By guest author Natasha Frost. Writer, Briefings of the New York Times
|The Australia Letter is a weekly newsletter from our Australia bureau. This week’s issue is written by Natasha Frost, a reporter in Melbourne.
May 19, 2023
The Australia Letter recently celebrated its sixth birthday. Over more than 300 issues, we’ve shared the back stories to our reporting trips, offered local recommendations and served up slices of life down under.
|Perhaps one of the nicest things about writing this newsletter is hearing from you — Australians in Australia; Australians no longer in Australia; New Zealanders at home or away; and the many Times readers who are curious about another way of life, or who may have had the pleasure of spending time in Australia or New Zealand.|
|We try to write for you all. (We use American English. Sorry about that.) And you usually let us know what you think we’ve gotten right or where you disagree, often with characteristic Antipodean candor. We read every one of those emails.|
Today, we’re turning our gaze inward and calling on you — all of you! — once again, to tell us: What would you like to see more of in this newsletter? Are there stories from Australia and New Zealand that you think the world ought to know about?
|For relative newcomers to the Australia Letter, or people who’d like a refresher, some introductions.|
|Damien Cave, our bureau chief since 2017, is based in Sydney. This newsletter is now primarily written by me — Natasha Frost, in Melbourne — and Yan Zhuang, a reporter in Sydney. Between us, we make up the bureau. Every now and again, you can expect guest spots from other Times contributors from across the region.
These reflections stopped me in my tracks. We hope that the newsletter can do something similar for Australians and New Zealanders, and serve as a window on how the world sees you and where you live. We aim to do what many readers have asked of us since we opened the bureau: Add perspective.
|You can expect more of those in this newsletter. But what else would you like to see? And what have you liked so far?|
|We know, for example, that you’d like to read more stories from outside of Melbourne and Sydney. We’re working on that, and welcome specific suggestions. But would you like to hear about local books, television, films or other content? Explanations of how we report the stories we do? Q. and A.’s with great Australian thinkers? Or something else altogether?|
|Ideally, we’d like the Australia Letter to be something you look forward to receiving — the Friday dessert at the end of the working-week meal. For that reason, we try to keep it short and conversational, and save our deep analyses or more rigorous investigations for the stories that ultimately go in the newspaper. (You can subscribe here, if you don’t already.)|