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Journalism 772 and 472: Computer-Assisted Reporting

Philip Merrill College of Journalism

University of Maryland

Spring 2008

 

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

 

 

Student sites:

 

 

Nina – Education

 

Education Commission of the States

www.ecs.org

 

Council of Chief State School Officers

http://www.ccsso.org/

 

Council for Exceptional Children

www.cec.sped.org

 

Searchable Database

 

The Education Trust

www.collegeresults.org

 

Downloadable Database

 

U.S. Department of Education

www.ed.gov

 

Database of Highly Qualified Teachers

http://www.ed.gov/programs/teacherqual/hqtdata.xls

 

 

Story:

 

“Teachers who fail”

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"

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

 

 

Education – Chris

 

World Bank – EdStats

http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/TOPICS/EXTEDUCATION/EXTDATASTATISTICS/EXTEDSTATS/0,,menuPK:3232818~pagePK:64168427~piPK:64168435~theSitePK:3232764,00.html

 

US Census Data on Educational

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

 

United States Student Association

http://www.usstudents.org/

 

 

Searchable databases:

 

College Navigator: University information organized by institution

http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

 

Baltimore Sun: Elementary School Test Results

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/education/bal-elementaryschoolsearch,0,1072194.formprofile

 

 

Downloadable database:

 

Measuring Up: Comparison of Higher Education ratings in US states

http://measuringup.highereducation.org/about/database.cfm

 

Stories:

 

Series on cheating on the schools

Joshua Benton and Holly K. Hacker

Dallas Morning News

 

Links to the three-part series, published June 3-5, 2007:

 

“Analysis shows TAKS cheating rampant”

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/education/stories/060307dnmetcheating.433e87c.html

 

“Cheating's off the charts at charter schools”

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/education/stories/060407dnmetcharters.38e3799.html

 

“Efforts to stop TAKS cheating often fall short”

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/education/stories/060507dnmetsecurity.37550f3.html

 

Interactive feature

 

Take a “test” run!

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spe/2007/taks/

 

 

 

Dan – Environment

 

Department of Health and Human Services

– Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry

ToxFAQs

(Frequently Asked Questions about Contaminants Found at Hazardous Waste Sites)

http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaq.html

 

American Lung Association – Air Quality

http://www.lungusa.org/site/pp.asp?c=dvLUK9O0E&b=33691

 

AIRNow (cross-agency U.S. government Web site)

http://airnow.gov/

 

Searchable Database:

Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission – Air Emission Event Report Database

http://www2.tceq.state.tx.us/eer/main/index.cfm?fuseaction=searchForm

 

Downloadable Database:

Environmental Protection Agency

Technology Transfer Network – Air Quality System (AQS) Data Mart

http://www.epa.gov/ttn/airs/aqsdatamart/access.htm

 

 

Story:

 

“In Harm’s Way, Part I: Troubled Neighbors”

by Dina Cappiello and Lise Olsen (computer-assisted reporting)

Houston Chronicle, Houston, Texas

January 16, 2005

http://130.80.24.5:8081/CDA/ssistory.mpl/special/04/toxic/2989507

 

Series: “In Harm’s Way”

by Dina Cappiello,

Lise Olsen (computer-assisted reporting),

Dan Feldstein, Leigh Hopper, and David Ivanovich (additional reporting)

Houston Chronicle, Houston, Texas

January 16-20, 2005

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

 

“How We Did It”

http://130.80.24.5:8081/CDA/ssistory.mpl/special/04/toxic/2896244

 

Criticism and Industry Responses to the Series

http://130.80.24.5:8081/CDA/ssistory.mpl/special/04/toxic/2924966#

 

 

 

David – Transportation

 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

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

 

Maryland State Highway Administration (MDSHA)

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

 

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

http://www.faa.gov/

 

U.S. Coast Guard: Boating Safety

http://www.uscgboating.org/

 

Searchable Database:

 

Newark Advocate: 2006-07 Licking County, Ohio Traffic Crash Database

http://www.newarkadvocate.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/99999999/DATABASES/80209008

 

Downloadable Database:

 

Ohio Department of Public Safety: Downloadable Crash Extracts

http://www.dps.state.oh.us/CrashRequests/extract.aspx

 

U.S. DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA):

Incident Summaries

http://hazmat.dot.gov/pubs/inc/incdata.htm

 

Story:

 

“Special Database Report: Ohio 16 Closes in on I-70 for Most Dangerous Road”

By Russ Zimmer

Newark Advocate, Newark, Ohio

February 10, 2008

http://www.newarkadvocate.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080210/NEWS01/802100315

 

“Special Database Report: Despite Fewer Crashes, 21st Street Still Has Bad Reputation”

By Amy Picard

Newark Advocate, Newark, Ohio

February 10, 2008

http://www.newarkadvocate.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080210/COMMUNITIES02/302100005

 

 

 

Jenn – Legislative Branch

 

Congressional Budget Office

www.cbo.gov

 

Federal Election Commission

www.fec.gov

 

Center for Responsive Politics

www.opensecrets.org

 

Center for Public Integrity

www.publicintegrity.org

 

Searchable Database:

 

Our Private Legislatures

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

 

Downloadable Database:

 

Congressional Budget Office Economic Forecast

http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdoc.cfm?index=8979&type=2

 

Story:

 

“$4.5 million for a boat that nobody wanted”

By David Heath and Hal Bernton

The Seattle Times, Seattle, WA

October 15, 2007

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003948586_favorfactory14m.html

 

 

 

Ashley – World of the disadvantaged

 

Office of Child Support Enforcement

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cse/

 

Casey Journalism Center for Children and Families

www.journalismcenter.org

 

American Community Survey

http://www.census.gov/acs/www/index.html

 

Searchable Databases

 

Department of Health and Human Services

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

 

Welfare Rules Database

http://www.urban.org/center/anf/nsaf.cfm

 

Downloadable Database

 

Child Nutrition Database

http://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov

 

 

Story:

 

“House of Lies”

By Debbie Cenziper

The Miami Herald, Miami, FL

August 2006

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

 

 

 

Brittany - Law Enforcement

 

The Office of Diversion Control of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/crim_admin_actions/crim_actions.htm

 

National Youth Gang Surveys

http://www.iir.com/nygc/nygsa/

 

Searchable Databases:

 

Prince George's County Police Department Neighborhood Crime Statistics http://www.goprincegeorgescounty.com/Government/PublicSafety/Police/agree_disagree.asp

 

National Sex Offender Public Registry

http://www.nsopr.gov/

 

Maryland Courts

http://casesearch.courts.state.md.us/inquiry/inquiry-index.jsp

 

Downloadable Databases:

 

Federal Bureau of Investigation Crime in the United States Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report

(Jan.-June 2007)

http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/prelim2007/index.html

 

Maryland Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data: 1985 – 2006

http://www.goccp.org/four/research/ucr/ucr.php\

 

Bureau of Justice Statistics

Data for analysis - Crime & Justice Electronic Data Abstracts

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/dtdata.htm#index

 

Article:

 

“Dispatch agencies analysis: West Valley police slowest to respond”

Russ Rizzo

The Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake City, UT

March 2, 2008

http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_8410981

 

 

 

Karisse – Insurance

 

The Charlotte Observer “A Long, Painful Wait” Sun. Aug. 26, 2007 (News Story)

http://www.charlotte.com/local/story/251546.html

 

Maryland Insurance Administration (Useful to Reporter)

http://www.mdinsurance.state.md.us/sa/jsp/Mia.jsp

 

National Association of Insurance Commissioners (Useful to reporter)

http://www.naic.org/

 

Maryland HealthChoice Provider Directory (Searchable Database)

http://dhmh3.dhmh.state.md.us/examples/providersearch.jsp

 

National Insurance Crime Bureau Flood Vehicle Database (Searchable Database)

https://www.nicb.org/cps/rde/xchg/nicb/hs.xsl/79.htm

 

National Insurance Crime Bureau VIN Check (Searchable Database)

https://www.nicb.org/cps/rde/xchg/nicb/hs.xsl/vincheck.html

 

Coalition Against Insurance Fraud (Useful to reporter)

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

 

Virginia Department of Health- Statistical Reports and Tables (Downloadable Database)

http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/HealthStats/stats.asp

 

 

 

Eli – Real estate

 

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

http://www.hud.gov

 

National Council of State Housing Agencies

http://www.ncsha.org

 

National Low-Income Housing Coalition

http://www.nlihc.org

 

Urban Land Institute

http://www.uli.org

 

Searchable Database:

 

Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae)

Search for Fannie Mae-owned property

http://www.fanniemae.com/reoSearchApplication/fanniemae/reoSearch.jsp?p=Fannie+Mae-Owned+Property+Search

 

Downloadable Database:

 

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Data sets of the measures of housing affordability

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

 

Story:

 

 “Forced Out”

The Washington Post

Debbie Cenziper and Sarah Cohen

March 9-11, 2008

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/metro/forcedout

 

 

 

Lauren – Judicial System

 

Covering Criminal Justice: A Resource Guide for Journalists

http://backissues.cjrarchives.org/resources/crime2k/crim2k.pdf

 

Maryland Judiciary

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

 

Lawyer Search

http://lawyers.findlaw.com/

 

FindLaw

http://www.findlaw.com/

 

 

Searchable Database:

 

Maryland Judiciary Case Search (searchable)

http://casesearch.courts.state.md.us/inquiry/inquiry-index.jsp

 

 

Downloadable Databases:

 

U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (downloadable)

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/dtdata.htm#index

 

Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Reports (downloadable)

http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm

 

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (searchable/downloadable)

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

 

Story:

 

“DUI: A Failure to Convict”

By Brad Branan

The Tucson Citizen

Series: August 17-19, 2005

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

 

 

 

 

Steven – Charities and Nonprofits

 

The Urban Institute

www.urban.org/nonprofits/index.cfm

 

American Institute of Philanthropy

www.charitywatch.com

 

Internal Revenue Service

www.irs.gov

 

USA.gov for Nonprofits

http://www.usa.gov/Business/Nonprofit.shtml

 

 

Searchable Databases

Charity Navigator

www.charitynavigator.org

 

GuideStar

www.guidestar.org

 

 

Downloadable Databases

Exempt Organizations: IRS Master File Data

from the Internal Revenue Service
www.irs.gov/taxstats/charitablestats/article/0,,id=97186,00.html

 

 

Stories

“A Taxing Matter”

By Peter Panepento and Grant Williams

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

January 30, 2008

www.philanthropy.com/news/updates/index.php?id=3798

 

“Assets on Loan”

By Harvy Lipman and Grant Williams

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

February 5, 2004

http://philanthropy.com/free/articles/v16/i08/08000601.htm

 

 

Megha – Business

 

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation

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

 

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

http://www.sec.gov

 

PR Newswire

http://www.prnewswire.com

 

National Labor Relations Board

http://www.nlrb.gov

 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission

http://www.cpsc.gov

 

Federal Trade Commission

http://www.ftc.gov

 

Searchable database:

 

 Edgar Company Search via the SEC

http://www.sec.gov/edgar/searchedgar/companysearch.html

 

Downloadable databases:

 

 The U.S.Census, Statistics of U.S. Businesses

http://www.census.gov/csd/susb/susb.htm

 

Story:

 

“Sold a Nightmare: Concord subdivision proves lucrative for builder

 and costly for first-time owners”

By Binyamin Appelbaum, Lisa Hammersly Munn and Ted Mellnik

The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer

Sunday, March 18, 2007

http://www.charlotte.com/foreclosure/story/55062.html

 

 

Kate – Health Care

 

National Association of Health Data Organizations

http://www.nahdo.org

 

The National Committee for Quality Assurance

http://www.ncqa.org/

 

Public Citizen

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

 

Searchable Database

 

National Institutes of Health

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/

 

Downloadable Database

 

Medicare.gov

http://www.medicare.gov

 

Story:

 

“Lives at risk: An emergency room investigation -Year two”

By Valeri Williams, Meridith Schucker, Jesus Hernandez

WFAA-TV (Dallas)

Various dates in 2001: 

June 28; August 2, 3, 10; September 6, 24; October 14; November 16

http://video.ire.org/18684.html

 

 

Karisse – Special topic

 

http://www.getlyrics.com/

 

http://www.ivillage.com/

 

http://www.webmd.com/

 

http://www.allmusic.com/

 

http://www.blackvoices.com/

 

 

 

Dan – State Freedom of Information Agencies

 

Open Government Guide – The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

(Tool to search and compare state open records/meetings laws)

http://www.rcfp.org/ogg/index.php

 

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Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission

http://www.state.ct.us/foi/

 

FOI Commission – Index of Rulings

http://www.state.ct.us/foi/final_decs.htm

 

Ruling in Case # FIC 2007-154

MariAn Gail Brown and The Connecticut Post (Complainants) against

Chief, Police Department, Town of Stratford, Conn. (Respondent)

http://www.state.ct.us/foi/2008FD/20080227/FIC2007-154.htm

 

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Hawaii Office of Information Practices

http://www.state.hi.us/oip/

 

OIP Opinion Letter Summaries

http://www.state.hi.us/oip/opinionsummarieslist.html

 

OIP Opinion Letter 99-02, re: Release of Police Reports

http://www.state.hi.us/oip/opinionletters/opinion%2099-02.pdf

 

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New Jersey Government Records Council

http://www.state.nj.us/grc/index.shtml

 

GRC Advisory Decisions Search

http://www.state.nj.us/grc/decisions/search/index.shtml

 

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New York Committee on Open Government

http://www.dos.state.ny.us/coog/coogwww.html

 

Committee on Open Government’s 2007 Report to the Governor and Legislature:

Building a Culture of Openness and Improving Transparency

http://www.dos.state.ny.us/coog/2007report.htm

 

Committee on Open Government Advisory Opinion Listing

http://www.dos.state.ny.us/coog/findex.html

 

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Utah State Records Committee

http://www.archives.state.ut.us/main/index.php?module=Pagesetter&func=viewpub&tid=1&pid=7

 

State Records Committee Appeal Decision Summaries

http://www.archives.state.ut.us/main/index.php?module=Pagesetter&func=viewpub&tid=1&pid=374

 

State Records Committee Appeals relating to Salt Lake Tribune article

http://www.archives.state.ut.us/main/index.php?module=Pagesetter&func=viewpub&tid=1&pid=388

http://www.archives.state.ut.us/main/index.php?module=Pagesetter&func=viewpub&tid=1&pid=389

 

 

 

Jessi – Licensed Professionals

 

Council on Licensure Enforcement and Regulation

www.clearhq.org

 

National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)

www.nasba.org

 

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation

www.dllr.state.md.us/

 

American Association of Retired Persons

www.aarp.org

 

Searchable Databases

 

Maryland State Bar Association

www.msba.org

 

Federation of State Medical Boards

www.fsmb.org

 

Downloadable Database

 

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

www.sec.gov

 

Story:

 

Maryland Lawyers Rarely Get Into Trouble”

and “Bad Lawyers Worsen Under Mild Punishments”

By Anju Kaur,

Capital News Service, December 19, 2007

 

http://www.journalism.umd.edu/cns/wire/2007-editions/12-December-editions/071219-Wednesday/CozyBar_CNS-UMCP.html

 

http://www.journalism.umd.edu/cns/wire/2007-editions/12-December-editions/071219-Wednesday/ProfessionalDiscourt_CNS-UMCP.html

 

 

 

Ashley – Special topic

 

CLASSICAL NET: The Internet's Premier Classical Music Source

http://www.classical.net/

 

MUSIC PRESS REPORT

http://www.musicpressreport.com/

 

JAZZ JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION

http://www.jazzhouse.org/noff/

 

ROCK'S BACKPAGES

http://www.rocksbackpages.com/index.html

 

HIP HOP JOURNALISM ASSOCIATION

http://www.hhja.org/features.html

 

 

 

Atrayee – World of the Disadvantaged

 

Casey Journalism Center for Children and Families

http://casey.umd.edu

 

Economic Development Administration

www.doc.gov/eda

 

Searchable database

 

Rural Policy Research Institute

www.rupri.org

 

American Public Human Services Association

www.aphsa.org

 

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition Service

www.fns.usda.gov/fns

 

Downloadable database

 

Bureau of Economic Analysis

www.bea.gov

 

U.S. Census Bureau

            http://factfinder.census.gov/home/en/acs_pums_2006.html

 

Bureau of Justice Statistics

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/dtdata.htm#demo

 

Story:

 

“For kids, a safety net in tatters”

By Greg Garland and Lynn Anderson

The Baltimore Sun

April 27, 2008

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/baltimore_city/bal-te.md.abuse27apr27,0,1758301.story

 

 

 

Bianca – Insurance

 

American Council of Life Insurers

www.acli.com

 

Insurance Services Office

www.iso.com

 

Coalition Against Insurance Fraud

www.insurancefraud.org/home.html

 

Kaiser Family Foundation (state health facts)

http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparecat.jsp?cat=7

 

Searchable Database

 

Texas Department of Insurance

https://apps.tdi.state.tx.us/pcci/pcci_search.jsp

 

Downloadable Database

 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MedicaidDataSourcesGenInfo/07_MAXGeneralInformation.asp

 

Story:

 

"I-Team Investigation:  Health Insurance"

 By Hagit Limor

WCPO (The E.W. Scripps Co.), Cincinnati, OH

February 13, 2008

http://www.wcpo.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=3cbb794b-18e4-4b08-8531-64ac4be39249

 

 

 

David – Special topic

 

 

Yahoo! News

http://news.yahoo.com/

 

Google News Archive Search

http://news.google.com/archivesearch?hl=en&tab=wn

 

Civil Engineering Blog

http://civilblog.com/

 

Ebert & Roeper Archive

http://bventertainment.go.com/tv/buenavista/ebertandroeper/

 

Baseball Reference – Major League Baseball Statistics and History

http://www.baseball-reference.com/

 

 

Chris – Special topic

 

 

The Pour: Eric Asimov's NYT blog

http://thepour.blogs.nytimes.com/

 

IntoWine.com: aggregating website for wine information

 http://www.intowine.com/

 

The Wine Enthusiast: offers reviews, consumer information and a handy "Vintage Chart"

http://www.winemag.com/homepage/index.asp

 

Wine-Econ: An independent wine blog that covers wine business issues

 http://wine-econ.org/2008/04.aspx

 

WineFiles: a bibliography of wine reporting and history

http://www.winefiles.org/

 

Odds and Ends

 

More Intelligent Life: a culture and lifestyle section of the economist

http://www.moreintelligentlife.com/

 

Shadow Stats:

John Williams' website that compares official gov't statistics

with alternative models

http://www.shadowstats.com/

 

 

 

Nicole – Transportation

 

Federal Aviation Administration:

http://www.faa.gov/

 

Federal Highway Administration:

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/

 

U.S. Department of Transportation:

http://www.dot.gov/

 

U.S. Coast Guard:

http://www.uscg.mil/

 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

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

 

National Transportation Safety Board:

http://www.ntsb.gov

 

 

Story:

 

“Where the bad bridges are, state by state”

msnbc.com.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22793811/from/ET/

 

 

Samia – International

 

The Society of Professional Journalists

www.spj.org

 

Human Rights Watch

www.hrw.org

 

Governments on the World Wide Web –

 www.gksoft.com/govt/en

 

Downloadable Databases

 

U.S. Census Bureau - International Data Base

www.census.gov/ipc/www/idb/

 

The United Nations

www.un.org

 

Searchable Database

 

International Monetary Fund

www.imf.org

 

Reporting project:

 

“American Imports, Chinese Deaths”

By Loretta Tofani

The Salt Lake Tribune

http://extras.sltrib.com/china/

 

 

Sites for class discussion:

 

A Jour 774/474 sampler of news sites:

http://jclass.umd.edu/cars/special/news.htm

 

