Journalism 772 and 472: Computer-Assisted Reporting

Philip Merrill College of Journalism

University of Maryland

Summer 2008

 

Student presentation Web sites

and Web sites for issues in the news:

 

Past semesters

 

 

Sample Format For Submitting Your Links:

 

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

 

 

Sites for class discussion:

 

A Jour 774/474 sampler of news sites:

http://jclass.umd.edu/cars/special/news.htm

 

 

Sites for student presentations:

 

 

 

James – Executive branch

 

 

The U.S. Department of Commerce

http://www.fedworld.gov/

 

State and Local Government on the Net

http://www.statelocalgov.net/index.cfm

 

Montgomery County e-Subscriptions

https://ext01.montgomerycountymd.gov/entp/s1p/esubpublic/Registration.do

 

U.S. Office of Government Ethics

http://www.usoge.gov/home.html

 

Searchable Databases

 

Center for Responsive Politics

http://opensecrets.org/

 

Federal Election Commission

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

 

D.C. Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP)

http://app.ocp.dc.gov/RUI/information/awards/all_awards.asp?radio=3

 

Downloadable Databases

Federal Election Commission

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

 

Story

“District Dodges Spending Laws;

Companies Snare Contracts With Connections, Not Competition”

 

By Dan Keating and David S. Fallis

The Washington Post, Washington D.C.

November 27, 2005

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/26/AR2005112601139.html

 

 

Janelle – Education

 

Wrightslaw – Teacher Quality

http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/teach.quality.htm

 

American Federation of Teachers – Reporter Resources

http://www.aft.org/presscenter/shortcuts/index.htm

 

National Education Association – Achievement Gaps

http://www.nea.org/achievement/whois.html

 

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

http://www.aft.org/presscenter/shortcuts/index.htm

 

Education Writers’ Association

www.ewa.org

 

Searchable Database

 

Education Commission of the States No Child Left Behind Database

http://nclb2.ecs.org/Nclbsurvey/nclb.aspx

 

Downloadable Database

 

Maryland School Performance Report 2007 Data Downloads

http://www.msp.msde.state.md.us/downloadindex.aspx

 

Story:

 

“Teachers who fail”

By Chris Davis and Matthew Doig

Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, FL

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

 

 

 

Laurie – Environment

 

BayStat Chesapeake

http://www.baystat.maryland.gov/

 

Envirolink Network – the Online Environmental Community

www.envirolink.org

 

Environmental Protection Agency

http://www.epa.gov/

 

The John Heinz Center State of the Nation’s Ecosystems Report

 http://www.heinzctr.org/ecosystems/

 

Maryland Department of the Environment - Water Programs

http://www.mde.state.md.us/Programs/WaterPrograms/Water_Supply/index.asp

 

Society for Environmental Journalists

 www.sej.org

 

United States Geological Survey:

Real Time Water Data For Maryland (Daily Streamflow Reports)

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/md/nwis/rt

 

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission – Collection System Discharge Reports

http://www.wssc.dst.md.us/info/sso/SSOReports.cfm

 

Searchable Databases:

 

Environmental Protection Agency: Envirofacts Data Warehouse

http://www.epa.gov/enviro/index.html

 

EPA: Search Your Watershed

http://cfpub.epa.gov/surf/locate/index.cfm

 

Know Your Watershed: National Watershed Network

http://www2.ctic.purdue.edu/cgi-bin/watershed.exe?Z0=MD

 

Downloadable Database:

 

Maryland Reported Sewer Overflow Data (Excel files, 2001-2008)

http://www.mde.state.md.us/Programs/WaterPrograms/cso_sso.asp

 

Story:

 

“Aging Systems Releasing Sewage Into Rivers, Streams”

By Larry Wheeler and Grant Smith, Gannett News Service

USA Today, May 8, 2008

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-05-07-sewers-main_N.htm

 

Searchable Database Accompanying Article:

 Sewage Discharge Violations

http://data.gannettnewsservice.com/sewers/start7.php

 

 

 

Cassandra – Licensed professionals

 

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation

Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

http://www.dllr.state.md.us/

 

Pacific Information Resources, Inc./ SearchSystems.net

http://www.searchsystems.net

 

Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation

http://www.clearhq.org/associations.htm

 

National Practitioner Data Bank–Public Use Data File

http://www.npdb-hipdb.com/publicdata.html

 

Federation of State Medical Boards

http://www.fsmb.org

 

Searchable Databases

 

Maryland Board of Physicians Practitioner Profile System

https://www.mbp.state.md.us/bpqapp/

 

California Bureau of Barbering and Cosmetology

http://www2.dca.ca.gov/pls/wllpub/wllqryna$lcev2.startup?p_qte_code=IND&p_qte_pgm_code=3300

 

Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation

http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/regulantlookup/DisciplinaryActions_SearchForm.CFM

 

Downloadable Databases

 

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

http://www.license.state.tx.us/LicenseSearch/licfile.asp

 

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation

http://www.myflorida.com/dbpr/sto/file_download/license_download.shtml

 

Stories

 

“Undercover probe spots more nail salon violations”

By Brad Watson

WFAA-TV News Channel 8

February 22, 2007 (7:30 AM)

http://www.wfaa.com/sharedcontent/dws/wfaa/bwatson/stories/wfaa070221_mo_saloneprobe.22a90200.html

 

“Personal Business; That Quest to Enhance Beauty Can Leave Scars”

By Sana Siwolop

The New York Times

July 14, 2002

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=health&res=940DE0D61030F937A25754C0A9649C8B63&fta=y

 

“Beneath Gloss, Hazards May Lurk; License-Buying, Hygiene Questions Cloud Nail Salons”

By Lena H. Sun and Phuong Ly

The Washington Post

Jul 15, 2001

[Lexis Nexis sign-in required]

http://www.lexisnexis.com.proxy-um.researchport.umd.edu/us/lnacademic/results/docview/docview.do?docLinkInd=true&risb=21_T4070322342&format=GNBFI&sort=BOOLEAN&startDocNo=1&resultsUrlKey=29_T4070322345&cisb=22_T4070322344&treeMax=true&treeWidth=0&csi=8075&docNo=6

 

 

Liz – Transportation

 

Department of Transportation

http://www.dot.gov

 

Federal Railroad Administration

www.fra.dot.gov

 

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

www.highwaysafety.org

 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

www.nhtsa.dot.gov

 

National Automobile Dealer’s Association

www.nada.org

 

Searchable Database

 

Landings

http://www.landings.com

 

Downloadable Database

 

National Transportation Safety Board Aviation Accident Database

http://www.ntsb.gov/NTSB/query.asp

 

Story:

 

“Deadly Teen Auto Crashes Show a Pattern”

By Jayne O’Donnell

USA Today

March 1, 2005

http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/2005-02-28-teen-drive-cover-usat_x.htm

 

 

 

Nadiah – Insurance

 

National Association of Insurance Commissioners

NAIC.org

 

Insurance Information Institute

iii.org

 

Medicaid

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/home/medicaid.asp