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Journalism 772 and 472: Computer-Assisted Reporting

Philip Merrill College of Journalism

University of Maryland

Fall 2011

 

Student presentation websites

& websites for issues in the news:

 

Past semesters

 

 

Sample Format For Submitting Your Links:

 

Transportation

 

The U.S. Department of Transportation

www.dot.gov

 

The National Transportation Safety Board

www.ntsb.gov

 

Office of Hazardous Materials Safety

http://hazmat.dot.gov

 

Searchable Database

 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/

 

Downloadable Database

 

The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety

http://hazmat.dot.gov/pubs/inc/hmisframe.htm

 

Story:

 

“Rails Carry a Growing Risk;

With train traffic through the region surging,

a close call after a recent derailment in San Bernardino raises the question:

Are we ready for a real disaster?”

By Phil Pitchford, Ben Goad, David Danelski and Mark Kawar

The Press-Enterprise, San Bernardino, CA

November 20, 2005

http://www.pe.com/digitalextra/metro/trains/inland.html

 

 

 

Sites for Class Discussions:

 

Some Final Items:

 

Annie Dillard, from The Writing Life

 

Publick Occurrences, Both Forreign and Domestick, 1690

 

Thomas Paine, from Common Sense, 1776

 

Stories all around: The Patrick Hughes Story

 

Mastery in many forms: Shadow puppets

 

“For Their Own Good”

 

“Scraping for Journalism: A Guide for Collecting Data”
Dan Nguyen, The ProPublica Nerd Blog

ProPublica, Dec. 10, 2010

http://www.propublica.org/nerds/item/doc-dollars-guides-collecting-the-data

 

 

 

Medical flights

 

Washington Post project on medical flights

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/nation/medical-helicopters/

 

Trooper 2’s Last Flight

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/22/AR2009082202372.html

 

 

Visual display of data for news

 

http://bit.ly/chinoy_data_viz

 

 

High Steel

 

Smithsonian

http://www.sites.si.edu/exhibitions/exhibits/archived_exhibitions/booming/main.htm

 

http://www.sites.si.edu/images/exhibits/Booming%20Out/index.htm

 

NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=3048030

 

 

New Data Projects from CNS and Maryland Newsline

 

“State Archives' Budget Struggles Leaves Tattered Treasures,”

By Steve Kilar, Capital News Service

April 28, 2011

 

“Arson, Then Foreclosures, Burn Indian Head Home Owners,”

By Steve Kilar, Capital News Service,

April 15, 2011

Detail: “Blacks in Maryland who bought homes between 2004 and 2006 were more than twice as likely to receive subprime rates for their first mortgage as whites with the same income, according to data collected by the federal government and analyzed by Capital News Service.”

 

 “More Than 1,500 Homicides Grow Cold in Prince George's County,”

By Andy Marso, Capital News Service, May 4, 2011

 

“Maryland on Track to Comply with Federal Juvenile Detention Rules,”

By Maggie Clark, Capital News Service, April 29, 2011

 

 

Evolving standards for digital journalism

 

Digital Publishing Guidelines

The Washington Post

Sept. 1, 2011

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/guidelines/index.html

 

 

Mastery in many forms …

 

Shadow puppet

http://jclass.umd.edu/cars/secure/videos/puppet.wmv

 

Four-part fugue

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVadl4ocX0M

 

 

Landing in the Hudson

Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9CZivaR0tU

 

Animation with audio

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imDFSnklB0k

 

Pilot interview

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4784012n&tag=main_home_MediaBox

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sites for Class Presentations:

 

 

Tim - Education K-12

 

Education Writers Association

http://www.ewa.org

 

Education Week

http://www.edweek.org

 

National Center for Education Statistics

http://nces.ed.gov/

 

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

http://www.ncate.org/

 

The Education Trust

http://www.edtrust.org/

 

Consortium for School Networking

http://www.cosn.org/

 

Searchable Database:

 

Maryland State Assessment Data

http://mdk12.org/data/index.html

 

EdMoney.org

http://www.edmoney.org/

 

Downloadable Database:

 

U.S. Census Figures on Education

http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/cats/education.html

 

NAEP: Nations Report Card Data

http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/naepdata/

 

Story:

 

Online Interactive: “Fixing D.C.’s Schools"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/metro/interactives/dcschools/

 

Article: “Can D.C. Schools Be Fixed?"

