'Dead All Over': Doc examines the newspaper industry
05:00 AM, Dec 18, 2013
As someone who started working in newspapers at 16, I can’t help but cringe every time someone starts talking about the decline of print media.
That said, it’s not like I can argue with the fact that we’re living in a paperless world, and I’m always interested in different takes on the subject. A new documentary tackles it head-on, starting with the title: Black & White and Dead All Over. (Yikes.)
Directed by Lenny Feinberg, the movie tracks the disappearance of many small-town papers and how the changes have affected journalism. Bob Woodward and the New York Times’ David Carr are among those who offer their views, particularly when it comes to the time-consuming and often costly art of investigative reporting.
If you work in the industry, you probably won’t learn much from Black & White than you don’t already know from experience. But if you’re a relatively young journalist or are curious about the subject, you may gain a newfound appreciation for those who believe in old-school reporting and an unrelenting dedication to truth and accuracy.
Tonight the movie debuts on New York-area PBS station WNET, so tune in at 10 p.m. ET if you live in the area. (It’s also broadcast to parts of New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.) For more info and to keep up-to-date on screenings, head to blackandwhiteanddeadallover.net and facebook.com/BlackWhiteAndDeadAllOver.