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Resource ID: #2103
Subject: Transportation & Infrastructure
Source: Doug Haddix - Atlanta_IRE_Annual_2004Doug Haddix
Affiliation: The Columbus DispatchThe Columbus Dispatch
Date: 1905-06-26



How can a journalist extract the juice out of the dozens of databases provided by the Ohio Department of Transportation? Cueing off from a 4-day series published by The Dispatch in 2002, this tipsheet suggests story ideas from these databases. They include stories on highway conditions on every mile of interstate and state highway lanes, and inspection reports that include specific criticisms and details about contractor error and work practices. Other stories include wrongful allocation of highway funds, extra cost overruns in contracts, lack of competition among contract bidders. According to the tipsheet, issues of highway inspectors working overtime, and analysis of traffic volume, accidents, etc. are also possible story ideas.

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