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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

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Opening shot

Separating fact from fiction in the immigration debate

The immigration debate is riven by strong emotion and partisan ideology that can obscure the relevant facts. Do undocumented... More

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The middle distance

Defining middle class is the first step toward rebuilding it

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama said "our generation's task" is to rebuild "a rising, thriving... More

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Look who’s talking

Meet the 18 journalists who weighed in on coverage of race, class, and social mobility in CJR’s cover story

Tristan Ahtone (@tahtone) works as Poverty and Public Health reporter for KUNM in Albuquerque. A member of the Kiowa Tribe... More

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Made in America

Portraits of American workers

You could call Carl Corey's work derivative, and mean no disrespect. His current project, "Blue: A Portrait of the American... More

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No more sugar daddies

Andrew Sullivan turned his popular blog into an independent, reader-supported site

Andrew Sullivan's decision in January to leave the Daily Beast and turn his popular blog, The Dish, into an... More

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Letters to the editor

Readers respond to our January/February issue

Duck and cover After Ricky Gervais and now the bikini and sensational headlines, may I please request a coverless subscription?... More

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Frontiers

Blinded by the white

In 2004, at a fundraising dinner for the antiracism group Facing History And Ourselves, the filmmaking team of Whitney... More

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Out with a bang

In their final issue, LA Youth’s writers discuss what it means to be poor

For 25 years, LA Youth, a nonprofit newspaper written by and for teens in and around Los Angeles, helped... More

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The Lower Case

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

- San Jose Mercury News, 10/27/12 - The New York Times, 1/12/13 - The New York Times, 1/15/13 -... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 1, 1995

Yahoo Inc. is incorporated

Yahoo, the Internet behemoth best known for its Web portal and search engine, incorporated on March 1, 1995. Founded by... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 28, 1967

Henry Robinson Luce, co-founder of Time Inc., dies at age 68

On this day in 1967, Henry Luce, perhaps the greatest magazine editor/publisher of the mid-20th century, died in Phoenix. Born... More

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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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Must-reads of the week

“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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Must-reads of the week

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

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

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

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

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

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