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  • Top 50 people-finding public resources

    A handout consisting of several different parts, including the top 50 people-finding resources, useful public and non-public records, the 10 best sources of 20th century personal data and methods of people searching.

    Tags: 10 pages CAJ CAR

    By Don Ray


  • Sources for health and science data

    A list of sources of information for reporting on health and science issues; includes a description and phone numbers for sources such as the Food and Drug Administration, National Climate Data Center and the Toxic Release Inventory and for topics such as Superfund clean-up sites and human vital statistics; includes many on-line databases.

    Tags: 2 pages CAJ CAR



  • The story of absentee ballot fraud in the Second Senate District

    The authors of a computer-assisted story which caused the results of an election to be nullified because of fraud in absentee-balloting tell how they did it; includes a description of the story and techniques, sample fraudulent ballots, computer printouts and other background information.

    Tags: CAJ; CAR; campaign finance; absentee ballots; ballots; elections; voting



  • Mapping with Atlas*GIS

    "Mapping With Atlas*GIS" explains all aspects of using Atlas mapping software to improve the use of maps in newspapers. The need for more map usage in newspapers, equipment requirements and special features of Atlas*GIS are described.

    Tags: 23 pages

    By Jennifer LaFleur


  • Defensive Editing

    "Defensive Editing" is a two-page checklist of questions for reporters and editors to ask themselves before publication. The first page is a general checklist, with hints such as "Carefully check quotes against notes or tape. The second page focuses on legal aspects of publication, stressing the importance of assessing whether the reporter or editor had previous biases, is under treatment for alcohol or other problems, etc.




  • Training the trainers: How to set up a CAR class

    "Training the trainers: How to set up a CAR class" provides instructions for bringing CAR to a newsroom. Shows how to get started, how to overcome institutional resistence and how to get other reporters and editors interested in such a program. Includes notes on using technology already in the newsroom for computer-assisted stories.


    By Gail Hulden


  • Resources for Computer-Assisted Journalism

    List of associations, institutions and clearinghouses that can serve as resources for computer-assisted reporting (i.e. MICAR, National Institute for Advanced Reporting, TRAC).

    Tags: computer-assisted reporting; resources

    By Bill Dedman


  • County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer Affairs

    This tipsheet gives examples of recent consumer scams. For example, one scam involved advertisements for a credit service that said it would give you a loan or a credit card -- regardless of credit history -- if you send in $50. The tipsheet recommends responding to the advertisement. It says you'll receive a credit card "with a limit of half the amount you place in a collateralized account". As for a loan, "you'll likely pay in advance for a loan you never receive." Other examples involve carpet cleaners and telemarketing.

    Tags: consumer affairs; fraud; scams

    By Pastor Herrera, Jr. and Tim Bissell


  • The $200 Billion Scandal at the Bomb Factories

    Handout discusses how U.S. News & World Report reported the Dec. 14 cover story, "The $200 Billion Scandal at the Bomb Factories," reported by Doug Pasternak and Peter Cary and edited by Brian Duffy. Includes extensive list of documents, sources within the federal government and in watchdog groups and detailed listing of Department of Energy sites and their functions.


    By Doug Pasternak; Peter Cary


  • From Fruit to Shoes: A Tip Sheet for Tracing Local Third World Connections

    "From Fruit to Shoes: A Tip Sheet for Tracing Local Third World Connections" is taken from Hamilton's book, "Main Street America and the Third World." Good starting point for reporters covering everything from business or politics to education, arts and entertainment or sports. Strong on story ideas and questioning strategy; not as strong on specific sources for information. Audio tape available through Sound Images, Inc., (303)649-1811, for $10. Ask for tape #CAR95-55.

    Tags: third world; local; international

    By John Maxwell Hamilton