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The Cops & Courts Reporters discussion list is maintained by Criminal Justice Journalists, the national professional organization of writers, editors, and broadcasters covering crime and justice.

The list is hosted by mail-list.com as of April 10, 2007. We welcome suggestions on improvements.

To subscribe: send a message to CCR-on@mail-list.com with identifying information about your journalism work.

To  post to the list: send your post to ccr@mail-list.com.

But before you do, please read these guidelines about use of the list:

THIS LIST IS FOR JOURNALISTS.
*Seeking information and contacts for stories.
*Exchanging information on trends and issues related to criminal justice and the business of covering the crime and courts beats.
*Learning from CJJ about conferences, reports, and other news of interest.

LET EVERYONE KNOW WHO YOU ARE.
Posters should give their names, e-mail addresses, and affiliation (e.g., location of newspaper, television station, agency) at the end of each post.

SLUG YOUR MESSAGE.
Let everyone know in the subject field what your post is about. If it’s a request for sources for a deadline story, indicate something like DEADLINE GUN STORY, NEED ACADEMIC SOURCE

CONSIDER REPLYING PRIVATELY.
Please use private e-mail instead of a post to the entire list in replying to requests regarding stories that may not be of interest to a wide range of list members;
Before you submit a long, rambling post, think about whether a list of 600 subscribers is likely to find it useful.

BE NICE.
No rude, extremely off-topic, threatening, libelous, offensive or otherwise inappropriate postings, please. Spirited and professional debate is expected and encouraged. If you find fault in someone’s behavior, respond privately.

NO PRESS RELEASES, SPAM, FILE ATTACHMENTS OR JOKES.
This list is intended or use by working crime and court journalists. While we welcome other interested parties, a clutter of solicitations, superfluous materials, or legal treatises wastes subscribers’ time and dilutes the list’s usefulness. Instead of attaching files, provide a link or a private e-mail address where members can find or request more information. The advertising of products and services is prohibited, as are press releases.

OFF THE RECORD.
Comments to the discussion list are off the record, and must not be published, broadcast, or redistributed beyond the listserv without permission of the author. This includes e-mail transmission. Remember that anything you post about your current or planned work may be seen by journalists (and some non-journalists) nationwide. To post copyrighted materials in their entirety, you must get permission from the copyright holder first. Posted excerpts must include attribution.

Notify Ted Gest, ted@thecrimereport.org, of changes in your e-mail address and of violations of these guidelines. E-mail addresses that repeatedly bounce back may be removed.

Use of the list indicates that you have read and agreed to these policies; members who don’t follow them may be removed without warning.

Criminal Justice Journalists accepts no responsibility for the opinions and information posted by others on this discussion list. CJJ and its officers make no warranties with regard to information posted on this discussion list and shall not be held liable for any damages resulting from its use.

Please keep this message for future reference, and thanks for your support.

Special thanks to the late Bob Sablatura of The Reporters Network and Mark Rollenhagen of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the founders of this list.

–Ted Gest, President, Criminal Justice Journalists

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