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And that’s the way it was: April 11, 1976

The first Apple computer is created

On this day in 1976, the original Apple computer was built. It was designed and assembled by Steve Wozniak. Wozniak... More

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And that’s the way it was: April 10, 1847

Joseph Pulitzer is born

Influential newspaper editor and publisher Joseph Pulitzer was born on this day in 1847. Pulitzer immigrated to the United States... More

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And that’s the way it was: April 9, 1865

Lee surrenders to Grant at Appomattox

On the morning of April 9, 1865, in Appomattox Court House, VA, General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia... More

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Ellie finalists announced

National mag awards honor the best work last year

[Update, April 8, 11am] Monday morning, ASME announced finalists for Magazine of the Year, the top honor in its annual... More

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And that’s the way it was: April 8, 1904

Longacre Square is renamed Times Square after The New York Times

Ninety-nine years ago today, the city center in Midtown Manhattan, formerly known as Longacre Square, was officially redubbed "Times Square."... More

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Must-reads of the week

The business outsider, the future of currency, the distance to Mars

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: April 5, 1951

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are sentenced to death for conspiring to commit espionage

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were the first American civilians to be executed for espionage. They were charged with transmitting secret... More

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ICYMI: CJR’s panel at the Newseum

Farai Chideya, Gene Policinski, Jeff Yang, Raquel Cepeda, and Richard Prince discuss coverage of race, class, and social mobility

On Wednesday morning, CJR hosted a panel at the Newseum in Washington, DC, to further the discussion of our March/April... More

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And that’s the way it was: April 4, 1968

Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, TN

At a motel in Memphis, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968. The... More

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And that’s the way it was: April 3, 1888

The first of the “Whitechapel murders” is committed in London

On Tuesday, April 3, 1888, prostitute Emma Elizabeth Smith was assaulted and robbed. She died the next day from her... More

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And that’s the way it was: April 2, 2005

Pope John Paul II dies at the age of 84

After suffering heart failure, Pope John Paul II died on April 2, 2005. He was one of the most charismatic... More

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To watch: Race, class, & social mobility

CJR is livestreaming its panel discussion from the Newseum on Wednesday

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington--the full name of which was "The... More

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And that’s the way it was: April 1, 1957

The BBC broadcasts its now-famous spaghetti tree hoax

Called "undoubtedly the biggest hoax that any reputable news establishment ever pulled," the spaghetti tree hoax refers to a three-minute... More

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Must-reads of the week

Marriage equality, endurance athletes, Holocaust dwarves, butt dialers

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 29, 1999

Dow Jones closes above the 10,000 mark for the first time

On Monday, March 29, 1999, the Dow Jones Industrial Average--the most famous stock market index--closed above the symbolic 10,000 mark... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 28, 1979

Nuclear accident at Three Mile Island

On March 28, 1979, one of the nuclear reactors on Three Mile Island, PA, suffered a partial meltdown due to... More

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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

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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

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