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Journalism 772 and 472: Computer-Assisted Reporting

Philip Merrill College of Journalism

University of Maryland

Spring 2006

 

Student presentation Web sites

and Web sites for issues in the news:

 

Past semesters:

 

 

 

Items for discussion

 

“BBC/Reuters/Media Center Poll: Trust in the Media”

GlobeScan Poll

Wednesday 3 May 2006

http://www.globescan.com/news_archives/bbcreut.html

 

 

 “Study Finds Medicare Operators Often Give Bad Information”

Ceci Connolly, The Washington Post

Thursday, May 4, 2006

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/03/AR2006050302182.html

 

 

“Medicare: Communications to Beneficiaries on the Prescription Drug Benefit Could Be Improved”

Government Accountability Office

GAO-06-654, May 3, 2006

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06654.pdf

 

Link to other current reports and testimony:

http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/repandtest.html

 

 

Burma

 

Burma: worst army attacks in years displace thousands”

May 10, 2006

Source: Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/fromthefield/nrc/114726940270.htm

 

Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre

http://www.internal-displacement.org/

 

“Drum beats louder for action on Burma

The Nation

May 10, 2006

http://nationmultimedia.com/2006/05/10/opinion/opinion_30003658.php

 

“9,300 Burmese may get political asylum in U.S.;

Some could follow family members to Fort Wayne.”

From The Associated Press

Reported in the Fort Wayne, Ind., papers online

May 10, 2006

http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/fortwayne/news/local/14545354.htm

 

 

 

Jenifer – Education

 

U.S. Department of Education

www.ed.gov

 

2005 Maryland Report Card

http://mdreportcard.org/index.aspx

 

American Federation of Teachers

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

 

Public Agenda

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

 

Databases:

 

National Center for Education Statistics 

http://nces.ed.gov/quicktables/

 

U.S. Census Bureau

http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/education.html

 

Story:

 

“In college, first year is by far the riskiest”

USA TODAY, Jan. 25, 2006

By Robert Davis and Anthony DeBarros

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-01-24-campus-deaths-cover_x.htm

 

 

Dan – Executive branch

 

Bureau of Labor Statistics

www.bls.gov

 

Council for Excellence in Government

www.excelgov.org

 

Federal Register

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

 

Federal Times

www.federaltimes.com

 

FedWorld

www.fedworld.gov

 

Library if Congress – Thomas

http://thomas.loc.gov/

 

National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers

www.nasact.org

 

Office of Government Ethics

www.usoge.gov

 

ExpectMore.gov

www.expectmore.gov

 

 

Story:

 

“The Lush Life of a Rudy Appointee:

How a Politically Tied Aide Spent a Quarter of a Million Dollars on Food, Fun, and Travel”

Tom Robins, The Village Voice

April 10-16, 2002

http://www.villagevoice.com/news/0215,robbins,33781,5.html

 

Diego – Private sector:  businesses and workers

 

Federal Trade Commission antitrust case filings

http://ftc.gov/bc/caselist/index.htm

 

Oxfam's Unilever report

http://www.oxfam.org.uk/what_we_do/issues/livelihoods/unilever.htm

 

CorpWatch

http://corpwatch.org/

 

SEC EGDAR

http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml

 

Databases:

 

Department of Labor - Employment

http://www.bls.gov/ces/

 

OSHA Statistics

http://www.osha.gov/oshstats/index.html

 

Article:

 

“JetGreen: The CEO's Private Golf Shuttle”

Wall Street Journal, Oct. 1, 2005

By Mark Maremont

Link

(requires class login and password)

 

 

 

Melissa – Health care

 

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

www.kff.org

 

The Department of Health and Human Services

www.hhs.gov/about/index.html#topiclist

           

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

www.cdc.gov

 

National Institutes of Health

www.nih.gov

 

National Library of Medicine

www.nlm.nih.gov

 

Food and Drug Administration

www.fda.gov

 

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

www.jcaho.org

 

Databases:

 

StateHealthFacts.org

(The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)

www.statehealthfacts.org/cgi-bin/healthfacts.cgi?

