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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

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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

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”

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

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