The Times will be rolling out coverage over the coming months focusing on global issues that deeply affect Australia and the region, including climate change, migration, gender and international politics and economics. There will be mix of in-depth reporting, investigations, opinion, news, and cultural coverage, delivered digitally in a variety of formats.
Damien Cave, Australia bureau chief of The New York Times, said, “We are thrilled to offer a more robust New York Times news report tailored to Australian readers. Australians have told us they're eager for more of our deep and thoughtful reporting, especially on climate change, migration, and international politics, and this only the beginning. We will continue to broaden the scope of our coverage.”
The newly established New York Times bureau in Sydney is led by Damien Cave, a digital innovator and collaborative team-builder who as deputy national editor helped redefine how The Times covers the United States. He is recruiting a team of journalists and contributors from all over Australia and New Zealand. Additionally, Times reporters including Jane Perlez, Justin Gillis and Sam Sifton, along with Roger Cohen, an op-ed columnist, will be among the journalists contributing coverage and perspectives of the region.
The New York Times is also collaborating with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on a documentary featuring Times national correspondent John Eligon, who covers issues of race. The one hour film on ABC’s “Foreign Correspondent” focuses on indigenous Australians and their battle for autonomy and equality in urban, rural and coastal Australia. The program will air on June 27 at 8:30pm on ABC TV and iview. The New York Times will publish its digital feature on the same day.
The New York Times is also planning to introduce a series of events to bring to life some of its most compelling subjects and stories featuring Times journalists. The first events, happening this week, feature Food editor Sam Sifton in conversation with chefs Ben Shewry of Attica in Melbourne and Matt Moran of Aria in Sydney. The events are tied to an upcoming special Food section on Australian cuisine that will include articles by Sifton and reviews by New York Times chief food critic Pete Wells.
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