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200 transforming moments

In journalism on 3 Jun 2010 at 9:55 pm

Hey, do you know when the Internet was born? I didn’t.

Though it seems to me like a more recent development than this, it was triggered by a government-sponsored experiment called ARPANET at Stanford, UCLA, the University of Utah and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

That’s just one of the things I learned from a series of timelines posted on the Poynter Institute Web site recently. The list included this really cool interactive chart that purports to list the 200 moments in the last decade that have transformed journalism. My honest reaction is that it’s a bit forced… Isn’t it nice how there is always an even number of such things (Top 10 news stories of the last year, Top 100 movies of all time, etc., etc.) But that doesn’t mean it’s not fun.

For me, the most important “moment” in journalism in my lifetime was Watergate. What was it for you?



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