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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

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And that’s the way it was: April 17, 1961

Bay of Pigs Invasion

On April 17, 1961, a group of about 1,500 CIA-financed and -trained Cuban exiles landed at the Bay of Pigs... More

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And that’s the way it was: April 16, 2007

Virginia Tech massacre, the deadliest shooting spree in American history

On April 16, 2007, Virginia Tech senior Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 and injured 23, on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic... More

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Pulitzer Prizes announced

Columbia University announced the winners of the 97th annual Pulitzer Prizes on Monday afternoon. Big winners included: the Sun Sentinel... More

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And that’s the way it was: April 15, 1912

The Titanic sinks after colliding with an iceberg

On April 15, 1912, the RMS Titanic, a British passenger liner on her maiden voyage, sank into the North Atlantic... More

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Must-reads of the week

Margaret Thatcher dies, Anthony Weiner returns, the Maine hermit emerges

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 12, 1961

Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first person to fly in space

On April 12, 1961, Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, a Soviet cosmonaut, became the first human being to travel into outer space.... More

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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

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


I’m a black journalists 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.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

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