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Journalism 772 and 472: Computer-Assisted Reporting

Philip Merrill College of Journalism

University of Maryland

Summer 2003

 

Class Web sites

 

 

Carol – Executive branch

 

FirstGov: Federal Executive Branch

http://www.firstgov.gov/Agencies/Federal/Executive.shtml

                                                

General Accounting Office

http://www.gao.gov/

                                            

Office of Management and Budget

http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2004/

 

Federal Agencies with Statistical Programs

http://www.fedstats.gov/agencies/

 

Bureau of Economic Analysis, Department of Commerce

http://www.bea.gov/bea/regional/statelocal.htm

 

U.S. Census: Public Employment and Payroll

http://www.census.gov/ftp/pub/govs/www/apes.html

 

 

Story:

“Brain Drain: Grads with advanced degrees are flowing out of Ohio,” Cleveland Plain Dealer, Feb. 23, 2003

http://www.cleveland.com/braindrain/index.ssf?/base/news/104599772757740.xml

“…according to the Plain Dealer analysis, the better educated the graduates, the more elite the school that produced them and the more attractive their degrees for economic development, the more likely they are to leave.”

 

 

Josh – Judicial branch

 

Database Links:

 

American Law Sources Online

http://www.lawsource.com/also/usa.cgi?md

 

U.S. Department of Justice- Bureau of Justice Statistics Spreadsheets

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

 

Websites Useful to a Reporter:

 

US Department of Justice

www.usdoj.gov

 

American Bar Association

www.abanet.org

 

American Lawyer's Media Law.com

www.law.com

 

FindLaw.com

www.findlaw.com

 

Rominger Legal

www.romingerlegal.com

 

Cornell Law School Legal nformation Institute

http://www.law.cornell.edu/

 

Story:

 

“Justice Delayed, Justice Denied,” The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky., Nov. 24-26, 2002.

http://www.courier-journal.com/localnews/2002/11/26/index_bullitt.html

The Courier-Journal examined criminal court files dating to 1983 and found that human error, antiquated record keeping and scheduling lapses allowed at least 200 people charged with felonies to escape prosecution.

 

 

Tom – Legislative branch

 

IRE Campaign Finance Information Center

http://www.campaignfinance.org

 

The Federal Elections Commission

http://www.fec.gov

 

The Center for Responsive Politics

http://www.opensecrets.org

 

Thomas (Library of Congress Legislative Web Site)

http://thomas.loc.gov

 

The Center for Public Integrity

http://www.50statesonline.org

 

Story:

 

"Elite donors sway Ohio primary races," David Knox, The Akron Beacon Journal, Jan. 23, 2000

http://www.bright.net/~dknox/clips/elite.html

 

... and his explanation of how he did the research.

http://www.campaignfinance.org/tracker/summer00/knox.html

 

 

 

Jeff – Law enforcement

 

FBI Uniform Crime Reports

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

 

Bureau of Justice Statistics

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

 

Metropolitan Police Department

http://mpdc.dc.gov/info/districts/crstats.shtm

 

University of Maryland Police Public Information

http://www.umpd.umd.edu/pubinfo/index.htm

 

Story:

 

“NYPD Under the Gun,” Rebecca Leung, ABCnews.com, March 30, 2000

http://abcnews.go.com/sections/us/DailyNews/police_brutality990326.html

 

 

 

Beth – Education

 

No Child Left Behind Official Site

   http://www.nclb.gov

 

Department of Education's No Child Left Behind Info.

  http://www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/esea/

 

Department of Education

  http://www.ed.gov

 

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

  http://www.ed.gov/offices/OESE

 

The NCES K-12 Practitioner's Circle

  http://nces.ed.gov/practitioners/general.asp

 

The Chronicle of Higher Education

  http://chronicle.com

 

The National Center for Public Policy and Higher

Education

  http://www.highereducation.org

 

Data Websites:

 

National Center for Education Statistics

  http://nces.ed.gov

 

The National Information Center for Higher Education

Policymaking and Analysis.

  http://www.higheredinfo.org/

 

Story:

 

Underreporting school discipline, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, Ga:

Initial stories on April 28, 2003, include:

 

“Gwinnett schools overstated safety;

Misconduct underreported:

Officials admit giving inaccurate data but deny any deception.”

 

“A disciplinary problem with numbers:

School district underreported serious incidents by 85 percent, data show.”

 

 

Debby – Private sector

 

Consumer Product Safety Commission

www.cpsc.gov

 

Small Business Administration

www.sba.gov

 

Federal Trade Commission

www.ftc.gov

 

Environmental Protection Agency

www.epa.gov

 

PR Newswire

www.prnewswire.com

 

National Labor Relations Board

www.nlrb.gov

 

OSHA

www.osha.gov

 

U.S. Securties and Exchange Commission (includes EDGAR database)

www.sec.gov

 

“The record vs. the rhetoric: Southern Co.'s feel-good ads ignore

dirty clouds of smoke,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 8, 2003

http://www.ajc.com/business/content/business/0603/08southern.html

 

 

 

Susan – Health care

 

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

www.cms.gov

 

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

www.jcaho.org

 

The American Hospital Association

www.aha.org

 

National Association of Health Data Organizations

www.nahdo.org

 

US Dept of Veterans Affairs

www.va.gov

 

American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging

www.aahsa.org

 

American Mental Health Counselors Association

www.amhca.org

 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 

www.samhsa.gov

 

Food and Drug Administration

www.fda.gov

 

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

www.phrma.org

 

Emergency Care Research Institute 

www.ecri.org

 

National Library of Medicine 

www.nlm.nih.gov

 

American Medical Association   

www.ama.org

 

American Dental Association

www.ada.org

 

Story:

 

“Lives at risk: An emergency room investigation -Year two,” WFAA-TV (Dallas),

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

 

 

 

Cagla (Chala) – Environment

                                                               

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

www.epa.gov

 

Society of Environmental Journalists

www.sej.org

 

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

www.nrc.gov

 

National Association of Attorneys General

www.naag.org

 

Toxicology Data Network

http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov

 

Story:

 

 “Chemicals exceed levels seen as safe

James Bruggers, The Courier Journal, Louisville, Ky., May 12, 2003

http://www.courier-journal.com/localnews/2003/05/12ky/wir-front-toxic0511-21408.html

 

 

 

Tennika – The disadvantaged

 

The Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families (University of Maryland)

http://casey.umd.edu/home.nsf  A great source for journalists!

 

U.S. Census Bureau

http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty.html  Offers demographics and poverty statistics

 

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

http://www.dhhs.gov  Info and stats on abuse, neglect, welfare reform, etc.

 

The Maryland Department of Human Resources

http://www.dhr.state.md.us/services.htm  Statewide info and stats on homelessness, child support, food stamp program, etc.

 

U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development

http://www.hud.gov/homeless/index.cfm

Info on homelessness in U.S.

 

Stories:

 

“Children First; Murder by NeglectDetroit Free Press

  • ”Ariana's Story:  A 2-year old girl dies at her parents' hands
    after the system meant to protect her fails,” December 4, 2000
    Link to the article:  http://www.freep.com/index/ariana.htm

 

“Papershield:  The Battered State of PFA’sYork Daily Record (Pa.),  July 30-Aug. 4, 2000