In a bold move, esteemed newspaper The New York Times has entered the world of television. But this new direction is driven not by trend, but by defending the pursuit of truth and upholding the integrity of journalism itself.
As The Times assistant managing editor and leader at The Weekly, Sam Dolnick, says, “More than ever, we need to stand up for journalism. The best way to do that is to be transparent. On TV, you see the lengths we go to get the story and to get it right.”
Each half-hour episode of The Weekly covers one story. In the first season of the show, the 30 episodes present stories from global terror journalist Rukmini Callimachi, immigration journalist Caitlin Dickerson and European investigative correspondent Matt Apuzzo, among many others, covering a wide range of issues affecting the US and the world.
Episode 1 of The Weekly investigates the dark truth behind the heavily publicised success stories of the Ivy League alumni of a rural school in Louisiana. Episode 2 looks at why New York City taxi drivers have been taken for a dangerous ride, leading some to suicide.
In our world of limited characters and dwindling attention spans, The Weekly is about respect; respect for the time it takes to get to the heart of an issue, for the viewer who cares to hear about it, for the subject of the story, and for thorough journalism itself.
Episode 1 is now streaming at SBS On Demand:
The Weekly airs on Monday nights at 10:25pm on SBS VICELAND. Episodes will also be available at SBS On Demand each Monday.