As journalists, we at Art Attack tend to get pretty excited whenever a media documentary comes out. So when we heard thatPage One: Inside The New York Times
, which gives viewers a look at the biggest, baddest gray lady of them all as she struggles with an industry in flux, was coming to Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, we ran around our own newsroom like a kid on a York Peppermint Pattie.
As news media organizations move toward instant coverage, 24 hours per day, the reporters at the Times fight to hold on to their high journalistic standards. But can they do in-depth research and quality reporting when the pressure to be the first to break the news keeps mounting? And how do they distill the essence of a complicated story into bite-size blog postings and Twitter feeds? Of course, we could probably just tell you how we do it, but, unfortunately, Art Attack doesn't feature a cameo by Watergate-breaker Carl Bernstein.
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Director Andrew Rossi gives viewers a fly-on-the-wall vantage point. 7 p.m. This Thursday and Saturday, 9 p.m. this Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Monday. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit www.mfah.org/films. $6 to $7.