By Dan Keating and V. Dion Haynes

The Washington Post

June 10, 2007,

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/09/AR2007060901415.html

 

Interview

Link

 

 

 

Annie – Health Care

 

National Institutes of Health: U.S. National Library of Medicine

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

http://www.cdc.gov/

 

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

https://www.cms.gov/

 

Medicare

http://www.medicare.gov/default.aspx

 

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

http://www.phrma.org/

 

Downloadable Database

 

Medicare: Nursing Home Compare, Hospital Compare and Home Health Care Compare

http://www.medicare.gov/Download/downloaddb.asp

 

Searchable Database

 

MAUDE: Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience

http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfMAUDE/search.CFM

 

Story

 

“Hospital chain, already under scrutiny, reports high malnutrition rates”

http://californiawatch.org/health-and-welfare/hospital-chain-already-under-scrutiny-reports-high-malnutrition-rates-8786

By Lance Williams, Christina Jewett and Stephen K. Doig

California Watch

February 19, 2011

 

“How the malnutrition story came together”

http://californiawatch.org/health-and-welfare/how-malnutrition-story-came-together-8790

 

By Lance Williams, Christina Jewett and Stephen K. Doig

California Watch

February 19, 2011

 

 

 

 

Ellen – Environment

 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

www.epa.gov

 

The Army Corps of Engineers

www.usace.army.mil

 

The Council on Environmental Quality

www.whitehouse.gov/ceq

 

The Environmental Law Institute

www.eli.org

 

Searchable Database:

 

The Environmental Defense Fund

www.scorecard.org

 

Downloadable Database:

 

The Toxicology Data Network

http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov

 

Story:

 

“Clean-air picture hazy; Bad data, slow action cloud enforcement efforts.”

By Dan Stockman

The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, IN

March 28, 2010

http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20100328/LOCAL10/303289908/1045/LOCAL10

 

 

 

Drew – The Disadvantaged

 

The National Poverty Center

www.npc.umich.edu

 

The American Public Human Services Association
www.aphsa.org


U.S. Government Accountability Office

www.gao.gov


Searchable database:

 

The Southern Poverty Law Center
www.splcenter.org


Downloadable database:

 

The U.S. Census Bureau
www.census.gov

 

Story:

 

“Pay to win”
Gavin Off, Data Editor
Tulsa World
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Nov. 15, 2009

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=11&articleid=20091115_11_A1_RitaGo41440

 

 

David – Executive Branch 

 

FedWorld

http://www.fedworld.gov/

 

Federal Register

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/

 

Association of Government Accountants

http://agacgfm.org/homepage.aspx

 

Searchable Databases

 

Commerce Business Daily

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cbdnet/index.html

 

Federal Business Opportunities

https://www.fbo.gov/

 

Downloadable Databases

 

Governments Integrated Directory

http://www.census.gov/govs/www/gid.html

 

Story

 

“Obama rewards big bundlers with

jobs, commissions, stimulus money, government contracts, and more”

By Fred Schulte, John Aloysius Farrell and Jeremy Borden

iWatch News, The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, DC

June 15, 2011

http://www.iwatchnews.org/2011/06/15/4880/obama-rewards-big-bundlers-jobs-commissions-stimulus-money-government-contracts-and

 

 

 

Whitney – Law Enforcement (First Part)

 

Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER)

http://www.pacer.gov/

 

Prince George’s County Police Department

http://www.co.pg.md.us/police/

 

United States District Court For the District of Maryland

http://www.mdd.uscourts.gov/default.asp

 

Maryland Judiciary Case Search

http://casesearch.courts.state.md.us/inquiry/inquiry-index.jsp

 

Searchable Database:

 

Bureau of Justice Statistics

http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/

 

Downloadable Database:

 

FBI Uniform Crime Report

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/ucr

 

Story:

 

“More Than 1,500 Homicides Grow Cold in Prince George's County”

By Andy Marso

Capital News Service, College Park, MD

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

http://www.journalism.umd.edu/cns/wire/2011-editions/05-May-editions/110504-Wednesday/ColdCases_CNS-UMCP.html

 

 

 

Madeline – Law Enforcement (Second Part)

 

National Center for Juvenile Justice

http://www.ncjj.org/

 

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network

http://www.rainn.org/

 

Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

http://www.atf.gov/

 

Unified Investigations & Sciences, Arson Investigations

http://www.uis-usa.com/services/arson-investigations.aspx

 

Drug Enforcement Administration

http://www.justice.gov/dea/

 

Searchable Database:

 

Let’s Bring Them Home – Missing Persons

http://www.lbth.org/ncma/content.php?webid=search

 

Downloadable Databases:

 

National Crime Victimization Survey

http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=dcdetail&iid=245

 

Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies

http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=dcdetail&iid=249

 

Story:

 

“Police pursuits: Does risk outweigh benefits?”

