The Story Of An Experiment: Circles toward Monday

Here is a brief outline of the TIME process: the Newsmagazine "goes to bed" Monday night so that it can be printed and distributed across the nation on Thursday, for reading over the weekend. TIME editorial workers have Tuesdays and Wednesdays off. TIME'S editorial operations are laid out in a series of concentric circles. As the week wears on, the focus of activity contracts from circle to circle toward the center.

The outermost circle is the Associated Press report, other news services, the newspapers, and TIME'S correspondents. On Thursday, TIME'S New York office has story suggestions from the bureaus. Editors there send...