Friday, February 27, 2004

Doing a survey? Try this tool

The Sample Size Calculator, a public service of Creative Research Systems, can be used it determine how many people you need to interview in order to get results that reflect the target population as precisely as needed. You can also find the level of precision you have in an existing sample.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Newswise can help you find expert contacts at more than 400 national and international universities and research institutions. This service allows you to request an expert on the topic of your choosing. The query is sent out to Newswise participating universities and research institutions.
Reader Advisory Network Stats

As of 2/23/04
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Note: Total e-mails sent is lower than last week because several duplicates have been removed from the Contacts.

Friday, February 20, 2004

Lots of data available about cities provides a lot of information about cities around the country. From their Web site:
We've collected and analyzed data from numerous sources to create as complete and interesting profiles of thousands of U.S. cities as we could. We have thousands of pictures, maps, satellite photos, stats about residents (race, income, ancestries, education, employment...), geographical data, crime data, weather, hospitals, schools, libraries, airports, radio and TV stations, zip codes, area codes, similar cities list, comparisons to averages... If you ever need to research any city for any reason, from considering a move there to just checking where somebody you know is staying, this is the site for you.
Note: does not guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of any information on this site. Use at your own risk. This data has been compiled from multiple government and commercial sources. Additional information about hotels, doctors, dentists, jobs, apartments, real estate, travel attractions, weather, and many interactive features are coming soon. Please stay tuned.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Big news in web searching yesterday! Yahoo! has created a brand new search engine and has dropped Google. Chris Sherman at has written an article about the new search engine.
Lies, Damned Lies and Google, an article by Lionel Beehner, research editor of the New York Press, sites pitfalls of using Google to create statistics.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Two election-year sites that might be interesting

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Reader Advisory Network Stats

As of 2/16/04
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Thursday, February 12, 2004

Links to try

If you haven't bookmarked these yet, take a look:

  • University of Maryland’s Journalist’s Guide to the Internet

  • Columbia University’s Power Reporting

  • Lots of links for assignment editors and others

  • From Mizzou the Freedom of information center

  • Center for Women’s Business Research is a source for information about women business owners and their enterprises worldwide.

    Wednesday, February 11, 2004

    Society of American Business Editors and Writers
    A new web site sponsored by API
    The Knight Center at the University of Maryland has a business page resource.
    Recording: Phone to computer

    USC (that's Southern Cal for you Southerners) has an article describing how painfully easy it is to record interviews from your phone right to your computer! The technology that's used is no different from what journalists have been using for years.

    Follow this link to the article. Follow this link to USC's Online Journalism Review home page.

    Thanks to Lex for the tip.

    Monday, February 09, 2004 pulls together recent public opinion surveys and divides them into easy-to-find categories. These polls are all from reliable sources: The Gallup Organization, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, media organizations such as The Wall Street Journal, CNN and Newsweek, and various trade organizations.
    Year searching in Labrador
    To search all years of our database, under the database tab, click on 1989-Current. To search only a particular year, click on “Clear”, then check the year you want to search. To search multiple non-consecutive years, use your Ctrl key.

    Make sure that 1989-Current box is not checked when you have any other year checked. 1989-Current is a separate database that contains all years, so if it is checked in addition to any other year, you will get duplicate records.

    At least one box under the database tab *must* be checked to get any records.

    Saturday, February 07, 2004

    ArcView mapping software

    Late last year, the newsroom purchased ArcView mapping software, which is a fantastic tool which you can use to take database information, such as city crime statistics, import them into the program and map where the incidents of rape, robbery, murder, drugs, etc. occur (extreme example).

    Credit Mark Binker, Matt Williams and Paul Muschick with leading the charge. We have a concurrent license, meaning (this is the company's terminology) we can install the software on as many computers as we want, but only one person can use it at a time.

    We've already had it installed on about 10 computers. We'll be holding some informal training sessions soon for those who are interested.

    With some prompting from the staff, we'd like to add several more licenses over the next couple of years. They're not cheap so we need to make a pretty compelling argument in these poor economic times.

    Show us your interest. Thanks.