Resources on the Internet for Business Journalists

Society of American Business Editors and Writers – Business Investigative Reporting Workshop

Atlanta, Oct. 5, 2004

Ira Chinoy

  Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland


This page:

Updated Nov.15, 2004


An abridged version of the workshop presentation appears in  SABEW’s newsletter,

The Business Journalist, for December 2004,

as the article “The Internet as a Reporting Tool”


A summary of my remarks can also be found here:



Sites with collections of useful links

Society of American Business Editors and Writers:

Online resources:

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE):

IRE Resource Center:

The National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR):

NICAR Net Tour:

NICAR database library:

A Journalist’s Guide to the Internet, by Chris Callahan:

Business page:

Federal government page:

State and local government page:

Business beat:

Poynter Institute’s resource center:

Links to links for hot news stories:

            Writing and editing tips:

American Press Institute – The Journalist’s Toolbox:

Portico:  Find businesses by category:

Yahoo Finance:


Reference:  definitions, math, etc.

New York Times glossary of financial terms: 


Yahoo glossary of financial terms: – glossary: – searchable reference works:


Math for Journalists:


Web tools

Pandia Search Central:

Master list:

The Internet Scout Project: – a network of information searchers:

Gary Price’s “Direct Search” -

Gary Price’s “Fast Facts” -

Introduction to Reference Work, Volumes I and II:

Search Engine Watch:

AlltheWeb (search engine):


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

University of Maryland Libraries:

New York University Libraries:


Internet lists, newsgroups, weblogs and chatrooms

L-Soft - catalog of LISTSERV lists: – list of lists:

Journalism-related lists:

Newsgroup search from Google:

Weblogs – Yahoo:

Chatrooms – Yahoo:


Investigative reporting on business

SABEW’s Best in Business contest award winners:!OpenDocument&Start=1&Count=200&Expand=2

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

Business reporting projects:

Workplace reporting projects:

Government reporting projects:

Health reporting projects:

Computer-assisted reporting projects:

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


     Annual Journalism Award Winners – Newsletters and Electronic Publishers:

Classic Reporting:

     Works by Donald Barlett and James Steele:

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

Text in electronic format:



Links to business news publications:

Business magazines:

Business news:

LookSmart’s FindArticles:

Business & finance publications:


Securities and Exchange Commission filings

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

Guide to SEC Forms:
               Examples for demo:
               MARTHA STEWART CIK search
               10K (annual):
               DEF 14A (proxy info):


Edgar Online, Inc.:

IPO Monitor:


Examples of tools for making connections


Example -- Enron:


TouchGraph GoogleBrowser:


The economy

Federal Reserve

Economic Research and Data:

U.S. Census Economic Programs:

Bureau of Economic Analysis, Department of Commerce:


Industry, business, and occupation profiles and issues

Department of Labor:

Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Standard Occupational Classification System:

DOL Dictionary of Occupational Titles:



D & B:

Standard & Poor’s: – business profiles:

The Corporate Library:



U.S. Census Bureau E-Commerce Statistics:


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

U.S. Census:

Site search:

Economic programs:

State data centers:



Kid's Count Data Book:

Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.:


Government generally…


Federal agencies:

State agencies:

Local agencies:

Office of Management and Budget:


Federal Agencies with Statistical Programs:

GPO Access:  The Government Printing Office:

Government Executive magazine:

            Top 200 federal contractors:

            Procurement Preview – Special Annual Issue:


Business and government

“The Business Gateway to Federal Resources”

FedBizOpps – Federal Business Opportunities:

U.S. Department of Commerce:

Commerce Business Daily (to 1/2/ 2002):

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

U.S. Small Business Administration:

U.S. Business Advisor:


The business of politics

Federal Election Commission:

The Center for Responsive Politics --

Campaign donors:

Contributions by industry:

Lobbyists database:

The Center for Public Integrity -- State Projects:

PoliticalMoneyLine / FECInfo /


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

Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance:

Federal Assistance Award Data System:

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

Federal Audit Clearinghouse:

IGnet – Federal inspectors general:

U.S. Government Accountability Office -- GAO Reports:

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

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

Yahoo -- Government Fraud and Waste:

Yahoo -- Corporate Welfare:

POGO -- Project on Government Oversight:


Law and regulation:  Federal

State and Local Gateway:


            Facts and figures:,,id=98357,00.html

Criminal tax fraud info:,,id=112480,00.html

            Annual report: criminal investigations:,,id=122537,00.html

Federal Trade Commission:

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

Federal Register online:

U.S. Courts:



Environmental Protection Agency:

Finding people to talk to in federal agencies - examples

Department of Commerce person finder:

DOE This Month (Department of Energy):

Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory:  Government lawyers:


Licensing and regulation:  State and local

Maryland Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing:

National Association of Secretaries of State -- Corporate Registration:

National Center for State Courts:

Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation:


Public records

SearchSystems -- Searchable public records on the Web:

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

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press:

            Tapping Officials’ Secrets:

Electronic Access to Court Records (state by state):

Merlin Information Services:

                        See “Industry Links” for state-by-state public records on the Web - FAA Service Difficulty Reports:$pass*58675635!


