The Palo Alto Weekly has launched a new half-hour webcast, "Behind the Headlines." Every week, the reporters and editors of the Weekly, along with newsmakers, will discuss and analyze the latest Palo Alto news.
The webcast will be posted every Friday afternoon on PaloAltoOnline.com, the Weekly's news website, as well as at the Palo Alto Online YouTube channel.
"Over the years, we've heard plenty of feedback that people want to know what's really influencing the decision makers," said Bill Johnson, publisher of the Palo Alto Weekly. "This webcast is aimed at delivering to our readers everything our reporters know about what's going on behind the scenes."
The show will cover two to three topics each week, ranging from city and school issues to broader trends in the community, including business, neighborhoods and arts. Occasionally, city officials and others will appear as guests.
"By providing context and analysis, we hope to deepen the public's understanding of the issues that affect their lives," said Weekly Editor-in-Chief Jocelyn Dong, who is hosting the program. "It's focused on the story behind the story, as it were."
A preview show, posted on Aug. 28, covered the topics of minimum wage and airplane noise. The Sept. 4 webcast focused on police officers who patrol Palo Alto's secondary schools and the addition of 7.7 acres to Foothills Park. City staff member Daren Anderson was a guest on the Sept. 4 show.
"Behind the Headlines" is the newest digital product from the Palo Alto Weekly, which was founded in 1979 by Johnson. Its news and community website, PaloAltoOnline.com, offers Town Square, the online discussion forum; columns by a variety of local bloggers; news, real estate, arts and sports webpages, and more. Palo Alto Online also produces Express, a daily e-edition of news and events; and the brand-new Weekend Express, an email previewing things to do and places to go on the Midpeninsula each weekend.
Watch the latest webcast here.