 

National Center for Health Statistics (CDC)

www.cdc.gov/nchs/health_data_for_all_ages.htm

 

Story:

 

“Lack of Funds Reduces Frequency of Health Inspections”

The Washington Post

July 25, 2005

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/24/AR2005072400945.html

 

 

 

Jared – Education

 

U.S. Department of Education

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

 

Public Agenda

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

 

The Chronicle of Higher Education

http://chronicle.com/

 

Security on Campus Inc.

http://www.securityoncampus.org/

 

Databases:

 

U.S. Department of Education

http://www.ed.gov/about/reports/annual/nclbrpts.html

 

U.S. Census

http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/school/p70-83tabs.html

 

 

Story:

 

“Teachers who fail”

Chris Davis and Matthew Doig

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

December 12, 2004

 

Main story

http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041212/NEWS/412120357/1060

 

How it was done:

http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041212/NEWS/412120684/1060

 

A fight for information:

http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041212/NEWS/412120773/1060

 

 

Monty – World of the disadvantaged

 

Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families

at the University of Maryland

http://casey.umd.edu/

 

Administration for Children and Families

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

www.acf.dhhs.gov/

 

American Public Human Services Association

www.aphsa.org/

 

U.S. Census Bureau

www.census.gov

 

Databases:

 

Bureau of Justice Statistics

http://fjsrc.urban.org/index.cfm

 

Kids Count

http://www.aecf.org/kidscount/sld/db_rawdata_05.jsp

 

Story:

 

“The Pineros: Men of the Pines”

The Sacramento Bee

November 13, 2005

http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/projects/pineros/

 

 

Rick – legislative branch

 

IRE archives

http://www.ire.org/extraextra/archives/2005_08.html

 

Federal Election Commission

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

 

Examples of FEC records:

 

John Sullivan for Congress disclosure records: 

Report of Receipts and Disbursements

http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C00366773/179783/

 

Itemized Disbursements.

http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C00366773/179783/sb

 

More Itemized Disbursements.

http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C00366773/179783/sb/ALL

 

Ernest Istook for Congress disclosure records:

Miscellaneous Report.

http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecgifpdf/

 

Contribution Notice.

http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecgifpdf/

 

Quarterly Report.

http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecgifpdf/?_13442+25980637887.pdf

 

 

House – Ethics Manual

http://www.house.gov/ethics/Ethicforward.html

 

House – Office of the Clerk

http://clerk.house.gov/pd/index.html

 

Congressional Budget Office

http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/70xx/doc7057/03-2006-MBR.pdf

 

Story

 

“Public pays tab for vehicle use”

Chris Casteel, The Sunday Oklahoman

August 21, 2005.

Link to related AP story

(requires class login and password)

 

 

Joe – Law enforcement

 

Officer.com

http://www.officer.com/

 

Law enforcement accreditation

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

 

United States Marshal Service

http://www.usdoj.gov/marshals/

 

State Sex offender registry Web sites:

http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cid/cac/states.htm

 

Databases:

 

Federal Inmate Locator:

http://www.bop.gov/iloc2/LocateInmate.jsp

 

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

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

 

Article:

 

"Badge of Immunity"

Michael J. Berens

The Columbus Dispatch

June 22-24, 1997

http://www.dispatch.com/news/special/immunity/default.html

 

 

 

Julie – World of the disadvantaged

 

The Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families

http://casey.umd.edu/index.cfm

 

The Urban Institute

http://www.urban.org/

 

The Rural Poverty Research Center

http://www.rprconline.org/

 

American Public Human Services Association

http://www.aphsa.org/Publications/Surveys.asp

 

The Finance Project (formerly welfareinfo.org)

http://www.financeproject.org/index.asp

 

Databases:

Kid’s Count State-Level Data Online

http://www.aecf.org/kidscount/sld/db_rawdata_05.jsp

 

At First Look at Literacy in America’s Adults

http://nces.ed.gov/naal/Excel/2006470_DataTable.xls

 

Story:

“Growing Out of Foster Care”

The Seattle Times, October 28, 2004

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2002072836_fostergrad26m.html

 

 

Bethonie – Executive branch

 

Office of Government Ethics

www.usoge.gov/

 

Office of Management and Budget

www.whitehouse.gov/omb

 

United States Census Bureau

www.census.gov

 

Bureau of Labor Statistics

www.bls.gov

 

Independent Budget Office of the City of New York

http://www.ibo.nyc.ny.us/

 

Washington, DC Office of Tax and Revenue

http://cfo.dc.gov/OTR/cwp/view,a,1330,q,594345.asp

 

Story:

 

"When it comes to taxes, older is better"

