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Page One Media Editor Bruce Headlam on The Daily Show

New York Times media editor, Page One star and FishbowlLA favorite Bruce Headlam was on The Daily Show last night, filling in for an apparently disease-ridden Andrew Rossi. Headlam spent a bit of time explaining how online advertising revenue just isn’t up to par with what newspaper ad revenue continues to command. Which is undoubtedly the reason newspapers still exist in physical form. Headlam had some interesting things to say, but we would have liked it if he pointed out that many online content providers don’t just save expenses by not sending people to Iraq, they save money by not paying their writers.

Previously on FishbowlLA: Page One and David Carr at the LA Film Festival

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Page One and David Carr at the LA Film Fest

Andrew Rossi‘s Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times made its LA Film Festival debut last night and did not disappoint. The film really should have been called “A Year At the Media Section of the New York Times,” but we digress. It was great. The collapse of the newspaper business model, online competition from aggregators like Newser and click hunters like Nick Denton‘s Gawker network, and the challenges of no longer being informational gatekeepers are all discussed at length. No real surprises for anyone who works in the journalism world, but a nice primer for those outside the business.

Journos are bound to have their favorite moments in the film. Two immediately come to mind: Carr tearing the editors of Vice a new asshole during a salty (to put it mildly) interview, and media editor Bruce Headlam somehow managing to give an interview to Rossi, make last minute edits to a huge front-page WikiLeaks story and answer his phone all at the same time. Headlum’s not the star of the film, but there can’t be a journalist in America who saw that guy in action and wouldn’t kill to have him as an editor.
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New York Times Movie Review Slams ‘Page One: Inside the New York Times’

Michael Kinsley, senior editorial adviser for Bloomberg View, posted a film review of Andrew Rossi‘s documentary  “Page One: Inside the New York Times” in the movie review section of the Times today, and it’s scathing, to say the least. He writes that the movie is “in a word, a mess.”

The documentary stars Times journalists Brian Stelter, David Carr, and other Times major players, and though there have been some mixed reactions from Times insiders, it’s still jarring to see such a takedown of the film. Kinsley begins by ostensibly explaining why he is writing the review, which is that even though the people who put out the newspaper “know far more than I do about The Times and are better positioned to judge the movie,” there is a “conflict of interest.” He however knows “almost nothing about how The New York Times works.”

But then he adds: “Having seen “Page One,” I don’t know much more than I did before… It flits from topic to topic, character to character, explaining almost nothing.”

Here are some choice quotes:

The movie’s main theme, no surprise, is the struggle of The Times to survive in the age of the Internet. But it does little to illuminate that struggle, preferring instead a constant parade of people telling the camera how dreadful it would be if The Times did not survive. True, of course, but boring to the point of irritation after five or six repetitions.

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Page One‘s Andrew Rossi On Getting Your Film To Sundance

Andrew Rossi is making waves for the intriguing documentary Page One: Inside The New York Times, but this isn’t his first time pulling back the curtain on a high-stress industry. He previously chronicled the food business in Eat This New York and A Table in Heaven and was lucky enough to have a few of his projects featured at Sundance Film Festival.

Not an easy feat, he explained in the final installment of our @mediabeat interview.

“It’s an honor to be at Sundance, and it’s hard to sort of suggest ‘have your movie be at Sundance,’ because it’s not a given,” Rossi said. “It’s hard to get in there. But one thing I can say is we really keyed our whole process [of making Page One] to trying to get it done for that deadline, so that it would be at Sundance.”

Watch the full video for Rossi’s visual storytelling tips for journalists.

This video is also available on YouTube.

Part 1: Andrew Rossi Goes Inside The New York Times
Part 2: Andrew Rossi on How The New York Times Sets The Public Agenda

Andrew Rossi on How The New York Times Sets The Public Agenda

In Page One: Inside The New York Times, filmmaker Andrew Rossi followed reporters David Carr, Tim Arango and Brian Stelter for one year as they covered the changing media landscape.

However, it’s The Atlantic‘s Michael Hirschorn who makes arguably one of the film’s most profound statements: The New York Times dictates our national conversation… but no one knows it.  (We see you, trendy grandparent names.)

