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Journalism 772 and 472: Computer-Assisted Reporting

Philip Merrill College of Journalism

University of Maryland

Fall 2006

 

Student presentation Web sites

and Web sites 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

 

 

 

 

LINKS FOR CLASS DISCUSSIONS:

 

D.C. Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP) – searchable database:

http://app.ocp.dc.gov/RUI/information/awards/all_awards.asp?radio=3

 

 

“Liveliest D.C. Neighborhoods Also Jumping With Robberies”

By Allison Klein and Dan Keating

The Washington Post

Friday, October 13, 2006; Page A01

Story:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/12/AR2006101201813.html

Map:  http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/metro/pdf/robbery_101306.pdf

 

 

“City agrees to settlement in parking garage records case;

After five years, a magazine in Spokane, Wash.,

gets a check from city leaders who also publicly apologize for violating state law.”

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Oct. 5, 2006

http://www.rcfp.org/news/2006/1005-foi-cityag.html

 

 

 

 

LINKS FOR STUDENT PRESENTATIONS:

 

Rick - Education

 

Education Writers Association

www.ewa.org

 

Edweek.org

www.edweek.org

 

U.S. Department of Education research and statistics

http://www.ed.gov/rschstat/landing.jhtml?src=rt

 

Public Agenda

http://www.publicagenda.org/issues/frontdoor.cfm?issue_type=education

 

Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families

http://www.cjc.umd.edu/resources/education.cfm

 

Searchable Database:

 

Maryland State Department of Education

  http://msp.msde.state.md.us/

 

Education Commission on the States

http://www.ecs.org/ecsmain.asp?page=/html/educationIssues/ECSStateNotes.asp

 

Downloadable Database:

 

National Center for Education Statistics

http://nces.ed.gov

 

Story

“Schools That Work”

By Megan Boldt, MaryJo Sylwester, Meggen Lindsay and Doug Belden

The Pioneer Press, St. Paul, MN

Sunday, June 4, 2006

http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/14729521.htm

 

“Pioneer Press Analysis”

http://www2.kricar.com/stpaul/schools/about_reg.asp

 

 

 

Matilda – Environment

 

Environmental Protection Agency

www.epa.gov

 

EPA’s Envirofacts Website.

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

 

Society of Environmental Journalists

www.sej.org

 

The IRE Center for Science, Heath and Environmental Journalism

http://www.ire.org/sciencecenter.html

 

Alphabetical list of Databases and Software

http://www.epa.gov/epahome/abcdata.htm

 

Searchable Database

 

The Toxic Release Inventory

www.epa.gov/tri

 

Downloadable Database

 

Clean Air Act Database Browser

http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/page/caa_browse.html

 

Story:

 

Marshall Plant State's Top Mercury Polluter”

By Ken Ward Jr.

The Charleston Gazette, Charleston, WV

August 14, 2005

http://jclass.umd.edu/cars/secure/Stories/WV_Mercury_pollution.htm

(class Web site logon and password required)

 

Web Links for Class Discussion

 

Cleanup of Mercury-Contaminated Chlor-alkali Sites

http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/hazwaste/mercury/cleanup.htm

 

 

 

Scott – Transportation

 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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

 

Air Transport Association of America

http://www.airlines.org/home/default.aspx

 

Federal Railroad Administration

http://www.fra.dot.gov/

 

U.S. Department of Transportation

http://www.dot.gov/

 

National Transportation Safety Board

http://www.ntsb.gov/

 

Searchable Database:

 

Bureau of Transportation Statistics

http://www.bts.gov/

 

Downloadable Database:

 

Federal Railroad Administration: Office of Safety Analysis

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

 

Story:

 

“Death on the Tracks”

By Walt Bogdanich

The New York Times

December 30, 2004

http://www.nytimes.com/ref/national/deathonthetracks_index.html

 

 

 

Andrea – Health Care

 

World Health Organization

www.who.int

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

www.cdc.gov

 

National Institutes of Health

http://health.nih.gov/

 

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

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

 

Food and Drug Administration

http://www.fda.gov

 

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

http://www.cms.hhs.gov

 

 

Searchable Databases

 

National Practitioner Databank/Healthcare Integrity and Protection Databank

http://www.npdb-hipdb.hrsa.gov/

 

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Databases

(Includes searches for licensed physicians and healthcare providers)

http://www.dhmh.state.md.us/health/index.htm

 

Downloadable Databases

 

Medicare Downloadable Databases

(Includes databases for dialysis facilities, nursing homes, etc.)

