Newspapers: Mutiny on the Times

Working on an assignment and out of touch with the office all afternoon, a New York Times man walked back into his city room at 5 p.m. one day last week to find the place filled with excitement and clusters of buzzing reporters. "I thought that maybe the President had been shot or that somebody had declared war on us," he said later. "But it was just that bureau thing."

That "bureau thing" was, in one sense, only another office battle about careers and advancement. But it also had far wider implications about...