Resources on the Internet for Business Journalists

Ira Chinoy

ichinoy@jmail.umd.edu

  Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland

 

Last updated 7/21/2008

 

Introduction:

“Using the Internet as a Reporting Tool for Business Journalism,” by Ira Chinoy:

 http://jclass.umd.edu/cars/Special/Chinoy-SABEW-intro.htm

NOTE:  These remarks were prepared for a presentation to the Society of American Business Editors and Writers on Oct. 5, 2004.  An abridged version of the presentation also appeared in SABEW’s newsletter, The Business Journalist, for December 2004, as the article “The Internet as a Reporting Tool.”

 

Sites with collections of useful links

Society of American Business Editors and Writers:  http://sabew.org/

Online resources: http://www.sabew.org/resources/resources.htm

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE):  http://www.ire.org/

IRE Resource Center:  http://www.ire.org/resourcecenter/

The National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR):  http://www.nicar.org/

NICAR Net Tour:  http://www.ire.org/training/nettour/

NICAR database library:  http://www.ire.org/datalibrary/databases/index.html

A Journalist’s Guide to the Internet, by Chris Callahan: http://reporter.umd.edu

Business page:  http://reporter.umd.edu/business.htm

Federal government page: http://reporter.umd.edu/federal.htm

State and local government page:  http://reporter.umd.edu/state.htm

PowerReporting.com:  http://www.powerreporting.com/

Business beat: http://powerreporting.com/category/Beat_by_beat/Business

Poynter Institute’s resource center:  http://www.poynter.org/resource_center/

Links to links for hot news stories:  http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=49

            Writing and editing tips:  http://www.poynter.org/subject.asp?id=2

American Press Institute – The Journalist’s Toolbox:  http://www.journaliststoolbox.com/

Portico:  http://indorgs.virginia.edu/portico/home.html

SuperPages.com:  Find businesses by category:  http://www.bigyellow.com/

Yahoo Finance:  http://finance.yahoo.com/

Wachowicz's Web World: http://web.utk.edu/~jwachowi/wacho_world.html

            Links to topics in finance, by Univ. of Tennessee Professor John Wachowicz,

coauthor of Fundamentals of Financial Management.

The New York Times Newsroom Navigator:

            http://tech.nytimes.com/top/news/technology/cybertimesnavigator/index.html

             Business Navigator:  http://www.nytimes.com/ref/business/business-navigator.html

             Politics Navigator:  http://www.nytimes.com/ref/politics/POLI_NAVI.html?

             Health Navigator: http://www.nytimes.com/library/national/science/health/health-navigator.html

Baruch College/CUNY Master’s Program in Business Journalism:

Home page:  http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/wsas/graduate_programs/mabj/

            Tools for business journalism:

http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/wsas/graduate_programs/mabj/tools/index.html

BusinessJournalism.org - The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism

at the American Press Institute:  http://www.businessjournalism.org/

Jonathan Oatis – Web sites for business journalists:  http://www.oatis.com/bageht.htm

The Open Directory Project – Business:  http://www.dmoz.org/Business/

 

Reference:  definitions, math, maps, historical context, etc.

“The History of Business Journalism,” Chris Roush, UNC-Chapel Hill:

            http://www.bizjournalismhistory.org/

New York Times glossary of financial terms: 

            http://www.nytimes.com/library/financial/glossary/bfglosa.htm

Yahoo glossary of financial terms:  http://biz.yahoo.com/f/g/

Bankruptcy.com – glossary: http://www.bankruptcydata.com/Glossary.htm

Dictionary.com:  http://dictionary.reference.com/

Bartleby.com – searchable reference works:  http://www.bartleby.com/

Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Math for Journalists:  http://stripe.colorado.edu/~yulsman/Math.html

Value Quotes – Quotes on value and values: http://www.valuequotes.net/

Google Maps Beta:  http://maps.google.com/

Open Directory Project – Timelines of history:  http://www.dmoz.org/Society/History/Timelines/