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

 

FDA Manufacturer and User Facility Experience (MAUDE)

(Documents “adverse events” involving medical devices)

http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/maude.html

 

CDC National Center for Health Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/datawh/ftpserv/ftpdata/ftpdata.htm

 

Story

 

“Some Dentists Barred Elsewhere Practice Here”

Part I of the series: “Toothless: Washington’s Lax Dental Oversight”

By Michelle Nicolosi

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Seattle, Washington

October 3, 2005

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/specials/dentists/

 

 

George – The Judicial System

 

National Mental Health Association

http://www.nmha.org/

 

Professional Bail Agents of the United States

http://www.pbus.com/

 

The U.S. Parole Commission

http://www.usdoj.gov/uspc/parole.htm

 

Searchable Databases:

 

The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory

www.martindale.com

 

Federal Bureau of Prisons

www.bop.gov

 

Downloadable Database:

 

The Nation Center for State Courts

www.ncsconline.org

 

 

Story

“Seattle Blacks Twice as Likely to get Tickets: 324,000 traffic citations analyzed.”

By Andrew Garber

The Seattle Times, Seattle, WA

Wednesday, June 14, 2000

http://jclass.umd.edu/cars/secure/Stories/Seattle_Tickets.htm

(class Web site logon and password required)

 

Club owners fight new adult entertainment rules.”

By George A. Jackson IV

The Greenbelt Gazette, Greenbelt, MD

Thurday, September 21, 2006

http://www.gazette.net/stories/092106/greenew181750_31945.shtml

 

 

 

Sylvie – Law enforcement

 

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

www.atf.treas.gov

 

The National Consortium for Justice Information Statistics

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

 

Officer.com

www.officer.com

 

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

www.ustreas.gov/fletc

 

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD)

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

 

Bureau of Justice Statistics Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

www.albany.edu/sourcebook/

 

Searchable Database

 

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies

www.calea.org

 

Downloadable Database

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

www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs

 

Story:

 

“Speed Trap:  Who Gets a Ticket, Who Gets a Break?”

By Bill Dedman and Francie Latour

The Boston Globe

July 20, 2003

http://www.boston.com/globe/metro/packages/tickets/072003.shtml

 

 

Laquasha – Executive Branch

 

FirstGov.—The U.S. Government’s Official Web Portal

http://www.firstgov.gov/

 

State and Local Government on the Net

http://www.statelocalgov.net/

 

Maryland State Government Page

http://maryland.gov/

 

U.S. Government Printing Office

http://www.gpo.gov/

 

Searchable Databases

 

D. C. Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP)

http://ocp.dc.gov/ocp/site/default.asp

 

U.S. Government Printing Office—GPO Access Online Resources

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/databases.html

 

The White House

http://www.whitehouse.gov/

 

Downloadable Databases

 

FedStats

http://www.fedstats.gov/

 

U.S. Census Bureau—Federal, State, and Local Governments

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

 

Story:

 

“District Dodges Spending Laws:

Companies Snare Contracts With Connections, Not Competition.”

By  Dan Keating and David S. Fallis

Washington Post; Washington, D.C.

