One year inside the New York Times

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June 28th, 2011

Omaha, NE – Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Page One hits the silver screen this Friday at Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater. Page One: Inside the New York Times is a documentary that explores one year of the inner workings of “the Grey Lady.”

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Page One starts this Friday at Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater in north downtown Omaha. (Photo courtesy Magnolia Pictures)

The film argues that with the growth of social networks like Twitter and Facebook, and the advent of WikiLeaks, an online group that publishes classified materials, many newspapers have faced challenges adjusting to the new news climate. Bruce Headlam is the media desk editor for the New York Times and one of the four journalists followed in the documentary. In the film, Headlam talks about the importance of a story making page one.

“There are two A1 meetings,” he says. “One at 10:30, where we discuss the stories of the day and what we’re going to offer. It’s kind of a competition, we go in there and we fight to get on A1.”

Page One: Inside the New York Times explores one year of the inner workings of the New York Times. (Photo courtesy Magnolia Pictures)

The Magnolia Pictures production raises the question of what happens when technology gets in the way of the journalistic principles that helped shape our society. Katrina Vanden Heuvel, is the editor of The Nation, and another journalist featured in the film. “I think we’re in a dangerous moment in American journalism.”

Page One starts this Friday at Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater in north downtown Omaha.

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