Josh Barbanel, The New York Times, December 11, 2005

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/11/realestate/11cov.html?ex=1291957200&en=6dd439e9f158f215&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss

 

"How the Analysis was Done"

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/11/realestate/11covbox.html?ex=1143608400&en=7daab4ad3ab0593c&ei=5070

 

 

Karine – Transportation

 

US Department of Transportation

http://www.dot.gov/

 

Federal Aviation Administration

http://www.faa.gov/

 

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

http://www.iihs.org/

 

Department of Homeland Security

http://www.dhs.gov/

 

The Transportation Research Board

http://gulliver.trb.org/

 

Databases:

 

National Transportation Safety Board Aviation Accident Database

http://www.ntsb.gov/NTSB/query.asp

 

Bureau of Transportation Statistics

http://www.bts.gov/

 

Story:

 

“Security checks reveal serious lapses at Sea-Tac”

 David Heath, Susan Kelleher, James Neff and Justin Mayo

The Seattle Times

September 16, 2001

Link

(requires class login and password)

 

 

David – Environment

 

Toxic Release Inventory, EPA

WWW.EPA.GOV

 

Envirofacts Data Warehouse

WWW.EPA.GOV/ENVIRO/

 

Toxnet: Toxicology Data Network

http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov

 

The Federal Register

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

 

National Association of Attorneys General

www.naag.org/

 

Story:

 

“In Harm’s Way:

Troubled neighbors;

People who live nearest to the area's refineries and petrochemical complexes

have little idea what's in the air that blows across industry's fence line

and into their lives.”

By Dina Cappiello, The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/content/chronicle/special/04/toxic/index.html

 

 

Emily — Environment

 

Environmental Protection Agency: Laws & Regulations

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

 

Environmental Protection Agency: Integrated Risk Information System

http://www.epa.gov/iris

 

Environmental Defense Fund

http://www.environmentaldefense.org/home.cfm

 

Society of Environmental Journalists: Useful Links

http://www.sej.org/resource/index4.htm

 

Scorecard: The Pollution Information Site

http://www.scorecard.org

 

 

Databases:

 

TOXNET: Toxicology Data Network

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

 

Emergency Release Notification System (ERNS)

http://www.nrc.uscg.mil/download.html

 

Article:

 

“How developers cash in on 'farmland”

The Miami Herald

August 21, 2005

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/12434363.htm

 

 

 

Rema – Health care

 

Virginia Department of Social Services

 http://www.dss.virginia.gov/facility/search/alf.cgi

 

Virginia Department of Health Professions

https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi

 

Virginia State Police-Sex Offender Registry Search

http://sex-offender.vsp.state.va.us/Static/Search.htm

 

US Food and Drug Administration

http://www.fda.gov

 

Department of Health NY State

http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/opmc/main.htm

 

Federation of State Medical Boards

http://www.docinfo.org/

 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA),

Office of Applied Studies (OAS)

http://oas.samhsa.gov/

 

Story

 

“A Dangerous Place:  Assisted Living in Virginia

David S. Fallis

The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47732-2004May22.html

 

 

 

Jonathan – Judicial system

 

U.S. Courts

http://www.uscourts.gov/

 

U.S. Department of Justice

www.usdoj.com

 

United States Sentencing Commission

www.ussc.gov

 

Federal Bureau of Prisons

www.bop.gov

 

District Court of Maryland

http://www.courts.state.md.us/district/directories/judges.html

 

Delegate Richard A. Palumbo, District 22A

http://mlis.state.md.us/1998rs/sponsors/palumbo.htm

 

 

Databases:

 

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

Bureau of Justice Statistics Publications

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

 

Department of Justice

FY2005 Budget and Performance Summary

http://www.usdoj.gov/jmd/2005summary/

 

Story

 

“Lawyers’ Bills to State Don’t Add Up”

Defenders of the poor use and honor system that’s vulnerable to abuse and errors

Gary L. Wright and Ames Alexander

The Charlotte Observer

March 12, 2006

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/news/14096355.htm

 

“Lawyers’ Billings Get Closer Scrutiny in Mecklenberg”

The Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/news/14079060.htm

 

How the reporting was done:

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/news/14079073.htm

 

 

 

Mary – Judicial system

 

National Center for State Courts

www.ncsconline.org/

 

Federal Bureau of Prisons

www.bop.gov

 

American Bar Association – Criminal Justice Page

www.abanet.org/crimjust/home.html

 

