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Journalism 772 and 472: Computer-Assisted Reporting

Philip Merrill College of Journalism

University of Maryland

Spring 2009

 

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

 

 

Sites for class discussion:

 

 

Contests over public records

 

Hartford's Fighting Freedom of Information Cases Has Cost More Than $125,000”

The Hartford Courant

April 3, 2009

http://www.courant.com/community/news/hfd/hc-hartford-foi-money.artapr03,0,7231239.story

 

 

In Baltimore, a complaint from David Simon about the refusal of Baltimore Police to release information from public records in police shootings …

 

In The Washington Post:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/27/AR2009022703591.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

 

In The Baltimore City Paper: http://www.citypaper.com/news/story.asp?id=17589

 

More about the police shooting mentioned by Simon (see the Feb. 19, 2009, item “Withholding names of police who shoot”

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/blog/2009/02/

 

 

In New Orleans, a fight over the mayor’s records …

http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2009/02/tv_station_wants_contempt_ruli.html

 

 

Controversy over publication of guns database

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090302/NEWS0201/903020336/1009/NEWS02

 

 

For discussion of the reporting topics assignment

 

Mine safety and mining accidents

http://jclass.umd.edu/cars/772/mines.htm

 

Searching for data by type

www.google.com

 

Filetype:xls

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&as_qdr=all&q=filetype%3Axls&btnG=Search

 

Violations and Filetype:xls

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&as_qdr=all&q=violations+filetype%3Axls

 

Spreadsheet [Note:  We will discuss virus checks and downloading the file]

www.dep.state.fl.us/central/Home/DrinkingWater/Compliance/CCR/2007_Violations_allcounties.xls

 

Agency

http://www.dep.state.fl.us/central/Home/DrinkingWater/Compliance/

 

Reading SEC documents:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/07/AR2009020700044.html

 

 

 

For discussion of data acquisition issues:

 

Md. Offers Child-Care Inspection Data Online

Reports Give Parents Details on Services”

By Donna St. George

The Washington Post, January 30, 2009,  Page B01

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/29/AR2009012903895.html

 

Child Care Licensing - Compliance Record Search

Office of Child Care, Division of Early Childhood Development,

Maryland State Department of Education

http://msdecompliancereports.org/

 

Mastery comes in many forms …

 

Landing in the Hudson

Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9CZivaR0tU

 

Animation with audio

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imDFSnklB0k

 

Pilot interview

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4784012n&tag=main_home_MediaBox

 

 

Four-part fugue

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVadl4ocX0M

 

Shadow puppet

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

 

 

 

ESPN:  The Patrick Hughes Story

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

 

 

 

Journalists collaborating

 

The Chauncey Bailey Project

http://www.chaunceybaileyproject.org/

 

Stories

 

ESPN:  The Patrick Hughes Story

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

 

 

 

Database humor

 

Cartoon

 

Current CAR stories

 

“Poor Neighborhoods, Untested Teachers;

Many of D.C. Region's Low-Income Areas in a Cycle of Inexperience”

By Daniel de Vise and Michael Alison Chandler

With contributions from Database Editor Dan Keating

The Washington Post

Monday, April 27, 2009

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/26/AR2009042602861.html

Data analysis:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/education/2009/teacher-experience.html?sid=ST2009042602947

 

Sites for student presentations:

 

 

 

K-12 Education – India D.