By John Tedesco

San Antonio Express-News

May 12, 2010

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Police-pursuits-Does-risk-outweigh-benefits-787565.php?showFullArticle=y

 

Copy of the database used:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AgMD87AAGvocdE40cFo5c2pXOVVDTGtLZ0NLZWFDRmc&hl=en

 

 

Varun – Financial Institutions

 

The Economist Intelligence Unit

http://www.eiu.com/

(can register for free from on-campus computer)

 

Kiplinger

http://www.kiplinger.com/

 

Real Clear Markets

http://www.realclearmarkets.com/

 

Searchable Database

 

The Center for Responsive Politics's database of lawmaker's finances

http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/index.php

 

Downloadable Database

 

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Next-Generation EDGAR System

http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/index.php

 

Story

 

"Congressional Staffers Gain From Trading in Stocks"

By Brody Mullins, Tom McGinty and Jason Zweig

The Wall Street Journal

October 11, 2010

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703431604575522434188603198.html

 

 

Aaron – Companies and the Workplace

 

Story

 

“Part-time board work yielding big-time pay

Public company board average paycheck: $126,398”

By Cary Spivak

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

June 28, 2010

http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/watchdogreports/97242609.html

 

Searchable Database for the article

http://www.jsonline.com/business/97088039.html

 

Securities and Exchange Commission

http://sec.gov/

 

Searchable Database EDGAR

http://sec.gov/edgar.shtml

 

PR Newswire

http://www.prnewswire.com/

 

footnoted*

http://www.footnoted.com/

 

10kWizard

http://www.10kwizard.com/

 

Federal Trade Commission

http://www.ftc.gov/

 

Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/

 

 

 

 

Mike – Higher Education

 

The Chronicle of Higher Education

http://chronicle.com/section/Home/5

 

Education Writers Association

www.ewa.org

 

              EWA Higher Education Study

http://www.ewa.org/docs/higheredsurvey2005.pdf

(page 8)

 

Association for the Study of Higher Education

http://www.ashe.ws/

 

Inside Higher Ed

http://www.insidehighered.com/

 

NCPPHE’s Higher Education

http://www.highereducation.org/

 

Downloadable Database

 

U.S. Dept. of Ed. Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs

http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/

 

Searchable Database

 

OECD Student Demographics: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

http://www.oecd.org/document/54/0,3746,en_2649_37455_38082166_1_1_1_37455,00.html

 

Article

 

“Most Ohio schools depend on student fees, other public help for

Division I intercollegiate sports”

By Rich Exner

The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH

October 13, 2011

http://www.cleveland.com/datacentral/index.ssf/2011/10/most_ohio_schools_depend_on_st.html

 

 

 

Rob – Transportation

 

The U.S. Department of Transportation

www.dot.gov

 

Federal Aviation Administration

www.faa.gov

 

Tire Industry Association

www.tireindustry.org

 

Searchable Database:

 

FAA Aircraft Registry

http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/

 

Downloadable Database:

 

FRA Office of Safety Analysis: Accident Data

http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/officeofsafety/default.aspx

 

Story:

 

 “Danger on the Tracks:

In Deaths at Railroad Crossings, Missing Evidence and Silence”

By Walt Bogdanich

The New York Times, New York, NY

July 11, 2004

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/11/national/11RAILS.html

 

 

 

Sindhu – Licensed professionals

 

Story:

 

“Dollars for Doctors”

October 18, 2010

A joint investigation by ProPublica, NPR, PBS's Nightly Business Report,

the Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe and Consumer Reports

 For ProPublica: Charles Ornstein, Tracy Weber and Dan Nguyen

www.propublica.org

http://www.propublica.org/article/dollars-to-doctors-physician-disciplinary-records

 

 

Downloadable Database

 

Public Use Data File

HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration)

http://www.npdb-hipdb.hrsa.gov/resources/publicData.jsp

 

 

Searchable and Reference Websites

 

National Practitioner Data Bank

American Medical Association

www.ama-assn.org/ama/.../national-practitioner-data-bank.page

 

State Medical Board, Maryland

www.mbp.state.md.us/

 

Directory of State Medical Boards

www.fsmb.org/directory_smb.html

 

Public Citizen Health Research Group

www.citizen.org/hrg

 

Consumers Checkbook

www.checkbook.org/doctors/discipline.cfm