 

Dirty data:

 

“Resurrected,’ but still wallowing in red tape; Government records incorrectly kill off thousands, and there’s no easy fix,”

MSNBC and NBC News, Feb. 29, 2008

(Thanks to Steve for the link)

 

Campaign finance

 

Clinton, Obama are Wall Street Darlings”

The Los Angeles Times

March 21, 2008

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-wallstdems21mar21,1,7162103.story

 

 

“Sikh Political Engagement Surges in Presidential Elections”

By Anju Kaur (a former JOUR 774 student)

Sikh News Network

http://www.sikhnn.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=578&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

 

New York Times Map of Campaign Contributions

http://politics.nytimes.com/election-guide/2008/finances/map/index.html

 

 

Election demographics

 

Patchwork Nation / The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/patchworknation/

 

 

Examples of data acquisition project success:

 

Anju Kaur named IRE awards finalist for 2007

http://www.ire.org/contest/07winners.html

 

Her story: “Bad Lawyers Worsen Under Mild Punishments”

Capital News Service

http://www.journalism.umd.edu/cns/wire/2007-editions/12-December-editions/071219-Wednesday/ProfessionalDiscourt_CNS-UMCP.html

 

Dan Wilcock named IRE awards finalist for 2003:

http://www.ire.org/contest/past/03winners.html

 

His story:  “Sewage Overflows Soar in 2003”

Capital News Service

http://www.journalism.umd.edu/cns/wire/2003-editions/12-December-editions/031222-Monday/EffluentEscalations_CNS-UMCP.html

 

 

Sites for discussion of polling

 

Clinton Leads McCain by 9 Points Nationwide, AP Poll Shows,”

Bloomberg, April 28, 2008

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aPb7Gs_irWJk&refer=home

 

Clinton leads McCain in national survey”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 28

http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=744603

 

 

AP-Ipsos Poll:

http://www.ipsos-na.com/news/client/act_dsp_pdf.cfm?name=mr080428-1topline.pdf&id=3898

 

Pollster.com

http://www.pollster.com/

 

 

“Obama competitive in Pennsylvania, up in Indiana: poll”

AFP, April 15, 2008

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5glp029je84Y5K7VFF4UiwKaBLwEw

Saved copy:  http://jclass.umd.edu/cars/secure/stories/AFP_April15_poll.htm

 

 

“New Quinnipiac PA Poll Numbers”

ABC, April 15, 2008

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/04/new-quinnipiac.html

Saved copy:  http://jclass.umd.edu/cars/secure/stories/ABC_April15_poll.htm

 

Quinnipiac poll

April 15, 2008

http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x1327.xml?ReleaseID=1168

 

 

Pennsylvania results – New York Times:

http://politics.nytimes.com/election-guide/2008/results/demmap/

 

Pennsylvania results - Google maps:  http://maps.google.com/maps/mpl?moduleurl=http://www.google.com/mapfiles/mapplets/elections/2008/primary/primaries.xml&utm_campaign=en&utm_source=en-ha-na-us-google-mp&utm_term=decision2008

 

 

Who are the “independent experts” you use and are they really independent?

 

“Message Machine:

Behind Analysts, the Pentagon’s Hidden Hand”

By David Barstow

The New York Times

April 20, 2008

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/20/washington/20generals.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

 

In the news:

“In Zimbabwe Jail: A Reporter’s Ordeal”

Barry Bearak

The New York Times

April 27, 2008

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/27/world/africa/27bearak.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=bearak&st=nyt&oref=slogin

 

 

 

Misc.:

 

“Did you know…”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljbI-363A2Q

 

Hiding in plain sight:

Manhole covers, made in India / The New York Times

(Multimedia)

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/26/nyregion/26manhole.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

 

ESPN:  The Patrick Hughes Story

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qTiYA1WiY8&feature=RecentlyWatched&page=1&t=t&f=b

 

Mastery comes in many forms…..

http://jclass.umd.edu/cars/secure/videos/puppet.wmv

 

MSNBC bridges

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/20113262#20113263