On Monday, Retro Report and The New York Times released “Y2K: Much Ado About Nothing?”, a retrospective of the late ’90s Y2K hysteria that examines the accuracy of Y2K-related reporting during that time period, as well as the effects, if any, it still has on society today.
It’s the fourth mini-documentary in the ongoing “Retro Report” video series from Retro Report and The Times. Launched earlier this month (with plans to debut new videos through 2014), “Retro Report” aims to provide fresh insight into old news stories and scandals. All videos tend to last between 10 and 15 minutes and are hosted on RetroReport.org and the Booming section of NYTimes.com, as well as via their own hub on NYTimes.com. Each documentary is also accompanied by an editorial piece from Michael Winerip.
Retro Report is a not-for-profit organization awaiting an advisory board to maintain journalistic integrity as well as a 501©(3) status from the IRS to seek tax-deductible donations. Staff includes former “Sixty Minutes,” “CBS News,” New York Times reporters, documentary veterans, and more.
The organization’s mission statement includes the assertion that “With journalistic success increasingly measured in page views, retweets, and Facebook likes, there is dwindling interest or ability among news organizations to follow up on the stories they cover” — a direct rejection of CNN BuzzFeed’s attempt to capture trending stories (and large audiences) with shorter-than-three-minute videos.