By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Updated June 15, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

It’s not quite the same thrill as glimpsing the man behind the curtain of the great and powerful Oz, but for journalism junkies, the fascination of Page One: Inside The New York Times is something like that. Granted unprecedented permission to hang out for a year at the Manhattan headquarters of one of the world’s most important and influential newspapers, documentary filmmaker Andrew Rossi found what journalism folks call a good lede: He positions his story at the intersection of how the Times, as an institution, is adapting to the rapidly changing world of Internet-era journalism and how the paper, as a beehive of reporters and editors, is covering that same rapidly changing world during an era of revenue loss and budget tightening. (There’s been a change of top editors since the movie’s completion.)

Among the handful of reporters and editors Rossi follows closely, he finds his human-?interest peg in the person of media columnist David Carr, a colorful, unconventionally mediagenic character with a salty conversational style and a great backstory (seasoned newshound, former addict, devoted Times man). Carr gives Page One its pizzazz, but Rossi’s reliance on him entertains us a bit too much, emphasizing one reporter’s personality over the less visible newspaper work of accurately reporting the state of the world, day after day. B+