The Alaska Daily sheds light on the plight of local journalism and the story of missing and murdered Native women

Tom McCarthy had never been to Alaska when he decided to produce a show set in Alaska.

But the crisis in the area prompted him to tell a story he felt wasn’t getting enough attention.

So he created an hour-long drama. Alaska Daily.

The series follows award-winning investigative journalist Eileen Fitzgerald as she leaves New York to join us. Daily Alaska In Anchorage, she embarks on a journey of personal and professional redemption. Two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank plays Fitzgerald.

McCarthy wrote and directed the Academy Award-winning film Spotlight, Regarding sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, Alaska Daily Shedding light on the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women (MMIW).

He explains: Anchorage Daily News When pro publicaFaced the crisis of missing persons and murderers. It’s a great opportunity to bring such an important topic to mainstream television, and potentially start a conversation about this topic the way Alaskans like to refer to us, especially with “Lower 48.” There is. It just doesn’t get enough attention. ”

McCarthy says he traveled to Alaska for the first time and met with newsroom staff thanks to Hopkins’ reporting. Anchorage Daily News.

However, he would like to clarify that:Daily Alaska [featured on the series] is not Anchorage Daily NewsThey are very different pieces of paper and very different people living in them.but we [Anchorage Daily News for] Inspiration. I have a lot of respect for all the staff there. They are really top notch people and reporters. ”

This is exactly what McCarthy wanted to emphasize in the series: the importance of local reporting.

he said: The number of these papers has not only dried up, but disappeared in the last decade. It’s amazing and terrifying. ”

Expanding on that, McCarthy adds: [It’s] It is extremely harmful not only to democracy and politics, but also to the communities they represent. As people pour into online and news sites, the ability to have a local conversation seems to be eroding. ”

McCarthy is Anchorage Daily News, a group of editors and reporters covering a state two and a half times the size of Texas. “It’s incredibly impressive. I wanted the American public to understand that and why it’s worth supporting journalists and their work.”

Touching on more issues facing journalists, McCarthy said: It is very important not only for our community and country, but for the world at large.

he continues. So I thought, ‘Open this and really understand these people and not only how sausages are made, but how they look at all of their lives through the lens of their craft and their passion. I thought, let me show you how it works.”

Delving into why he chose the MMIW topic as the centerpiece of the series, McCarthy said:[A character in the show says,] “It’s been overlooked for too long.” [That’s] Part of the reason I wanted to do this. I was like, ‘God, why aren’t we having this conversation? This is a tragedy unfolding before our eyes and we can do better.’ Not just as a country, but as a creative community, I think it’s worth trying to work on it and speak up.”

He said it was “an incredible learning experience” for everyone on his team.

“It’s driven primarily by two writers from Alaska. [on staff] They have gone to great lengths to teach us what we need to know, much of it supported by some great organizations we have worked with outside of Alaska. and our own research. Like any good reporter, we’re trying to get it right. ”

Educating yourself on this topic is something McCarthy really enjoys. “For me as a writer, creator and storyteller, it’s one of the best parts of my job. ”

Swank signs lead role Alaska Daily She said after McCarthy told her the main storyline, “It’s the material that counts, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to be able to delve deeper into those stories, into the characters and their backgrounds.

She said, “Irene Fitzgerald was drawn to the role because she is a truth seeker. She wants to make sure justice is done.”

Swank added, “I love people who overcome adversity. I love outsiders. I love the underdog. I love the things that bring us all together.” One thing is that everyone wants to be seen.”

And, “People don’t want to lie anymore. People don’t want all the systematic stuff we see coming out. It’s also a blessing because we can start

Swank says it was the set of extras that really reminded her of the importance of the story being emphasized. Alaska Daily“Last week, we had a day player who said, ‘Mom’s gone missing. [That shows that] This is an incident. It’s not just what we tell you. ”

Series showrunner and executive producer Peter Elkoff added: [asking]“Why is the system broken? , [because] We are talking about the bigger picture of a broken system. ”

Telling this particular story hit hard for those involved, McCarthy said. It’s incredibly emotional. It’s a rich material, but it’s also dark. There is a lot of pain and suffering. ”

But if people pull it off, he says it’s worth it. their community. I just want to put the facts on the page so people can decide for themselves. [Journalists] We don’t exist to force decisions, we exist to inform and to be as artful and direct as possible. ”

In addition to this, he said: [with this series] It’s about entertaining, but it allows you to delve into material that is really valuable and meaningful and give you the chance to put something in the spotlight and say, “Hey guys, let’s pay attention to this.” ”

The Alaska Daily airs Thursday 10/9c on ABC and can be streamed on Hulu.

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