A Letter From The Publisher: Mar. 26, 1984

Attentive readers of the bylines that follow most TIME stories have probably noticed that occasionally the name of a reporter contributing to a story is not on the masthead at the front of the magazine. The reason is that the name belongs to a "stringer," one of the more than 300 mostly part-time reporters across the U.S. and round the world who supplement the work of TIME'S corps of correspondents. They usually serve in cities, or even countries, where the magazine has no news bureaus. Often they are staff journalists with news agencies or...

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