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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:






Donna – Transportation


The U.S. Department of Transportation


The National Transportation Safety Board


Office of Hazardous Materials Safety


Searchable Database


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Downloadable Database


The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety




“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




Jackie – Legislative Branch


Federal Election Commission— Campaign Finance Reports and Data




The Center for Responsive Politics


Maryland State Board of Elections Campaign Finance Database


Foreign Agents Registration Unit




“For Murphy, Good Government Means Good Business”

Pat Stith and Joby Warrick

The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.

February 22, 1995



Turner – Business


Federal Trade Commission


Consumer Product Safety Commission


Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


Searchable database:


Securities and Exchange Commission


Downloadable database:


Federal Election Commission




“The Bad-Hands People”

By Wyatt Olson, Broward/Palm Beach New Times

September 15, 2005.




Melissa – Education


The American Federation of Teachers


Council for Exceptional Children


Education Commission on States


Searchable Database


The Educator’s Reference Desk


Downloadable Database


National Center for Education Statistics




"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


"How we did this story"


“State Fights to Prevent Access to Teacher Information”




Sharahn – Health care


Downloadable database:
Maryland Health Care Commission Assisted-Living Database

Searchable databases:
FDA Product Recalls--list of classified medical device recalls since November 1, 2002

Medicare Nursing Home Inspections


  "A Dangerous Place: Assisted Living in Virginia"

David Fallis, The Washington Post

May 23-26, 2004



Kevin – Judicial branch


Bureau of Justice Statistics:

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data:

Maryland Judiciary Case search:


Bureau of Justice Statistics




“Cruel and Unusual: Brother with two heads”
September 25, 2005
By Lee Williams and Esteban Parra
The Delaware News Journal

“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




Issues in polling and surveys


Sample size calculator


“Study Finds Medicare Operators Often Give Bad Information”

Ceci Connolly, The Washington Post

Thursday, May 4, 2006



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

Government Accountability Office

GAO-06-654, May 3, 2006



Justin – Law enforcement


Police Abuse


             Bureau of Justice Assistance


             National Archive of Criminal Justice Data


             National Coalition Against Domestic Violence




Reporting project:


"Badge of Dishonor"

By Ruth Teichroeb and Julie Davidow

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

July 23-25, 2003