Gathering and vetting evidence
Read / Watch before class
Ida M. Tarbell, “The Legitimate Greatness of the Standard Oil Company” The History of the Standard Oil Company, 1904
Liza Mundy, “The Woman Who Made Modern Journalism,” The Atlantic, 2020
Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, Chapter Nine, 1906
Obituary, “Upton Sinclair, Whose Muckraking Changed the Meat Industry,” The New York Times, 2016
Ed Bradley, “Unhealthy Diagnosis,” 60 Minutes II, 2003
“Unhealthy Diagnosis,” original annotated script, 60 Minutes II, 2003
Lecture / Q&A
Finding, vetting, evaluating, and incorporating evidence in a story. Developing sources. Public or private?
WK 2 Detail
WK 2 Homework & Tools
Do the three following items for homework, using the research tools below.
1: Read/watch materials for Week 3.
2: Write and submit on Brightspace a one-paragraph pitch for one of the Week 3 read/watch materials.
3: Find and cite sources for the following data, using the research tools listed below. Submit your findings on Brightspace.
US Census/QuickFacts—Enter your home county/parish in the search bar and then choose a category to browse
US Census/American Community Survey—Enter your home county/parish in the search bar and then choose a category to browse
Census Reporter—A website designed to facilitate searches of US Census data
Police Use-of-Force Data
National Use-of-Force Data Collection—FBI statistics on use-of-force incidents by law enforcement agencies nationwide
The Washington Post, "Fatal Force"—The Washington Post's database of every fatal shooting in the US by a police officer in the line of duty since Jan. 1, 2015
Mapping Police Violence—Maps and charts of police use-of-force incidents by city and state, including victim information
Energy Industry Data
Louisiana Oil Spill Management System—Information about oil spills in Louisiana
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality—Includes incident reports concerning air, land, water, and radiation
SONRIS—Louisiana Department of Natural Resources database, includes information about statewide oil and gas activities
NOAA Office of Response and Restoration—National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration links to oil spill information nationwide
EPA National Response Center—US Environmental Protection Agency's data concerning oil, chemical, radiological, biological and etiological discharges anywhere in the US or its territories
US Energy Information Administration—Information about oil, gas, and pipeline activities and infrastructure nationwide
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration—Includes information about pipeline incidents nationwide
General Dataset Searches
Google Datasets Search—Locates free online datasets
Google Public Data Explorer—Facilitates searches and graphic visualizations of online datasets
XULA Library Databases—Lists all XULA library databases (accessible only to XULA students)
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