November 27, 2005

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/26/AR2005112601139.html

 

 

Aliza – Legislative Branch

 

Center for Public Integrity

http://www.publicintegrity.org

 

Congressional Budget Office

http://www.cbo.gov

 

General Accounting Office

http://www.gao.gov

 

Library of Congress, Congressional Links

http://thomas.loc.gov

 

Searchable database:

 

Center for Responsive Politics, Lobbyist Database

http://www.opensecrets.org/lobbyists/

 

Downloadable database:

 

Federal Election Commission, Downloadable Data Files

http://www.fec.gov/finance/disclosure/ftp_download.shtml

 

 

Story:

 

"For Murphy, Good Government Means Good Business" from the series "Boss Hog, North Carolina Pork Revolution,"

by Pat Stith and Joby Warrick,

The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), Feb.22, 1995.

http://www.pulitzer.org/year/1996/public-service/works/3pork.html

 

 

 

Hortense - Nonprofits and charities

 

Searchable databases

 

Foundation Center

http://foundationcenter.org

 

Charity Navigator

www.charitynavigator.org

 

National Center for Charity Statistics

http://nccsdataweb.urban.org/FAQ/index.php?category=31

 

Guidestar

http://www.guidestar.org

 

Internal Revenue Service

http://www.irs.gov

 

Downloadable databases

 

Department of Justice in the state of Oregon

http://www.doj.state.or.us/cgi-bin/charigroup_db_start.pl

 Oregon downloadable database

 

Internal Revenue Service

http://www.irs.gov

 

Background

 

National Association of State Charity Officials

www.nasconet.org

 

BBB Wise Giving Alliance

www.give.org

 

Council on Foundations

www.cof.org

 

State Charity Databases on the web

http://www.internet-prospector.org/charities.htm

 

Maryland Secretary of State Website

http://www.sos.state.md.us/index.asp

 

Story

 

“Some officers of charities steer assets to themselves”

By Matt Carroll and Globe Staff

The Boston Globe, Boston Mass

October 9, 2003

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2003/10/09/some_officers_of_charities_steer_assets_to_selves?pg=full

 

 

 

Hallie – Business

 

Searchable databases:

 

PR Newswire, through United Business Media

 www.prnewswire.com

 

Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway site

www.businesswire.com

 

National Labor Relations Bureau

www.nlrb.gov

 

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

www.sec.gov

 

Downloadable databases:

 

U.S. Federal Election Commission

www.fec.gov

 

U.S. Department of Labor

http://www.bls.gov/data/

 

Story:

 

“At a Texas Foundry, an Indifference to Life”

By David Barstow and Lowell Bergman

with additional reporting by James Sandler and Robin Stein

The New York Times

January 8, 2003

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/08/national/08PIPE.html?ex=1161795856&ei=1&en=cc5d55d83ad88a29

 

 

Hillary – Real estate

 

The Bureau of Land Management

http://www.blm.gov

 

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

http://www.hud.gov/

 

Public Housing Authorities Directors Association

www.phada.org

 

Online Database:

 

Research Property Search

http://sdatcert3.resiusa.org/rp_rewrite/

 

Downloadable Database:

 

Assisted Housing (HUD)

http://www.huduser.org/datasets/assthsg.html

 

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

 

 

Taya – The disadvantaged

 

The United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service:

http://www.fns.usda.gov/pd/fspmain.htm

 

Casey Journalism Center for Children and Families, University of Maryland:

http://casey.umd.edu

 

American Public Human Services Association:

http://www.aphsa.org/policy/issuepolicy-list.asp#child%

 

The Federal Office of Family Assistance:

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/particip/indexparticip.htm

 

Searchable databases

 

The U.S. Census Bureau

http://factfinder.census.gov/

 

The Finance Project Federal Funding catalog

www.financeproject.org/fedfund/index.asp

 

 

Downloadable databases

 

The Office of Inspector General’s Exclusion Program:

http://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/exclusions.html

 

The U.S. Census Bureau:

http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/saipe/tables.html

 

Story

 

“From birth, hardships begin assault”

By John Archibald and Jeff Hansen.

The Birmingham News, Birmingham, Ala.

