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And that’s the way it was: February 25, 1928

The Federal Radio Commission grants the first commercial television license in the United States

On February 25, 1928, Charles Jenkins Laboratories of Washington, DC, became the first holder of a US television license. W3XK,... More

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“One thing that really divides Norway is bark”

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 22, 1924

Calvin Coolidge broadcasts the first presidential radio address to the American public

If Barack Obama is our first social-media president, then Calvin Coolidge rightly deserves to be called the first wireless-telegraphy president.... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 18, 1922

Helen Gurley Brown is born

Helen Gurley Brown was born Helen Marie Gurley in Green Forest, AR. After college, Brown began her career in advertising... More

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Time Warner divests, Jonah Lehrer collects, Elon Musk objects

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 15, 1898

The USS Maine explodes and sinks in Havana Harbor, Cuba

On the evening of February 15, 1898, the US Navy battleship Maine exploded suddenly and without warning, sinking into the... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 14, 1929

Saint Valentine’s Day massacre in Chicago

Chicago Tribune "These murders went out of the comprehension of a civilized city," the Chicago Tribune editorialized, after seven... More

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A drone! A drone! My kingdom for a drone!

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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”’[G]et bought by a billionaire’ should be every small mag’s business model”

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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Bone-Chilled in the Big Apple Edition

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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Must-reads of the week

Aaron Swartz’s life and death, Deadspin’s Manti Te’o blockbuster, The Atlantic’s Scientology ad, Facebook’s new Graph Search

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

Ben Bradlee and Watergate

Excerpted from “The Washington ‘Post’ and Watergate: How two Davids slew Goliath” in CJR’s July/August 1973 issue

Ben Bradlee and Watergate Excerpted from "The Washington 'Post' and Watergate: How two Davids slew Goliath" in CJR's July/August 1973... More

Ben Bradlee on the Pentagon Papers

Excerpted from “Why We Published,” in CJR’s September/October 1971 issue

Editor's Note: In the wake of the release of the Pentagon Papers, for our September 1971 issue, CJR asked Ben... More

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An embarrassment of riches

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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Andrew Sullivan declares his independence, Kevin Drum gets the lead out, and Jon Chait goes back to the future!

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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Opening Shot

Superstorm Sandy’s aftermath on journalism

A fter Superstorm Sandy swamped the nation’s media capital in October, some shops, such as the Daily News and American... More

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Obamacare: round two

A chance for journalistic redemption

The Affordable Care Act, a.k.a Obamacare, is the law of the land, and the re-election of the president ensures... More

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Letters to the editor

Readers respond to our November / December issue

Good publicity Re: “Rules of the Game: The sometimes nauseating, often fun, and always absurd life of a movie publicist”... More

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How I got that story

Explosive situation

In 2005, Jerry Redfern and Karen Coates were in Laos reporting a story on the Plain of Jars region... More

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The Lower Case

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

- CBSNews.com, 11/9/12 - Newspaper Research Journal, Summer 2012 - KHOU.com, 9/2/12 - The New York Times, 11/22/12 -... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

I’m a black journalist quitting media because I’m sick of racism (TNR)

“Among the challenges that make racism so difficult to fix, and so odiously constant, is that white people often don’t even recognize when they’re saying or doing something that cuts their black colleagues to the bone”

High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

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