 

Center on Education Policy

http://www.cep-dc.org/

 

Education Week

http://www.edweek.org/ew/index.html

 

Education Sector

http://www.educationsector.org/

 

Searchable Database:

 

Education Resources Information Center

http://www.eric.ed.gov/

 

Downloadable Database:

 

California Department of Education – Public School Database

http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/si/ds/pubschls.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”

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

 

 

 

Higher Education – Lindsay

 

The Chronicle of Higher Education

http://chronicle.com/stats/archive/archive.htm

 

The National Association of College Admissions Counselors

www.nacacnet.org

 

National Collegiate Athletic Association

http://www.ncaa.org/wps/portal

 

Searchable Database

 

Student-athlete Athletic Database

(created by the Atlantic Journal-Constitution)

http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/sports/stories/2008/12/28/academic_athletes_database.html

 

Downloadable Database

 

 Official Cohort Default Rates for Schools

http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSFAP/defaultmanagement/cdr.html

 

Story:

 

 “AJC investigation: Many athletes lag far behind on SAT scores”

By Mike Knobler

The Atlanta Journal-Constiution

Sunday, December 28, 2008

http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/sports/stories//2008/12/28/acadmain_1228_3DOT.html?cxntlid=homepage_tab_newstab

 

 

 

K-12 Education – Karen

 

U.S. Department of Education:

www.ed.gov

 

Maryland State Department of Education:

http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/msde

 

U.S. Department of Education

Institute of Education Sciences:

http://ies.ed.gov/

 

Education Writers Association:

http://www.ewa.org/

 

Public Agenda on Education:

http://www.publicagenda.org/media/researchstudies/education

 

Urban Institute – Education:

 http://www.urban.org/education/index.cfm

 

Education Commission of the States:

http://www.ecs.org/

 

Searchable Databases

 

Maryland Report Card:

http://www.mdreportcard.org/index.aspx

 

Institute of Education Sciences’ State Education Data Profiles (national):

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

 

EPE Research Center Graduation Rates Map:

http://apps.arcwebservices.com/edweekv3/default.jsp

 

Institute of Education Sciences’ School District Demographics System

(Snapshot Reports, Map Viewer, and Profile Comparisons):

http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/sdds/#

 

Education Week’s Detailed State Data Comparison:

http://www.edweek.org/apps/qc2009/state_compare.html

 

Downloadable Databases

 

Institute of Education Sciences’ Build a Table:

http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/bat/

 

Institute of Education Sciences’ Public School District Finance Peer Sheet:

http://nces.ed.gov/edfin/search/search_intro.asp

 

Story

 

“Teachers who fail:

A survey of certification-test

scores yields alarming results”

 

By Chris Davis and Matthew Doig

The 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

 

 

Licensed Professionals – Bobby

 

Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation

http://www.clearhq.org/

 

Maryland DLLR's Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

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

 

DC's Licensing Information under the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs

http://dcra.washingtondc.gov/dcra/cwp/view,a,1342,q,600813,dcraNav_GID,1691,dcraNav,|33408|.asp

 

Searchable Databases:

 

DC Bar Association Disciplinary Database

http://www.dcbar.org/for_lawyers/ethics/discipline/discipline01.cfm

 

Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission

http://www.courts.state.md.us/attygrievance/overview.html

 

Maryland Board of Physicians Practitioner Profile System

https://www.mbp.state.md.us/bpqapp/

 

DC Health Professionals Licensing Administration

http://hpla.doh.dc.gov/hpla/site/default.asp?hplaNav=|30659|

 

Downloadable Database:

 

Airman's Certification Database from the FAA

http://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/airmen_certification/releasable_airmen_download/

 

Story:

 

"Sexual Misconduct Plagues US Schools"

Martha Irvine and Robert Tanner

The Associated Press

October 21, 2007

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/21/AR2007102100144_pf.html

 

 

 

 

Legislative branch – Chris M.