“There’s not like a digital bar code that’s attached to the original information,” Rossi explained in our @mediabeat interview, “and so you see that information kind of filtering out into so many different platforms, which is wonderful. That’s one of the beauties of this sort of social media connected world we live in. However, it’s important for people to realize that a lot of that information does come originally from a story in the Times.”

Watch the full video for more details on Rossi’s filmmaking process and to learn why he “didn’t necessarily have an agenda” for shooting.

You can also view this interview on YouTube.

Part 1: Andrew Rossi Goes Inside The New York Times
Part 3: Page One‘s Andrew Rossi On Getting Your Film To Sundance

Andrew Rossi Goes Inside The New York Times

Andrew Rossi‘s Page One: Inside The New York Times hits theaters in New York and Los Angeles June 17, with a special premiere tonight at Lincoln Center. In the film, Rossi trails reporters at the paper’s media desk (including TVNewser founding editor @BrianStelter) to document what he calls the “play within a play,” or how the Times must cover the struggles of traditional media while facing its own uncertain future.

But how do you get the country’s notoriously private paper of record  to allow you to film it for a full year?

“The way that I approach the film is the reason why I think ultimately the Times decided to move forward,” Rossi explained in our @MediaBeat interview. “It’s an observational documentary, meaning that I don’t go in there with an agenda. It’s not one that’s heavily polemical. It’s really about giving viewers an opportunity to go behind the scenes to the front line of where original reporting is being done.”

Watch the full video to find out the one “tense moment” Rossi says the Gray Lady wouldn’t let him film.

This video is also available on YouTube.

Part 2: Andrew Rossi on How The New York Times Sets The Public Agenda

Part 3: Page One‘s Andrew Rossi On Getting Your Film To Sundance

Sneak Peek: Andrew Rossi Talks Page One

For next week’s @MediaBeat interview, we talk with Andrew Rossi, director and producer of the highly-anticipated documentary Page One: Inside The New York Times. Even if you’re not a newspaper buff, you’ll enjoy this film. It’s got great pacing, enough history to keep you informed but not bore you, and lots of the hilarious, always quotable David Carr. Seriously, watching Carr rip the publishers of Vice a new one is worth the $12 ticket price alone.

Our full interview airs Monday, June 13, but you can catch a preview of Rossi explaining a typical day of shooting below.

Gawker and New York Times Writers Get Together for ‘Page One’ Screening Party

Gawker Media and Magnolia Pictures plan to hold a private screening of “Page One,” the documentary on the New York Times, Adweek reports. The screening will be on the rooftop of Gawker’s Manhattan office, and will be followed by a panel featuring the filmmaker Andrew Rossi, as well as The Atlantic’s Michael Hirschorn, Gizmodo’s Brian Lam, and the two stars of the film: Times media writers David Carr and Brian Stelter.

What’s curious about this crowd is that Gawker, along with The Huffington Post and WikiLeaks, is portrayed in the film as a threat to the Times, particularly with regard to Gawker head Nick Denton‘s page view obsession. And the same goes for The Atlantic‘s Hirshhorn: his essay “End Times: Can America’s paper of record survive the death of newsprint? Can journalism?” is also featured in the film.

Glad all of these major media factions could put their differences aside and come together for what is sure to be a fascinating panel on the state of journalism. Too bad Julian Assange and Arianna Huffington aren’t making appearances as well. FishbowlNY editors have likewise not been asked to appear, but we’re sure that’s just a temporary oversight on their part.

HBO Considers New York Times Media Writers For New Show

mediadecoder.jpgWith the mockumentary genre basically dominating television comedies in the last five years (“The Office,” “Parks and Recreation,” and “Summer Heights High”) it’s easy to forget the original source of these were British television shows that followed people around their jobs for a year and let you experience life through their eyes. Now Andrew Rossi, a filmmaker who has directed such New York-centric titles as Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven, is hoping to cash in on this earlier phenomenon with a look inside The New York Times‘ media desk, The New York Observer reports.

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