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Journalism 772 and 472: Computer-Assisted Reporting

Philip Merrill College of Journalism

University of Maryland

Fall 2002

 

Class Web sites:

 

Dan:  Investigating the executive branch

 

Links to state executive agency web sites

www.statelocalgov.net/index.cfm

 

Federal Register

www.access.gpo.gov/nara

 

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Government employment data

http://www.bls.gov/iag/iag.government.htm

 

U.S. Census:  Public employment and payroll

http://www.census.gov/ftp/pub/govs/www/apes.html

 

FROM CLASS DISCUSSION:

 

IGnet:  Federal inspectors general

www.ignet.gov

 

Yahoo:  Government fraud and waste links

http://dir.yahoo.com/Government/U_S__Government/Politics/Political_Issues/Government_Fraud_and_Waste/

 

 

Juan:  Investigating the executive branch

 

Databases:

Presidential disclosures, Federal Election Commission

http://www.fec.gov/finance/newftp1.htm

 

Government Research Center (subscription)

http://grc.ntis.gov

Agricola

Federal Research

 

Helpful websites

GPO access, multidatabase search

http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/multidb.html

 

The Council for Excellence in Government

http://www.excelgov.org/

 

Govexec.com

http://www.govexec.com/about.htm

 

 

 

Jennifer:  Investigating the legislative branch

 

 

The Center for Responsive Politics:  OpenSecrets.org

www.opensecrets.org

 

The Campaign Finance Information Center

www.campaignfinance.org

 

Federal Election Commission

www.fec.gov

 

The Center for Public Integrity:  State Projects

www.50statesonline.org

 

Library of Congress:  Thomas

http://thomas.loc.gov

 

General Accounting Office

www.gao.gov

 

 

Kristin:  Investigating education

 

Maryland Higher Education Commission

http://www.mhec.state.md.us

 

Maryland State Department of Education:  School performance

http://www.msp.msde.state.md.us

 

ERIC:  Educational Resources Information Center

http://www.eric.ed.gov

 

Links to online databases:

 

Trends in Maryland higher education degrees by race and gender:

http://www.mhec.state.md.us/Research/StudiesandReports/Annual%20Reports/TrendsindegreeandCertificatebyRaceandGenderMHEC.pdf

 

2001 Maryland School Performance Report Card:

http://www.msp.msde.state.md.us/rawdata/index.asp

 

 

Meghan:  Investigating education

 

Education Week, education's newspaper of record

http://www.edweek.org/

 

Download Ed Week's Access spreadsheets on student achievement at

http://www.edweek.org/sreports/qc02/reports/achieve-t1.htm

 

AskEric:  the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)

http://ericir.syr.edu/

 

National Center for Education Statistics

http://nces.ed.gov/

 

Download data on the grade the public would give schools in their community

http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2002/digest2001/tables/dt022.asp

 

 

Gabriel:  Investigating law enforcement

 

Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics -- lists some available spreadsheets.

  http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/dtdata.htm#index

 

Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics publications; lists reports available online.

    http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pubalp2.htm#tsdcp

 

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

    http://www.atf.treas.gov/

 

CopCrimes lists crimes committed by police.

    http://www.copcrimes.com/

 

American Civil Liberties Union, police practices page highlights controversial issues in policing.

    http://www.aclu.org/PolicePractices/PolicePracticesMain.cfm

 

 CopWatch cites accounts of police in trouble for misusing their databases.

    http://copwatch.temppublish.com/databaseabuse.html

 

The Digital Information Society's page lists the frequencies many police departments use to communicate

http://www.phreak.org/index/archive01/radio/freqlst/freqlst.shtml

 

Fraternal Order of Police main page.  Links include local FOP contacts.

    http://www.grandlodgefop.org/

 

Maryland Citizens Defense League – offers some spreadsheets to download. Information not current.

http://www.mcdl.org/MD_Info/2000/MCDL_Testimony2000ltr.htm

http://www.mcdl.org/stats.htm

 

