The newsroom, though, was prepared. Tamara Audi, another National editor, had been leading a team for months that was planning for an eventual decision in the case before the court, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, and reporting on a series of state laws that limited access to abortion. The reporters Elizabeth Dias and Kate Zernike were already working, too.
“We were lucky to quickly build on that and draw from their expertise,” Ms. Bloom added.
The Times sent a news alert to online readers at 9:30 pm, after it had published its first article on the draft decision, written by White House reporter Michael D. Shear. By then, the team that edits the print newspaper was rearranging the layout and redrawing the front page. To deliver late editions of the paper, with a fleshed out article by Mr. Shear and Mr. Liptak with contributions from six other reporters, the team at The Times’ printing plant in College Point, Queens, slowed the presses. Delaying print production meant more readers would receive an updated paper.
The State of Roe v. Wade
What is Roe v. Wade? Roe v. Wade is a landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion across the United States. The 7-2 ruling was announced on Jan. 22, 1973. Justice Harry A. Blackmun, a modest Midwestern Republican and a defender of the right to abortion, wrote the majority opinion.
Online, The Times began a live briefing around 11 pm Jason Bailey, the night editor at the National desk, coordinated with the newsroom in Seoul to edit the live coverage.
“Our crew was focused on informing readers in the immediacy of the moment,” Mr. Bailey said. “At the same time, my editing colleagues at National were already brainstorming how to robustly cover the issue over the coming days.”
Close to midnight, a Times reporter was on the scene outside the Supreme Court, where protesters had started to gather. Reporters from the Politics, National, Washington and other desks built news articles and analysis to publish on the live briefing, with statements from politicians and voices from citizens.
Coverage of the Supreme Court’s draft decision continues. Articles last week examined what the end of Roe v. Wade would mean for different states, the conservative legal movement and the Supreme Court’s approach to precedents.
But a hectic night in journalism laid the foundation.
“We’re used to handling big stories,” Ms. Bloom said. “The machine kicks in and people know what to do.”