From The Publisher: Nov. 16, 1992

Time's journalists pride themselves on being able to turn on a dime, producing thoughtful, thoroughly reported stories on very little notice. But our quadrennial presidential-election issue demands deadline journalism on an altogether higher plane. The magazine is coming out a full four days earlier than usual -- yet we were determined not to sacrifice the in-depth research and forward-looking analysis that readers have come to expect. Part of the solution: squeeze the interval between final editing and distribution of the magazine from the normal 36 hours down to 12.

For operations director Oliver Knowlton, the work began two months ago, mapping...

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