Clay Shirky
Brian Stelter
Alex S. Jones
Ian Fisher
Noam Cohen
Susan Chira
Bill Keller
Jeff Jarvis
Katrina vanden Heuvel
Shane Smith
Tim Arango
Gay Talese
David Remnick
James McQuivey
Michael Hirschorn
Andrew Ross Sorkin
Larry Ingrassia
Dennis Crowley
Evan Williams
Paul Steiger
Markos Moulitsas
Seth Mnookin
Nicholas Lemann
Claiborne Ray
Carla Baranauckas
Katherine Bouton
Nick Denton
Jimmy Wales
Rick Lyman
Dean Baquet
Brian Lam
Charles Strum
Joseph Kahn
Carl Bernstein
John Carr


“A VITAL, INDISPENSABLE HELL-RAISER. Potent and provocative.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“Slick, fun, and surprisingly sexy.” – John Lopez, Vanity Fair

“Essential viewing for news junkies” – Stephen Garrett, Esquire


“**** A TERRIFIC TALE.” – Joe Neumaier, NY Daily News
“Mr. Carr, with his tough language and sense of journalistic honor, puts an irresistible, personal face on an institution that for many remains its own mysterious force.” – Manohla Dargis, New York Times

“SOMETHING AKIN TO THE SOCIAL NETWORK FOR THE NEWS BUSINESS, a movie uniquely capturing this moment in time.” – Anthony DeRosa, Reuters

“ODDLY EXCITING. It's full of juicy, chewy nuggets for journalists, journalist-haters and news junkies and makes a compelling case on behalf of the traditional values of journalism.” – Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

“ENGROSSING VIEWING.” – Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York

“Suggests the fun of journalists at work. David Carr steals the show.” – J. Hoberman, Village Voice

“Crisp and quick-moving, transforming the newsroom, an environment that is surprisingly prosaic in real life, into a hotbed of intrigue.”- Michael Dunaway, Paste

“A riveting film. a spirited defense of traditional print media in its year of greatest crisis.” – Tim Wu, Slate

“An important document of the paper of record at a crucial, make-or-break juncture in its long, glorious history, and a love letter to the dying art form that is the great American newspaper.” – Nathan Rabin, The Onion

“Thoroughly absorbing. Wonderful stuff.” – Shawn Levy, The Oregonian

“Startlingly up to date” – Karina Longworth, The Village Voice

“A fleet, timely assessment of the ongoing crisis in journalism. Its ideas will engross anyone for whom the viability of traditional newsgathering remains a matter of pressing significance.” – Justin Chang, Variety

"IF YOU CARE EVEN A BIT ABOUT THE DIRECTION OF MODERN MEDIA, PAGE ONE IS AN ESSENTIAL OVERVIEW OF WHERE THINGS STAND. Even 30 years from now, though, Page One will remain a vital and fascinating portrait of the news and the people who make it." - Katey Rich, Cinemablend

“SEVERELY ENGROSSING.” – Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

Date for DVD release subject to change.