Overall I think that the Page One film was good. It was interesting to take a look inside a major paper company to see how it operates. I believe the main point this film is trying to get across is that even though times are very trying right now, the New York Times is still managing to be successful. Their employees are going the extra mile to secure their place in the company and in turn, it secures the company as well.
All writers and reporters are looking for that page one story and fighting for that spot in the paper. In my opinion, if they continue to work at that level, people will read the paper. It doesn’t matter if it’s the actual printed copy or on the web, the company’s success is certain. The New York Times, along with many other companies, are constantly adapting to changes in the world to be competitive and successful. This is key in order to survive, and Page One has exposed that it is possible.
When comparing the film Page One with Journalism: A 1940 Vocational Film, the most obvious difference was the technology. With the advancements in technology today, it is much easier to deliver the news. A reporter can now post the news instantaneously with the use of a cell phone versus calling back to the paper to deliver the story and send it to the press.
Journalism itself, I believe, has changed in a few ways. As Dr. Ellen Mrja has said, journalists and paper companies used to dictate and publish what they thought was important news. I believe that today, with the help of the internet, journalists let the readers form their own opinion of what is, or is not news. Everyone has different tastes, so if you broaden the amount of topics to be written about, the marketplace for news opens up vastly.
Technology makes it much easier for people to find the news they are looking for, but I do not believe that it changes the news itself. In my opinion, news is the same but is opening up to many other topics. With the ease of publishing the news to the public, more time can be spent writing about the non-traditional topics of journalism than possible years ago. This is what makes the news as interesting and important as it ever has been.
I believe that it is a person’s responsibility to stay up to date with their surroundings. It is not only important for our personal well-being, but our nation’s as well. Online news feeds such as Twitter, Facebook, Digg, etc., have made the news much more entertaining than before. It has become the addiction to millions of subscribers who cannot go five minutes without getting their dose of news. With this being said, the importance of news greater than ever. I predict a change in how it is presented, from print to digital media, but if news distributers adapt they will survive.