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And that’s the way it was: February 27, 1860

Abraham Lincoln delivers an antislavery speech at Cooper Union in New York City that propels him to the presidency

Having lost Illinois's election for the US senate in 1858, Abraham Lincoln was a longshot for the presidency in 1860.... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 26, 1909

The first successful color motion picture process is shown to the general public

On February 26, 1909, 21 short films were shown at the Palace Theatre in London. It was the general public's... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 21, 1925

The New Yorker publishes its first issue

On February 21, 1925, The New Yorker debuted. It was founded by Harold Ross, one of the original members of... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 20, 1943

The Saturday Evening Post publishes the first of Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms

In his 1941 State of the Union address, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt enumerated four essential human freedoms: freedom of speech,... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 13, 1935

Bruno Richard Hauptmann is found guilty of first-degree murder in the kidnap-death of the infant son of Charles Lindbergh

February 13, 1935. Bruno Hauptmann, an ex-convict from Germany, is sentenced to death by electric chair for the abduction and... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 12, 2000

Charles M. Schulz, creator of “Peanuts,” dies at age 77.

On this date 13 years ago, cartoonist Charles Monroe Schulz died of a heart attack at his home in Santa... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 11, 1990

South African anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela is freed from prison after 27 years

If it had happened today, it would break the Internet a little. On February 11, 1990, after having served 27... More

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Required skimming: the neat-o list

Collectors of the cool, strange, and mind-expanding

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Networks schmetworks

The race is on to recast the newscast

While the big three networks struggle to adapt to the world of mobile, on-demand delivery, a number of experiments... More

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Parting Shots

Death, where is their sting?

The world of American letters is considerably poorer now than just one year ago. Last December was Christopher Hitchens’s final... More

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Open Bar

Tom and Jerry’s

Tom and Jerry's 288 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY Year opened 1993 Distinguishing features A collection of mugs and bowls inscribed... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news


The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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