March 2013 Archives

Medical/Health Studies and Databases

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A database of federal inspections of hospitals in the U.S. See how the ones in your area stack up.

PubMed Medical Library
Search a large database of journal articles by title, author, publication, etc.

Hospital Comparison Database
Type in your ZIP code to get mortality rates for a limited list of illnesses at hospitals in your area.

Hospital Select
Search a national database of hospitals.
A National Institutes of Health Web site with more than 4,000 federal and private medical studies involving patients and others at more than 47,000 locations.
Claims it provides "a convenient, unbiased and reliable source of drug information at one of the most easily remembered Web site addresses on the Internet." Of particular interest is the drug interaction program.

Medical Symptoms Database

PubMedia Central
A "free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM)."

Health Policy Tracking Service
This site maps cold and flu symptoms by ZIP code. Users can log their ailments.

County Health Rankings
Use this image map to track how healthy your county or surrounding counties are.
Doctors database, research, announcements, etc.

America's Health Rankings
Pick a state to find stats, rankings in various categories such as immunizations, heart attacks, cancer deaths, etc.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)
Studies, stats, links, newsletters, contacts and more.

CNN: Health Library
A great library of dozens of multimedia packages on diseases and health-related issues. Great for quick-reference.
Look up facts about drugs.

Legacy Tobacco Documents Library
A great database from Cal-San Francisco that contains 20 million fully searchable documents from the1930s to the 1990s -- previously secret stuff from tobacco industry files obtained as part of the Minnesota AG and Blue Cross lawsuit settled in 1998.

Reporter's Guide to U.S. Global Health PolicyFrom Kaiser Family Foundation, this is an easy-to-use online reference for the media covering global health.

Sports Injuries
This handout from the National Institute on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease.

State Health Facts Online
A super collection of statistics.

Drug Dictionary Search

American Association for Homecare

Healthmap: Global Health, Local Information

Open Access Eprint Archives in Science, Technology and Medicine
Research and reports on hundreds of topics.

Radiation Dose Chart

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Features a research clearinghouse so you can track what experts, drug companies say about imported medicines.

Medline Plus: Memory Impairment

Public Citizen: Questionable Doctors
A non-profit watchdog organization that keeps a list of 6,700 "questionable" doctors in 12 states. Cost is $10.

Fact Sheets from NCHS
Healthy weight, overweight, and obesity among U.S. adults. A .PDF file.

Informed Patient Institute
Ranks healthcare websites on content, timeliness, presentation to help people find more reliable information. Good for sourcing for reporters.

American Chronic Pain Association

Spinal Cord Injury Information Network

U.S. News: Top American Hospitals 2009

Kaiser State Health Facts
From Marylaine Block's Neat New Stuff on the Net: Find out how well your state is doing in regard to health coverage and the uninsured.

Kaiser Family Foundation: The Uninsured
Resources for writing about people without medical insurance.

Calypte Biomedical
Resources, news and research on cancer, heart disease, AIDS, neurological diseases, etc.

eMedicine Journal
A fee-based medical index of online peer-reviewed journals, reference books, and articles.

NIH Research Matters
Weekly medical news update with podcasts, videos and more.

MedlinePlus: Exercise and Physical Fitness

U.S. Census: Small Area Health Insurance Estimates
Download data and map of households with and without health insurance. Sort by county, area, etc.

Cholesterol Status Among Adults in the United States

BBC: Human Body Site
A walk through human anatomy 101.

Allergy Action Plan

Medical World Search
Searchable database of 100,000+ documents, reports, papers on medical research and diseases from universities, teaching hospitals, research centers.

Merck Manual

Health Square: PDR
Myths about viruses.

Gray's Anatomy at

Pubmed Medical Studies Database

Health A to Z
A comprehensive health guide that features links, interactive tools, info centers and e-mail updates. Good for some quick research.
Evaluates hospitals, doctors, executives, managed care, etc.
Links to dozens of research stats, etc.

DocFinder Doctors Database
American State Medical Association Data from state medical boards, which provide data on licensed doctors, including their specialties, medical school, license number and whether there is regulatory action pending.

Martindale's The Reference Desk
An extensive set of health science links.
This site presents the latest drug-related information to help writers quickly locate and research critical information on specific drugs and provides writers with the opportunity to e-mail specific questions to a select list of drug experts. Also, the site features interviews with people whose lives have been affected by drugs, as well as summaries of Writers Roundtables on specific drug-related topics.

National Institute of Health: U.S. Health Care Research
Use this to keep up with what's going on at the company.

National Organization for Rare Disorders
A searchable database of more than 1,100 diseases.
National clearinghouse for alcohol and drug information.
A search engine dedicated to searching the Web for cures for specific diseases. Also has a news search feature.

National Trauma Data Bank Data Center
Claims to be "the largest aggregation of trauma registry data ever assembled." The goal of the NTDB is to inform the medical community, the public, and decision makers about a wide variety of issues that characterize the current state of care for injured persons.

OmniMedicalSearch: Medical Image Search Engine

MedlinePlus: Diets

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.

Medical Privacy State Laws

The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation presents premiere prizes in basic and clinical medical research (America's Nobel's), and has built a site with lots of information and links about biomedical research issues, leaders, etc. It recently connected with to provide info/research/tools for journalists, elected officials, etc.
From the National Council on Parent Information and Education, this site is a coalition of health-related organizations to help people better understand over-the-counter medicines. Good background information on drug contents and interactions.

American Social Health Association: STDs
Background and history of sexually transmitted diseases.

Treatment Advocacy Center
Studies on mental illness, treatments, and various laws and legal interpretations.

Global Health Facts
Data on HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and more. You can search data by country and create customized data sheets.

Global Health Reporting
Information on HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and more.

State Health Facts
Use image map or category to mine statistics by state.

CDC: National Center for Health Statistics

The National Library of Medicine Dietary Supplements Labels Database
Labels from more than 3,000 brands of dietary supplements, including vitamins, minerals, herbs, etc.

American Hospital Directory
Search for a hospital by name, city, zip code, phone number, etc.

Legacy Drug Industry Document Archive
More than 2,500 documents from drug companies about industry-sponsored clinical trials, publication of study results, pricing, marketing, relations with physicians and involvement in continuing medical education.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive

U.S. Public Interest Research Groups
Transportation, healthcare, money and politics, media reform, tax and budget, law, higher education and environmental issues.

Cochrane Reviews
Database of free, searchable abstracts of medical treatments.


Search medical journals, databases, medical societies.

Search medical journals, databases, medical societies.

Another WebMD-like site.

Omni Medical Search
Search news, images, discussion forums, MedPro, etc. A great quick-search tool.

Google eHealthcare Bot

State/Local Government

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Follow the Money
Track who is giving money to state candidates. From the National Institute on Money in State Politics.
Links to government sites in all 50 capital cities.
Official government websites locator cited by the following govt websites:, LOC, FEMA, EPA, IRS, HUD, DOJ, SSA, ARMY, NAVY, 49 state governments, and more.

National Center for State Courts

Public Information Databases
Organized by state, this site offers links to more than 4,300 government databases.

Washington Post: The Best State Political Blogs Newsroom
A quick reference to newspaper coverage around the nation on state budget coverage.

Library of Congress: State Resource Guides
Provides links to external Web sites and a bibliography containing selected works for both general and younger readers. This site will be updated on a regular basis.

AJR: Cutbacks in Statehouse Coverage (.PDF)
A 2009 study that has a state-by-state breakdown of shrinking statehouse coverage.

Patchwork Nation
From the Jefferson Institute, this site divides America's 3,141 counties into 12 community types based characteristics, such as income level, racial composition, employment and religion. It also breaks the nation's 435 congressional districts into nine categories, using the same data points and clustering techniques.

ProPublica PAC Track
Follow contributors and spending with political action committees.

Census QuickFacts
Look up state and county census stats using this image map.

Chicago Tribune Election Center
Tracks state, local and national elections.

National Association of Counties

State and County Quick Facts

State and Local Government Resources on the Net
Links state-by-state.

Federal Internet Guide
Offers state-by-state links to online court record search services at trial courts and government agencies. Find court locations, other legal services offered and more.

Court Records Blog
Part of's site, this blog covers some of the basics of court records, understanding documents, how a court room works, etc.

Free Public Records Directory
Free state court resources.

The Public i
A super investigative site from the Center for Public Integrity. Features studies, links to stories, commentaries and more.

National Center for State Courts

National District Attorneys Association

National Association of State Information Resource Executives
A great quick-reference of bios by state. Also has a directory page of topic areas such as education, revenue, treasures and legislatures.

EPodunk: City, County, Town and Community Information
Statistical data and other details on small communities across the nation.