 

Sunlight Foundation:

http://sunlightfoundation.com/

http://www.opencongress.org/

 http://earmarkwatch.org/

 

Maplight.org:

http://www.maplight.org/

 

Center for Responsive Politics:

http://www.opensecrets.org/

 

Center for Public Integrity:

http://www.publicintegrity.org/

http://www.publicintegrity.org/projects/entry/290/

http://projects.publicintegrity.org/powertrips/

 

National Institute on Money in State Politics:

http://www.followthemoney.org/

 

General Accountability Office:

http://gao.gov/

 

Federal Election Commission:

http://fec.gov/

 

Pork busters:

http://porkbusters.org/

 

Searchable Databases

 

Center for Responsive Politics

http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/

 

Public Citizen

http://www.lobbyinginfo.org/search/

 

Downloadable Databases

 

Federal Election Commission

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

 

Story

 

Investigative series: “The Favor Factory 2008”

http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/favorfactory/favorfactory_2008/

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008242157_webfavorfactoryabout12.html

 

Article: “Despite reforms, Congress hides $3.5B in defense earmarks”

 “A Seattle Times investigation …of the 2008 defense bill has found 155 hidden earmarks worth $3.5 billion. House members broke the new rules 110 times by not disclosing who was getting the favors.”

By David Heath and Christine Willmsen

Seattle Times

Oct. 12, 2008

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008257178_favorfactory12.html

 

Bill Moyer’s report:

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/02222008/profile.html

 

 

Nonprofit and religious organizations – Jon

 

USA.gov

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

 

Maryland Nonprofits

http://www.marylandnonprofits.org/html/about/index.asp

 

USA Churches

http://www.usachurches.org/

 

Searchable database

 

GuideStar

http://www.guidestar.org/

 

 

Downloadable database

 

IRS Tax Stats

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

 

Story

 

“Bishop’s charity generous to bishop”

John Blake

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 28, 2005. 

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/news/stories/2007/11/06/longcharity_2005.html%3Fcxntlid%3Dinform_artr

 

 

 

World of the Disadvantaged – Megan G.

 

Wisconsin Shares Program

http://dcf.wisconsin.gov/childcare/WISHARES/default.htm

 

Wisconsin Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

http://dcf.wisconsin.gov/tanf/tanfstateplans.htm

 

Wisconsin Census Data

http://www.census.gov/census2000/states/wi.html

 

Searchable Database

 

Database of child-care providers receiving subsidies from Wisconsin Shares and how much they were paid, between 2006 and Nov. 2008

http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/watchdogreports/38309864.html

 

Downloadable Database

 

Downloadable Economic Data for Specific Areas of the United States

http://headwaterseconomics.org/eps/index.php

 

Story

 

"Cashing in on Kids: A Watchdog Report"

By Raquel Rutledge

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Jan. 25-26, 2009

 

Part I: "Child-care scam rakes in thousands” (Jan. 25, 2009)

“Parents and child-care providers are finding ways to con the $340 million Wisconsin Shares child-care subsidy program…”

http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/watchdogreports/38283494.html

 

Part II: "Child care loopholes lead to easy money" (Jan. 26, 2009)

“A system of generous rules and lax regulations paves the way for parents and providers to abuse the system—sometimes in ways that are perfectly legal…”

http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/watchdogreports/38309864.html

 

Video file

http://www.jsonline.com/multimedia/video/?bcpid=1869637852&bclid=1815816805&bctid=9018743001

 

 

Law enforcement – David J.

 

The U.S. Department of Justice

Bureau of Statistics

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

 

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

www.atf.gov/

 

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

www.albany.edu/sourcebook/

 

United States Marshals Service

 http://www.usdoj.gov/marshals/

 

Searchable Database

 

Example of Local Police Department's Searchable Crime Database

Prince Georges County Police Department

http://gis.princegeorgescountymd.gov/pgpd/viewer.htm

 

Downloadable Database

Federal Bureau of Investigation

                                                              www.fbi.gov

 

Story:

 

“City Grapples With LAPD's Overtime Pay"

By Jason Kandel

The Daily News

Los Angeles, CA

October 17, 2008

http://www.dailynews.com/search/ci_10707094?source=email

 

 

 

Financial Institutions -- Jamie

 

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

www.fdic.gov

 

NAACP, National Association of Colored People

http://naacp.org/news/press/2009-03-13/index.htm

 

 

Mortgage Bankers Association of America

http://www.mbaa.org/default.htm

 

Consumer Bankers Association

http://www.cbanet.org

 

Searchable Database

 

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act

Federal Financial Institutions Examinations Council

http://www.fffiec.gov

http://www.ffiec.gov/hmda/

 

Downloadable Database

 

U.S. Census Bureau

http://www.census.gov

 

Story:

 

“NAACP Sues Mortgage Lenders, Alleging Racism”

Friday, March 13, 2009

Story Highlights

  NAACP lawsuits accuse HSBC, Wells Fargo of "systematic, institutionalized racism"

  Both companies deny allegations of racism in subprime lending

  Suits: Firms gave subprime rates to African-Americans who qualified for better rates

  NAACP has launched similar suits against lenders

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/03/13/naacp.lawsuit/index.html?iref=newssearch

 

Video Link:

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/business/2009/03/13/tsr.naacp.bank.lawsuit.cnn?iref=videosearch

 

 

 

Energy and Utilities – Stan

 

 

Maryland Public Service Commission

http://webapp.psc.state.md.us/Intranet/home.cfm

 

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

www.nrc.gov

www.nrc.gov/reading-rm.html

 

Maryland Public Interest Research Group

(Advocacy Group)

www.marylandpirg.org

 

Constellation Energy

(BGE)

www.constellation.com

 

Searchable Database

 

Environmental Defense Fund

www.scorecard.org

 

MD PSC Official Filings

http://webapp.psc.state.md.us/Intranet/maillog/maillogitems_new1.cfm?

 

Downloadable Databases

 

The Energy Information Administration

www.eia.doe.gov

http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/page/eia826.html

 

The Nuclear Energy Institute

http://www.nei.org/resourcesandstats/graphicsandcharts/plantinformation/

 

Story:

 

“Water Agency Kept Uranium Contamination Secret;

Metropolitan Water District knew of radioactive

contamination at Hayfield site for 8 years. 

Agency says problem is not ‘show-stopper’”

 

By Brian Joseph

The Orange County Register, CA

October 10, 2008

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/water-uranium-hayfield-2185785-district-agency

 

 

 

Law Enforcement (Part B) – David S.

 

FBI’s UCR

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

 

Maryland State Police

http://www.mdsp.org/

 

Drug Enforcement Agency

http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/statistics.html

 

Searchable database:

 

Sex Offender Registry Site

http://www.socem.info/

 

Downloadable database:

 

UCR Crime Data

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

 

Story:

 

“What Rape?”

Jeremy Kohler

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

January 16, 2005

http://www.cjgsu.net/initiatives/St-Louis-rape.htm

 

 

 

Crime – Tina

 

The Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/tost_3.html#3_l

 

The Bureau of Justice Statistics

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

 

The American Press Institute

http://www.americanpressinstitute.org/pages/toolbox/crime/crime_databases_and_statistics

 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation – Publications site

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

 

Searchable Database

 

The Maryland Sex Offender Registry

http://www.dpscs.state.md.us/onlineservs/socem/default.shtml

 

Downloadable Database

 

U.S. Department of Education – Office of Postsecondary Education

http://ope.ed.gov/security/index.aspx

 

Story:

 

“Lost Lives: A Decade of Tulsa Homicides”

By Nicole Marshall, Curtis Killman, and James Plumlee

The Tulsa World

Tulsa, OK

June 25, 2008

http://www.tulsaworld.com/webextra/content/2008/homicidesite/index.aspx

 

 

Transportation - Sharmina

 

The U.S. Department of Transportation

www.dot.gov

 

The National Transportation Safety Board

www.ntsb.gov

 

Federal Aviation Administration

http://www.faa.gov/

 

Office of Hazardous Materials Safety

http://hazmat.dot.gov

 

Federal Transit Administration

 http://www.fta.dot.gov/

 

