Inside the New York Times: One Bureau Chief, Five Countries

From a Times Insider column by Terence McGinley headlined “One Bureau Chief, Five Countries”:

In the middle of a nine-day reporting trip in Chile, three days before voters there would reject a proposed new constitution in a national plebiscite, Jack Nicas learned that there had been an assassination attempt on the most prominent politician in Argentina, Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. So he spent a day and a half reporting on the fallout in Argentina from Santiago, the Chilean capital, before returning to the plebiscite in Chile. After voters rejected the new charter on Sept. 4, Mr. Nicas flew to Rio de Janeiro and resumed reporting on next month’s closely watched presidential election in Brazil.

Inside the NYTimes: Remembering a Major-Domo of the Newsroom

From a Times Insider column by Lawrie Mifflin headlined “Remembering a Major-Domo of the Newsroom”:

When Joe Vecchione, a longtime editor at The New York Times, died this month, at 85, tributes poured in from people in all walks of newspaper life, from secretaries to executives. Lawrie Mifflin, a former Times editor who started working with Mr. Vecchione in 1982, recalls his multifaceted career.

In the pre-Internet days, when a newspaper began as Lego-like chunks of hot-metal type dropped into steel frames, union rules meant only printers were allowed to touch the type. Editors stood opposite them to look for errors and suggest changes. That’s how Joe Vecchione learned to read upside down.

Infiltrating a Bachelorette Party—First I Heard the Screams

From an Inside the Times column by Allie Jones headlined “Infiltrating a Bachelorette Party”:

First, I heard the screams.

“Loo-ser, loo-ser!” I was pulling up to a $5 million rental property just outside Scottsdale, Ariz., and the shrieks echoed throughout the neighborhood. The voices belonged to members of a bachelorette party who were engaged in a particularly cutthroat drinking game by the property’s pool. I had come to the right place.

Inside the Times: “There’s been a relentlessness of bad news and a difficulty in getting outside the 24-hour news cycle”

From a Times Insider column by Sarah Bahr headlined “Stepping Back to Look Ahead”:

In 2018, despite having recently published a series of articles on how climate change was challenging the world’s cities that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times’s architecture critic, felt unsatisfied.

He wanted more. He wanted to find a way to explore the variety of intersecting challenges — such as immigration and housing affordability — that the world’s urban hubs face, as well as how addressing those issues could enable social and economic progress.