The film deftly makes a beeline for the eye of the storm or, depending on how you look at it, the inner sanctum of the media, gaining unprecedented access to the New York Times newsroom for a year. At the media desk, a dialectical play-within-a-play transpires as writers like salty David Carr track print journalism’s metamorphosis even as their own paper struggles to stay vital and solvent. Meanwhile, rigorous journalism—including vibrant cross-cubicle debate and collaboration, tenacious jockeying for on-record quotes, and skillful page-one pitching—is alive and well.
Jan 22, 2011
Newspaper, the movie
Andrew Rossi spent a year inside the New York Times, documenting the paper's inner workings and the work of media critic David Carr, as he did his own documenting of the collapse of the newspaper industry. "Page One" is premiering this week at Sundance. Here's a summary: