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Journalism 772 and 472: Computer-Assisted Reporting

Philip Merrill College of Journalism

University of Maryland

Spring 2007

 

Student presentation Web sites

and Web sites for issues in the news:

 

Past semesters

 

 

LINKS FOR STUDENT PRESENTATIONS:

 

 

Gena – Education

 

The Educator’s Reference Desk – Evaluation

(formerly http://ericir.syr.edu as listed on p. 202 in the text)

 http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/res.cgi/Evaluation

 

Education Commission of the States

http://www.ecs.org

 

National Education Association

http://www.nea.org

 

Searchable Database

 

ERIC – Education Resources Information Center

 http://www.eric.ed.gov/

 

Downloadable Database

 

National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data (CCD) Data Files

 http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/ccddata.asp

 

Story:

 

“Teachers who fail:

A survey of certification test scores yields alarming results”

By Chris Davis and Matthew Doig

Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, Fl.

December 12, 2004

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

 

“How we did this story”

Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, Fl.

December 12, 2004

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

 

“State fights to prevent access to teacher information”

By Chris Davis and Matthew Doig

Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, Fl.

December 12, 2004

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

 

 

 

Camelia - Education

 

National Education Writers Association

www.ewa.org

 

US Department of Education

www.ed.gov

 

Public Agenda

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

 

IRE

www.ire.org

 

Searchable Database

 

The Educator’s Reference Desk

http://www.eduref.org

 

Downloadable Database

 

National Center for Education Statistics

http://nces.ed.gov/index.asp

 

National Library of Education

http://www.ed.gov/NLE/resources.html

 

Library of Education Research

http://research.cse.ucla.edu/

 

Story

“Teachers who fail; A survey of certification-test scores yields alarming results”

Chris Davis and Matthew Doig, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

December 12, 2004

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

 

Related stories

“How we did this story”

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

 

“State fights to prevent access to teacher information”

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

 

“Measuring a teacher's knowledge”

http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041214/NEWS/412140526

 

“Poor schools can't keep good teachers”

http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041213/NEWS/412130602

 

 

Other:

 

What is a database:

http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/d/database.html

 

 

 

Brandon – Environment

 

Environmental Protection Agency

http://www.epa.gov

 

Society of Environmental Journalists

http://www.sej.org

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Status of Wetlands

http://wetlandsfws.er.usgs.gov/status_trends/National_Reports/trends_2005_report.pdf

 

Searchable database:

 

EPA Envirofacts Warehouse

http://oaspub.epa.gov/enviro/ef_home2.water

 

Downloadable database:

 

EPA Endangered Species Protection Program Database

http://www.epa.gov/espp/database.htm

 

Story:

 

“Special Report: Vanishing Wetlands”

Craig Pittman and Matthew Waite, St. Petersburg Times

May, 2005

http://www.sptimes.com/2006/webspecials06/wetlands/

 

 

 

 

Dan – Environment

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

http://www.usace.army.mil/

 

Maryland Department of the Environment

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

 

St. Johns River Water Management District Page

http://sjr.state.fl.us/

 

Searchable databases:

 

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

http://www.deq.state.or.us/news/databases.htm

 

Downloadable databases:

 

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

 http://www.mass.gov/dep/cleanup/sites/sdown.htm

 

Story:

 

"When Dry is Wet"

by Craig Pittman and Matthew Waite

The St. Petersburg Times, Dec. 17, 2006

http://www.sptimes.com/2006/12/17/Worldandnation/When_dry_is_wet.shtml

 

Series:  “Vanishing Wetlands”

http://www.sptimes.com/2006/webspecials06/wetlands/

 

Uplink article on the wetlands project:

http://www.mattwaite.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/05/UPLINK2.PDF

 

From Matt Waite’s Web site: “A couple of wetlands bits and pieces”

http://www.mattwaite.com/2006/05/11/a-couple-of-wetlands-bits-and-pieces

 

Blog comments on "When Dry is Wet":

http://www.mattwaite.com/2006/12/17/working-backwards-on-the-last-wetlands-story

 

 

 

Danny – Transportation

 

U.S. Department of Transportation

http://www.dot.gov

 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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

 

Transportation Security Administration

http://www.tsa.gov

 

Florida Department of Transportation

http://www.dot.state.fl.us/

 

Searchable Database

 

National Transportation Safety Board

http://www.ntsb.gov

 

Downloadable Database

 

Federal Highway Administration Records System

http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/facts/databases.htm

 

Story

 

"Sneakin' toward the weekend, workers fill roadways.

Yes, the rush hour does come earlier Friday for many workers, bay area traffic statistics show."

By Matthew Waite

St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, FL

August 1, 2003

http://www.sptimes.com/2003/08/01/Tampabay/Sneakin__toward_the_w.shtml

 

 

 

Mike – Health care

 

National Association of health Data Organizations

www.nahdo.org

 

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

www.jcaho.org

 

Medline Plus

http://medlineplus.gov/

 

Department of Veterans Affairs

www.va.gov.

 

Searchable Database:

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

www.cdc.gov

 

Downloadable Database:

 

US Food and Drug Administration

www.fda.gov

 

Story:

 

“Soldiers Face Neglect, Frustration at Army's Top Medical Facility”

Dana Priest and Anne Hull

The Washington Post

Feb. 18, 2007

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/17/AR2007021701172.html

 

 

 

Andy – Health care

 

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)

http://www.jointcommission.org/

 

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

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

 

The Kaiser Family Foundation’s StateHealthFacts.org

http://www.statehealthfacts.kff.org/cgi-bin/healthfacts.cgi

 

Searchable databases:

 

Maryland Board of Physicians – doctor profile

http://mbp.state.md.us/bpqapp/

 

JCAHO - Search for and compare their reports

http://www.qualitycheck.org/consumer/searchQCR.aspx

 

Downloadable database:

 

The Office on Women’s Health – Quick Health Data Online (for men and women)

http://www.healthstatus2010.com/owh/

 

Story:

 

“A Hidden Shame: Death in Georgia's Mental Hospitals”

Part 1: “Sarah Crider was among 115 patients in the state's care who might have lived.”

Alan Judd and Andy Miller

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Jan. 7, 2007

http://www.ajc.com/health/content/health/stories/hiddenshame.html

 

“About this series”

http://www.ajc.com/health/content/health/stories/2007/01/04/0107meshabout.html

 

 

 

Kenny – Transportation

 

Federal Aviation Administration

http://www.faa.gov/ 

aircraft inquiry:  http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/

 

Maryland State Highway Administration

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

 

Bureau of Transportation Statistics

http://www.transtats.bts.gov/

 

Searchable database:

 

National Highway Transportation Safety Administration

Office of Defects Investigation

http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/complain/complaintsearch.cfm

 

Downloadable database:

 

Bureau of Transportation Statistics

National Transportation Atlas Database

http://www.bts.gov/publications/national_transportation_atlas_database/2006/

 

 Story:

 

 “Highway Robbery”

Kimberly Kindy and Natalya Shulyakovskaya

The Orange County Register

Oct. 15, 2006.

http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/news/investigations/caltrans2006/article_1311897.php

 

How the analysis was done

http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/news/investigations/caltrans2006/registeranalysis/article_1312074.php

 

Link to the follow-up stories, charts, graphics and video

http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/sections/news/investigations/caltrans2006/

 

 

 

Bernie – legislative branch

 

Federal Election Commission

www.fec.gov

 

Center for Responsive Politics

www.opensecrets.org

 

Center for Public Integrity

www.publicintegrity.org

 

THOMAS: Legislative Information for the Public

http://thomas.loc.gov/

 

Government Accountability Office

www.gao.gov

 

Congressional Budget Office

www.cbo.gov

 

Searchable Databases

 

Maryland Campaign Finance Database

http://mdelections.umbc.edu/campaign_finance/contributions1.php

 

Open Secrets’ Databases

http://www.opensecrets.org/newdatabases.asp

 

Center for Public Integrity’s Power Trips

http://www.publicintegrity.org/powertrips/search.aspx

 

Downloadable Databases

 

FEC’s Downloadable Databases

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

 

Stories

 

“Money Trail Leads to Bush Judges”

By Will Evans

Salon.com

October 31, 2006

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2006/10/31/money_trail/

 

“For Clinton, New Wealth In Speeches”

By John Solomon and Matthew Mosk

The Washington Post

February 23, 2007

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/22/AR2007022202189.html

 

 

 

Heather – Legislative branch

 

 Federal Election Commission

www.fec.gov

 

THOMAS: Legislative information from the Library of Congress

http://thomas.loc.gov

 

Center for Public Integrity

www.publicintegrity.org

 

Center for Responsive Politics

www.opensecrets.org

 

Government Accountability Office

www.gao.gov

 

Congressional Budget Office

www.cbo.gov

 

Searchable Database

 

The Center for Public Integrity's "Our Private Legislatures" database: Outside ties and financial disclosures

http://www.publicintegrity.org/oi/search.aspx?act=searchm

 

Downloadable Database

 

Federal Election Commission's Downloadable Data Files

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

 

Stories

 

"The Rise of  'Revolving-Door' Consultants: Center identifies firms both advising politicians and lobbying them"

By Sandy Bergo

The Center for Public Integrity

Dec. 21, 2006

http://www.publicintegrity.org/consultants/report.aspx?aid=833

 

"A Jackpot From Indian Gaming Tribes"

By Susan Schmidt

The Washington Post

Feb. 22, 2004

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/06/AR2006030600702.html

 

More on this story:

"Investigating Abramoff -- Special Report"

(Links to all Post coverage)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/linkset/2005/06/22/LI2005062200936.html

 

"Getting the Story on Jack Abramoff"

By Deborah Howell

The Washington Post

Jan. 15, 2006

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/14/AR2006011400859.html

 

"Lessons Learned from Pulitzers 2006: About the Craft, About the Organization"

By Bill Mitchell

Poynter Online

May 22, 2006

http://www.poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=101009

 

 

 

Robert – Nonprofits and Charities

 

Foundation Center

http://foundationcenter.org/gainknowledge/nonprofitlinks/news.html

 

IRS

Tax Information for Charities & Other Non-Profits

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

 

GuideStar

http://www.guidestar.org/

 

Charity Navigator

http://www.charitynavigator.org/

 

Better Business Bureau

http://www.bbb.org

 

 

Searchable Database:

Maryland Charities Database

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

 

 

Downloadable Databases:

National Center for Charitable Statistics Data Web

http://nccsdataweb.urban.org/

 

 

Story:

Clintons’ Charity Not Listed On Senate Disclosure Forms”

The Washington Post

Tuesday, February 27, 2007; A1

By John Solomon and Matthew Mosk

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/26/AR2007022601542.html

 

Related Items:

 

“Building a Foundation”

The Washington Post

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/graphic/2007/02/27/GR2007022700107.html

 

The Clinton Family Foundation’s Tax Forms

 

2005

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/documents/ClintonFamilyIRS2005.pdf

 

2004

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/documents/ClintonFamilyIRS2004.pdf

 

2003

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/documents/ClintonFamilyIRS2003.pdf

 

2002

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/documents/ClintonFamilyIRS2002.pdf

 

 

“For Clinton, New Wealth in Speeches”

The Washington Post

Friday, February 23, 2007; A1

By John Solomon and Matthew Mosk

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/22/AR2007022202189.html

 

 

 

 

Rachel – Executive branch

 

The National Governors Association

http://www.nga.org/portal/site/nga

 

The National Association of Counties

http://www.naco.org/

 

The National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers

http://www.nasact.org/

 

Searchable Databases

 

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents

http://www.gpo.gov/nara/nara003.html

 

The Federal Register

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

 

Downloadable database

 

U.S Census Page, Federal, State and Local Governments

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

 

Story:

 

“District Dodges Spending Laws”

Dan Keating and David S. Fallis

The Washington Post

November 27, 2005

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

 

 

 

 

Rob – Nonprofits

 

IRS:  Tax information for charities and nonprofits

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

 

The Foundation Center

http://foundationcenter.org/

 

The National Committee For Responsible Philanthropy

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

 

The Independent Sector

http://www.independentsector.org/

 

Searchable Database:

 

Guidestar's nonprofit database

http://www.guidestar.org/

 

Downloadable Database:

 

SOI Tax Stats: Exempt Organizations

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

 

 

Story:

 

"Food for the Taking: Tons of donated items winding up in the hands of questionable charities"

Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune

Feb. 6, 2005

http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20050206/news_1n6foodbank.html

 

Related stories:

 

"Food bank practices more loose than first disclosed"

Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune

Feb. 27, 2005

http://jclass.umd.edu/cars/secure/stories/foodbank.htm

(requires logon and password for class data site)

 

"The hunger market: Critics: Nation's dominant food bank cares more about bottom line than feeding poor"

Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune

Aug. 18, 2005

http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20050818/news_1n18foodbank.html

 

Food Bank Timeline

http://www.robtricchinelli.com/foodbanktimeline.html

 

 

Annie – Real Estate

 

The Urban Land Institute

www.uli.org/indexJS.htm

 

The National Council of State Housing Agencies

www.ncsha.org

 

United Homeowners Association

www.uha.org

 

Searchable Database

 

The News-Press Real Estate Database

http://news-press.gon.gannettonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=HOMES&pub=news-press

 

Downloadable Database

 

Fair Market Rents (HUD)

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

 

Story:

 

“Housing Decline Hits Area Unevenly: Losses relatively few, while some sellers report large profits”

By Jamie Smith Hopkins

The Baltimore Sun

February 25, 2007

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bal-te.bz.homes25feb25,0,6231695.story

 

 

 

Michelle - Real Estate

 

American Society of Home Inspectors

http://www.ashi.org/find/

 

The Bureau of Land Management

http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en.html

 

The National Low-Income Housing Coalition

http://www.nlihc.org/template/index.cfm

 

Online Database:

 

Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation

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

 

Downloadable Databases:

 

Hud's Office of Housing

http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/index.cfm

 

Hud User

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

 

Story:

 

"Housing agency is an ATM for developers"

By Debbie Cenziper

The Miami Herald

July 23, 2006

http://www.realcities.com/multimedia/miami/news/archive/housing/index.html

 

 

Rachael – World of the disadvantaged

 

American Public Human Services Association

http://www.aphsa.org

 

The Finance Project

http://www.financeproject.org

 

Casey Journalism Center for Children and Families

http://www.cjc.umd.edu

 

Searchable database:

 

The U.S. General Accounting Office

http://www.gao.gov

 

Downloadable database:

 

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

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

 

Story:

 

"Tempting Fate: Seeking Safe Ground"

Sacramento Bee

by Phillip Reese

Jan. 22, 2006

http://dwb.sacbee.com/content/news/projects/flooding/story/14103127p-14932861c.html

 

 

 

Adi – International

 

United Nations

www.un.org

 

World Health Organization

www.who.org

 

World Bank

www.worldbank.org

 

World Trade Organization

www.wto.org

 

Amnesty International

www.amnesty.org

 

Human Rights Watch

www.hrw.org

 

Transparency International

www.transparency.org

 

CIA Factbook

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

 

National Archives

www.nara.gov

 

Federation of American Scientists

www.fas.org

 

United Press International – International Intelligence

http://www.upi.com/InternationalIntelligence/

 

Searchable Databases

 

Telephone Directories

www.teldir.com/eng

 

World E-mail Directory

www.worldemail.com

 

Transparency International’s Corruption Online Research and Information System (CORIS) database

http://admin.corisweb.org/index.php?fuseaction=search.search&src=pub

 

Norwegian Initiative on Small Arms Transfer- Import/ Export, Black Market, Country Profiles

www.nisat.org

 

Downloadable Databases

 

U.S. Census International Database

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

 

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Arms Transfer Database

http://www.sipri.org/contents/armstrad/

 

Stories

“A Silence in the Afghan Mountains;

The concealment of two detainee deaths paints a troubling picture of abuse by U.S. Special Forces units deployed to the country.”