International Trade Merchandise by State

Rural Blog
A collection of "events, trends, issues, ideas and journalism from and about rural America."
A great site. Roots out the funding sources of the most notorious anti-consumer groups. It continually adds profiles on the first of every month.

24/7 Wall Street: The Best and Worst-Run Cities in America
A collection of information on U.S. cities and towns. The site includes almanac-like reference data, property statistics, local weather reports, links to the official city web sites and maps for about 3,500 cities. The site also includes a summary article on about 50 major cities.

National Attorney Generals Association
This site has links to state attorney general's offices. Most attorney general sites, such as New York's have information on nonprofit organizations that make more than $150,000 a year.

Prairie Net: Full-Text State Statutes and Legislation

StateMaster: US Statistics, State Comparisons

National Center for State Courts: Listing of Courts
Links to state appellate, circuit and county courts Web sites organized by states.

National League of Cities
Studies, stats and stories on trends in urban and rural cities and towns.

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
Information from the nation's largest and fastest growing public service employees union.

State and Local Governments
A directory of links to state and local government sites.


National Governors Association: State Fiscal Update

Tax Foundation: New State Business Tax Climate Index

Stateline: State of the State Speeches
Various feeds from governors' speeches around the nation.

Library Chapters/Associations by State
A guide to those rights and resources for crime victims at the federal and state level.

MoJo 400

This non-profit Web site provides links to Web sites for every county and state in the United States.

Re-Entry Policy Council (RPC)
Policymakers representing Democrats and Republicans, law enforcement, corrections, health and other representatives.

Google: Government Sites
Search government-only sites with this special Google feature

National Governor's Association

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Council of State Governments
This site has collected and analyzed data from numerous sources to create profiles of all U.S. cities. It featuresthousands of pictures, maps, satellite photos, stats about residents (race, income, ancestries, education, employment...), geographical data, crime data, housing, businesses, political contributions, weather, hospitals, schools, libraries, houses, airports, radio and TV stations, zip codes, area codes, user-submitted facts, similar cities list.

State Laws Database
Searchable index of state laws and legislation for all 50 states.
A news service operated by the Pew Center on the states produces in-depth stories on state-based public policy issues.

Community Associations Institute
Features a report card for America's 40 largest counties.
Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors is an organization for statehouse reporters around the country.

State Agencies Telephone Directory

National Priorities Project Database
Search state data on socio-economic needs and federal expenditures.You also create your own customized tables, graphs and reports.

Center for Public Integrity: State Database of Law-Breaking Lawyers
Use image-map/database for a list of lawyers in your state.

State Government Sites
A quick-reference listing of state government sites.

Lewis Mumford Center: Census Research
This site lists some census research analysis that is used by many reporters, especially those covering census information. It is run by Merci Miglino of the Lewis Mumford Center at the Research University at Albany, SUNY.

A comprehensive collection of demographic, lifestyle, and economic data covering over 2,600 U.S. cities portrayed as thematic maps, informative reports, detailed tables and colorful charts --- all freely available.
Stats, contacts, other resources about city/local government.

United States Conference of Mayors

National Governors Association
Anything you want to know about the nation's governors and policy statements on state and federal issues.

ProPublica Recovery Tracker: How Much Stimulus Funding Is Going To Your County?
This non-partisan site covers every side of a topic with an easy-to-use index.
This free database allows you to track legislation across states. It takes some time to use, though.

State Departments of Transportation

Locate State Government Sites
A search engine and image map takes you to official state sites.
Clearinghouse of state and local government sites.

ProPublica: How Much Stimulus Money is Your County Receiving?

National Center for State Courts
Research, newsletter, links to other organizations.
Local government sites.
A great election resource that tracks state supreme courts, their elections and news on judges.

Taxpayers for Common Sense
Watchdog group on wasteful government spending. Site includes a media page and is organized by categories such as government contracts, energy, transportation, national security, etc.
Includes some links to city government information. Some read like travel brochures.
Organized by state and city, explore data on many U.S. communities. Law News by State

National Association of Counties

Census Factoid Central
Get the statistical lowdown on where you live with a few mouse clicks at State and County QuickFacts.

PC Magazine's Undiscovered Websites: Government
From November, 2007, a great collection of sites that provide shortcuts to many federal government and news sites.

Institute for State Studies

Municipal Mall
Claims to be a meeting place for municipal and provincial leaders, as well as people who are studying government. Has a newsletter, events and discussion pages.

