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Journalism 772 and 472: Computer-Assisted Reporting

Philip Merrill College of Journalism

University of Maryland

Fall 2004

 

Issues related to reporting on polls:

 

“Reuters Poll: Bush Grabs One-Point Lead on Kerry”

Reuters on Yahoo News, Oct. 21, 2004

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=615&e=2&u=/nm/20041021/pl_nm/campaign_poll_thursday_dc

 

“AP Poll: Bush, Kerry in Dead Heat”

Associated Press on Yahoo News, Oct. 21, 2004

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=536&e=3&u=/ap/20041021/ap_on_el_pr/president_ap_poll

 

Student presentation Web sites:

 

Mary Ellen – Business

 

Hoovers

http://www.hoovers.com/

 

Securities and Exchange Commission

http://www.sec.gov

 

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware

http://www.deb.uscourts.gov/

 

Databases:

 

Bureau of Labor Statistics

ftp://ftp.bls.gov/pub/news.release/History/mslo.08262004.news

 

FDIC, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Statistics on Depository Institutions

http://www2.fdic.gov/sdi/main.asp

 

Story:

 

“Tax breaks plentiful; results vary –

Indianapolis has given out millions in abatements to companies,

but not all have created the promised jobs.”

Indianapolis Star, Aug. 29, 2004

http://www.indystar.com/articles/3/174267-4433-223.html

 

 

 

Sara – Financial Institutions

 

Conference of State Bank Supervisors

www.csbs.org

 

Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council

http://www.ffiec.gov/default.htm

 

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

www.fdic.gov

 

 

Story:

 

"Swimming With Sharks: Subprime lenders put the bite on Baltimore's Poorest Homeowners"

City Paper, Baltimore

 March 29, 2000

 http://www.citypaper.com/news/story.asp?id=3611

 

 

 

Anna – Nonprofits

 

National Database of Nonprofit Organizations

http://www.guidestar.org

 

Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations

http://www.marylandnonprofits.org

 

Charity Navigator

http://www.charitynavigator.org

 

Internet Nonprofit Center

http://www.nonprofits.org

 

Databases:

 

Maryland Charities Database

http://www.sos.state.md.us/Charity/SearchCharity.htm

 

IRS Exempt Organizations Records

http://www.irs.gov/taxstats/article/0,,id=97186,00.html

 

Story:

 

“Charity Money Funding Perks”

Boston Globe, Nov. 9, 2003

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2003/11/09/charity_money_funding_perks?pg=full

 

 

David – Nonprofits

 

GuideStar

www.guidestar.org

 

IRS

www.irs.gov/charities/index.html

www.irs.gov/taxstats/article/0,,id=97186,00.html

 

Idealist.org, Action Without Borders

www.idealist.org

 

NonProfit Times

www.nptimes.com

 

Database

Oregon Department of Justice Charities Database

www.state.or.us/cgi-bin/OrgQuery.pl

 

Story:

 

“Foundation's Funds Diverted From Mission,”

The Washington Post, September 28, 2004

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55283-2004Sep27.html

 

 

Kevin – Licensed professionals

 

Maryland Dept. of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Division of Occupational Licensing

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

 

The Public Citizen Health Research Group

http://www.citizen.org/hrg/

 

SearchSystems

http://www.searchsystems.net

 

Databases:

 

National Practitioner Databank

http://www.npdb-hipdb.com/publicdata.html

 

Alaska Division of Occupational Licensing

http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/occ/apps/ODStart.cfm

 

Vermont Office of Professional Regulation Databases

http://www.vtprofessionals.org/opr1/opr/oprdatabasedownload.html

 

Story:

 

"Doctor Discipline: Does Nevada Do Enough?"

Reno Gazette-Journal, February 16, 2004

http://www.rgj.com/extra/doctordiscipline04.php

 

 

Jessica – Licensed professionals

 

Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation

www.clearhq.org

 

Licensed Occupation Tool from America’s Career InfoNet

http://www.acinet.org/acinet/lois_start.asp

 

Experior list of professional/trade organizations

http://www.experioronline.com/proorgsites.asp

 

Databases:

 

Pacific Information Resources

http://pac-info.com

 

Maryland’s Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing

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

 

National Practitioner Data Bank

http://www.npdb-hipdb.com/index.html

 

Florida Business and Professional Regulation downloadable databases

http://www.myflorida.com/dbpr/sto/file_download/download_files.shtml

 

 

Story:

 

“Doctors Medicate Strangers on Web”

The Washington Post, October 21, 2003

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A55845-2003Oct20&notFound=true

 

 

Michael – Judicial branch

 

National Mental Health Association

www.nmha.org

 