U.S. Maritime Administration

http://www.marad.dot.gov/

 

Searchable Database

 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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

 

Federal Aviation Administration Aircraft Registry

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

 

Downloadable Database

 

U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/library/data-stats

 

Story:

 

“Front airbags don’t inflate in hundreds of head-on crashes”

By Mike Casey and Rick Montgomery

The Kansas City Star

Kansas City, Missouri

Oct. 22, 2007

http://www.kansascity.com/740/story/326073.html

 

 

 

Financial Institutions - Emily

 

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

http://www.fdic.gov/

 

Maryland Dept. of Business & Economic Development

http://www.choosemaryland.org/

 

Searchable Databases

 

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission,

http://www.sec.gov/

 

EDGAR database

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

 

U.S. Federal Reserve System

http://www.ffiec.gov/nicpubweb/nicweb/NicHome.aspx

 

Federal Reserve - searchable database

http://www.ffiec.gov/nicpubweb/nicweb/SearchForm.aspx

 

Downloadable Database

 

National Credit Union Association,

http://www.ncua.gov/

 

 “FOIA Data Files”

http://www.ncua.gov/data/FOIA/foia.html

 

Story:

 

“Borrowers Betrayed: Ex-convicts active in mortgage fraud”

By Jack Dolan, Rob Barry and Matthew Haggman

The Miami Herald, Miami, FL

July 20-22, 2008

http://www.miamiherald.com/multimedia/news/mortgage/index.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judicial System – Matt

 

United States Department of Justice

http://www.usdoj.gov/

 

Federal Bureau of Prisons

http://www.bop.gov/

 

Searchable Databases

 

Maryland Court Records

http://casesearch.courts.state.md.us/inquiry/processDisclaimer.jis

 

National Criminal Justice Reference Service

http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/AbstractDB/AbstractDBSearch.aspx

 

Downloadable Database

 

Bureau of Justice Statistics

http://ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/dtdata.htm

 

Story

 

“Unequal Justice: Murders on Probation”

By Brooks Egerton and Reese Dunklin

Dallas Morning News

11/10/07, 11/13/07, and 11/14/07

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spe/2007/unequal/index2.html

 

 

 

Law Enforcement – Shane

 

Police Executive Research Forum:

http://www.policeforum.org/

 

FBI Homepage

www.fbi.gov/

 

The American Press Institute:

http://www.americanpressinstitute.org/pages/toolbox/crime/crime_databases_and_statistics/

 

Searchable Database

 

DC Metro Police Department

http://crimemap.dc.gov/presentation/query.asp

 

Downloadable Database

 

Bureau of Justice Statistics

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

 

Story

 

“Deadly Force”

By Sari Horwitz, Jeff Leen, David Jackson

The Washington Post, Washington, D.C.

November 15-19, 1998

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/longterm/dcpolice/deadlyforce/police1page1.htm

 

 

The Environment – Catherine

 

The Environmental Protection Agency

http://www.epa.gov/

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

http://www.fws.gov/

 

The National Priorities List

http://epa.gov/superfund/sites/npl/npl.htm

 

Searchable Database

 

TOXNET

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

 

Downloadable Database

 

The 2007 Toxics Release Inventory

http://epa.gov/tri/tridata/tri07/data/index.htm

 

Story:

 

"The Hidden Costs of Clean Coal:

The Environmental and Human Disaster of Longwall Mining"

By Kristen Lombardi

The Center for Public Integrity

Washington, D.C.

Jan. 12, 2009

http://www.publicintegrity.org/investigations/longwall/pages/introduction/

 

 

 

 

The Environment – Doug

 

Local Drinking Water Information

Environmental Protection Agency

http://www.epa.gov/safewater/dwinfo/index.html

 

Monitoring and Assessing Water Quality

Environmental Protection Agency

http://epa.gov/owow/monitoring/

 

Safe Drinking Water Information System

Environmental Protection Agency

http://www.epa.gov/enviro/html/sdwis/sdwis_ov.html

 

Searchable Database:

 

Pollution Information Site

http://scorecard.org/

 

National Assessment Database

Environmental Protection Agency

http://epa.gov/waters/305b/index.html

 

Story:

 

“Water agency kept uranium contamination secret

Metropolitan Water District knew of radioactive contamination

 at Hayfield site for 8 years. Agency says problem is not 'show-stopper.'”

