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Page One: Inside The New York Times

Page One: Inside the New York TimesIt's not quite the same thrill as glimpsing the man behind the curtain of the great and powerful Oz, but for journalism junkies, the fascination of ...Page One: Inside the New York TimesDocumentaryPT91MRIt's not quite the same thrill as glimpsing the man behind the curtain of the great and powerful Oz, but for journalism junkies, the fascination of ...2011-06-15Magnolia Pictures
David Carr | New York Times writer David Carr

New York Times writer David Carr

B+

Page One: Inside the New York Times

Genre: Documentary; Starring: David Carr; Director: Andrew Rossi; Author: Kate Novack, Andrew Rossi; Runtime (in minutes): 91; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

It’s not quite the same thrill as glimpsing the man behind the curtain of the great and powerful Oz, but for journalism junkies, the fascination of Page One: Inside The New York Times is something like that. Granted unprecedented permission to hang out for a year at the Manhattan headquarters of one of the world’s most important and influential newspapers, documentary filmmaker Andrew Rossi found what journalism folks call a good lede: He positions his story at the intersection of how the Times, as an institution, is adapting to the rapidly changing world of Internet-era journalism and how the paper, as a beehive of reporters and editors, is covering that same rapidly changing world during an era of revenue loss and budget tightening. (There’s been a change of top editors since the movie’s completion.)

Among the handful of reporters and editors Rossi follows closely, he finds his human-?interest peg in the person of media columnist David Carr, a colorful, unconventionally mediagenic character with a salty conversational style and a great backstory (seasoned newshound, former addict, devoted Times man). Carr gives Page One its pizzazz, but Rossi’s reliance on him entertains us a bit too much, emphasizing one reporter’s personality over the less visible newspaper work of accurately reporting the state of the world, day after day. B+

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