U.S. Department of Justice

www.usdoj.gov

 

National Legal Aid and Defender Association

www.nlada.org

 

Databases:

 

Alliance For Justice: Judicial Selection Database

http://allianceforjustice.org/judicial/judicial_selection_resources/selection_database/index.html

 

Bureau of Justice Statistics

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

 

Story:

 

Arkansas: Mentally ill inmate put to death”

World Socialist Website, Jan. 8, 2004

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2004/jan2004/exec-j08.shtml

 

 

Jim – Legislative branch

 

Thomas

http://thomas.loc.gov

 

 The Federal Election Commission

www.fec.gov

 

The Center for Responsive Politics

www.opensecrets.org/lobbyists

 

The General Accounting Office

www.gao.gov

 

The Congressional Budget Office

www.cbo.gov

 

Story:

 

DeLay's Corporate Fundraising Investigated;

Money Was Directed to Texas GOP to Help State Redistricting Effort”

The Washington Post, July 12, 2004

http://80-web.lexis-nexis.com.researchport.umd.edu:2050/universe/document?_m=6c31e07587b921d063901c25bc85ec4f&_docnum=1&wchp=dGLbVtb-zSkVb&_md5=fb70df40e2e71cda78f960b458a371e2

 

 

Kathleen – Executive branch

 

FirstGov: Federal Executive Branch

http://www.firstgov.gov/Agencies/Federal/Executive.shtml

 

FEMA: Regional And Area Offices

http://www.fema.gov/regions/index.shtm

 

Federal Register: Main Page

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

 

FEMA: Senior Staff Biographies

http://www.fema.gov/about/bios/bio.shtm

 

Inspector General Directory/Homepages

http://www.ignet.gov/igs/homepage1.html

 

Report of Health and Human Services Contracts (Hawaii)

http://www2.hawaii.gov/spoh/condb/contracts.htm

 

Nutrient Data Laboratory

http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/Data/SR17/dnload/sr17dnld.html

 

Story:

 

“Emergency Funds Spent to Replace Beach Sand”

 Gilbert M. Gaul, The Washington Post, May 30, 2004.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A1111-2004May29.html

 

 

Fulvio – Executive branch

 

Office of the Federal Register

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

 

The Securities and Exchange Commission - Monitoring

http://www.sec.gov

 

Governing.com -- Tracking the Executive Branch

http://www.governing.com

 

Databases:

 

Federal State and Local Governments - Data:

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

 

The Federal Elections Commission - Candidate Filings:

http://www.fec.gov/

 

Story:

 

“Governor's Mansion dodges large cuts;

Some contend staff is too big”

Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.)

Sunday, October 10, 2004

http://www.courier-journal.com/localnews/2004/10/10ky/A1-mansion1010-10146.html

 

 

 

Ryan – Education

 

National Education Association

http://www.nea.org/

 

U.S. Department of Education

http://www.ed.gov/index.jhtml

 

Education Writers Association

http://www.ewa.org/

 

Databases:

 

Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey Data

http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/pubschuniv.asp

part of National Center for Education Statistics’

Common Core of Data

 http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/ccddata.asp

 

Academic Standards and Assessment System, from JES & Co.

http://www.jesmls.org/default.aspx

 

Reporting project:

 

 “Schools Underreport Crime.”

Roanoke Times, May 17, 2003

http://www.roanoke.com/roatimes/news/story154119.html

 

First  in an ongoing look at Roanoke city schools underreporting crime statistics

http://www.roanoke.com/special_reports/8447.html

 

Other stories in this series include:

 

  “Resource Officers Have Unique Perspective on School Safety Issues,” June 1, 2003

   http://www.roanoke.com/roatimes/news/story154056.html

 

     “Are Roanoke School Safe?”

June 1, 2003

http://www.roanoke.com/roatimes/news/story154011.html

 

 

 

Emily – Education

 

American Federation of Teachers

(“News” and “Hot Topics”)

http://www.aft.org

 

 

Education Resources Information Center

(searchable database of articles in education literature)

http://www.eric.ed.gov

 

Center for the Prevention of School Violence

http://www.ncdjjdp.org/cpsv/

 

National Education Association

http://www.nea.org

 

Databases:

 

International Archive of Education Data

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

 

National Center for Education Statistics:  Common Core of Data

http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/ccddata.asp

 

Story:

 

“School closings, lax oversight lead to record long bus rides”

The Charleston Gazette, Charleston, West Virginia

Aug. 25, 2002

http://www.wvgazette.com/section/Series/Closing+Costs/200208267

 

 

Koki – Law enforcement

 

Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Department of Justice

http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/

 

National Criminal Justice Reference Service

http://www.ncjrs.org/

 

