Print journalism is a dying art. The New York Times knows it. Since the birth of the Internet, newspapers have been filing bankruptcy and going out of business daily. In order to adapt to the modern news world, the Times has had to change their entire business model. Following the company since Watergate and the Pentagon Papers, Page One shows the history of the Gray Lady, and how she has become more modern: using Twitter, speaking at South by Southwest (a media conference in Texas), and using new technological innovations to their advantage.
The movie follows several different stories in order to get the full scoop on the paper: the Iraq war, the announcement and release of the iPad, the NBC Universal-Comcast merger, and WikiLeaks, to name a few. It also follows a day in the life of the Times, how the paper is made on such a tight timeframe, and all the staff meetings and arguments that make it possible for the Times to be on your doorstep bright and early every morning.
Directed by Andrew Rossi, the film premiered at Sundance in 2011. The documentary is well-made and interesting to watch throughout. A lot of that is due to the presence of the ever-controversial David Carr, who adds character and humor to a movie that would otherwise be a bit dry.
Movie Grade: B