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Black and White and Dead All Over (2013)

Black and White and Dead All Over is an in-depth look at the newspaper industry as it struggles to remain financially viable and to keep the presses rolling. Through the voices of prominent... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Woodward ... Himself
Charles Lewis Charles Lewis ... Himself
David Carr ... Himself
Barbara Laker Barbara Laker ... Herself
Wendy Ruderman Wendy Ruderman ... Herself
Jeff Leen Jeff Leen ... Himself
Debbie Cenziper Debbie Cenziper ... Herself
Wayne Barrett ... Himself
Steve Engelberg Steve Engelberg ... Himself
Paul Steiger Paul Steiger ... Himself
Stu Bykofsky Stu Bykofsky ... Himself
Dan Christensen Dan Christensen ... Himself
Dan Gross Dan Gross ... Himself
Gar Joseph Gar Joseph ... Himself
Jerry Kammer Jerry Kammer ... Himself


Black and White and Dead All Over is an in-depth look at the newspaper industry as it struggles to remain financially viable and to keep the presses rolling. Through the voices of prominent journalists including Bob Woodward of the Washington Post and David Carr of the New York Times, we reveal an industry in the midst of a financial death spiral, as readers abandon print for on-line news sources. We see publishers and editors desperately trying to create a sustainable business model for their dying papers. If the American newspaper dies, who will conduct investigative journalism, who will hold public officials accountable? Written by Anonymous

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Documentary mourns the impact of the Internet on newspapers but ignores transformation that is underway.
18 November 2014 | by steinlepSee all my reviews

"Black & White and Dead All Over" makes a strong statement about how the struggles of the newspaper industry are perceived among members of the newspaper reporting community. And it's true that the nation's depth of experienced reporting has been significantly reduced by the incursion of Internet alternatives for advertisers -- both classified and display. But, the documentary does not bother to dig down into alternative paths that are being pursued to "save" the newspaper business, which has transformed into a multi-platform, multimedia news and information business in the last 15 years or so year.

BWDAO, on the other hand, identifies a few villains -- hedge funds in particular - and tries to lay the blame at their doorstep.

Hedge funds do not make good stewards for a community-service-oriented industry like newspapers. But, in fact, there are group-owned newspapers, and even a few independent newspapers and non-profit newspapers, that are also struggling. So, the larger question is whether the American public is willing to bear the cost, through subscriptions fees, to obtain professionally retrieved and assembled news and information after getting it for a few pennies from an advertising-supported news industry for more than a century and a half.

BWDAO sees the future as non-profit community news agencies, but most of the examples of that, to date, have been rich in their quality but limited in their scope. And no non-profit model has grown and prospered, without some sort of beneficent billionaire or cash-rich foundation to fund it.

This struggle for news industry solvency is a fascinating story with major social implications, but BWDAO tried to tell the tale by looking backward and documenting the lament for what may have been lost without exploring the initiatives that are underway to save this precious resource -- a nation full of paid, professional journalists who serve their communities.

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