HyperHistory Online: http://www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/History_n2/a.html

Biographical Dictionary: http://www.s9.com/biography/

The Time 100:  http://www.time.com/time/time100/

The World Wide Web Virtual Library:  http://vlib.org/

BibleGateway.com:  http://www.biblegateway.com/

 

Web tools

Reporter’s Desktop: http://www.reporter.org/desktop/

            Query forms for multiple search engines

Librarians’ Index to the Internet:  http://lii.org/

The Internet Scout Project:  http://scout.wisc.edu

FreePint.com – a network of information searchers:  http://www.freepint.com/

Gary Price’s “Direct Search” - http://www.freepint.com/gary/direct.htm

Gary Price’s “Fast Facts” - http://www.freepint.com/gary/handbook.htm

Introduction to Reference Work, Volumes I and II:

 http://www.mhhe.com/socscience/katz/index.html

Pandia Search Central:  http://www.pandia.com/

Master list:  http://www.pandia.com/powersearch/index.html#search-engines

Search Engine Watch:  www.searchenginewatch.com

Google: http://www.google.com/

Yahoo:  http://www.yahoo.com/

AlltheWeb:  www.alltheweb.com  - Search engine 

Vivísimo: http://vivisimo.com/ Search engine groups results in clusters by common elements:

Vivísimo search for “business journalists”:

                        http://vivisimo.com/search?query=business+journalists&v%3Asources=Web

Clusty:  http://clusty.com/ Vivisimo tool clusters results and has customizable features.

A9.com:  http://www.a9.com/ Search engine – analyzes your search and finds related sites

Alexa:  http://www.alexa.com/ Search engine – displays images of some pages.

Grokker: http://www.grokker.com/ Search tool organizes results in clusters using a visual map.

 

 

Free & fee-based databases available at or through public universities

University of Maryland Libraries:  http://www.lib.umd.edu/

New York University Libraries: http://library.nyu.edu/collections/find_articles.html

 

Internet lists, newsgroups, blogs and chatrooms

L-Soft - catalog of LISTSERV lists:  http://www.lsoft.com/lists/listref.html

Tile.net – list of lists:  http://www.tile.net/lists/

Journalism-related lists:  http://reporter.umd.edu/listserv.htm

Newsgroup search from Google:  http://groups.google.com/

Blogwise.com:  http://www.blogwise.com/

Journalism blogs: http://www.blogwise.com/search?q=journalism

CyberJournalist.net:  http://www.cyberjournalist.net/

CyberJournalist List:  http://www.cyberjournalist.net/cyberjournalists.php

Spot news sites: http://www.cyberjournalist.net/cyberjournalists.php#jblogs_spot_news

Weblogs – Yahoo:

http://dir.yahoo.com/Computers_and_Internet/Internet/World_Wide_Web/Weblogs/Directories/

Chatrooms – Yahoo:  http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=chatrooms

 

Investigative reporting on business

SABEW’s Best in Business contest award winners:

http://sabew.org/sabewweb.nsf/e0087b5460c4a721862569c2005fa85a/99e939bd463df0d786256acd006c5f2c!OpenDocument&Start=1&Count=200&Expand=2

Investigative Reporters and Editors – archive of reporting projects on the Web

Business reporting projects:

http://www.ire.org/extraextra/archives/cat_business.html

Workplace reporting projects:

http://www.ire.org/extraextra/archives/cat_workplace.html

Government reporting projects:

http://www.ire.org/extraextra/archives/cat_government_federalstatelocal.html

Health reporting projects:

http://www.ire.org/extraextra/archives/cat_health.html

Computer-assisted reporting projects:

http://www.ire.org/extraextra/archives/cat_car.html

Online investigative reporting projects (need to be IRE member):

http://notes.ire.org/datalibrary/online.html                

Newsletters

     Annual Journalism Award Winners – Newsletters and Electronic Publishers:

http://www.newsletters.org/page.cfm?name=journalism%20awards

Classic Reporting:

     Works by Donald Barlett and James Steele:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/index=books&field-author=Donald%20L.%20Barlett/104-0155728-9200722

     Ida Tarbell’s A History of the Standard Oil Company (1904)

Text in electronic format:

 http://www.history.rochester.edu/fuels/tarbell/MAIN.HTM

Preface:  http://www.history.rochester.edu/fuels/tarbell/PREFACE.HTM

 

Business news and trends:

World-Newspapers.com: http://www.world-newspapers.com/

Business magazines:  http://www.world-newspapers.com/business.html

Business news:  http://www.world-newspapers.com/business-news.html

LookSmart’s FindArticles:  www.findarticles.com

Business & finance publications:  http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/tn_bus

HBS Working Knowledge:  http://hbsworkingknowledge.hbs.edu/index.jhtml

Harvard Business School site following developments in 13 management topics.

 

Securities and Exchange Commission filings

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission – EDGAR Database:

www.sec.gov/edaux/searches.htm

Guide to SEC Forms:  http://www.sec.gov/info/edgar/forms.htm
               Examples for demo:
US SEARCH.COM INC:
http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1083087/000089843000003412/0000898430-00-003412-0001.txt
               MARTHA STEWART CIK search
http://www.sec.gov/cgi-bin/srch-edgar?text=0001091801&first=2002&last=2003&mode=Simple
               10K (annual):
http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1091801/000095012303003695/y84713e10vk.htm
               DEF 14A (proxy info):
http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1091801/000095012302003236/0000950123-02-003236.txt

TenKWizard.com:  http://www.tenkwizard.com/

FreeEdgar:  http://www.freeedgar.com/

Edgar Online, Inc.:  http://www.edgar-online.com/

IPO Monitor:  http://www.ipomonitor.com/

 

Examples of tools for making connections

Namebase:  www.namebase.org

Example -- Enron:  http://www.namebase.org/enron/

Kart00:  http://kartoo.com/

TouchGraph GoogleBrowser:  http://www.touchgraph.com/TGGoogleBrowser.html

 

The economy

Federal Reserve

Economic Research and Data:  http://federalreserve.gov/rnd.htm

U.S. Census Economic Programs:  http://www.census.gov/econ/www/index.html

Bureau of Economic Analysis, Department of Commerce:  http://www.bea.gov/bea/regional/statelocal.htm

 

Industry, business, and occupation profiles and issues

Department of Labor:

Bureau of Labor Statistics:  www.bls.gov

Standard Occupational Classification System:  http://www.bls.gov/soc/

DOL Dictionary of Occupational Titles: http://www.oalj.dol.gov/libdot.htm

Hoover’s:  www.hoovers.com

Bloomberg: http://www.bloomberg.com/

D & B: http://www.dnb.com/us/

Standard & Poor’s:  http://www.spglobal.com

InfoUSA Business Information: http://www.infousa.com/partner/profile.htm?402

The Corporate Library:  http://www.thecorporatelibrary.com/

Business brokers:

Search via Vivisimo: http://vivisimo.com/search?tb=homepage&query=business+brokers&v%3Asources=Web

            Example – USABizMart: http://www.usabizmart.com/

 

E-commerce

U.S. Census Bureau E-Commerce Statistics:

http://www.census.gov/eos/www/ebusiness614.htm

 

The U.S. Census, demographics, and general statistics

U.S. Census:  http://www.census.gov/

Site search:  http://www.census.gov/main/www/srchtool.html

Economic programs:  http://www.census.gov/econ/www/index.html

State data centers:  http://www.census.gov/sdc/www/

FedStats: http://www.fedstats.gov/

            MapStats:  http://www.fedstats.gov/qf/

Kid's Count Data Book:  http://www.aecf.org/kidscount/databook/

Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.:  www.bna.com

 

