Investigate safety trends around college and university campuses

The most recent reports on alleged campus crime, arrests, discipline and hate crimes reported for 2014 are now available in the NICAR data library.  Buy it here. What’s in it? The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security…

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NICAR Q&A with Nathaniel Lash

Nathaniel Lash Nathaniel Lash is a data reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. He was part of a team of journalists who worked on “Failure Factories,” a series that explored how five Pinellas County schools became some of the worst in Florida.   How would you describe your job? I work at the Tampa Bay…

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NICAR Q&A with Topher Sanders

Topher Sanders Topher Sanders covers racial inequality for ProPublica. He previously reported on education and city government for The Florida Times-Union. Named to the paper’s investigative team in 2013, he became the investigative editor in 2014. How would you describe your job? I’m a reporter. And like any reporter in the country, it’s my job…

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Add context to stories on car crashes, seatbelt safety and drunken driving using FARS data

How many people die in car accidents? Sometimes you’ll see the answer to that question flashing on a billboard on the highway. It’s also in the DOT’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) database, a census of fatality accidents on public roads in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. You can use the data…

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IRE to keep Data Library OPEN during Government Shutdown

The government has shut down; national parks and museums are closed. Some million federal workers stayed home. Even some government data portals, such as data.gov and census.gov, have been shuttered. But don’t fret. The NICAR database library provides access to dozens of government databases at a time when federal agencies across the world wide web…

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