U.S. Courts

www.uscourts.gov

 

Databases

 

Bureau of Justice Statistics

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

 

Federal Justice Statistics Resource Center

http://fjsrc.urban.org/index.cfm

 

Story

 

“DUI: A Failure to Convict”

By Brad Branan

The Tucson Citizen

August 17-19, 2005

http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/projects/dui05/

 

 

 

Leticia- International Investigations

(Crossing Borders)

 

CIA World Fact Book:

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

 

Global Yellow Pages

http://www.globalyp.com

 

Governments on the World Wide Web

http://www.gksoft.com/govt/en

 

Organizations

 

United Nations

http://www.un.org

 

Organization of American States

http://www.oas.org

 

European Union

http://europa.eu.int/index_en.htm

 

Africa Union

http://www.africa-union.org

 

Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development

http://www.arabfund.org/ENINDEX.HTM

 

Asian Development Bank

www.adb.org

 

Financial and trade

 

International Monetary Found

http://www.imf.org

 

World Trade Organization

http://www.wto.org

 

World Bank

http://www.worldbank.org

 

Interamerican-Development Bank

http://www.iadb.org/

 

Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries

http://www.opec.org/home/

 

Social issues

 

World Health Organization

http://www.who.org

 

Unesco

http://portal.unesco.org

 

Amnesty International

http://www.amnesty.org

 

Human Rights Watch

http://www.hrw.org

 

Journalists

 

Online newspapers

http://www.onlinenewspapers.com

 

Investigative Reporters and Editors

http://www.ire.org

 

International Journalists’ Network

http://www.ijnet.org

 

Databases:

 

U.S. Census Bureau

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

 

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

http://www.oecd.org/statsportal/0,2639,en_2825_293564_1_1_1_1_1,00.html

 

Story:

 

“Made in the USA, Part III: The Dishonor Roll

America’s corporate merchants of death in Iraq

By Jim Crogan

LA Weekly

Thursday, April 24, 2003

http://www.laweekly.com/news/news/made-in-the-usa-part-iii-the-dishonor-roll/2889/

 

 

 

 

Reed – Law enforcement

 

BLS National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Protective Services

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_33Pr.htm

 

Brady Campaign:  Handgun Purchase Waiting Periods by State

http://www.bradycampaign.org/facts/issues/?page=waitxstate

 

ACLU Police Practices Watchdog Site

http://www.aclu.org/police/index.html

 

National Integrated Ballistics Information Network

www.nibin.gov

 

Databases:

 

Bureau of Labor Statistics Survey of Occupational Fatalities Database

http://data.bls.gov/PDQ/outside.jsp?survey=fi

 

ATF Federal Firearms License EZCheck Searchable Database

https://www.atfonline.gov/fflezcheck/fflSearchDisplay.do

 

Bureau of Justice Statistics Background Checks for Firearm Transfer (Available in PDF or zipped spreadsheet formats)

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/bcft02.htm

 

Story:

 

"Cops Attack Gun Availability, Yet Recycle Own Weapons"

Press of Atlantic City (New Jersey)

April 22, 2003

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/special_reports/2003/story/5657519p-5675386c.html?current_report=resale_of_police

 

 

Khin – Charities and other nonprofits 

 

The Foundation Center

http://fdncenter.org/

 

Guidestar

http://www.guidestar.org/

 

Better Business Bureau

http://www.bbb.org/

 

 

Databases

 

National Charity Reports Index

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

 

Foundation Center:  Statistics on Grant Makers and Grants Awarded

http://fdncenter.org/findfunders/statistics/index.html

 

Charity Navigator

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm/bay/search.new.htm

 

Stories

 

“Charities on the Hill”

The Washington Post

Tuesday, March 7, 2006; A16

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/06/AR2006030601798.html

 

“With a Little Help from His Friends”

The American Prospect

Week of March 10, 2006

http://www.prospect.org/web/page.ww?section=root&name=ViewPrint&articleId=11174

 

 

“Santorum charity fell short of giving goal: 

Operation Good Neighbor donated about 40% of what it spent. The BBB says such groups should allocate 65%.”

Associated Press

By Kimberly Hefling

Feb. 25, 2006 

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/states/pennsylvania/counties/chester_county/13957128.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp

 

“IRS finds churches, charities overstep into politics”

The Associated Press

March 2, 2006

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=16573