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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:  Opensecrets.org

www.opensecrets.org

 

The Center for Public Integrity: 

www.50statesonline.org

 

The Library of Congress:  Thomas

http://thomas.loc.gov

 

The Center for Responsive Politics’ White House Guests Database

www.opensecrets.org/whitehouse/guests.asp?Orderby=Total&Return=All

 

Federal Election Commission:  Party Activity

www.fec.gov/press/demhrd98.htm

http://www.fec.gov/press/rephrd98.htm

 

 

Hattie – Legislative branch – Section 0101

 

The Center for Responsive Politics

www.opensecrets.org

 

Federal Election Commission

www.fec.gov

 

National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting

www.ire.org/datalibrary

 

The Center for Responsive Politics: Lobbyists Database

www.opensecrets.org/lobbyists

 

The Center for Public Integrity

www.50statesonline.org

 

Library of Congress' "Thomas"

http://thomas.loc.gov

 

 

Diana – Executive branch – Section 0201

 

Federal Register online

http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces140.html

 

Office of Management and Budget

http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2004/db.html

 

Environmental Protection Agency

http://www.epa.gov/iris/

 

Government Executive online

http://www.govexec.com/

 

 

Ying – Executive branch – Section 0101

 

Bureau of Census Government Integrated Directory

www.census.gov/ftp/pub/govs/www/gid.html

 

Bureau of Labor Statistics

www.bls.gov

 

National Center for Health Statistics

www.cdc.gov/nchs

 

 

 

Carla – Education – Section 0201

 

No Child Left Behind

http://www.nclb.gov/

 

Center for the Prevention of School Violence

http://www.ncsu.edu/cpsv/cpsv.htm

 

The Chronicle of Higher Education

http://chronicle.com

 

National Center for Education Statistics: Download

Census 2000 Data Mapped to School Districts

http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/sdds/downloadmain.asp

 

Maryland State Department of Education: Download the

2002 School Performance Report

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

 

 

 Bethany – Education – Section 0101

 

Maryland State Department of Education

2002 Maryland State Performance Report Card

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

 

Education Week

http://www.edweek.org

 

National Center for Education Statistics

http://nces.ed.gov

 

Common Core of Data -- Data Files

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

 

The Chronicle of Higher Education

http://chronicle.com

 

AskERIC

http://ericir.syr.edu

 

 

Alex – Law enforcement – Section 0201

 

Law Enforcement Online

www.pima.edu/dps/police.htm

 

Criminal Justice Directory

www.talkjustice.com/cybrary.asp

 

Bureau of Justice Statistics

www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/

 

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data:

www.icpsr.umich.edu/NACJD/

 

 

Etan – Law enforcement – Section 0101

 

U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/welcome.html


State of Maryland Sex Offender Registry
http://www.dpscs.state.md.us/sor/


University of Maryland Police Department
http://www.umpd.umd.edu


U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons
http://www.bop.gov/


ATF Federal Firearms by Year (NICAR)

http://www.nicar.org/data/atf/

 

 

Marisa – Judicial system – Section 0201

 

Findlaw

www.findlaw.com

 

American Bar Assoc.

www.abanet.org

 

Bureau of Justice Statistics

www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs

 

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

www.icpsr.umich.edu/nacjd/archive.html

 

 

Amanda – Judicial system – Section 0101

 

National Criminal Justice Reference Service

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

 

U.S. Courts

http://www.uscourts.gov

 

National Center for State Courts

http://www.ncsconline.org

 

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/access/index.html

 

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

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

 

Federal Justice Statistics Resource Center

http://fjsrc.urban.org/noframe/download.htm

 

 

 

Laura – Private sector – Section 0101

 

Securities and Exchanges Commission's EDGAR

http://www.sec.gov/edgar/searchedgar/webusers.htm

 

TenKWizard.com

http://www.tenkwizard.com/

 

OSHA Workplace Safety Data 

http://www.nicar.org/data/osha/

 

Department of Labor Research Resources 

http://www.dol.gov/oasam/library/resources/dol_resources.htm

 

Federal Trade Commission

http://www.ftc.gov/

 

 

Cheryl – Private sector – Section 0201

 

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission – EDGAR Database

www.sec.gov/edaux/searches.htm

 

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

www.eeoc.gov

 

Hoover’s

www.hoovers.com

 

PR Newswire

www.prnmedia.com

 

Databases:

 

