As of January, 2017, this JTools unit is not being updated, but much of the information is still accurate.
Students: Use the links for either option
Option 1: Students learn on their own by watching the video and doing the exercises
This video takes awhile to download; if it doesn’t use the link below. Video updated 1/16
video link: http://youtu.be/F5ituU3M5TI
Option 2: Students learn in the classroom, with the professor
Journalists Use Databases
To enhance your stories
- example: Boston Globe using TRAC data
To find stories in the data
- example: Raleigh ABC 11
To provide data interactively for readers
- Who compiled it?
- Why was it compiled?
- How was it compiled?
- Where did the data come from?
- What is the data (content)?
and remember, mistakes are common in databases
Reminders about data
a. Political Campaign Data
State: NYOpenGovernment from Attorney General or Open Book New York from comptroller
Federal: Open Secrets or Federal Elections Commission
Ways to find more about donors
- Phone database Whitepages.com
- Search engine Google
- Media search Syracuse Newspapers at SU Libraries
- Linked In
- NYS charities database charitiesnys.com
- Non-profits database Guidestar
b. Property Tax Records
- 10-K, which is the annual report, includes executive salaries
- 10- Q covering business operations, property, finances, pending suits, officers, general background
- 8-K, designating significant changes such as a sale, new management, a lawsuit, court judgment or fineEdgar – search SEC filings by publicy-traded companies (on stock exchange)Tips from financial reporter Diana Henriques, about best documents:
b.Charities and non-profits
<style=”padding-left: 30px;”>•Fed gov’t: IRS
•State gov’t: NYS
4. Criminal Justice
local criminal courts not available
Onondaga Supreme Court – trial court for civil cases (not highest court in the state)
b. Police Shootings
c. Sex Offenders Registry
New York State
d. Crime Reports
questions? contact Professor Fought and put JTools in the subject line