Foreign Correspondents: Covering Viet Nam:

Crud, Fret & Jeers

To the 200 newsmen who make up the current working Saigon press corps, theirs is the hottest beat in the business. Veteran and newcomer alike feel the compelling pull of a first-rank story that is in continuously desperate need of first-rate reporting.

Freelancer Wendell Merick arrived in late 1964 for a ten-day visit and has hung on ever since, working as a stringer for ABC and the London Daily Express. "Whenever I thought of leaving," he says, "something else blew up—and I just stayed." The Australian Broadcasting Commission's Donald...