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Journalism 772 and 472: Computer-Assisted Reporting

Philip Merrill College of Journalism

University of Maryland

Summer 2006

 

Student presentation Web sites

and Web sites for issues in the news:

 

Past semesters:

 

 

 

SAMPLE FORMAT FOR SUBMITTING YOUR LINKS:

 

Donna – 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

 

 

 

Jackie – Legislative Branch

 

Federal Election Commission— Campaign Finance Reports and Data

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

 

Thomas

http://thomas.loc.gov/

 

The Center for Responsive Politics

http://www.opensecrets.org/

 

Maryland State Board of Elections Campaign Finance Database

http://www.elections.state.md.us/campaign_finance/database/index.html

 

Foreign Agents Registration Unit

http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/fara/

 

Story

 

“For Murphy, Good Government Means Good Business”

Pat Stith and Joby Warrick

The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.

February 22, 1995

http://www.pulitzer.org/year/1996/public-service/works/3pork.html

 

 

Turner – Business

 

Federal Trade Commission

www.ftc.gov/

 

Consumer Product Safety Commission

www.cpsc.gov/

 

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

www.eeoc.gov/

 

Searchable database:

 

Securities and Exchange Commission

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

 

Downloadable database:

 

Federal Election Commission

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

 

Story:

 

“The Bad-Hands People”

By Wyatt Olson, Broward/Palm Beach New Times

September 15, 2005.

http://www.newtimesbpb.com/Issues/2005-09-15/news/feature_full.html

 

 

 

Melissa – Education

 

The American Federation of Teachers

http://www.aft.org/

 

Council for Exceptional Children

www.cec.sped.org

 

Education Commission on States

http://www.ecs.org/

 

Searchable Database

 

The Educator’s Reference Desk

http://www.eduref.org

 

Downloadable Database

 

National Center for Education Statistics

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

 

Story

 

"Teachers who fail; A survey of certification-test scores yields alarming results"

By Chris Davis and Matthew Doig

The Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, Fla.

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

 

 

 

Sharahn – Health care

 

Downloadable database:
Maryland Health Care Commission Assisted-Living Database
http://mhcc.maryland.gov/public_use_files/index.htm

Searchable databases:
FDA Product Recalls--list of classified medical device recalls since November 1, 2002
www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfRES/res.cfm

Medicare Nursing Home Inspections
http://www.medicare.gov/NHCompare/Include/DataSection/Questions/SearchCriteria.asp?version=default&browser=Firefox%7C1%2E5%7CWinXP&language=English&defaultstatus=0&pagelist=Home&CookiesEnabledStatus=True

 

Story:
  "A Dangerous Place: Assisted Living in Virginia"

David Fallis, The Washington Post

May 23-26, 2004

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52835-2004May24.html

 

 

Kevin – Judicial branch

 

Bureau of Justice Statistics:

 http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data:

  http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/NACJD/

Maryland Judiciary Case search:

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

Databases:

Bureau of Justice Statistics
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/dtdata.htm

 

Stories:

 

“Cruel and Unusual: Brother with two heads”
September 25, 2005
By Lee Williams and Esteban Parra
The Delaware News Journal
http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050925/NEWS/509250361/1006


“AIDS Epidemic Behind Bars: Newark AIDS specialist calls care of inmates 'a disgrace' ”
By Lee Williams and Esteban Parra
September 26, 2005
The Delaware News Journal

http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050926/NEWS/509260347/1006&theme=PRISONDEATHS

http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050925/NEWS/50925004/1006&theme=PRISONDEATHS

 

 

 

Issues in polling and surveys

 

Sample size calculator

http://www.surveysystem.com/sscalc.htm

 

“Study Finds Medicare Operators Often Give Bad Information”

Ceci Connolly, The Washington Post

Thursday, May 4, 2006

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/03/AR2006050302182.html

 

 

“Medicare: Communications to Beneficiaries on the Prescription Drug Benefit Could Be Improved”

Government Accountability Office

GAO-06-654, May 3, 2006

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06654.pdf

 

 

Justin – Law enforcement

 

Police Abuse

www.policeabuse.org

 

             Bureau of Justice Assistance

www.bjatraining.ncjrs.gov

 

             National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

www.icpsr.umich.edu/NACJD/lemas

 

             National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

www.ncadv.org

 

F.B.I.

www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm

 

Reporting project:

 

"Badge of Dishonor"

By Ruth Teichroeb and Julie Davidow

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

July 23-25, 2003

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/police/