Racial Profiling Data Collection Resource Center

http://www.racialprofilinganalysis.neu.edu/index.php

 

Public Safety and Emergency Management

http://www.statelocalgov.net/50states-public-safety.htm

 

Officer.com - for Law Enforcement Professionals

www.officer.com

 

Databases:

 

The Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

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

 

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

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

 

The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics

http://www.search.org/programs/policy/states.asp

 

Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services,

Division of Corrections Inmate Locator

http://www.dpscs.state.md.us/inmate/

 

Reporting project:

 

“Unequal Force”

Austin American-Statesman, January 25-28 and March 28, 2004

http://www.statesman.com/specialreports/content/specialreports/useofforce/index.html

 

 

Kevin – Law enforcement

 

Www.Cybercrime.Gov

http://www.cybercrime.gov/

 

DEA

http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/index.htm

 

DOJ

http://www.usdoj.gov/

 

Databases:

 

U.S. Department of Justice – Office of Justice Programs

Bureau of Justice Statistics

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

 

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD)

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/NACJD/archive.html#subject

 

Story:

 

“Special Report: Under 12 / Under Arrest”

St. Petersburg Times

Dec. 17, 2000

http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/65275927.html?MAC=07ba5b7837bd3c297757dcf37899ef48&did=65275927&FMT=FT&FMTS=FT&date=Dec+17%2C+2000&author=CURTIS+KRUEGER&printformat=&desc=SPECIAL+REPORT+%2F%2F+UNDER+12+%2F+UNDER+ARREST+Series%3A+UNDER+12+%2F+UNDER+ARREST

 

 

Elizabeth – Health care

 

Health Insurance Info

http://www.healthinsuranceinfo.net/

 

Medical Terms

http://www.medterms.com/script/main/hp.asp

 

American Medical Association

http://www.ama-assn.org/

 

Databases:

 

National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nichsr/hsrsites.html

 

Maryland Minority Health Disparities

http://www.dhmh.state.md.us/hd/

 

Story:

“Is Kaiser The Future Of American Health Care?”

Steve Lohr, The New York Times

October 31, 2004 Sunday

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/31/business/yourmoney/31hmo.html?th

 

 

Lindsey R. – Health care

 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

http://www.fda.gov

 

National Committee For Quality Assurance

http://www.ncqa.org/

 

Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

http://www.jcaho.org/

 

Institute for Safe Medication Practices

http://www.ismp.org/

 

National Council of State Boards of Nursing

http://www.nursys.com

 

National Library of Medicine

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

 

Databases:

 

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Control

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/

 

Medical Device Reporting

FDA

http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/mdr/

 

Reporting project:

 

Series: “Risky RX”

Story: “‘Off-label’ Drugs Take Their Toll”

“A six-month probe has found that patients nationwide are being injured and killed

 as doctors routinely prescribe drugs in ways the FDA never certified as safe and effective.”

Knight Ridder, November 2, 2003

http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/news/special_packages/riskyrx/

 

 

Jenae – Utilities

 

Baltimore Gas & Electric

www.bge.com

 

National Association of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners 

www.naruc.org

 

 General Accounting Office

www.gao.gov

 

Federal Communications Commission

www.fcc.gov

 

Databases

 

Federal Communications Commission (MD)

http://www.fcc.gov/mb/engineering/liststate.html

 

Scorecard (Lead in MD drinking water)

http://www.scorecard.org/env-releases/lead/state.tcl?fips_state_code=24#rank

 

California Public Utilities Commission

http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/static/jobs_consultant/consultants/wmbe/database.htm

 

Story:

 

“PUC to Tackle Electricity Plan; Governor seeks to advance supply deadline. Foes cite excess capacity, cost “

Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times, October 12, 2004

http://web.lexis-nexis.com/universe/document?_m=bc2a9591d911e479ed6b33031fabb165&_docnum=2&wchp=dGLbVtb-zSkVb&_md5=6c64d3f92e64723910fa48bae84f8fb3

 

 

 

Kristen – Utilities

 

Department of Energy

Energy Information Administration

Electricity, Coal, Nuclear, Oil, Gas and alternative fuels:

http://www.eia.doe.gov/

 

Federal Communications Commission:

http://www.fcc.gov/

 

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (non-gov.):

http://www.naruc.org/

 

Databases

 

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

http://www.ferc.gov/

 

Environmental Protection Agency

Local Drinking Water Information:

http://www.epa.gov/safewater/dwinfo.htm

 

Scorecard

Investigate Pollution Topics:

http://www.scorecard.org/env-releases/index.tcl

 

Story

 

"PUC votes to deregulate utilities"