Chamber Of Commerce
A central resource for community, tourism and business information.

Index of State Malpractice Laws

First Headlines: State News List
Scan news from each state using an image map.

National Association of Secretaries of State

Center for Public Integrity: Watchdogs on Short Leashes
An interesting December 2001 study on how many state legislatures have ethical oversights.

Government Finance Officers Association
This association offers background on public-sector finance and accounting. Government Salary Lists
Look up salaries for all kinds of federal positions.
This watchdog group offers a clearinghouse of stories on urban sprawl and the legislation to stop it. Hs a state-by-state summary of how state open space legislation is dying on the vine from budget cuts.

Other Urban Sprawl Web Sites
Dozens of great links to organizations and activist groups.

RootsWeb U.S. Town and County Database
Search for city and county sites.

Public Library Rankings.
The annual ranking of 9,000 public libraries is available in a spreadsheet copy for journalists. A good newsroom training tool for spreadsheets.
This site profiles every county and more than 25,000 communities across the country. The site was compiled by journalists formerly with the Detroit Free Press, the New York Times and American Demographics magazine. The site uploads new data daily, including census, EPA, FDIC, FEC, USGS, etc.

Illinois Congressional Primaries
Part of the Knight Innovation Lab, this site provides "innovative technologies designed to help voters gain new perspectives on the candidates for Congress competing in the March 20 primary in Illinois."

State Mottos List
Magazine on federal government and military. State Mottos

AngelFire: Real State Mottos

Stateline: States in Finanncial Trouble (2009)

City of Chicago information server
A guide to Chicago city government. Good for finding offices, phone numbers, department heads, census info., etc. See also Chicago Chamber of Commerce.

Cook County information server
County offices, demographics, meeting schedules, etc.

A must-read for anyone covering politics and federal government. Daily updates on what's going on, links, resources, etc.

The Washington File
Another must-read for anyone covering politics and federal government. It's a feed of government-generated stories on global and national issues.

USA Today: State-by-State Population Growth (1790-2000)

State Data Centers
This Census Bureau site uses an image map to link to state data sites. A great site to hit on a weekly basis for updates.

AOL CityGuide: Government Guide
Enter your zip code, city or state to find links and contact information to services, officials, agencies, etc.

Open Congress: 50 Key Senate Votes

ResourceShelf: California State Archives Links
Databases of hundreds of historical documents and other pieces of the public record.

Wikipedia: State Agency Databases
A wiki on state databases that feature information on businesses, licensed professionals, etc. Defense and International Relations Agencies
This site helps you identify government agencies at local, state, federal and international levels.

National League of Cities
Includes a press room and resources for best practices, etc. for running city government.

National Governor's Association: Greener Fuels, Greener Vehicles
A state-by-state resource guide in .PDF format.; What Government Does
Background story on fundamental functions and services the government performs at all levels.

State Legislative History Research Guides
From Indiana University, this site links to legislative tracking guides in all 50 states.

Cornell Law: State Courts Opinions

Web-Strategist: Social Networking Statistics, 2009

NYC Stat
Mayor's office of operations for New York City. Stats, performance reports, surveys, etc.

ProPublica Recovery Tracker: How Much Stimulus Funding Is Going To Your County?

Bureau of Labor Statistics: State Economies at a Glance
This handy image map helps you track census and economic statistics in all 50 states.

IRS: Tax Statistics

Cornell Law: State Courts Opinions

One Impressive Fact About Every State


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Poynter Institute
Links to newspapers and other resources
Tracks layoffs all over the country using a map.

Data Visualization: Growth of Newspapers Westward
Project from Stanford University.

2009 State of the News Industry Report
Annual report from the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism.

Newspaper Death Watch
Blog on state of the industry.

100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism
Picks from Conor Friedersdorf, associate editor of Atlantic and founder of Best of Journalism.

The Atlantic: 100 Great Pieces of Journalism

Yahoo! Media Watch
Daily headlines and news on the media industry.

State-by-State Guide to Shield Laws
Poynter site offers image map for easy search.

Loaded with tip sheets and articles, this site features work previously published in "The Write Way," some of which have been updated and revised for NewsCollege. Started in early 2006, the site covers many writing basics, such as tightening copy and eliminating weak quotes.

