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Journalism 772 and 472: Computer-Assisted Reporting

Philip Merrill College of Journalism

University of Maryland

Spring 2003


Class Web sites:


Kristina – Legislative branch – Section 0201


The Center for Responsive Politics:


The Center for Public Integrity:


The Library of Congress:  Thomas


The Center for Responsive Politics’ White House Guests Database


Federal Election Commission:  Party Activity



Hattie – Legislative branch – Section 0101


The Center for Responsive Politics


Federal Election Commission


National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting


The Center for Responsive Politics: Lobbyists Database


The Center for Public Integrity


Library of Congress' "Thomas"



Diana – Executive branch – Section 0201


Federal Register online


Office of Management and Budget


Environmental Protection Agency


Government Executive online



Ying – Executive branch – Section 0101


Bureau of Census Government Integrated Directory


Bureau of Labor Statistics


National Center for Health Statistics




Carla – Education – Section 0201


No Child Left Behind


Center for the Prevention of School Violence


The Chronicle of Higher Education


National Center for Education Statistics: Download

Census 2000 Data Mapped to School Districts


Maryland State Department of Education: Download the

2002 School Performance Report



 Bethany – Education – Section 0101


Maryland State Department of Education

2002 Maryland State Performance Report Card


Education Week


National Center for Education Statistics


Common Core of Data -- Data Files


The Chronicle of Higher Education





Alex – Law enforcement – Section 0201


Law Enforcement Online


Criminal Justice Directory


Bureau of Justice Statistics


National Archive of Criminal Justice Data:



Etan – Law enforcement – Section 0101


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

State of Maryland Sex Offender Registry

University of Maryland Police Department

U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons

ATF Federal Firearms by Year (NICAR)



Marisa – Judicial system – Section 0201




American Bar Assoc.


Bureau of Justice Statistics


National Archive of Criminal Justice Data



Amanda – Judicial system – Section 0101


National Criminal Justice Reference Service


U.S. Courts


National Center for State Courts


Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research


National Archive of Criminal Justice Data


Federal Justice Statistics Resource Center




Laura – Private sector – Section 0101


Securities and Exchanges Commission's EDGAR


OSHA Workplace Safety Data


Department of Labor Research Resources


Federal Trade Commission



Cheryl – Private sector – Section 0201


U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission – EDGAR Database


U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission




PR Newswire




U.S. Census Bureau E-Commerce Statistics


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: National Compensation Survey Tables


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Worker Fatalities Data



Angie – Health care – Section 0201


Emergency Care Research Institute


Food and Drug Administration


Center for Disease Control and Prevention


National Library of Medicine


Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations



Tiffany – Licensed professionals – Section 0101


Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing


Pacific Citizen Health Research Group


American Institute of Certified Accountants


National Association of Realtors


Public Citizen Health Research Group




Charlisa – Nonprofits – Section 0201


American Institute of Philanthropy


BBB Wise Giving Alliance


The Foundation Center


National Association of State Charity Officials



Mike – Insurance – Section 0201


National Association of Insurance Commissioners


NAIC’s consumer information source


Coalition Against Insurance Fraud


Industry Services Offices; use Studies and Analysis


Magazine for insurance agents




Kelli – Nonprofits – Section 0101




Massachusetts Biotechnology Council


Legal Information Institute

(Basic info on nonprofits)


The National Database of Nonprofit Organizations

(Example of Form 990)


Maryland State Dept. of Assessments and Taxation

(Maryland exemption guidelines)


Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance


Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability


Washington Council of Agencies




Sofia – Health care – Section 0101


American Hospital Directory


Maryland Board of Physician Quality Assurance


State of Maryland Health Portal|514


Public Citizen Health Research Group, The Health Letter


Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare, Organization Search


Medical Product Safety Information



Adrienne – Financial institutions – Section 0101


Conference of State Bank Supervisors


Investment Company Institute


National Credit Union Administration


Office of Thrift Supervision


Securities and Exchange Commission


U.S. Small Business Administration


Federal Reserve Board


Federal Financial Institution Examination Council


Community Reinvestment Act Performance Ratings


House Financial Services Committee


Senate Finance Committee



Sarah – NICAR conference report – Section 0101


National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting

1,700 tip sheets from this & other conferences available at


FOIA restrictions

 USPatriot Act 2001

Homeland Security Act (Critical

Infrastructure Information) 2002

E-Government Act 2002 vs. “Restore FOIA” bill 2003

privacy & security issues


Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Behind the Homefront – weblog of homeland security issues affecting newsgathering


Data mining the web – not all search engines are equal

(Debbie Wolfe, St. Pete Times,


Example story re: state licensing of childcare

(Natalya Shulyakovskaya, The Orange County Register,



Lydia – Transportation – Section 0201


U.S. Department of Transportation


Federal Aviation Administration


National Transportation Safety Board


The Regional Airline Association\



Jamie W. – Real estate – Section 0201


American Land Title Association


Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development


Regulatory Barriers Clearinghouse


Database Information:


Home Mortgage Disclosure Act database


2003 Fair Market Rents



Alyson – Real estate – Section 0101


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


National Council of State Housing Agencies


Public Housing Authorities Directors Association


NICAR – Home Mortgage Disclosure Act database






Ravi – Transportation – Section 0101


U.S. Department of Transportation


National Transportation Safety Board




Intermodal Transportation Database


Federal Transit Administration


U.S. Coast Guard



Desair – Environment – Section 0201


Society of Environmental Journalists


The Science Journalism Center at the University of Missouri




US Fish and Wildlife Service


National Library of Science


Alliance for Acid Rain Control and Energy Policy



Dan – The disadvantaged – Section 0201


The Urban Institute’s State Database (Includes D.C.)


American Public Human Services Association – Federal Data Index


Bureau of Labor Statistics Local Area Unemployment


U.S. Census Poverty Page


World Bank Poverty Monitoring Database



Makeba – The disadvantaged – Section 0101


Administration for Children and Families and Department of Health and Human Services

American Public Human Services Association

Welfare Information Network


The Urban Institute

National Center on Poverty Law

Rural Policy Research Institute

Casey Journalism Center for Children and Families

Maryland Department of Human Resources

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene



Stephen – The environment – Section 0101


The Society of Environmental Journalists


The Environmental Protection Agency


Maryland Department of the Environment


Toxicology Data Network TOXNET


EPA Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water


EPA Water Quality Reporting


EPA Superfund


The National Resources Defense Council –An environmental pressure group



Jamie K. – Licensed professionals – Section 0201


Federation of State Medical Boards


Maryland Board of Physician Quality Assurance Home Page


Pacific Information Resources


Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation



Shiv – Utilities – Section 0201


Federal Energy Regulatory Commission


National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners


3. North American Electric Reliability Council


4. Nuclear regulatory Commission


Federal Communications Commission


Department o fEnergy


Environmental Protection Agency