By Kevin Sack and Craig Pyes,

The Los Angeles Times

September 24, 2006

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-na-torture24sep24,1,3357623.story?page=1&coll=la-util-asia

 

“Death on the job”

By Thomas Maier

Newsday

July 22, 2001

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-lipay0127-archive,0,5419162.story?coll=ny-li-bigpix

 

 

 

Michael – Licensed Professionals

 

American Bar Association:

www.abanet.org

 

Maryland Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing:

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

 

National Society of Professional Engineers:

http://www.nspe.org/

 

Searchable database:

AMA DoctorFinder:

http://webapps.ama-assn.org/doctorfinder/home.html

 

Downloadable database:

Diversity in State Courts:

http://www.abanet.org/judind/diversity/national.html

 

Story

“Masking malpractice cases: Disregarding the symptoms”

By Fred Shulte

The Baltimore Sun

Dec. 18, 2005.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/health/balmalpracticeseries,1,3848626.special?ctrack=1&cset=true

 

 

Robert – Insurance

 

Coalition Against Insurance Fraud

www.insurancefraud.org

 

Insurance Information Institute

www.iii.org

 

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners

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

           

Searchable Database

U.S Census Bureau/Health Insurance http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/cpstc/cps_table_creator.html

 

Downloadable Database

Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services

 http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MSIS

 

 

Story

 

New York Medicaid Fraud May Reach Into Billions”

 

By Clifford J. Levy and Michael Luo

 The New York Times

July 18, 2005

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/18/nyregion/18medicaid.html?ex=1174708800&en=28c677bdc60faa66&ei=5070

 

 

 

Kate - Financial Institutions

 

The National Credit Union Administration

www.ncua.gov

 

The Office of Thrift Supervision

www.ots.treas.gov

 

Securities Investor Protection Corporation

www.sipc.org

 

Searchable Database

 

Securities and Exchange Commission's EDGAR

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

 

Downloadable Database

 

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's database of deposit balances for commercial and savings banks

http://www2.fdic.gov/sod/dynaDownload.asp?barItem=6

Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) collects the same data for savings institutions.

 

Story:

 

"Foreclosing on the American Dream"

By Lisa Hammersly Munn, Binyamin Applebaum and Ted Mellnik

The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, N.C.

Series started Jan. 15, 2006

http://www.realcities.com/mld/charlotte/news/special_packages/foreclosure/

 

 

 

 

Zahid – Judicial system

 

National Center for state courts

 www.ncsconline.org/

 

Internet Law Library

http://uscode.house.gov/search/criteria.shtml

 

Federal Bureau of Prisons

www.bop.gov

 

American Fact Finder

http://factfinder.census.gov/

 

University of Maryland Library for LexisNexis

www.lib.umd.edu/

 

Databases

 

U.S bureau of Justice Statistics

www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/

 

U.S. Department of Justice

 www.usdoj.gov/

 

Story

 

http://web.lexis-nexis.com.proxy-um.researchport.umd.edu/universe/document?_m=d6825720a7c56886acfeae0c3fd04baf&_docnum=1&wchp=dGLzVzz-zSkVA&_md5=fb8dd4a3d8037d7de40ee67365eb6f11

 

 

“ ‘Protected’ Children Died as Government Did Little”

By Sari Horwitz, Scott higham, Sara Cohen

The Washington Post

Sept. 9, 2001

http://jclass.umd.edu/cars/secure/stories/deadlymistakes.htm

(requires logon and password for class data site)

 

 

The four-part series, which won a Pulitzer Prize

(Story links are gone but links to graphics work)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/metro/dc/government/lostchildren/

 

 

 

Danielle – Law enforcement

 

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

http://www.fletc.gov/

 

Police Complaint Center

www.policeabuse.org

 

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

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

 

Federal Bureau of Investigations

http://www.fbi.gov

 

Searchable database

 

Maryland Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services

http://www.dpscs.state.md.us/onlineservs/sor/

 

Downloadable database

 

U.S. Department of Justice

http://bjsdata.ojp.usdoj.gov/dataonline/Search/Crime/State/statebystatelist.cfm

 

Story:

 

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

By Allison Klein and Dan Keating

The Washington Post, Washington, D.C.

