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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Weekend update: Other things found this week:
Since I've added some links here found this week on Mark Shaver's Depth Reporting site (mentioned in last posting), I guess it's time to say again that I don't take credit for finding most of the links listed each week. Most of them come from sites like Resourceshelf, newsletters like The Virtual Chase, browsing other blogs, and a couple listservs (NICAR-L and NewsLib). Many of them come from the blogroll in left column. I also have browsed several 'New on the Web' sites for years, although I've been neglecting some of them lately. So why this blog at all , when there are so many other sources? Because I like to think that the things I pick out from those other sites have special interest for journalists and news researchers, and not many other sites are targeted this way. I hope they are reaching the people who can use them.

The other links:

Reference:
  • Public Opinion on the War with Iraq, study from American Enterprise Institute.
  • Online soil survey maps from USDA.
  • Best 361 college rankings, from Princeton Review.
  • School Matters from Standard & Poor's, rates individual schools for lots of
    factors.
  • U.S. workers get less vacation days than European workers (from Economic Policy Institute).
  • Survey of State Procedures Related to Firearm Sales, Midyear 2004
  • F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America 2005, has obesity rates by state. From the Trust for Americans' Health.
  • Suicide and Homicide in State Prisons and Local Jails, new report from Bureau of Justice Statistics.
  • Religion Facts, a guide to individual religions.
  • The Comic Characters Database.
    The Religious Movements Homepage (University of Virginia).
    Governments, Politics:
  • FAQ: How AP covers the war in Iraq.
  • Budgeting for Basics: The Changing Landscape of City Finances, new report from Brookings Inst.
  • North Korea and the United States: Declassified Documents from the Bush I and Clinton Administrations, from National Security Archives.
  • A Journalists' Guide to the Federal Courts.
    Tools:
  • Merriam-Webster online has added a French-English dictionary and a Medical Dictionary to the online search menu of the Unabridged subscription service.
  • Environmental Media Services, putting journalists in touch with energy and environment experts.
    Business:
  • Who counsels Who? from Law.com, lists attorneys for major corporatations. Need to register.
  • Hospital Compare from HHS: get stats and comparisons on individual hospitals.
  • Petroleum Marketing Annual, 2004.
  • Health Plan Report Card from National Committee for Quality Assurance, rates health care, Medicaid, Medicare insurance plans.
    People:
  • NNDB, a database of information on people. This site is rather puzzling and evoked some discussion on NewsLib this week.
    Journalism:
  • Muckraker.org, the Center for Investigative Journalism.
    Statistics:
  • Facts for Features: Back to School from Census.
    Florida:
  • Exemptions to Florida's Open Government laws, list from First Amendment Foundation, searchable, sortable database.

    Fun/Entertainment:
  • Timeline clock: this is very cool.
  • Games for the Brain: fun exercises. (This via Resourceshelf.)

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