December 2011 Archives

Holiday Trends and Traditions

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Miscellaneous Trends Thanksgiving Tips

Prayer and Prayers: Dinner Blessings

Fimoculous 2008 End-of-Year Lists
Links to dozens of year-end lists from magazines, Web sites and other media outlets.

National Christmas Tree Association
Industry resources, stats, facts, etc.

NORAD Santa Tracker
Follow Santa's Christmas Eve travels with this GPS site. Very funny.

Prayer and Prayers: Dinner Blessings Summer Resources
Includes several July 4th and other links.

Holiday Travel Tips
Suggestions from

MSN: Fun Yuletide Facts

Sled Riding Locations
This site makes recommendations all across the country.
Holiday recycling tips galore. Holiday Resources
A fine collection of holiday links.

Oxford Dictionary: Origins of Christmas Cookie Names

Holiday Excuse Generator

Census: Thanksgiving by the Numbers

Time: History of Ugly Christmas Sweaters
Fun way to do a holiday trend story.

Census Bureau: Halloween Facts

American Academy of Pediatrics: Halloween Safety Tips

Census Bureau: Veteran's Day Facts and Stats

New Year's Traditions

123 New Year: New Year's Traditions

History of New Year's Resolutions

Resource Shelf: 2006 Year-in-Review: Organized by month, event, person, etc.

New Year's Resolutions: There are several Web sites willing to "help" you keep your resultions for 2003. offers a plan and timetable to keep your resolution in line, and sends you a monthly reminder on how to save money, based on a list of resolutions. If dieting is your resolution, helps you create a meal plan.

Labor Day Background

Fimoculous 2008 End-of-Year Lists
Links to dozens of year-end lists from magazines, Web sites and other media outlets.

WebMD: Healthy Holiday Food and Fitness

National Christmas Tree Association
Industry resources, stats, facts, etc.

NORAD Santa Tracker
Follow Santa's Christmas Eve travels with this GPS site. Very funny.

Prayer and Prayers: Dinner Blessings

School Violence

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New Haven Register Coverage

Hartford Courant Coverage

Dart Center: Resources for Reporters Covering Mass Shootings

Dart Center: Covering Children and Trauma

Newseum: Front Pages from the Shooting
Newspaper pages from around the U.S. on the day after the shooting.

Twelve Facts About Guns and Mass Shootings

Poynter: What Journalists Should Know About School Shootings and Guns
Great insight from Al Tompkins.

Your Public Media: How Media Should Cover Mass Shootings
Short story and a great NPR radio interview with Andy Carvin and others.

The Nation: Fifteen Mass Shootings Happened in 2012

Washington Post: World's Deadliest Mass Shootings

U.S. Mass Shootings in 2012
Map of the shootings with stats, details from The Washington Post.

Poynter: Tips for Interviewing Kids During Traumatic Situations Like the Newtown Shootings
Tips for interviewing kids when it's appropriate to.

How to Talk to Kids About School Massacres
Tips for parents to help kids understand it. Good for stories, lists about how to deal with kids in these situations.

ProPublica: Best Reporting on Guns

Journalists Resource: Studies on Firearm Violence

Journalists Resource: Research on Mass Shootings

Poynter: News Orgs Circulate Facebook Page, Photos of Unconfirmed Shooter

Charles Apple on Media Coverage


Dart Center: Resources for Reporters Covering Mass Shootings

Dart Center: Covering Children and Trauma

Poynter: Tips for Covering Mass Shootings

Teacher Magazine: Making Schools Safer
Some interesting programs that schools are taking to make students safer.

MTV: Fight for Your Rights
The site offers many resources on bullying and how to deal with it.

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters
From the National Institute of Mental Health.

International Center for Journalists: Disaster and Crisis Coverage Tips
A great guidebook of tips.

International Center for Journalists: Journalism and Trauma
Tips on dealing with victims, violence, our own experiences, etc.

Red Cross: Helping Children Cope


Secret Service Safe School Initiative
Study dispels myths about school shootings. A great resource.

National Institute of Mental Health
Studies and sources are helpful for background stories.

American College Health Association

Security on Campus
Deals with college campus safety. Includes a section on stalking, resources for reporters, etc.

NY Times: Resources on Bullying, Cyberbullying - Your Guide To Fighting Workplace Bullying

Office of Postsecondary Education: Campus Crime
Compare crime data on college campuses. Newsroom Guide for Bomb Threat Coverage Virginia Tech Shootings Resources School Shootings: 1997-2007
Front pages, links and summaries from dozens of tragedies.

COLUMBINE Remembering Columbine
A deep collection of resources, analysis and links about the tragedy.

Salon Magazine's "Massacre in Suburban Denver"


San Diego Union Tribune's Santana Shootings Coverage
Links to the coverage of the school shootings. Updated regularly.


National Center for Education Statistics: Bullying Report
Results from the 2001 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey.

Threat Assessment in Schools: A Guide to Managing Threatening Situations and to Creating Safe School Climates

Victims and the Media Program
From the Michigan State University's School of Journalism, this site "educates journalists of today and tomorrow about how to report on victims of violence and catastrophe with the dignity, compassion and sensitivity they deserve." It provides journalists information on trauma and the impact it can have on them. Includes a three-week online course for victim advocates and service providers on how to Build an Effective Media Strategy.

National School Safety and Security Services

Keep Schools Safe

Center at Georgetown University for the Study of Violence: Violence News

Center for the Prevention of School Violence

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence: Violence in American Schools

College Drinking Study (April 2002)
A study by the federally supported Task Force on College Drinking estimated that drinking by college students contributes to 1,400 deaths, 500,000 injuries and 70,000 cases of sexual assault or date rape a year.

U.S. Department of Education Campus Security Stats
A searchable database of crime at more than 6,000 colleges and universities. The database contains statistics for criminal offenses, hate offenses and arrests for the past three years.

U.S. Department of Education: Safe and Drug Free Schools Program

Workplace Bullying Institute

The National Criminal Justice Service
Site releases an annual report that presents data on violent deaths at schools, other types of violence and crime, nonfatal student and teacher victimization, drug use, and more.

NCES Indicators of School Crime and Safety (2001)
Comes as a .PDF file.

Security on Campus
A non-profit group fighting campus violence has articles, studies and other research on campus crime.

NCES: Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2001
From the National Center for Education Statistics, this report "presents data on crime at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals and the general population."

School Violence PAVN
A summary of trends and statistics on school safety and violence, sponsored by several government agencies.

UK: Success Unlimited Bullying Site
Several resources dealing with workplace bullying.

UK: Bullying Online
A UK journalist shares this site, which is based in England but deals with school bullying issues from all over the world. Many reference and tips for parents, administrators, kids, etc.

CNN's School Violence Statistics
Several helpful statistics tables.

National School Safety Center

National Education Association's National Bullying Awareness Campaign
Do a search on "bullying."

Kids Health for Parents: Bullying and Your Child

Youth Violence: A Report of the Surgeon General

Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act
Takes effect October 2002.


Bullying Whys
This site helps people find information that they may need to help deal with a bullying situation. Run by a woman in Virginia, the site offers links, tips and much, much more.

LA Daily News: Terror on the Streets
A piece on LA gangs and how they impact neighborhoods and schools.

School Shootings in Canada
A list from the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

Resources for writing about online bullying.
More resources for writing about online bullying. Cyberbullying

Bullying Whys
This site helps people find information that they may need to help deal with a bullying situation. Run by a woman in Virginia, the site offers links, tips and much, much more.

Music/Radio Industries

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Recording Industry Association of America
Dozens of helpful links and resources for anyone covering the industry.

Search globally for radio stations and streaming sites. Agent Database
A great shortcut for sourcing, enter celebrity names into the database and get the managers or agents who represents them.
Music news and track sales.
Site does a great job of updating daily music news.

SPIN Magazine
Movies, TV and music news.

Entertainment Weekly's Music Newswire
Stories from many music news resource.

InfoPlease: 500 Songs that Shaped Rock
James Henke, chief curator for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with the help of music writers and critics, selected 500 songs (not only rock songs) that they believe have been most influential in shaping rock and roll. This list is alphabetical by artist.

Old Time Radio Catalog
Offers thousands of old time radio shows on MP3 CD including thousan of free downloads and articles about the golden age of radio.

Smart Playlists (iPod)
Discussion, tips for iPods.

NewsNow Pop Music News
Stories from many UK music news resources.

NewsNow Rock News
Site updates every five minutes.

Archive of Misheard Lyrics
You think you know what Michael Stipe is singing, but you don't. Lyrics are contributed by visitors, so take it for what it's worth.

The Beatles
Video, sound clips and more.

Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame

Association for Music Writers and Photographers
Links to dozens of helpful sites, directories of Web and print publications, membership directory and more.

Music Newswire

Music Industry News Network
Hundreds of links and news items.

Market history, background, statistics, etc.

Internet Talk Radio Network
Internet talk radio shows.
Radio and music industry site.

Lycos Music page
A site for fans of classic radio and radio shows.

ArtistDirect: Ultimate Band List
A good quick-reference site.
News, message boards and statistics on the radio and radio news industry.

Performance rights organization for songwriters and publishers.

Grammys Press Page
News releases on the music industry.

Secure Digital Music Initiative
Recording, consumer and electronics companies opposing the stealing of digital music.

Soundtrack Info Project
Find movie soundtracks.
Look up festivals and concerts using this database.

American Mavericks Music Composers
Profiles, background, etc.
Look up dates and times of concerts in this database.
Track bands on tour, concert info., etc.
Track bands on tour.

SoapDetectives: Podcasts of Old Radio Programs
Use this site to download old mysteries to your iPod.
A popular music social-networking site.
Online radio service that allows you to search dozens of stations and artists.
Archive of articles, message boards, etc. on jazz music.
Find and research operas.

AllMusic Guide
Background on musicians, albums and songs. Jazz Journalists Association Teen Music Page

Blog, news headlines, archives and more from the industry website.

NPR: On the Media
Explores how the "media 'sausage' is made, casts an incisive eye on fluctuations in the marketplace of ideas, and examines threats to the freedom of information and expression in America and abroad. For one hour a week, the show tries to lift the veil from the process of 'making media,' especially news media."

VH1 Save the Music Foundation
Raises money to supply public schools with musical instruments.

Rank more than 2 million tracks from 120,000 artists.

Yahoo! New Music
Internet radio channel.

Canadian Broadcasting Company: Concerts on Demand

Dead Musician Directory

The Rocklopedia Fakebandica
Look up "bios" on all the fake bands from TV and movies.

MusicRadio 77 WABC
Archive of stories, images and recordings from the former Top 40 station.

Planet Bluegrass
Everything you would want to know about the Telluride, Colo., music jamboree.

Reggae Festival Guide Online
A month-to-month map of reggae events.

Rock on TV

Woody Guthrie and the Archive of American Folk Song
His letters from the Library of Congress.

Worst Album Covers Ever

John Williams Page
Site from the famous film music composer.
Download movie, TV soundtracks and information about them .

America's Jazz
A 10-year initiative, America's Jazz Heritage aims to research, preserve, and present the history of jazz through everything from exhibitions and performances to recordings and educational programs at the Smithsonian and across the nation. Includes sound clips.

WNUR's JazzWeb
Background and reasearch on jazz from Northwestern's student radio station.

Similar to the iTunes store.

Jazz House

Articles, advice, music and more.

Canadian Music Periodical
A searchable bibliography.
Good industry gossip, news.

Grand Ole Opry
Good background information on the history of the place.

Library of Congress American Sheet Music Site

BBC World Service Documentaries
The BBC's A large selection of audio documentaries.

Search through hundreds of radio shows and podcasts.
A great online music magazine covering anything rock, metal or instrumental.

Ice Magazine

Radio Stations on the Internet
A super search engine from MIT.
New wave music photos.

College Music Journal
A great database of AM-FM stations, locations, some TV stations as well. Find station information quickly.

The HypeMachine
MP3 and music blog aggregator.

A music social network site.

Motown Records
Has performer bios and other corporation background information.
Artists' bios are good for checking facts.
Good for searching performer bios.

Christian Pirate Radio

Push posters
Vintage posters, T-shirts and other music items.

HD Radio Stations Database
Use image map to locate stations in your state.

InfoPlease: Longest Broadway Runs

Music, movie and entertainment news. Includes blogs on various topics.

Music Radar
Industry and artist news.

British Library: Archival Sound Recordings
Music, speeches, natural sounds.

Video Antville
Showcases music videos online.
Download music for 10 cents a song.

PC Magazine's Undiscovered Websites: Music
From November, 2007, a great collection of sites that provide shortcuts to several music sites and blogs.

Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project
University of California-Santa Barbara site has more than 8,000 songs from the early 1900s converted to digital format.

Online music store, social network and Internet radio station with thousands of channels.

Social music revolution site. Works much like Pandora.


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