A Letter From The Publisher: Aug. 23, 1982

The standards that TIME sets for its reporting and writing apply equally to the pictures that illustrate its stories. When the editors decided on this week's cover story on the U.S. Government's biggest land sale of the century, Picture Researcher Julia Richer began by putting together a list of 25 property sites across the country that seemed to have photographic potential. She also talked with New York Bureau Chief Peter Stoler, who wrote the story, and asked picture researchers in TIME'S news bureaus for detailed recommendations about the sites. Richer then narrowed the...

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