From The NY Times:
Their names appear modestly at the end of articles.
Research contributed by Jack Begg, Susan Beachy, Alain Delaquérière, Doris Burke or Kitty Bennett, the credits read.
But, while their bylines are unassuming, their work as researchers at The Times often forms the building blocks for the paper’s biggest stories.
In the quest to give readers a clear report of events beyond their sightline, editors and reporters consult the research department with urgent and vexing questions.
They can track down hard-to-find phone numbers so a newsmaker can comment on an article. After a high-profile trial, they can locate jurors for interviews. If a reporter is on deadline, they can quickly dig out an obscure court document. Or they could learn that Travis Kalanick, former chief executive of Uber, once considered running for governor.
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