A Note to Staff From New York Times Publisher A.G. Sulzberger
The New York Times is constantly evolving. Over the years, we’ve become more . Our writing is . Our range of topics . Our work has become more , , and . Our voice is more .
But over the last few years, I’ve been struck by a different shift. It has become ordinary to see extraordinary journalism in our pages. It wasn’t long ago that we aspired to deliver one major piece of enterprise or investigative journalism a week. Now we’ve come to expect them daily. This is what Dean calls “only-in-The-New-York-Times journalism,” and we produce more of it than ever.
That journalism has been on full display over the last few months as we wound our way through awards season. Last week two Pulitzer Prizes, participated in a third and were finalists for three more. Obviously, we all like when our work is recognized, but the real value of these awards is the opportunity to reflect on the remarkable lengths to which our journalists go in pursuit of the truth — and the profound impact your work has on the world.
2020欧洲杯官方网站The work honored this year demonstrates the covering terrorism necessitates, the can have in awakening the world to human suffering, and why it matters that we continue to report every day from Afghanistan, long after our competitors decided the costs and risks weren’t worth it.
To me, no piece better represents “only-in-The-New-York-Times journalism” than David Barstow, Sue Craig and Russ Buettner’s . A reminder that there are no shortcuts in journalism, the piece took 18 months of reporting, during which David, Sue and Russ scrutinized thousands of pages of complex financial documents and taught themselves the intricacies of the tax code and the mechanisms used to cheat it. Their writing pulled no punches — the phrase “including instances of outright fraud” comes to mind — and turned what could have been a forced march through accounting jargon into a gripping narrative that revealed as much about family as it did about finances.
The Trump White House was one of the biggest stories of the year and we covered the administration with distinction on many fronts, including our reporting on how it’s reshaping immigration and environmental policy. Our journalists’ investigation into the president’s efforts to undermine the Mueller investigation deserves special mention. The release of the special counsel’s report last week confirmed both specific episodes The Times revealed and the broader portrait The Times painted of how the White House operates. The final report cited The New York Times on 104 occasions and if its findings felt unsurprising, that is largely because of the extraordinary work that the Washington bureau did to bring hidden actions to light over the course of two years.
But that body of work barely scratches the surface of everything else we’ve covered. Alison Mitchell, whose hand touches nearly every piece of Times journalism, made this point to me when she reflected on our work last year:
2020欧洲杯官方网站“Even as we pursued aggressively all the news coming out of the Trump administration, we did not step back from the wider world. We documented the costs of a decade of austerity in Great Britain, corruption in South Africa, troubling conflicts of interest at Memorial Sloan Kettering, Puerto Rico’s slow recovery from hurricane damage and, of course, social media’s power, assaults on privacy and reluctance to police itself. It is this range and depth that makes us so special.”
2020欧洲杯官方网站You saw this range and depth with the recognition of two of our finest writers — Brent Staples and Manohla Dargis — who have used radically different perches to examine urgent themes around race and gender. You saw it in our coverage of Silicon Valley’s giants, which became the most impactful line of reporting last year by spurring corporate reform, regulatory intervention and a global debate about technology in society. You saw it in our great audio journalism, which made “The Daily” the most downloaded podcast of the year and “Caliphate” one of the most admired. You saw it in the and work of our Visual Investigations team. You saw it in the body of that came from of our . You saw it in our coverage of the world, from China to Saudi Arabia to Venezuela. You saw it in the host of other awards and honors we received: 1 Peabody, 1 duPont, 2 Polks, 3 National Magazine Awards, 6 Overseas Press Club Awards, 7 from the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing, 7 National Press Photographers Association Awards and 260 (not a typo) from the Society for News Design.
The New York Times is doing more great journalism than ever before. But that’s not just because we have more great journalists. It’s because we have the world’s best support system for great journalism. That starts with our editors, who don’t just ensure that each piece shines but have kept our newsroom steady through an extended period of transformation. It radiates out to every person at The Times: technologists, designers and product managers obsessing over how to continue to better serve our readers; everyone at the printing plant showing us what operational excellence ; marketers and salespeople creatively driving the growth of our business; lawyers, accountants, recruiters, strategists, analysts, assistants and all of the other unsung heroes laboring behind the scenes to ensure provide the support we need to do our best work.
Each of you has helped us become the greatest journalistic engine in the world, at a moment when our work is needed more than ever. Thank you for all you do, every day.