American Society of Newspaper Editors
Links to dozens of journalism publications and online newspapers

American Press Institute

American Press Institute Media Center

Newspaper Association of America

National Press Club Library

Organization of News Ombudsmen
Articles, columns, conferences, links to columns and membership listing.

Northwestern's Readership Institute
A great resource of studies, stats and expert sources.

National Conference of Editorial Writers

National Society of Newspaper Columnists

Association of American Editorial Cartoonists

Organization of News Ombudsmen

Society of American Business Editors and Writers

Association of Alternative Newsweeklies

World Association of Newspapers

State of the News Media

SPJ: The Quill Online

Frontline Editors Project

CJR: Who Owns What?

The Mario Blog
News design blog from Mario Garcia.
A beginners guide to journalism and reporting.

LA Observed
A blog about LA media news.
This site raises key questions in the media and public affairs. It seeks experts from academia, the business world and government to provide questions and background on news topics. The site is part of the Nieman Watchdog Project at Harvard University.

American Association of Independent News Distributors

Library of Congress: Chronicling America -- Historic American Newspapers
An ever-expanding database of newspaper archives.

World Association of Newspapers
Covers a variety of journalism topics.

Audit Bureau of Circulations
Circulation audit site. Many resources and contacts.
An excellent site on newspaper writing and reporting from Bob Baker of the LA Times. The site offers a dynamic e-newsletter on writing, editing and newsroom collaboration.
A site for copy editors.
A good blog-like site for global news, trends and criticism.

The Media Beat
Journalist David Tereshchuk's media commentaries.
Ranks the top news websites. Does a top 100 newspaper sites list.

INET Journalism Resources
Dozens of great links.

Newspaper Links
Links to darn near every online newspaper site.

Wire Service Guild

NY Times Syndicate

AP Managing Editors

PR Newswire Press Room

Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors is an organization for statehouse reporters around the country.

Building an Intranet for Your Newsroom

Resources for Journalism Ethics
From Steve Buttry.

Offers blogs, job tips, journalism school statistics and "valuable industry news for tomorrow's editorial talent."
Site is indexing Sept. 11 content.

Newspaper Guild

World Association of Newspapers

International Newspaper Marketing Association

Cincinnati Enquirer and the Chiquita Secrets Revealed
A full collection of background and articles.
Coverage of the Canadian Communications Industry.

Columbia Journalism Review Resource Guides
Covers a variety of journalism topics.

Providence Journal: The Power of Words
Bob Wyss of the Journal has a great site on writing and writing well.

Annual Surveys of Journalism and Mass Communications
From the University of Georgia Grady Center, this site samples recent journalism graduate about issues such as the job market.

Providence Journal: Reporters and Photographers Working Together
Tips from Bob Wyss of the Journal.

The Student Newspaper Survival Guide

The Evolution of the Newspaper of the Future
From Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine (1995).

American Society of Journalists and Authors

Capitol Beat
Blog from the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors.

A blog about the LA media.

Providence Journal: Journalists Primer to Budgets
From the Journal's Dave Herzog.

Media Tenor Institute
Features extensive data of up to date research free of charge. There is also a free newsletter sent twice a week with the latest reports about the influence of media in public opinion. A important resource of information very useful for journalists and students concerned about impartial and balanced journalism.

Pulitzer Prize Winners
Database and bio information on winners.
Blog with media criticism, ideas, links to current issues in the industry. 2008 -- The Year in Media Errors and Corrections

Society for News Design: World's Best Designed Newspapers
Database of winners in various categories.

Play the News
This interactive game helps readers understand current events and news. It's created by a company called Impact Games.

International Federation of Journalists
Represents more than 600,000 members in more than 100 countries. Promotes international action to defend press freedom and social justice through "strong, free and independent trade unions of journalists."

USF St. Petersburg: Links to U.S. Journalism Schools

British Library: International List of Journalism Departments

The International Center for Journalists

International Federation of Journalists

European Broadcasting Union

European Journalism Centre

Journalism Center on Children and Families

Washington Journalism Education Association Blog

Community Media Workshop (
Part of Columbia College, this site has resources on covering important issues in Chicago.

Ohio State: Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism

Maynard Institute

Inter Press Service

American Journalism Historians Association

National Newspaper Publishers Association

Committee to Protect Journalists Blog

Latin American Journalism Handbook

Native American Journalists Association

American Society of Business Publication Editors

National Sports Journalism Center
Indiana University organization features blogs and columns about trends in the industry. It's a must-bookmark for sports journalists.


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