October 13, 2006

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

 

 

 

Tamra – International

 

Searchable databases           

 

World Health Organization Core Health Indicators:

http://www.who.int/whosis/database/core/core_select.cfm

 

U.S. Census Bureau International Database

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

 

Downloadable database

 

World Trade Organization 2006 International Trade Statistics

http://www.wto.org/english/res_e/statis_e/its2006_e/its06_toc_e.htm

 

Useful websites for reporters

 

Securities and Exchange Commission Office of International Affairs:

http://sec.gov/about/offices/oia.htm

 

International Monetary Fund

http://www.imf.org/

 

CIA World Factbook:

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

 

Story

 

“The Cost of Gold”

Part 3: “Below a Mountain of Wealth, a River of Waste

By JANE PERLEZ and RAYMOND BONNER

The New York Times

December 27, 2005

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/27/international/asia/27gold.html?ex=1293339600&en=fba5e5cb626e7d5c&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

 

 

LINKS FOR CLASS DISCUSSIONS:

 

Google and access to public records in four states, including Virginia

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/internet/04/29/google.records.ap/

http://content.hamptonroads.com/story.cfm?story=123819&ran=205558

http://www.timesdispatch.com/cva/ric/news.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2007-04-30-0058.html

 

 

Prince George’s County – Geographic Information Systems Portal

Home page: 

http://pgcgis.co.pg.md.us/

 

Police - Crime Mapping:

http://www.co.pg.md.us/Government/PublicSafety/Police/agree_instructions.asp?nivel=foldmenu(1)

http://pgcgis.co.pg.md.us/pgpd/crimemapping/viewer.htm

 

Police:  Beats

http://www.co.pg.md.us/Government/PublicSafety/Police/Neighborhood/index.asp?nivel=foldmenu(4)

 

 

 

StateStat

 

“Governor to Talk Up StateStat”

The Washington Post, April 22, 2007

Metro, C-06

 

“O'Malley installing StateStat;

Statistics-based management is coming to Md. Government”

The Baltimore Sun, Feb 12, 2007

 

StateStat legislation:  fiscal and policy note

http://mlis.state.md.us/2007RS/fnotes/bil_0002/sb0102.pdf

 

 

School field trips:  The first-day story:

http://jclass.umd.edu/cars/secure/stories/fieldtrips.htm

(requires class logon and password)

 

Reporting on budgest:  Sun analysis of Baltimore school budget

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/baltimore_city/bal-te.md.ci.budget09apr09,0,4394684.story?coll=bal-home-headlines

 

 

Official explanations:  A work in progress

Link

 

Walter Reed

Links to stories

AJR interview with Dana Priest and Anne Hull

 

AP:  Public records being removed from public view:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070313/ap_on_go_ot/sunshine_week_removing_records_1

 

 

Data on federal prosecutions

http://trac.syr.edu/

 

Inmate Database

Orange County Jail,

Orange County, Florida

http://www.orangecountyfl.net/bailbond/Default.asp

 

Patents:

United States Patent and Trademark Office

http://www.uspto.gov/patft/index.html

 

Patents – University of Maryland

http://patft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&r=0&p=1&f=S&l=50&Query=an%2F%22University+of+Maryland%22&d=PALL

 

GAO:  Government Accountability Office:

Home page:  http://www.gao.gov/

Search reports by topic, agency, or date: http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/repandtest.html

Try searching for investigated agencies on this page: http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/agencysearch.php  (e.g.: type “police” in the search box)

Try searching for words in report titles, abstracts or subjects on this page:  http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/keyword.php

Featured issues:  http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/featured/

Reports from the most recent week: http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/pastweek.html

 

Bureau of Transportation Statistics

National Transportation Atlas Database

http://www.bts.gov/publications/national_transportation_atlas_database/2006/

 

Numbers, in context, become viral video on the Web:

Tracking down the story of “Did You Know”

( didyouknow.wmv )

http://scottmcleod.typepad.com/dangerouslyirrelevant/2007/01/gone_fischin.html (source of viral version)

https://breeze5.umn.edu/didyouknow/ (viral version)

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22didyouknow.wmv%22

http://www.gapsc.com/msgc_compelling.asp

http://arapahoe.littletonpublicschools.net/ (search for: Karl Fisch)

http://thefischbowl.blogspot.com/    

http://thefischbowl.blogspot.com/2006/08/did-you-know.html

http://www.lps.k12.co.us/schools/arapahoe/fisch/didyouknow/didyouknow.wmv (Original version)

http://scottmcleod.typepad.com/dangerouslyirrelevant/2007/01/gone_fischin.html (link back to the first link)

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&newwindow=1&q=%22www.scottmcleod.org%2Fdidyouknow%22&btnG=Search

(Google – who’s posting links to the video)

 

 

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