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And that’s the way it was: March 21, 1965

Martin Luther King, Jr. leads the third civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, AL

On March 21, 1965, 3,200 civil rights demonstrators led by the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. began a "freedom march"... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 20, 2004

The American military charges six soldiers with abusing inmates at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq

It came to light in early 2004 that US military police personnel had committed human rights violations against detainees held... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 19, 2003

President George W. Bush announces the start of the Iraq War

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the invasion of Iraq, the US's most controversial armed conflict since... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 18, 2008

Presidential candidate Barack Obama gives a speech in Philadelphia on racial division

During the 2008 Democratic Primary, Senator Barack Obama came under fire for incendiary remarks made by his former pastor, the... More

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Must-reads of the week

Do you remember where you were when Google Reader was cancelled?

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 15, 1985

The first Internet domain name is registered

The Internet domain symbolics.com was registered on March 15, 1985, making it the first domain name in history. The domain... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 14, 1921

Architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable is born in New York, NY

Ada Louise Huxtable (née Landman) was born on March 14, 1921, and grew up in Manhattan's Upper West Side. She... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 13, 1964

Kitty Genovese is murdered in Queens, NY

At 3:15am on March 13, 1964, 28-year-old Catherine "Kitty" Genovese was sexually assaulted and killed in front of her home... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 12, 1933

FDR broadcasts the first of his “fireside chats”

Sunday, March 12, 1933. Over the radio, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt speaks to the nation for the first time. It... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 11, 1702

The Daily Courant, one of the world’s first regular daily newspapers, is published for the first time

The Daily Courant was England's first national daily newspaper. It was first published on March 11, 1702 by Edward Mallet... More

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Must-reads of the week

Digital freelancing edition

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 8, 1978

The first radio episode of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is broadcast

Douglas Adams's comic science fiction series, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, began its life in the universe as a... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 6, 1981

Walter Cronkite signs off as host of CBS Evening News for the last time

On Friday, March 6, 1981, Walter Cronkite did his last broadcast as anchorman for the CBS Evening News. During his... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 5, 1957

Broadcast journalist Ray Suarez is born in Brooklyn, NY

Happy birthday to Ray Suarez, one of the best known faces and voices of American public media in the last... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 4, 1974

People magazine premieres

For those of us who didn't live through it, it's hard to intuitively grok the squalor of the 1970s. On... More

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Must-reads of the week

J-school workshops on managing old men who have no game

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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Opening shot

Separating fact from fiction in the immigration debate

The immigration debate is riven by strong emotion and partisan ideology that can obscure the relevant facts. Do undocumented... More

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The middle distance

Defining middle class is the first step toward rebuilding it

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama said "our generation's task" is to rebuild "a rising, thriving... More

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Look who’s talking

Meet the 18 journalists who weighed in on coverage of race, class, and social mobility in CJR’s cover story

Tristan Ahtone (@tahtone) works as Poverty and Public Health reporter for KUNM in Albuquerque. A member of the Kiowa Tribe... More

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Made in America

Portraits of American workers

You could call Carl Corey's work derivative, and mean no disrespect. His current project, "Blue: A Portrait of the American... 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


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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.”

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