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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

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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

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

The press is responsible for ignoring Bill Cosby rape allegations - Where were journalists 10 years ago when claims originally surfaced against him?

Journalism has a plagiarism problem. But it’s not the one you’d expect - Fareed Zakaria’s case highlights news organizations’ ethical grey areas

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

Will radio save science journalism? - WNYC will soon have a new health unit


CNN reporters in Ferguson provide coverage of CNN reporters in Ferguson (Slate)

“[T]here was little that justified CNN’s egocentric coverage”

Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

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

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