Government generally…

FirstGov:  http://www.firstgov.gov/index.shtml

Federal agencies:

http://www.firstgov.gov/Agencies/Federal/All_Agencies/index.shtml

State agencies:  http://www.firstgov.gov/Agencies/State_and_Territories.shtml

Local agencies:  http://www.firstgov.gov/Agencies/Local.shtml

GovEngine.com:  http://www.govengine.com/

Office of Management and Budget:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2004/

FedWorld:  http://www.fedworld.gov/

Federal Agencies with Statistical Programs:  http://www.fedstats.gov/agencies/

GPO Access:  The Government Printing Office:  http://www.gpoaccess.gov/index.html

Government Executive magazine:  http://www.govexec.com/

            Top 200 federal contractors:

http://www.govexec.com/top200/03top/top03s3s1.htm

            Procurement Preview – Special Annual Issue:

http://www.govexec.com/top200/03top/top03mag.htm

 

Business and government

Business.gov:  http://www.business.gov/

“The Business Gateway to Federal Resources”

FedBizOpps – Federal Business Opportunities: http://www.fedbizopps.gov/

U.S. Department of Commerce:  http://www.commerce.gov/

Commerce Business Daily (to 1/2/ 2002):  http://cbdnet.access.gpo.gov/

International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce:

http://tinet.ita.doc.gov

U.S. Small Business Administration:  www.sba.gov

U.S. Business Advisor:  http://www.business.gov/

 

The business of politics

Federal Election Commission:  www.fec.gov

The Center for Responsive Politics -- Opensecrets.org:  www.opensecrets.org

Campaign donors: http://www.opensecrets.org/indivs/index.asp

Contributions by industry:  http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/index.asp

Lobbyists database:  http://www.opensecrets.org/lobbyists/index.asp

The Center for Public Integrity -- State Projects:  www.50statesonline.org

PoliticalMoneyLine / FECInfo / tray.com:  http://www.tray.com/

 

Federal assistance and other programs:  The good, the bad, …

Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance:  http://www.cfda.gov/

Federal Assistance Award Data System:  http://www.census.gov/govs/www/faads.html

Grants.gov:  http://www.grants.gov/

“THE single access point for over 900 grant programs offered by the 26 Federal grant-making agencies”

Federal Audit Clearinghouse:  http://harvester.census.gov/sac/

IGnet – Federal inspectors general:  www.ignet.gov

U.S. Government Accountability Office -- GAO Reports:  http://www.gao.gov/

GAO – Investigators Guide to Sources of Information (1997):

 http://www.gao.gov/special.pubs/soi.htm

Congressional Research Service (Posted by the National Library for the Environment):

http://www.ncseonline.org/NLE/CRS/index.cfm?&CFID=11060137&CFTOKEN=96890905

Yahoo -- Government Fraud and Waste:

http://dir.yahoo.com/Government/U_S__Government/Politics/Political_Issues/Government_Fraud_and_Waste/

Yahoo -- Corporate Welfare:

http://dir.yahoo.com/Government/U_S__Government/Budget/Corporate_Welfare/

POGO -- Project on Government Oversight:  http://www.pogo.org/

Fraud.org – National Fraud Information Center / Internet Fraud Watch:  http://www.fraud.org/

 

 

Law and regulation:  Federal

BusinessLaw.gov: http://www.businesslaw.gov/about.htm

State and Local Gateway: http://www.businesslaw.gov/state-and-local-gateway/index.htm

IRS:  www.irs.gov/

            Facts and figures:  http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=98357,00.html

Criminal tax fraud info:  http://www.irs.gov/irs/content/0,,id=112480,00.html

            Annual report: criminal investigations:

http://www.irs.gov/irs/article/0,,id=122537,00.html

Federal Trade Commission:  http://www.ftc.gov/

The Library of Congress – Thomas, Legislative Information on the Internet:

http://thomas.loc.gov

Federal Register online:  http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces140.html

