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Journalism 772 and 472: Computer-Assisted Reporting

Philip Merrill College of Journalism

University of Maryland

Summer 2002


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Chapter 10:  Investigating The Judicial System


United States Sentencing Commission




Chapter 13:  Investigating Charities and Other NonProfits


The Urban Institute – Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Example:  Maryland charities





Chapter 20:  Investigating Environmental Issues


Society for Environmental Journalists


EPA’s Envirofacts

A “single point of access” to EPA databases

covering the topics of waste, water, toxics, air, land, other

(more facilities in area, grants, UV index)


Database:  EPA

Offers “AIRS Executive for Windows

a personal computer software and database that contains air pollution data

extracted from the AIRS database.”


Database:  National Response Center

Source for oil and chemical spills



Chapter 9:  Investigating Law enforcement




Database:  Select Explosive Incident Report)


Databases:  National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

Example:   Gangs in Rural America, 1996-1998


Records:  Campus Crimes


Data:  Beer Production (ATF)





Chapter 8:  Investigating Education


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research


New Jersey Department of Education – Special-Education Data


U.S. Department of Education – Statistics


IDEA data – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act




Chapter 21:  Investigating the World of the Disadvantaged