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  1. The Kicker

    The Times’ numbers game

    August 3, 2007 09:12 AM

    In a front-page New York Times article earlier this week, Solomon Moore describes how some overcrowded prison systems are sending their inmates out-of-state, often hundreds of miles away from home, to serve their sentences. It's an important story, and... Continue reading

  2. Behind the News

    Quick Trigger Fingers on Campus

    September 16, 2005 03:32 PM

    The story of the firing of Jillian Bandes, an opinion columnist for the Daily Tar Heel at UNC Chapel Hill, has been stirring up the ire of free speech advocates far and wide. Bandes was dumped on Wednesday for her... Continue reading

  3. Blog Report

    John Bolton Rises from Grave, Erupts onto Blogosphere

    August 1, 2005 01:53 PM

    President Bush used a recess appointment this morning to name John Bolton as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The maneuver bypassed efforts of Senate Democrats to hold up Bolton's nomination until the White House provided "records of... Continue reading

  4. The Water Cooler

    Larry Kramer on, Transparency, and Having 1,500 Employees for a Web Site

    July 29, 2005 04:37 PM

    Larry Kramer Larry Kramer spent more than twenty years as a reporter and editor for such papers as the San Francisco Examiner and the Washington Post before... Continue reading

  5. Behind the News

    Larry David Hijacks the News

    July 29, 2005 03:23 PM

    It's simply amazing -- seven years after the last episode of "Seinfeld" aired on NBC, the show's content is still being regurgitated in the media under the guise of "news." A few months ago, we got the much-mocked "Man Date"... Continue reading

  6. Blog Report

    Adios, Mr. Roberts. Back to Plame, London - and Pantsuits

    July 28, 2005 04:04 PM

    After forfeiting a week attempting to dig up dirt on John Roberts (some are still trying; his smile is just a whit too charming, his son just a tad too cute -- he must be hiding something!), bloggers are rerouting... Continue reading

  7. Blog Report

    Hillary’s Call for Unity Incites Lefty Invective

    July 27, 2005 02:48 PM

    Who knew that a call for unity within the Democratic Party could cause such a stir? We sort of thought the idea that the Democrats couldn't win the White House without engaging both the far left, the center-left and the... Continue reading

  8. Blog Report

    Judge Roberts? Yawn. Stephanie Klein? Yowza!

    July 25, 2005 02:17 PM

    Many political bloggers have pulled out their chisels, eager to pick apart the record of Judge John Roberts -- or the media's coverage of that record -- only to discover that there isn't much of either to chip away at.... Continue reading

  9. Politics

    Hooked on Ebonics

    July 22, 2005 01:30 PM

    Reading the San Bernadino County Sun on Sunday, you might have thought for a second that something big was going on. But if you tried to put your finger on exactly what, you'd have a tough time pinning the thing... Continue reading

  10. Magazine Report

    Rove, Rove, Rove - and Tom Cruise

    July 19, 2005 01:56 PM

    If the daily ins and outs of the CIA leak saga have been making you dizzy -- so Cooper learned Plame's identity from Rove, who learned it from Novak, who learned it from Scooter Libby, who learned it from Tim... Continue reading

  11. Behind the News

    Citizen Journalism or a Message Board?

    July 18, 2005 03:22 PM

    Two weeks ago we set out some guidelines for distinguishing between "participatory journalists," who send information and photos in to edited news sites, and "citizen journalists," who write their own news articles and post them on unedited sites. The... Continue reading

  12. Behind the News

    Is It News? Or Is It Entertainment? Or Is It Bor-ring?

    July 15, 2005 05:26 PM

    We here at CJR Daily love a challenge. Go ahead and try us. Challenge us to a softball game, why don't you? We will meet you on the field and play our hearts out, ragtag bunch that we are. (Seriously... Continue reading

  13. Politics

    The List Game

    July 15, 2005 03:21 PM

    On, one would have thought that surely this week's inventory of the 100 best places to live would top the most-emailed list. There's nothing people love more than a good old-fashioned "best of" list (see: U.S. News &... Continue reading

  14. Behind the News

    Good Press, Bad Press

    July 14, 2005 05:16 PM

    It's become a popular mantra recently that the press is losing credibility with the American people. But from a survey (PDF) conducted by the First Amendment Center in collaboration with American Journalism Review this spring, things are only looking... Continue reading

  15. Politics

    Citizens, Participants and Reporters

    July 8, 2005 05:39 PM

    On Monday, the New York Times ran an article about the rise of participatory, or "citizen," journalism. The piece led by describing the efforts of the Greensboro, N.C. News & Record to transform its Web site "into a... Continue reading

  16. Behind the News

    The Tale of Dog Poop Girl Is Not So Funny After All

    July 7, 2005 04:23 PM

    Congressional efforts to create a federal shield law for journalists have raised, not for the first time, the question of just who is a journalist. If we give "journalists" the right to refuse to testify to protect anonymous sources, does... Continue reading

  17. Politics

    Don’t Give Your Dog Your Pot

    July 6, 2005 01:59 PM

    In all of the hubbub over medical marijuana rulings last month, it seems one question was grossly overlooked: What about dogs? Thanks to an article in today's Los Angeles Times, we finally have the answer for which an anxious nation... Continue reading

  18. Politics

    Welcome to Chicago: Bam! Smash! Crash! Die!

    July 1, 2005 01:41 PM

    The Chicago Tribune's Web site appears to be doing everything in its power to grind the city's tourism industry to an absolute halt. We've been checking in periodically over the past few weeks, and without fail the lead stories have... Continue reading

  19. Politics

    Framed Again

    July 1, 2005 01:11 PM

    There are as many ways to skew a story as there are letters in the alphabet. The day-to-day stuff -- a misstated fact here, an unreliable source there, a false equivalence here, a loaded angle over there -- is what... Continue reading

  20. Behind the News

    The Mercury News Stirs Up a Hornets’ Nest - Readers

    June 29, 2005 03:57 PM

    We all know that online newspapers are giving print pubs a run for their money these days. After all, how can bulky, grimy, daily newspapers compete with the ever-updating, easily searchable, multi-media offerings of the online world? Especially given that... Continue reading

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