Kelli:  Investigating law enforcement

 

National Criminal Justice Reference Service

http://www.ncjrs.org/index.html

 

Organized Crime, A Crime Statistics Site

http://crime.org/

 

USA Department of Corrections Directory

http://www.prisonpenpals.com/corrections.html

 

Access to Places

http://www.rcfp.org/places/

 

Links to downloadable databases

 

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Statistical Briefing Book

http://www.ojjdp.ncjrs.org/ojstatbb/index.html

 

U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics

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

 

 

Sarah H.:  Investigating the world of the disadvantaged

 

PovertyNet

http://www.worldbank.org/poverty/

 

Child Well-Being and Poverty

http://www.socio.com/data_arc/cwp_0.htm

(downloadable sets for fee)

 

U.S. Department of Labor-Bureau of Labor Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/bls/blswage.htm

 

National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect

http://www.ndacan.cornell.edu/

 

 

Betsy:  Investigating the judicial system

 

Great filling station for legal journalists (This is the mother lode of info!):

http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/journalists.htm

 

Questions to ask while doing research:

 

First question: What does the law actually say? What is the procedure?

The Constitution-

http://www.house.gov/Constitution/Constitution.html

 

Federal Law (codified)-

http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/

 

Code of Federal Regulations:

http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/

 

Court Law-  Supreme Court rulings (by topic)-

http://supct.law.cornell.edu/supct/cases/topic.htm

 

Federal Court and Some State Court Rulings and Databases:

www.courts.net  9/19/02 and 10/24/00

 

Federal Courts pleadings:  Access to pleadings will cost you-

http://www.uscourts.gov/electaccrt.html

 

Bankruptcy and Immigration Rulings

http://www.lra4law.com/links.htm

 

Tax Court:

http://www.ustaxcourt.gov/

 

Felicia:  Investigating the private sector

 

Federal Reserve

www.federalreserver.gov/rnd.htm

 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

www.osha.gov

 

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

www.eeoc.gov/stats/census/states.html

 

Federal Labor Relations Authority

www.flra.gov

 

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

www.sec.gov

 

Luciana:  Investigating the judicial system

 

U.S. Courts site maintained by Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts

http://www.uscourts.gov/

 

Federal Court Clerks’ Association

http://www.id.uscourts.gov/fcca.htm

 

Findlaw portal site

www.findlaw.com

 

The National Center for State Courts

http://www.ncsconline.org/

 

The Legal Information Institute

http://www.law.cornell.edu/states/

 

Maryland Judiciary page

http://www.courts.state.md.us/siteindex.html

 

datasets:

 

Bureau of Justice Statistics Sourcebook Online

http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/

 

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/NACJD/

 

 

Allen:  Investigating licensed professionals

 

Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation

www.clearhq.org

 

Search Systems: "Your Public records network."

www.searchsystems.net

 

American Bar Association

www.abanet.org/legaled/baradmissions/barcont.html

 

Public Citizen's Health Research Group

www.questionabledoctors.org

 

 

copying data from web query engines:

 

Licensed cosmetologists in Maryland

 http://www.dllr.state.md.us/query/cosmet.html

 

Other licensed professionals in Maryland

http://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/occprof/

 

 

Christine:  Investigating businesses and their employees

 

National Association of Secretaries of State

http://www.nass.org/

 

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

http://www.sec.gov/

 

Hoover's Online: The Business Information Authority

http://www.hoovers.com/

 

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

www.cpsc.gov

 

U.S. Census Bureau: Statistics of U.S. Businesses

http://www.census.gov/csd/susb/susb.htm

 

Small Business Administration: Economic Statistics and

Research

http://www.sba.gov/advo/stats/#demog

 

U.S. Department of Labor: Occupational Safety & Health

Administration (OSHA inspections)

http://155.103.6.10/cgi-bin/est/est1

 

 

Jill:  Investigating nonprofits

 

