Stories About America As More Than Its Crises

From a Times Insider column by John Otis headlined “America as More Than Its Crises”:

At The New York Times, one of the National desk’s primary goals is to sharpen readers’ understanding of how Americans live and what they believe in. But often, the barrage of breaking news, whether mass shootings or deadly storms, demands reporters’ attention, overshadowing stories of everyday American life.

“We realized as a desk that we often have to be very reactive,” Meghan Louttit, a deputy National editor, said. “We were going to places around the country often when they’re at their worst moments.”