It's the Houston premiere of Stop the Presses: The American Newspaper in Peril, a documentary that takes a hard look at the dire state of the newspaper industry and what, if anything, can be done to shake some sense into both journalists and readers. No matter how you look at it, the newspaper business just isn't what it used to be. Readers are overloaded with options, and journalists are dancing as fast as they can to meet the need for a multimedia, interactive product. But it's not just technology that's affecting the situation; attitudes about what is and isn't news (not Lindsay), and who is and isn't a journalist (Perez Hilton?) are also complicating the issue.
There's a reception with filmmakers Manny Mendoza and Mark Birnbaum prior to the film. The two will lead a panel discussion following the screening with guests Kyrie O'Connor (deputy managing editor/features for the Houston Chronicle), Bob LeVitus (columnist for the Chronicle) and Joe Leydon (magazine film critic for Variety). 7 p.m. Houston Community College Performing Arts Center, 1010 West Sam Houston Parkway North. For information, call 713-666-2504 or visit www.documentaryalliance.org. $5 to $10.
Sat., March 27, 7 p.m., 2010