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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


General Accounting Office


Office of Management and Budget


Federal Agencies with Statistical Programs


Bureau of Economic Analysis, Department of Commerce


U.S. Census: Public Employment and Payroll




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

“…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


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


Websites Useful to a Reporter:


US Department of Justice


American Bar Association


American Lawyer's Media


Rominger Legal


Cornell Law School Legal nformation Institute




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

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


The Federal Elections Commission


The Center for Responsive Politics


Thomas (Library of Congress Legislative Web Site)


The Center for Public Integrity




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


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




Jeff – Law enforcement


FBI Uniform Crime Reports


Bureau of Justice Statistics


Metropolitan Police Department


University of Maryland Police Public Information




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




Beth – Education


No Child Left Behind Official Site


Department of Education's No Child Left Behind Info.


Department of Education


Office of Elementary and Secondary Education


The NCES K-12 Practitioner's Circle


The Chronicle of Higher Education


The National Center for Public Policy and Higher



Data Websites:


National Center for Education Statistics


The National Information Center for Higher Education

Policymaking and Analysis.




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


Small Business Administration


Federal Trade Commission


Environmental Protection Agency


PR Newswire


National Labor Relations Board




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


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

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




Susan – Health care


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations


The American Hospital Association


National Association of Health Data Organizations


US Dept of Veterans Affairs


American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging


American Mental Health Counselors Association


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


Food and Drug Administration


Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America


Emergency Care Research Institute


National Library of Medicine


American Medical Association


American Dental Association




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




Cagla (Chala) – Environment


Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


Society of Environmental Journalists


Nuclear Regulatory Commission


National Association of Attorneys General


Toxicology Data Network




 “Chemicals exceed levels seen as safe

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




Tennika – The disadvantaged


The Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families (University of Maryland)  A great source for journalists!


U.S. Census Bureau  Offers demographics and poverty statistics


U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services  Info and stats on abuse, neglect, welfare reform, etc.


The Maryland Department of Human Resources  Statewide info and stats on homelessness, child support, food stamp program, etc.


U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development

Info on homelessness in U.S.




“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:


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