Guidestar

http://www.guidestar.org/

http://www.guidestar.org/npo/nparticles/index.jsp

http://www.guidestar.org/news/features/ratios.stm

 

National Center for Charitable Statistics

http://nccs.urban.org/links.htm

 

State searchable databases

http://www.lawresearch.com/investigate/State-inv-Databases.htm

 

Downloadable data

http://anfdata.urban.org/drsurvey/welcome_proceed.cfm

http://www.irs.ustreas.gov/taxstats/article/0,,id=101998,00.html

 

 

Maria:  Investigating health care

 

Medicare

www.medicare.gov

 

American Hospital Association

www.aha.org

 

Centers for medicare and medicaid services

www.cms.hhs.gov

 

FDA, MAUDE (Manufacturer and User Facility Experience ) data

   www.fda.gov/cdrh/maude.html

 

National Library of Medicine

www.nlm.nih.gov

 

Maryland Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene Office of Health Care Quality

www.dhmh.state.md.us/ohcq

 

 

Sarah S.:  Investigating nonprofits

 

Charity Watch

charitywatch.com

 

The Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Non-profit Management

www.pfdf.org

 

The National Database of Non-Profit Organizations

www.guidestar.org

 

The National Center for Charitable Statistics

http://nccs.urban.org

 

Better Business Bureau

www.bbb.org

 

American Institute of Philanthropy

www.charitywatch.org

 

 

Hazel:  Investigating transportation

 

Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office

www.ciao.gov

 

National Infrastructure Protection Center

www.nipc.org

 

Landings.com

www.landings.com

 

Banco Mundial

www.worldbank.org

 

Interamerican Development Bank

www.iadb.org

 

 

Justin:  Investigating utilities

 

The Federal Communications Commission

http://www.fcc.gov

 

The Department of Energy

http://www.doe.gov

 

The Environmental Protection Agency

http://www.epa.gov

 

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

http://www.ferc.gov

 

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

http://www.nrel.gov

 

Minerals Management Service

http://www.mms.gov

 

Edison Electric Institute

http://www.eei.org

 

Environmental Defense Fund's Scorecard

http://www.scorecard.org

 

Envirolink

http://www.envirolink.org

 

 

Eric:  Investigating transportation

 

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

www.highwaysafety.org

 

National Transportation Safety Board

www.ntsb.gov

 

Coast Guard Boating Information

www.uscgboating.org

 

Air Transportation

www.landings.com

 

Federal Railroad Administration

www.fra.dot.gov

 

Office of Pipeline Safety

http://ops.dot.gov/

 

Office of Hazardous Material Safety

http://hazmat.dot.gov/

 

 

Nicki:  Investigating environmental issues

 

Maryland Department of the Environment

www.mde.state.md.us/

 

House Public Works and Transportation Committee www.opensecrets.org/1994os/osdata/osp158.pdf

 

Senate and Public Works

www.senate.gov/~epw/

 

EPA Envirofacts Data Warehouse

www.epa.gov/enviro/index_java.html

 

Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Laboratory

www.wes.army.mil/el/t2dbase.html

 

United Nations Environment Programme

www.unep.org/

 

 

 

William:  Investigating housing

 

Tax and property records

http://www.dat.state.md.us/

http://www.netronline.com/public_records.htm

 

Neighborhood stats

http://list.realestate.yahoo.com/re/neighborhood/main.html

 

A national directory of local home inspectors

http://www.ashi.org/

 

Real estate transactions and liens (paid site)

http://www.lexisnexis.com/clients/rebuz/

 

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

http://www.hud.gov/

 

 

Elizabeth:  Investigating environmental issues

 

EPA Topics

http://www.epa.gov/epahome/topics.html

 

Society of Environmental Journalists

http://www.sej.org/

 

Maryland Department of the Environment

http://www.mde.state.md.us/

 

Data:

 

EPA Data

http://www.epa.gov/epahome/Data.html

 

EPA Envirofacts

http://www.epa.gov/enviro/

 

TOXNET - Toxics Release Inventory

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