Brian Joseph

The Orange County Register

Orange County, CA

Friday October 10, 2008

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/water-uranium-hayfield-2185785-district-agency

 

 

 

Health Care – Melanie

 

The National Library of Medicine

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

 

The Joint Commission

http://www.jointcommission.org/

 

Veteran Health Care

http://www1.va.gov/health/index.asp

 

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

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

 

Searchable Database

 

Medical Device Safety Reports

http://www.mdsr.ecri.org/

 

Downloadable Database

 

Department of Health and Human Services Medicare

http://www.medicare.gov/Download/DownloadDB.asp

 

Food and Drug Administration

http://www.fda.gov/cder/aers/extract.htm

 

Story

 

“Many Nursing Homes Run Risk of Catastrophic Fires”

“Four of every five nursing homes that have had fatal fires over the past five years had gotten waivers from regulators that allowed them to keep doing business despite fire safety deficiencies.”

By Peter Eisler, USA TODAY

October  16, 2005

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-10-06-nursing-homes-cover_x.htm

 

 

Health Care – Meghan C.

 

The Joint Commission

www.jcaho.org

 

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

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

 

American Hospital Association

www.aha.org

 

Searchable database

 

Medicare Hospital Compare

http://www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov

 

Downloadable database:

 

The Joint Commission Health Care Quality Data Download

http://www.healthcarequalitydata.org/

 

Story:

 

"Infection epidemic carves deadly path:

Poor hygiene, overwhelmed workers contribute to thousands of death"

 by Michael Berens

The Chicago Tribune

July 21, 2002

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-0207210272jul21,0,2177158.story?page=1&coll=chi-news-hed

 

 

 

Judicial System – Kyle

 

U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics

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

 

U.S. Department of Justice

http://www.usdoj.gov/index.html

 

Innocence Project

http://www.innocenceproject.org/

 

Searchable Database

 

Maryland State Court Records

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

 

Downloadable Database

 

Judicial Research Initiative

http://www.cas.sc.edu/poli/juri/sctdata.htm

 

 

Story:

 

"Trashing the Truth"

By Susan Greene and Miles Moffeit

The Denver Post, Denver, CO

July 22-25, 2007 (Four-day series)

http://www.denverpost.com/evidence

 

 

Legislative - Katie

 

Follow The Money: Information on Money in State Politics

http://www.followthemoney.org

 

The Center for Tobacco Policy

http://center4tobaccopolicy.org/database

 

Columbia University Library Resources

http://wwwapp.cc.columbia.edu/ldpd/app/rti/results?qt=6&hl=1&ps=1&sb=1&ss=1&hpp=100000&hk=-1&rt=all&q=legislative

 

Searchable Database

 

Open Secrets: Data on Lobbying

http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/index.php

 

Downloadable Database

 

Federal Exchange Commission

http://www.fec.gov/finance/disclosure/ftpdet.shtml#a2009_2010

 

Story:

 

“Sen. Hatch’s secret drug firm links,

Drugmaker money to Utah senator’s charity escaped disclosure”

By Jim McElhatton and Jerry Seper

The Washington Times, Washington, D.C.

