The documentary “Page One: Inside the New York Times” was an eye opening film, especially for someone like myself, who knows next to nothing about newspaper media and the blood sweat and tears that goes into keeping up with our ever-changing technological environment. The core message that I walked away from after the film was that while we live in a world where news is a click away from our iPhones or spread like wildfire throughout twitters and Facebook and whatever the “next big thing” is, can we rely on them as a dependable source? A paper with such credibility and integrity as The Times is determined to stay afloat, and, no pun intended, literally keep up with the times. I was inspired by David Carr’s passion for journalism and for The Times. It was obvious that he is an intelligent man who wants to keep the integrity of newspaper media alive and although masked at times by his sometimes surly disposition, you could tell that he loves the challenge of his work. He was the most interesting part of the film for me, inspiring me to focus my attention on a form of writing I didn’t know I was interested in.
Brian Stelter, another employee in the film also caught my attention as he was the most relatable to a younger audience. He is one of the younger members of The Times, and he was able to integrate a fresher way of thinking into news media with the older, more classic methods. It was cool for me to see how they were making valiant efforts to stay relevant. For example, when they decided to start their website, an obvious choice for the technologically inclined who would rather rely on a reliable source for their news rather than blog posts or tweets. In the film The Times seems to always be either ahead of the game or closely matched with internet media. I was truly inspired by the passion of the employees and the remarkable ways in which they were able to overcome the obstacles of our new technological world.