San Francisco Examiner

Thursday, December 21, 1995

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/examiner/archive/1995/12/21/NEWS14820.dtl

 

 

Tisha – Transportation

 

Highway Safety and Information System

http://www.hsisinfo.org/

 

U.S. Department of Transportation

http://www.dot.gov/

 

Research and Special Programs Administration Office of Hazardous Materials Safety

http://hazmat.dot.gov

 

Databases:

 

Bureau of Transportation Statistics

http://www.transtats.bts.gov

 

Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc

http://www.ire.org/extraextra/archives/cat_transportation.html

 

Story:

 

Oregon State Effort Serves as Model for Problem Roads”

Toledo Blade, Nov. 16, 2004

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041116/NEWS11/411160309

 

“How the Project was Done

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041114/SRROADWAYS/41114014&SearchID=73190165221792

 

 

 

Rebecca – Transportation

 

National Transportation Safety Board

www.ntsb.gov

 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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

 

U.S. Coast Guard

www.uscg.mil

 

Databases:

 

FAA Downloadable Data

www.faa.gov/arp/safety/5010/index.cfm

 

Fatality Analysis Report System (NHTSA)

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

 

Story:

 

"In Deaths at Rail Crossings, Missing Evidence and Silence"

The New York Times, July 11, 2004

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/11/national/11RAILS.html?pagewanted=1&ei=5090&en=25adfadac9955a6c&ex=1247198400&partner=rssuserland

 

 

 

Evan – Real Estate

 

American Society of Home Inspectors

http://www.ashi.org/

 

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

http://www.hud.gov/

 

National Low-Income Housing Coalition

www.nlihc.org

 

Urban Land Institute

www.uli.org

 

Story:

 

“Home Invasion: Owners, renters, entangled in real estate nightmare”

The Daily News, Longview, Washington

Nov. 19, 2004

http://www.tdn.com/articles/2004/11/20/top_story/news01.txt

 

 

Kim – The environment

 

Society of Environmental Journalists

www.sej.org

 

Environment Writer

www.environmentwriter.org

 

National Safety Council’s Environmental Health Care

www.nsc.org/ehc.htm

 

Maryland Department of the Environment

www.mde.state.md.us

 

Databases:

 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Databases

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

 

U.S Geological Survey

www.usgs.gov

 

Toxicology and Environmental Health

http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/Tox/ToxMain.html

 

Story:

 

“Special Series: The Poultry Industry’s Pollution”

Peter S. Goodman, The Washington Post

August 1-3, 1999,

First of three articles: “An Unsavory Byproduct; Runoff and Nutrient Pollution”

http://80-web.lexis-nexis.com.researchport.umd.edu:2050/universe/document?_m=454ded6a753b66e0e5a327f6f141ba71&_docnum=24&wchp=dGLbVlz-zSkVb&_md5=1fa1f965b4be15ed5c14e08a64dea113

 

 

Lindsey K. – The environment

 

Environmental Protection Agency's homepage.

http://epa.gov/

 

EPA data

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

http://www.epa.gov/tri/

 

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

http://www.nrc.gov/

 

National Library of Medicine

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

 

Society of Environmental Journalists resources page.

http://sej.org/resource/index3.htm

 

Story:

 

“Families in danger from smelter fallout;

For decades, no warning of hazards”

Detroit Free Press, January 22, 2003

http://www.freep.com/news/childrenfirst/smelt22_20030122.htm

 

 

 

Katrina – The world of the disadvantaged

 

Childstats.gov: Forum on child and family statistics

http://www.childstats.gov/

 

USDA: Food and Nutrition Services

http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns/

 

U.S. Census Bureau: Poverty

http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty.html

 

Agingstats.gov: Forum on Aging-Related Statistics

http://www.agingstats.gov/

 

Databases:

 

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/tanfindex.htm

 

National Center for Health Statistics: Children’s Health

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/children.htm

 

National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers and Clients:

http://www.census.gov/prod/www/nshapc/NSHAPC4.html

 

Story:

 

“Too Young to Die”

San Francisco Chronicle

Five-part series, October 3-7, 2004

http://www.sfgate.com/n/s/p/2004/infantmortality/

 

 

 

Jen – The world of the disadvantaged

 

U.S. Census Poverty Page

http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty.html

 

 

Information for Decision Making (IFDM)

http://www.financeprojectinfo.org/

 

The Economic Development Administration

http://www.eda.gov

 

The Administration for Children and Families

http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/index.html

 

Stories:

 

“Too Young to Die”

San Francisco Chronicle

Five-part series, Oct. 3-7, 2004

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/10/03/MNINFANTMOMETHOD.DTL

 

http://www.sfgate.com/n/s/p/2004/infantmortality/