This is my first week as publisher of The New York Times, and I wanted to use the moment to express my gratitude to you, one of our loyal subscribers.
It’s a tremendous honor to serve The Times, particularly at such an important moment for journalism. Independent, trustworthy, courageous journalism — the fuel that powers a healthy democracy — is increasingly endangered. As I published in a recent note to readers, misinformation is rising and trust in the media is declining. But The New York Times’s commitment to great journalism will never waver — and the good of our readers will always come first.
I know that many of you can’t imagine a day without The Times. I certainly can’t. I’ve spent most of my career as a reporter, and you have my word that we will continue bringing you stories that surprise and delight, that help you make sense of an ever-changing world, and that keep powerful individuals and institutions accountable.
I’m lucky to be stepping into this role on the heels of a remarkable year for Times journalism: We had reporters on the ground in 150 countries bearing witness to unfolding events; we’ve expanded our investment in investigative and beat reporting; our path-breaking investigations into sexual abuse sparked long-overdue change around the globe; special news reports like “Lost Children of Tuam” broke our hearts; and we’ve continued to invest in next-generation journalistic innovation, using virtual reality, photos, video, audio and data visualization to redefine storytelling. Your subscription makes this work possible — with the quality you expect and deserve.
You’ll hear from me from time to time, but I’d also love to hear from you. I’m currently taking questions through our Reader Center — feel free to reach out.
Again, thank you for subscribing. In these complicated times, truth matters, journalism matters and your subscription supports both.
A. G. Sulzberger