U.S. Courts:  http://www.uscourts.gov

Directory:  http://www.uscourts.gov/allinks.html

            PACER:  http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/

Environmental Protection Agency:  www.epa.gov

Finding people to talk to in federal agencies - examples

Department of Commerce person finder:  http://dir.commerce.gov/

DOE This Month (Department of Energy):

http://www.energy.gov/engine/content.do?BT_CODE=EDG1021

Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory:  Government lawyers:

http://www.martindale.com/xp/Martindale/Lawyer_Locator/Search_Lawyer_Locator/govt_search.xml

 

And if their quest for a big house leads them to the “big house” …

Federal Bureau of Prisons – Inmate Locator:  http://www.bop.gov/iloc2/LocateInmate.jsp

Out:  Martha Stewart:

http://www.bop.gov/iloc2/InmateFinderServlet?Transaction=NameSearch&needingMoreList=false&LastName=Stewart&Middle=&FirstName=Martha&Race=U&Sex=U&Age=&x=0&y=0

            Still in:  Samuel Waksal:

http://www.bop.gov/iloc2/InmateFinderServlet?Transaction=NameSearch&needingMoreList=false&LastName=waksal&Middle=&FirstName=samuel&Race=U&Sex=U&Age=&x=0&y=0

If you must go:

From the Penthouse to the Big House; David Novak did time as a white-collar crook at Eglin Federal Prison Camp, aka Club Fed. Now he advises first-time felons on how to survive life on the inside. Hey, Ken and Jeff (and Bernie and Sam and Dennis), would you like his number?” by Chuck Salter, FastCompany.com:

http://www.fastcompany.com/online/62/realitycheck.html

            David Novak Consulting:  http://www.dnovakconsulting.com/index.html

DownTime - A Guide to Federal Incarceration:

 http://www.dnovakconsulting.com/downtime.html

Financial Scandals: A Guide with Links to Information Sources

http://www.ex.ac.uk/~RDavies/arian/scandals/

 

Licensing and regulation:  State and local

Maryland Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing:

www.dllr.state.md.us/query

MyFlorida.com:  www.myflorida.com

National Association of Secretaries of State -- Corporate Registration:

http://www.nass.org/busreg/corpreg.html

National Center for State Courts:  http://www.ncsconline.org

Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation:  http://www.clearhq.org/

 

Public records

SearchSystems -- Searchable public records on the Web:  http://www.searchsystems.net

Government documents repository at McKeldin Library, University of Maryland:\

http://www.lib.umd.edu/GOV/

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press:  http://www.rcfp.org/

            Tapping Officials’ Secrets:  http://www.rcfp.org/cgi-local/tapping/index.cgi

Electronic Access to Court Records (state by state):

http://www.rcfp.org/courtaccess/viewstates.php

Merlin Information Services:  http://www.merlindata.com/

                        See “Industry Links” for state-by-state public records on the Web

Landings.com - FAA Service Difficulty Reports:

 http://www.landings.com/evird.acgi$pass*58675635!_h-www.landings.com/_landings/pages/search/search_sdr.html

 

Workplace and contract issues

Department of Labor Research Resources:

http://www.dol.gov/oasam/library/resources/dol_resources.htm

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission:  www.eeoc.gov

Federal Labor Relations Authority:  www.flra.gov

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service  www.fmcs.gov

Occupational Safety and Health Administration:

OSHA Statistics and Data:  http://www.osha.gov/oshstats/

OSHA inspections:  http://155.103.6.10/cgi-bin/est/est1

OSHA Workplace Safety Data available from NICAR:

http://www.nicar.org/data/osha/

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Worker Fatalities Data:

http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm

The Worst Jobs in History:  http://www.channel4.com/history/microsites/W/worstjobs/

            A tour through 2,000 years of British history – from an unusual perspective;

produced by Britain’s TV Channel 4.

