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And that’s the way it was: March 27, 1947

Walt Mossberg, reporter and technology columnist, is born

He's been called "arguably the most powerful arbiter of consumer tastes" in personal technology. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, Eric... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 26, 1812

Boston newspaper coins the term “gerrymander”

The word gerrymander, meaning to manipulate the boundaries of an electorate to favor one party or class, originally appeared in... More

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Must-reads of the week

Tenth anniversary of the Iraq War, the Steubenville rape, a new Pew report on the state of journalism

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: March 22, 1948

American journalist Wolf Blitzer is born

Happy birthday to Wolf Isaac Blitzer, host of CNN's The Situation Room. Wolf Blitzer was born in Augsburg, Germany and... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 21, 1965

Martin Luther King, Jr. leads the third civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, AL

On March 21, 1965, 3,200 civil rights demonstrators led by the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. began a "freedom march"... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 20, 2004

The American military charges six soldiers with abusing inmates at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq

It came to light in early 2004 that US military police personnel had committed human rights violations against detainees held... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 19, 2003

President George W. Bush announces the start of the Iraq War

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the invasion of Iraq, the US's most controversial armed conflict since... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 18, 2008

Presidential candidate Barack Obama gives a speech in Philadelphia on racial division

During the 2008 Democratic Primary, Senator Barack Obama came under fire for incendiary remarks made by his former pastor, the... More

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Must-reads of the week

Do you remember where you were when Google Reader was cancelled?

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: March 15, 1985

The first Internet domain name is registered

The Internet domain symbolics.com was registered on March 15, 1985, making it the first domain name in history. The domain... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 14, 1921

Architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable is born in New York, NY

Ada Louise Huxtable (née Landman) was born on March 14, 1921, and grew up in Manhattan's Upper West Side. She... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 13, 1964

Kitty Genovese is murdered in Queens, NY

At 3:15am on March 13, 1964, 28-year-old Catherine "Kitty" Genovese was sexually assaulted and killed in front of her home... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 12, 1933

FDR broadcasts the first of his “fireside chats”

Sunday, March 12, 1933. Over the radio, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt speaks to the nation for the first time. It... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 11, 1702

The Daily Courant, one of the world’s first regular daily newspapers, is published for the first time

The Daily Courant was England's first national daily newspaper. It was first published on March 11, 1702 by Edward Mallet... More

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Must-reads of the week

Digital freelancing 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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And that’s the way it was: March 8, 1978

The first radio episode of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is broadcast

Douglas Adams's comic science fiction series, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, began its life in the universe as a... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 6, 1981

Walter Cronkite signs off as host of CBS Evening News for the last time

On Friday, March 6, 1981, Walter Cronkite did his last broadcast as anchorman for the CBS Evening News. During his... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 5, 1957

Broadcast journalist Ray Suarez is born in Brooklyn, NY

Happy birthday to Ray Suarez, one of the best known faces and voices of American public media in the last... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 4, 1974

People magazine premieres

For those of us who didn't live through it, it's hard to intuitively grok the squalor of the 1970s. On... More

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Must-reads of the week

J-school workshops on managing old men who have no game

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

Why Obama’s statement on reporters’ arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical - The president defends reporters in Ferguson, but demands compliance from James Risen

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

First Look runs headlong into journalism’s two big problems - Growing pains at the Omidyar/Greenwald venture


The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Bloggingheads

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

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