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And that’s the way it was: May 3, 1978

The first piece of email spam is sent

On an evil day, 35 years ago today, a sinister pair of hands typed and sent out the first ever... More

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And that’s the way it was: May 2, 1885

Good Housekeeping magazine is first published

Founded in 1885 by Clark W. Bryan, Good Housekeeping was purchased in 1911 by the Heart Corporation, which still owns... More

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Opening Shot

In December, as an impromptu inside joke, British designer and journalist Martin Belam took 10 minutes to craft a... More

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Empty calories

To feed young minds, let’s add some nutrition to social media

(Illustration by Daniel Chang) If you've spent time with anyone under 25 recently, you will have noticed that they... More

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Letters to the editor

Readers respond to our March/April issue

Editor in chief's note 'The journalism community deserves diversity, but why aren't we getting it?" asked Farai Chideya, moderator of... More

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Hard numbers

Pew, that’s a lotta research!

72 percent of all US adults who say the most common way they hear about news from family and friends... More

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Cause and affect

DoSomething.org’s surveys of teens suggest that the voters of tomorrow do actually care about current affairs

Who says kids are apathetic and don't care about the news? Well, kids do--but their behavior suggests otherwise. A... More

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That’s incredible

How students at one California high school are learning to discern what is (and isn’t) news

"A lot of students believe all news is created equal," says Alan Miller of the News Literacy Project, which helps... More

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The Buzz

They’re back!

After 17 years underground, a brood of cicadas is emerging from the soil this spring, from the Carolinas to... More

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The Conversation

Sports section 2.0

After two years as deputy editor, Jason Stallman took over in January as The New York Times sports editor... More

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Darts & Laurels

The Phoenix’s ashes, Weil’s catch, the WSJ’s ‘experts,’ etc.

Laurel to In These Times, for exposing how, in the face of tough economic times, state legislatures are slashing budgets... More

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The Lower Case

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

--Daily News Record (Harrisonburg, VA), 3/2/13 --The Denver Post (Harrisonburg, VA), 2/12/13 --The Athens (OH) Messenger, 2/22/13 --Orange County... More

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Must-reads of the week

Boston bombing follow-ups, Jill Abramson gossip

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 26, 1986

Nuclear accident at Chernobyl

On April 26, 1986, a nuclear reactor accident occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the former Soviet Union.... More

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And that’s the way it was: April 25, 1908

Edward R. Murrow is born

On this day 105 years ago, Edward R. Murrow, one of the forefathers of American broadcast journalism, was born. Murrow... More

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And that’s the way it was: April 23, 2007

Journalist and author David Halberstam dies

On this day in 2007, David Halberstam, prolific author and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, died in a car accident in Menlo... More

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And that’s the way it was: April 22, 1994

Former US President Richard Nixon dies in New York

On April 22, 1994, the press really would no longer have Nixon to kick around anymore. Richard Milhous Nixon, the... More

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Must-reads of the week

What a week

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 19, 2005

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is elected pope

On this day in 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, after the... More

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And that’s the way it was: April 18, 1930

A day with no news

On April 18, 1930, during what was supposed to be the scheduled news bulletin, BBC Radio announced, simply, "Good evening.... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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