 

 

Consumer and investor protection

Consumer Product Safety Commission:  www.cpsc.gov

National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators:  www.nacaanet.org

National Association of Attorneys General:  www.naag.org

Securities Investor Protection Corp.: http://www.sipc.org/

Securities Class Action Clearinghouse:  http://securities.stanford.edu/

 

Invention, innovation, technology and science

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office:  http://patents.uspto.gov/

HowStuffWorks:  www.howstuffworks.com

Office of Technology Assessment archives (to 1995): http://www.wws.princeton.edu/~ota/

EurekAlert! http://www.eurekalert.org/

(press service of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for embargoed access to new scientific research)

 

Health care

National Center for Health Statistics:  www.cdc.gov/nchs

National Association of Health Data Organizations:  www.nahdo.org

National Library of Medicine:  www.nlm.nih.gov

Medical Product Safety Information:  http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/new.htm

Food and Drug Administration:  www.fda.gov

Department of Health and Human Services:  www.hhs.gov

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:  www.cms.gov

American Medical Association:  http://www.ama-assn.org

The American Hospital Association:  www.aha.org

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations:  www.jcaho.org

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America:  www.phrma.org

U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs:  www.va.gov

Emergency Care Research Institute:  www.ecri.org

Administrators in Medicine (links to state boards): http://www.docboard.org/

 

Banking, finance and real estate

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation:  http://www.fdic.gov/index.html

            FDIC Summary of Deposits:  http://www2.fdic.gov/sod/

            Deposit Market Share:  http://www2.fdic.gov/sod/sodMarketBank.asp?barItem=2

FDIC Statistics on Depository Institutions:  http://www2.fdic.gov/sdi/

National Credit Union Administration:  www.ncua.gov

Office of Thrift Supervision:  www.ots.treas.gov

Federal Reserve Board:  www.federalreserve.gov

Federal Financial Institution Examination Council:  http://www2.fdic.gov/ubpr

            HMDA Data Products:  http://www.ffiec.gov/hmda/hmdaproducts.htm

Community Reinvestment Act Performance Ratings:  http://www2.fdic.gov/dcacra

House Financial Services Committee:  www.financialservices.house.gov

Senate Finance Committee:  www.finance.senate.gov

Conference of State Bank Supervisors:  http://www.csbs.org/

Appraisal Institute:  http://www.appraisalinstitute.org/

Local appraisal and tax assessments:

            Maryland:  http://sdatcert3.resiusa.org/rp_rewrite/

            Merlin Information Services (see “Industry Links”):  http://www.merlindata.com/

 

Business on business

PR Newswire:  www.prnmedia.com

Business Wire:  www.businesswire.com

Corporate Annual Reports:  http://www.annualreportservice.com/

 

Nonprofits

American Institute of Philanthropy:  www.charitywatch.org

The Foundation Center:  www.fdncenter.org

National Association of State Charity Officials:  www.nasconet.org

Guidestar – Nonprofits, 990s:  http://www.guidestar.com/

 

Insurance

National Association of Insurance Commissioners:  www.naic.org

NAIC consumer information: http://www.naic.org/servlet/cis.Main

Coalition Against Insurance Fraud:  http://www.insurancefraud.org/home.html

Insurance Services Office, Inc.:  http://www.iso.com/

ISO’s page of links:  http://www.iso.com/links/index.html

American Agent and Broker:  Magazine for insurance agents:  www.agentandbroker.com

Health Care Insurance Association of America:  http://www.hiaa.org/index_flash.cfm

 

Trade associations and interest groups

Yahoo listing of trade associations:

http://dir.yahoo.com/Business_and_Economy/Organizations/Trade_Associations/

The Epsom Salt Industry Council:  http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/

The Pet Food Institute:  http://www.petfoodinstitute.org/

National Association of Tower Erectors:  http://www.natehome.com/

The National Paint & Coatings Assn.:  http://www.paint.org/

The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters: http://www.petsitters.org/

The Iranian Trade Association: http://www.iraniantrade.org/

National Association of Realtors:  http://nar.realtor.com/

AARP: http://www.aarp.org/

 

