It was only a matter of time before a documentarian decided to capture the rapidly evolving landscape of journalism. Director Andrew Rossi does this one better by providing a current behind the scenes look at print giant The New York Times, specifically its Media desk. Rossi follows colorful reporters like blogger-turned-legitimate newsman Brian Stelter and rock star writer/former drug addict David Carr (viewers are given multiple reminders regarding his past substance abuse issues) as they navigate an industry that is plagued by controversy (Judith Miller; Jayson Blair), sensationalism (Tribune Co.), and iPads. The basic argument of whether or not the Times can be accurately replicated online is eventually forgotten amidst endlessly watchable sequences featuring developing news stories. The film itself progresses like one of these stories and has a suitably open-ended conclusion. Page One will surely serve as an interesting time capsule five or ten years down the road.
Page One: Inside the New York Times opens today at the Ritz Five.
Read Cinedelphia’s interview with director Andrew Rossi here.