U.S. Census Bureau E-Commerce Statistics

http://www.census.gov/eos/www/ebusiness614.htm

 

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

http://www.bls.gov/ncs/home.htm#tables

 

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

http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm

 

 

Angie – Health care – Section 0201

 

Emergency Care Research Institute  

www.ecri.org

 

Food and Drug Administration  

www.fda.gov

 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

www.cdc.gov

 

National Library of Medicine 

www.nlm.nih.gov

 

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations 

www.jcaho.org

 

 

Tiffany – Licensed professionals – Section 0101

 

Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

www.dllr.state.md.us/query

 

Pacific Citizen Health Research Group

http://pac-info.com

 

American Institute of Certified Accountants

http://www.aicpa.org/index.htm

 

National Association of Realtors

http://nar.realtor.com/

 

Public Citizen Health Research Group

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

 

 

 

Charlisa – Nonprofits – Section 0201

 

American Institute of Philanthropy

www.charitywatch.org

 

BBB Wise Giving Alliance

www.give.org

 

The Foundation Center

www.fdncenter.org

 

National Association of State Charity Officials

www.nasconet.org

 

 

Mike – Insurance – Section 0201

 

National Association of Insurance Commissioners

www.naic.org

 

NAIC’s consumer information source

http://www.naic.org/servlet/cis.Main

 

Coalition Against Insurance Fraud

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

 

Industry Services Offices; use Studies and Analysis

http://www.iso.com/

 

Magazine for insurance agents

www.agentandbroker.com

 

 

 

Kelli – Nonprofits – Section 0101

 

IRS

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

 

Massachusetts Biotechnology Council

http://www.massbio.org/education/scholars.html

 

Legal Information Institute

(Basic info on nonprofits)

www.law.cornell.edu/topics/nonprofits.html

 

The National Database of Nonprofit Organizations

(Example of Form 990)

http://documents.guidestar.org/2000/520/591/2000-520591621-1-9.pdf

 

Maryland State Dept. of Assessments and Taxation

(Maryland exemption guidelines)

http://www.dat.state.md.us/sdatweb/procedures/009.htm

 

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

http://www.give.org/reports/index.asp

 

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability

http://www.ecfa.org/ECFA/msMemberSearch.asp

 

Washington Council of Agencies

http://www.wcanonprofits.org/

 

 

 

Sofia – Health care – Section 0101

 

American Hospital Directory

http://www.ahd.com/freesearch.php3?PHPSESSID=9c5cc8a3fbadeb6c36874c417c5284d8

 

Maryland Board of Physician Quality Assurance

http://www.docboard.org/md/df/mdsearch.htm

 

State of Maryland Health Portal

http://www.maryland.gov/communities/community.asp?UserID=2&CommunityID=204&Folder=513|514

 

Public Citizen Health Research Group, The Health Letter

http://www.citizen.org/hrg/healthcare/articles.cfm?ID=6146

 

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare, Organization Search

http://www.jcaho.org/qualitycheck/directry/directry.asp

 

Medical Product Safety Information

http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/new.htm

 

 

Adrienne – Financial institutions – Section 0101

 

Conference of State Bank Supervisors

www.csbs.org

 

Investment Company Institute

www.ici.org

 

National Credit Union Administration

www.ncua.gov

 

Office of Thrift Supervision

www.ots.treas.gov

 

Securities and Exchange Commission

www.sec.gov

 

U.S. Small Business Administration

www.sba.gov

 

Federal Reserve Board

www.federalreserve.gov

 

Federal Financial Institution Examination Council

http://www2.fdic.gov/ubpr

 

Community Reinvestment Act Performance Ratings

http://www2.fdic.gov/dcacra

 

House Financial Services Committee

www.financialservices.house.gov

 

Senate Finance Committee

www.finance.senate.gov

 

 

Sarah – NICAR conference report – Section 0101

 

National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting

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

www.ire.org/resourcecenter/initial-search-tipsheets.html

 

FOIA restrictions

 USPatriot Act 2001

Homeland Security Act (Critical

Infrastructure Information) 2002

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

privacy & security issues

www.ombwatch.org

 

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Behind the Homefront – weblog of homeland security issues affecting newsgathering

www.rcfp.org/behindthehomefront

 

Data mining the web – not all search engines are equal

(Debbie Wolfe, St. Pete Times, dpwolfe@aol.com)

www.searchenginewatch.com

 