July,28 2002

http:www.al.com/specialreport/birminghamnews/?blackbelt/blackbelt11.html

 

 

 

Anju – International

 

CIA – World Fact Book

https://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html

 

Investigative Reporters and Editors

http://www.ire.org/

 

Human Rights Watch

www.hrw.org

 

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

Statistical Sites on the World Wide Web

http://www.bls.gov/bls/other.htm#International

 

Infobel

http://www.infobel.com/teldir/default.asp

 

Searchable Database

 

The World Trade Organization

http://stat.wto.org/Home/WSDBHome.aspx?Language=E

 

Downloadable Database

 

U.S. Census Bureau – International Database

http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/idbnew.html

 

Story:

 

‘The Toll of War’

The Dayton Daily News

October 24, 2004

By Russell Carollo, Larry Kaplow, Mike Wagner and Ken McCall

http://jclass.umd.edu/cars/secure/Stories/war_claims.htm

(class Web site logon and password required)

 

 

Esther – Licensed Professionals

 

Maryland Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

http://www.dllr.state.md.us/pq/

 

Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (Professional Associations)

http://www.clearhq.org/associations.htm

 

State-level Department of Human Resources (Alabama)

http://www.dhr.state.al.us/Index.asp

 

Searchable database:

 

National Child Care Information Center

Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

http://www.nccic.org/

 

Library of Congress – Thomas

http://thomas.loc.gov/

 

National Practitioner Data Bank – Public Data Files

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

 

Downloadable databases:

 

Internal Revenue Service

http://www.irs.gov/index.html

 

National Association for Regulatory Administration

http://www.nara.affiniscape.com/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=99

 

Story:

 

“Religion Trumps Regulation As Legal Exemptions Grow”

By Diana B. Henriques,

computer analysis conducted by Andrew Lehren,

online research assistance provided by Donna Anderson

The New York Times

October 8, 2006

http://jclass.umd.edu/cars/secure/Stories/NYT_religion.htm

(class Web site logon and password required)

 

 

Patricia -- Insurance

 

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners

http://www.naic.org/

 

The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud

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

 

The Insurance Services Office

http://www.iso.com/

 

The National Association of Compensation Insurance Inc.

https://www.ncci.com/NCCI/index.aspx

 

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB)

https://www.nicb.org/cps/rde/xchg/nicb/hs.xsl/index.htm

 

The Fraud Defense Network

http://frauddefensenetwork.com/

 

The Maryland Insurance Administration

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

 

The U.S. Census Bureau

http://factfinder.census.gov/home/saff/main.html?_lang=en

 

Searchable Database

 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/search.asp

 

Downloadable Database

 

“List of Excluded Individual and Entities”

Office of the Inspector General

Federal Department of Health and Human Services.

http://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/exclusions/listofexcluded.html

 

The U.S. Census Bureau

http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/hlthins/hlthin05.html

 

Story:

 

 New York Medicaid Fraud May Reach Into Billions,”

By Clifford J. Levy and Michael Luo

The New York Times, New York, NY

July 18, 2005

 

Links:

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/18/nyregion/18medicaid.html?ex=1162875600&en=c226ef68f2a0f6a3&ei=5070

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/18/nyregion/18medicaid.html?ei=5090&en=5bf75a3bd29b6baf&ex=1279339200&adxnnl=0&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss&adxnnlx=1121871623-LEEfKHViS2UPOJ741R38Cg&pagewanted=print

 

 

Also by Clifford Levy:

 

“Broken Homes,” a year-long series

By Clifford J. Levy, the New York Times

http://nytimes.com/ref/nyregion/BROKEN_HOMES.html?pagewanted=all&position=top

 

“A Final Destination: For Mentally Ill, Death and Misery,”

By Clifford J. Levy,

The New York Times, New York, NY

April 28, 2002

 

“Where Hope Dies: Here, Life Is Squalor and Chaos,”

By Clifford J. Levy

The New York Times, New York, NY

April 29, 2002

 

“The Operators: Voiceless, Defenseless and a Source of Cash,”

By Clifford J. Levy

The New York Times, New York, NY

April 30,2002