Workplace and contract issues

Department of Labor Research Resources:

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission:

Federal Labor Relations Authority:

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

Occupational Safety and Health Administration:

OSHA Statistics and Data:

OSHA inspections:

OSHA Workplace Safety Data available from NICAR:

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


Consumer and investor protection

Consumer Safety Product Commission:

National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators:

National Association of Attorneys General:

Securities Investor Protection Corp.:

Securities Class Action Clearinghouse:


Invention, innovation, technology and science

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office:


Office of Technology Assessment archives (to 1995):


(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:

National Association of Health Data Organizations:

National Library of Medicine:

Medical Product Safety Information:

Food and Drug Administration:

Department of Health and Human Services:

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:

American Medical Association:

The American Hospital Association:

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations:

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America:

U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs:

Emergency Care Research Institute:

Administrators in Medicine (links to state boards):


Banking, finance and real estate

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation:

            FDIC Summary of Deposits:

            Deposit Market Share:

FDIC Statistics on Depository Institutions:

National Credit Union Administration:

Office of Thrift Supervision:

Federal Reserve Board:

Federal Financial Institution Examination Council:

            HMDA Data Products:

Community Reinvestment Act Performance Ratings:

House Financial Services Committee:

Senate Finance Committee:

Conference of State Bank Supervisors:

Appraisal Institute:

Local appraisal and tax assessments:


            Merlin Information Services (see “Industry Links”):


Business on business

PR Newswire:

Business Wire:

Corporate Annual Reports:



American Institute of Philanthropy:

The Foundation Center:

National Association of State Charity Officials:

Guidestar – Nonprofits, 990s:



National Association of Insurance Commissioners:

NAIC consumer information:

Coalition Against Insurance Fraud:

Insurance Services Office, Inc.:

ISO’s page of links:

American Agent and Broker:  Magazine for insurance agents:

Health Care Insurance Association of America:


Trade associations and interest groups

Yahoo listing of trade associations:

National Association of Realtors:

The Epsom Salt Industry Council:

The Pet Food Institute:

National Association of Tower Erectors:



Business of media


Federal Communications Commission:

Business magazines:

Business news:

Newspaper Association of America:

Magazine Publishers of America:

National Association of Broadcasters:

National Cable Television Association:

Newsletter and Electronic Publishers Association (NEPA):

Interactive Advertising Bureau:

Motion Picture Association of America:

Recording Industry Association of America:


Public opinion

The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:

Public Agenda:




World Bank Poverty Monitoring Database:

Currency converter:


The visual display of data:  Graphics, charts and maps

IRE archive of mapping projects on the Web:

Edward Tufte – graphics guru:

A classic:   Charles Joseph Minard’s1869 graphic of Napoleon’s Russia campaign of 1812-1813:

Florida Today: “NASA never studied debris risks”:



National Press Club database of experts:

Kitty Bennett’s list of sources and experts:


Sites with databases to download or purchase

National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting – database library:

The Association of Public Data Users:

Selected public data links:

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research:

2000 Census Data for Maryland:


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

Census:  Federal, State, and Local Government Data:

Consolidated Federal Funds Report:

Federal Assistance Award Data System:

Bureau of Labor Statistics:

U.S. Census Bureau E-Commerce Statistics:

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

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

The Urban Institute’s State Database:

American Public Human Services Association – Federal Data Index:

Right-to-Know Network – Environmental Databases:

Toxicology Data Network TOXNET:

EPA Data:

EPA Envirofacts:

Historical Severe Weather Data – NOAA:


Sites recommended by SABEW conference participants (updated 10/10/04):

Vivisimo – search engine that groups results in clusters by common elements:

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

Home page:

            Tools for business journalism: - The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism

at the American Press Institute:

Jonathan Oatis – Web sites for business journalists:

I Want Media – links to daily media news:

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

Home page:

Data downloads: – National Fraud Information Center / Internet Fraud Watch:

Bankruptcy Research Database, Prof. Lynn M. LoPucki:

CallStreet:  Fee-based conference call transcripts:

Postini – Preemptive Email Protection: – Consumer Action Center:

National Foundation for Credit Counseling:

Consumer Credit Counseling Service:

Business Software Alliance:

Michigan Government Laws, Regulations, and Courts:

Wall Street Jounral Online (fee based): – economic data: – “corporate memos and internal communication”:

Value Line – investment research:

Stone & McCarthy Research Associates: -   :

“The Dismal Scientist,” from

NewsEngin – knowledge management tools for news organizations:

            Percent change calculator:

Society of Environmental Journalists:

U.S. Department of Justice:

Choose to Save – education program of the Employee Benefit Research Institute:


Wisconsin Democracy Campaign: – information on the payment card industry: – Yellow Pages:

WTRG Economics – Energy economics site:


Grab bag of other sites (updated 10/10/04):

Maps in the News (John R. Borchert Map Library, Univ. of Minn.): – maps, satellite phoros and data by zip code: 

Home page:

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

Links for reporting on energy-related issues:

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


            U.S. Department of Energy:

            Energy Information Administration – energy statistics from the federal government:

            U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission:

Public Utility Research Center, Univ. of Florida:

            National Association of Regulatory Utility Centers:

National Renewable Energy Laboratory:


WorksOnWork – Index of work-related materials:

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

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:



Links to data on the Web:

Links to stories on the Web:


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

JOUR 459A / 779A, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, Univ. of Maryland:


Resources page:

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

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