Example story re: state licensing of childcare

(Natalya Shulyakovskaya, The Orange County Register, natalyas@ocregister.com)

www.ocregister.com/features/childcare

 

 

Lydia – Transportation – Section 0201

 

U.S. Department of Transportation

www.dot.gov

 

Landings.com

www.landings.com

 

Federal Aviation Administration

www.faa.gov

 

National Transportation Safety Board

www.ntsb.gov

 

The Regional Airline Association\

www.raa.org

 

 

Jamie W. – Real estate – Section 0201

 

American Land Title Association

http://www.alta.org

 

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

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

 

Regulatory Barriers Clearinghouse

http://www.huduser.org/rbc

 

Database Information:

 

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act database

http://www.nicar.org/data/frb/

 

2003 Fair Market Rents

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

 

 

Alyson – Real estate – Section 0101

 

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

www.hud.gov

 

National Council of State Housing Agencies

www.ncsha.org

 

Public Housing Authorities Directors Association

www.phada.org

 

NICAR – Home Mortgage Disclosure Act database

http://www.nicar.org/data/frb/

 

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www.showmebooone.com

 

 

 

Ravi – Transportation – Section 0101

 

U.S. Department of Transportation

www.dot.gov

 

National Transportation Safety Board

www.ntsb.gov

 

FARS

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

 

Intermodal Transportation Database

www.transtats.bts.gov

 

Federal Transit Administration

www.fta.dot.gov

 

U.S. Coast Guard

www.uscg.mil

 

 

Desair – Environment – Section 0201

 

Society of Environmental Journalists

www.sej.org

 

The Science Journalism Center at the University of Missouri

http://science.jour.missouri.edu/

 

The EPA

www.epa.gov

 

US Fish and Wildlife Service

http://www.fws.gov/

 

National Library of Science

http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov

 

Alliance for Acid Rain Control and Energy Policy

www.4cleanair.org

 

 

Dan – The disadvantaged – Section 0201

 

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

http://www.urban.org/Content/Research/NewFederalism/Data/StateDatabase/StateDatabase.htm

 

American Public Human Services Association – Federal Data Index 

http://www.aphsa.org/links/federaldata.asp

 

Bureau of Labor Statistics Local Area Unemployment

http://www.bls.gov/lau/

 

U.S. Census Poverty Page

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

 

World Bank Poverty Monitoring Database

http://wbln0018.worldbank.org/dg/povertys.nsf/DownloadSID?openform

 

 

Makeba – The disadvantaged – Section 0101

 

Administration for Children and Families and Department of Health and Human Services
http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/


American Public Human Services Association
http://www.aphsa.org


Welfare Information Network
http://www.financeprojectinfo.org/win/

 

The Urban Institute
http://www.urban.org/

 
National Center on Poverty Law
http://www.povertylaw.org/

 
Rural Policy Research Institute
http://www.rupri.org/

 
Casey Journalism Center for Children and Families
http://casey.umd.edu/

 
Maryland Department of Human Resources
http://www.dhr.state.md.us/

 
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
http://www.dhmh.state.md.us/healthcare/welfsmedicaid.htm

 

 

Stephen – The environment – Section 0101

 

The Society of Environmental Journalists

www.sej.org

 

The Environmental Protection Agency

www.epa.gov

 

Maryland Department of the Environment

www.mde.state.md.us/

 

Toxicology Data Network TOXNET

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

 

EPA Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water

www.epa.gov/OGWDW

 

EPA Water Quality Reporting

http://www.epa.gov/owow/monitoring/reporting.html

 

EPA Superfund

www.epa.gov/superfund/

 

The National Resources Defense Council –An environmental pressure group

www.nrdc.org

 

 

Jamie K. – Licensed professionals – Section 0201

 

Federation of State Medical Boards

http://www.fsmb.org/

 

Maryland Board of Physician Quality Assurance Home Page

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

 

Pacific Information Resources

http://www.searchsystems.net/

 

Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation

http://www.clearhq.org/

 

 

Shiv – Utilities – Section 0201

 

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

www.ferc.gov

 

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

www.naruc.org

 

3. North American Electric Reliability Council

www.nerc.com

 

4. Nuclear regulatory Commission

www.nrc.gov

 

Federal Communications Commission

www.fcc.gov

 

Department o fEnergy

www.eia.doe.gov

 

Environmental Protection Agency

www.epa.gov