Business of media

Romanesko:  http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=45

Federal Communications Commission:  www.fcc.gov

World-Newspapers.com: http://www.world-newspapers.com/

Business magazines:  http://www.world-newspapers.com/business.html

Business news:  http://www.world-newspapers.com/business-news.html

Newspaper Association of America:  www.naa.org

Magazine Publishers of America:  www.mpa.org

National Association of Broadcasters:  www.nab.org

National Cable Television Association:  www.ncta.com

Newsletter and Electronic Publishers Association (NEPA):  http://www.newsletters.org/

Interactive Advertising Bureau:  www.iab.com

Motion Picture Association of America:  www.mpaa.org

Recording Industry Association of America:  www.riaa.org

 

Public opinion

The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:  http://people-press.org/

Public Agenda:  http://www.publicagenda.org/

PollingReport.com:  http://www.pollingreport.com/

Gallup:  http://www.gallup.com

 

Global economic, social and technological issues

World Bank Poverty Monitoring Database:

http://wbln0018.worldbank.org/dg/povertys.nsf/DownloadSID?openform

Currency converter:

http://www.expedia.com/pub/agent.dll?qscr=curc&&&&dchg=&&zz=1055015522052&

“The Discovery of Global Warming,” Spencer Weart, American Institute of Physics:

http://www.aip.org/history/climate/

 

The visual display of data:  Graphics, charts and maps

IRE archive of mapping projects on the Web:

http://www.ire.org/extraextra/archives/cat_mapping.html

Edward Tufte – graphics guru:  http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/

A classic:   Charles Joseph Minard’s1869 graphic of Napoleon’s Russia campaign of 1812-1813:   http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/minard

Florida Today: “NASA never studied debris risks”:

http://www.floridatoday.com/columbia/columbiastory2A52178A.htm

 

Experts

National Press Club database of experts:  http://npc.press.org/newssources/index.cfm

Kitty Bennett’s list of sources and experts:

http://www.ibiblio.org/slanews/internet/experts.html

 

Sites with databases to download or purchase

National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting – database library:

http://www.ire.org/datalibrary/databases/

The Association of Public Data Users:  http://www.apdu.org/

Selected public data links:  http://www.apdu.org/links.html

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/access/index.html

2000 Census Data for Maryland:  http://www.census.gov/census2000/states/md.html

Medicare:  http://www.medicare.gov/Download/DownloadDB.asp

Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience Database - (MAUDE):

http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/maude.html

Census:  Federal, State, and Local Government Data:  http://www.census.gov/govs/www/

Consolidated Federal Funds Report:  http://www.census.gov/govs/www/cffr.html

Federal Assistance Award Data System:  http://www.census.gov/govs/www/faads.html

Bureau of Labor Statistics:  http://stats.bls.gov/data/home.htm

U.S. Census Bureau E-Commerce Statistics:

http://www.census.gov/eos/www/ebusiness614.htm

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: National Compensation Survey Tables:

http://www.bls.gov/ncs/home.htm#tables

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Worker Fatalities Data:

http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm

The Urban Institute’s State Database:

http://www.urban.org/Content/Research/NewFederalism/Data/StateDatabase/StateDatabase.htm

American Public Human Services Association – Federal Data Index:

http://www.aphsa.org/links/federaldata.asp

Right-to-Know Network – Environmental Databases:  http://www.rtk.net/rtkdata.html

Toxicology Data Network TOXNET:  http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/

EPA Data:  http://www.epa.gov/epahome/Data.html

EPA Envirofacts:  http://www.epa.gov/enviro/

Historical Severe Weather Data – NOAA:  http://www.spc.noaa.gov/archive/

 

Grab bag of other sites (suggested by attendees of past sessions):

Maps in the News (John R. Borchert Map Library, Univ. of Minn.):

http://map.lib.umn.edu/news.phtml

City-Data.com – maps, satellite phoros and data by zip code: 

Home page:  http://www.city-data.com/

Example:  Zip code 20814 (in Bethesda, MD):

http://www.city-data.com/zips/20814.html

Links for reporting on energy-related issues:

            Energy-related links from the International Association for Energy Economics:

                        http://www.iaee.org/en/resources/

            U.S. Department of Energy:  http://www.energy.gov/engine/content.do

            Energy Information Administration – energy statistics from the federal government:

http://www.eia.doe.gov/

            U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission:  http://www.nrc.gov/

Public Utility Research Center, Univ. of Florida:  http://bear.cba.ufl.edu/centers/purc/

            National Association of Regulatory Utility Centers:  http://www.naruc.org/

National Renewable Energy Laboratory:  http://www.nrel.gov/

WTRG Economics – Energy economics site:  http://www.wtrg.com/

WorksOnWork – Index of work-related materials:  http://www.worksonwork.irc.umn.edu

(from the Herman Reference Room, Industrial Relations Center, University of Minnesota)

I Want Media – links to daily media news:  http://www.iwantmedia.com/index.html

FRED Database for economic research from Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis:

Home page:  http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/

Data downloads: http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/downloaddata/

Bankruptcy Research Database, Prof. Lynn M. LoPucki:

http://www-ilo-mirror.cornell.edu:8090/lopucki.htm

National Foundation for Credit Counseling: http://www.nfcc.org/

Consumer Credit Counseling Service:  http://www.cccsatl.org/

Wall Street Jounral Online (fee based): http://online.wsj.com/public/us

Economy.com – economic data:  http://www.economy.com/default.asp

InternalMemos.com – “corporate memos and internal communication”:

http://www.internalmemos.com/memos/

Value Line – investment research:  http://www.valueline.com/

Stone & McCarthy Research Associates:  http://www.smra.com/

Footnoted.org -   :  http://www.footnoted.org/

“The Dismal Scientist,” from Economy.com:  http://www.economy.com/dismal/default.asp

NewsEngin – knowledge management tools for news organizations:  http://newsengin.com/

            Percent change calculator:

http://www.newsengin.com/neFreeTools.nsf/PercentChange/formPercentChange

Society of Environmental Journalists:  http://www.sej.org/

U.S. Department of Justice:  http://www.justice.gov/

BankStocks.com:  http://www.bankstocks.com/default.asp

Switchboard.com – Yellow Pages:  http://www.switchboard.com/

 

On a lighter note…

Mission Statement Generator - from Dilbert: 

            http://www.unitedmedia.com/comics/dilbert/games/career/bin/ms.cgi

Web Economy BS Generator:  http://www.dack.com/web/bullshit.html

Buzz Whack – Dedicated to de-mystifying buzzwords:  http://www.buzzwhack.com/

 

And last but not least, a plug or two …

Mining databases for news:  Computer-assisted reporting

JOUR 472 / 772, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, Univ. of Maryland:

Syllabus: http://jclass.umd.edu/cars/772/syllabus.htm

Resources:  http://jclass.umd.edu/cars/772/Resources.htm

Links to data on the Web:

http://jclass.umd.edu/cars/772/Data_sources_on_the_web.htm

Links to stories on the Web:

http://jclass.umd.edu/cars/772/StoriesOnTheWeb.htm

 

Mining archives for news stories:   When really old stuff is news…

JOUR 474 / 774, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, Univ. of Maryland:

Syllabus:  http://jclass.umd.edu/cars/474-774/Syllabus.htm

Resources page:  http://jclass.umd.edu/cars/474-774/Resources.htm

“Investigative Reporters, the National Archives, and the Search for ‘Nazi Gold’ and other Treasures,” by Greg Bradsher of the National Archives

http://www.archives.gov/research_room/holocaust_era_assets/research_plunder/reporters_and_search_for_nazi_gold.html

“Turning History into Justice: Holocaust-Era Assets Records, Research, and Restitution March 1996-March 2001,” by Greg Bradsher, National Archives:

http://www.archives.gov/research_room/holocaust_era_assets/research_plunder/turning_history_into_justice.html

 

 

 

Some examples