March 2, 2009

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/mar/02/the-fog-of-congressional-transparency/

 

 

Gender – Diversity

Jim Baxter

 

National News: Post-Election (Proposition 8)

 

California General Exit Poll (Sacramento Bee, 11/12/08)

http://media.sacbee.com/smedia/2008/11/05/18/prop8.source.prod_affiliate.4.pdf

 

"Search for Prop. 8 donors" (Sacramento Bee, 11/12/08)

http://www.sacbee.com/1098/story/1392716.html

More than 60,000 individuals and groups contributed a total of roughly $73 million to either side of the

Proposition 8 debate, according to a database of donations that can be searched.

 

"Surge for Obama sealed Prop. 8's victory" (Sacramento Bee, 11/11/08)

http://www.sacbee.com/295/story/1387029.html

 

"Was age really the big factor in Prop. 8 victory?" (Los Angeles Times, 11/13/08)

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2008/11/was-age-really.html

 

"Black support for Prop. 8 called exaggeration" (San Francisco Chronicle, 1/07/09)

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/07/BANB154OS1.DTL

 

"Evangelicals carried Prop. 8, poll says" (Ventura County Star, 12/04/08)

http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2008/dec/04/evangelicals-carried-prop-8-poll-says

 

"Yes, California minority voters axed gay marriages" (Sacramento Bee, 1/19/09)

http://www.sacbee.com/walters/story/1554402.html

 

DiCamillo: Polling on Prop. 8

http://www.pollster.com/blogs/dicamillo_polling_on_prop_8_ca.php

 

 

FROM THE LGBT PRESS:

 

Local News: Salaries at Non-Profit Organizations

 

"Top Salaries Among LGBT, AIDS Groups" (Washington Blade, 03/27/09)

http://www.washblade.com/2009/3-27/news/national/14269.cfm

 

"Food & Friends executive lands $25,000 raise" (Washington Blade 03/20/09)

http://www.washingtonblade.com/2009/3-20/news/localnews/14238.cfm

 

* * *

 

Local News: D.C City Council Questions HIV Clinic

 

"Angry Council members continue probe of Whitman-Walker’s finances" (Washington Blade, 5/01/09)

http://www.washblade.com/2009/5-1/news/localnews/14451.cfm

 

"Whitman-Walker issues lengthy response to criticisms" (Washington Blade, 03/27/09)

http://www.washingtonblade.com/2009/3-27/news/localnews/14270.cfm

 

"Whitman-Walker under fire" (Washington Blade, 02/06/09)

http://www.washblade.com/2009/2-6/news/localnews/14051.cfm

 

"Whitman-Walker Clinic announces layoffs, cuts" (Washington Blade, 12/19/08)

http://www.washblade.com/2008/12-19/news/localnews/13773.cfm

 

 

BLOGGERS

 

Pam Spaulding  http://www.pamshouseblend.com

 

Joe Jervis http://joemygod.blogspot.com

 

Andy Towle http://www.towleroad.com

 

Independent Gay Forum http://www.indegayforum.org

 

Rex Wockner http://wockner.blogspot.com

 

Andrew Sullivan http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com

 

John Aravosis http://www.americablog.com

 

Annual Best LGBT Blog http://2008.weblogawards.org/polls/best-lgbt-blog

 

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association http://www.nlgja.org

Of particular interest to non-gay journalists, is their "Resources page," which includes a supplement

to the AP Stylebook on preferred LGBT terminology (in PDF format).

http://www.nlgja.org/resources/stylebook.html

 

EDUCATIONAL/ANTI-DEFAMATION ORGANIZATIONS

Freedom to Marry http://freedomtomarry.org

 

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation http://www.glaad.org

 

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network http://www.glsen.org

 

Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund http://www.lambdalegal.org

 

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays http://www.pflag.org

 

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network http://www.sldn.org

 

POLITICAL/LEGISLATIVE ORGANIZATIONS

 

Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund http://www.victoryfund.org

 

Human Rights Campaign http://www.hrc.org

 

Log Cabin Republicans http://www.logcabin.org

 

National Gay & Lesbian Task Force http://www.thetaskforce.org

 

National Stonewall Democrats www.stonewalldemocrats.org