Inside the Times: How We Write Explainer Stories

From a Times Insider story by Sarah Bahr headlined “How We Write Explainer Articles, Explained”:

In early April, when former President Donald J. Trump was charged with 34 felony counts of falsifying business records, The New York Times published an article with the headline “The Case Against Donald Trump: What Comes Next?”

Later that month, U.S. intelligence documents were leaked online. Questions circulated on social media about how the documents became public: Where did the materials come from? What did they say?

Then, in May, an article posed a question that, perhaps sheepishly, weighed on the minds of many Americans: So what is the debt limit, anyway?