The assistant managing editor of the New York Times tells the fascinating story of how a modern newspaper operates, and he makes his story grand reading. In these days, when news is a commodity in constant demand, the mechanics of securing it, of preparing the copy, of putting it into shape, and of getting it to the public in record time -- the functions of the department heads -- the coordination and balancing of material -- the problems of censorship, of checking for accuracy, of forestalling legal trouble -- and at the same time producing a paper of which its owners and editors can be proud. Full of human interest stories, of evidence of how newspapers use but do not make news, the inside story of news gathering, editing and publishing. Material drawn from various papers and not concentrated only on the Times. A grand defence of our press.