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My name is Adam Chadwick. I am a former New York Times copy-editor who was laid-off this past December with the newsroom cuts.
I am currently producing a feature-length documentary film titled \"Fit to Print\". The documentary is about the crisis within the U.S. newspaper industry. The film provides a contemporary historical perspective on the beginnings of the decline in the newspaper industry dating back to the early 1960's when afternoon and evening papers began to disappear. The film also provides specific case-studies of investigative stories which have essentially 'slipped between the cracks' as investigative reporters with newspapers are laid-off or budgets are cut.

As part of my project I am thinking about including a brief 2-3 minute animated 'mini-story' within the film which would be an animated portrait of the U.S. newspaper industry corporatization over the past few decades. I would script this segment, but would love to possibly connect with, to bring the animation to life.

Below I have included a complete synopsis of the project and a teaser trailer (not an \"official trailer\" just yet).


Adam Chadwick

Teaser Trailer:


Fit to Print is a documentary film that takes the viewer on a behind-the-scenes journey through the current upheaval in the U.S. newspaper industry. As subscriptions dwindle and ad revenues decline, newspapers are scrambling to establish their relevance.

The newspaper business lost $7.5 billion in ad revenues in 2008, and has reduced spending on journalism by $1.6 billion per year over the past several years. But what does this mean for the individuals whose lives have been turned upside down by the crisis? If the newspaper business is changing, what happened in the past half century to escalate this? How are legacy newspapers adapting? How are non-profit news outlets surviving? What is being lost as new media replaces old?

Fit to Print will ask these questions and showcase Americas newspaper story. It will detail how newspaper reporters have traditionally generated news which is presented on broadcast networks, including television and radio. Specific case-studies will be presented on what is being lost within investigative reporting as legacy newspapers reduce staff sizes and start-up news sites remain fragile. The film will also include interviews from reporters, staff members, and media experts within several major U.S. newspapers, including: The New York Times, The Washington Post, The St. Pete Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, The Rocky Mountain News, The Seattle P.I., to name only a few. As well, we have secured interviews with founders of news sites such as Voice of San Diego, MinnPost, St. Louis Beacon and ProPublica.

A contemporary sixty year history of the decline in the newspaper industry will be examined. The internet and new media didnt simply appear overnight. Fit to Print will detail how advertising, unions and major newspaper corporations shifted their priorities dramatically during a relatively short period of time dating back to the late 1950s.

Anybody who cares about journalism has been exposed to a spate of stories and figures about the decline of the traditional newspaper business. This has spurred much debate about what comes next and how to adapt journalism to a world in which the digital word is quickly replacing the printed word.

But such stories are mostly abstractions. Newspapers are a business, they are crucial to the functioning of a democratic society, but they are often more than that. They are a way of life for those who are a part of them ordinary individuals contending with turbulent times. Fit to Print will tell their story : - a story that is rarely seen in any broadcast news brief, podcast or web-link.

The numbers over the past year have been startling. Over 100 newspapers have been shuttered. Over 15,000 newspaper jobs have been lost. Print ad sales fell by nearly a third in the first quarter of 2009 alone. Of the top 25 newspapers, 23 reported circulation declines between 7% and 20%. Fit to Print will detail how the U.S. newspaper industry came to this breaking point.

FIT TO PRINT productions ’© 2010

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