anniversary journalism
n. Journalism that covers the anniversaries of important events.

Example Citations:
In 1994, I was working for Newsweek in Tokyo, near the end of a five-year tour there. The following year, I moved to Berlin. In both places, I participated in an orgy of “anniversary journalism.”

In Japan I had to write about the 50-year anniversaries of, first, the atomic bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which ended the war in the Pacific, and then, in Germany, the end of the war itself, when the Red Army rolled into Berlin and the Nazis finally surrendered. I was — and am — all for anniversary journalism.
—Bill Powell, “The Incomparable Horrors of War,” The Moscow Times, May 23, 1998

One way to measure a moment’s import, in fact, is to track just how prematurely the anniversary journalism starts rolling out.
—Peter H. King, “Where Did Elvis Stand on Prop. 13?,” Los Angeles Times, November 12, 1997

Earliest Citation:
Stand by for some more anniversary journalism. Today marks exactly 40 years since the atomic bomb was exploded over Hiroshima, and the anniversary itself has compelled an explosion of commentary.
—“The Passage of Four Decades,” The Washington Post, August 6, 1985

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