She grabs hard hitting issues and that's her hallmark. During the week -- except on a holiday -- you're going to read three hard news pieces from her. In addition to covering reporting from many different sources, she also reports herself. She reports on Congress. For example, yesterday's "Iraq snapshot" included a report on a House Armed Services Committee hearing.
She reports on at least 50 Congressional hearings a year. I think that's great for the community but as my aunt, who writes for a paper (features), likes to point out, if C.I. were a hard news reporter, it is very doubtful she would be reporting on that level. My aunt says even if C.I. was just one of those glorified stenographers who writes up the day's press briefing, she wouldn't be writing that many 'reports.' But C.I. actually does reporting and she's probably done more to get coverage of Congressional hearings available to the people than anything except CSPAN.
So that's her site.
That's Cedric and Wally. Cedric's my husband, by the way. They do joint-posts. They go for humor when possible and prefer hijinx but sometimes have to go for sarcasm and sometimes outrage. They usually blog in the morning during the week.
The rest of the individual bloggers blog at night on week days:
Mike. He covers outrages like Guantanamo. He also covers TV. He'll be covering Nikita again this year and probably Fringe but that's not for sure. (He's covered it every other year but got sick of the way the show and Fox dicked viewers around last year.)
More bad news about the economy
21 hours ago
Trina is Mike's mother. She covers the economy. Friday's she'll offer a recipe as well but Trina's beat is the economy. She's probably the most focused of any of us outside of C.I.
I am going to have to agree with Mitt on this one
22 hours ago
Ruth used to do "Ruth's Report" at The Common Ills and that was a weekly look at public radio. She still covers radio from time to time but more often goes with politics.
It was because of the kiss
23 hours ago
Marcia is a Whitney blogger. She covers the TV show Whitney. She also covers LGBT issues and politics.
When Barack got a book . . .
23 hours ago
Betty is the other Whitney blogger. She, Marcia and I cover the TV show Whitney which we love!!!! Betty also covers presidential politics and TV. She grabbed Desperate Housewives when Vanessa Williams joined the cast. She's planning to cover Vanessa's new ABC show this season. (And Whitney as well.) Betty has three kids and will often blog about the world in terms of that. In terms of the Mars Mission, Betty's blogged repeatedly about Curiosity (the land rover).
Thank goodness for Hillary
23 hours ago
Stan. He is Marcia's cousin. And Friday's he blogs about a movie. He grabs two TV shows a year and is usually ticked off because his shows usually get the axe. He's surprised that The Good Wife, which he's been blogging on since year one, is still on since everything else he covers gets cancelled.
Like Betty, he covers presidential politics. Ruth and Marcia usually talk on the phone before blogging and Stan and Betty do the same.
Kat's focus is music and outrage. When politics outrage her or NPR's sexist in music coverage outrages her, you better grab a cup of coffee, sit down and prepare for an enjoyable journey.
I'm Ann so I'll just note that when not on break (I'm on a month long break), I spend months tracking gender imbalance in public radio (and I am a proud Whitney blogger!). Elaine? She, Rebecca and C.I. all went to college together and lived together in college. She and Mike are a couple. They have a daughter. Elaine's a psychologist. She's often tired at blogging time but she does some great posts. She's more often the humanity blogger or that's how I see her. She blogs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday night. And she's really something.
Isaiah is the community cartoonist. He has been doing editorial cartoons for The Common Ills and the community newsletters since 2005. He generally publishes new comics on Sunday nights. At his site, he archives older comics and blogs a little about them and what he was thinking when he drew them. He blogs on Thursday nights.
And lastly . . .
Third is Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess, Ava and C.I. The rest of us usually help out with some features. It's a weekly magazine that publishes on Sundays. Ava and C.I. cover the media there and have done many amazing pieces.
So that's your community breakdown.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"