Page One: Inside the New York Times

March 12th, 2011 at 4:58 pm by under Uncategorized

Is the New York Times really dying? What does it take for a newspaper to stay relevant in the new media age?

These questions are unraveled in the compelling and timely documentary Page One, which premiered Friday night at the Vimeo Theatre as part of SXSW.

The film, by promising director Andrew Rossi, focuses on the changing nature of the news business through the lens of the dominant newspaper still fighting to stay apace with online news sources like Gawker and The Huffington Post. The NYT faces the same challenges as other flailing print media outlets, and their approaches to reporting news have had to evolve tremendously in a short amount of time.

Page One does a phenomenal job documenting the recent WikiLeaks scandal, using it as a perfect artifact for demonstrating the differences between today’s reporting and reporting in the days of Watergate.

The staff of the Times’ Media bullpen are the ideal mix of classic and new-generation newsmen (yes, unfortunately they’re ALL men in every instance), and they’re creativity and realism paint a wonderfully reflexive picture of writers documenting the history of their own demise.

The quick hour and a half film expertly moves at a rapid pace that matches its subject matter. You’ll realize how and why we will always hold print newspapers in nostalgic regard even far beyond their practical usage.

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