Tag Archives: Government

Social media opens conflict in Gaza to world

By ANDRES CORREA The common theme of this blog is the impressive pace in which everything seems to be advancing in the world of journalism. This is due to a daily avalanche of new online resources and innovations, specifically in … Continue reading

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Social media usage skyrockets during Hurricane Sandy

By RACHEL JANOSEC In crisis, reports show that social media usage increases.  Public officials and celebrities embraced social media during Hurricane Sandy during the past week.  They turned to sites like Facebook, Instagram and, especially, Twitter to report major news … Continue reading

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Investigative journalism: A democracy’s demand

By CONNIE M. FOSSI The high operating costs, need for return on investment, and other demands of news organizations has put one of the most valuable elements of journalism, investigative reporting, at serious risk. However, hundreds of news professionals and … Continue reading

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Google launches crisis map for Hurricane Sandy

By ANDRES CORREA The destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy has been so devastating that it has dominated the news cycles all week, even though we are less than a week away from a general presidential election. Rightfully so, there has … Continue reading

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What young journalists can learn from ‘All the President’s Men’

By SAIRA SUMBAL A movie that every American and, better yet, every journalist, should see: “All the President’s Men.” The 1976 movie was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including best picture, and won two. And aside from Bob Woodward’s suave haircut (played … Continue reading

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Public records: An invaluable source of information

By  CONNIE FOSSI It is a mistake for journalists to underestimate the information they can acquire from the government public records, especially in the Miami-Dade County Clerk website (http://www2.miami-dadeclerk.com), where you only need a full name and a date of … Continue reading

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Zillow.com: The world of real estate data

By CONNIE FOSSI If you think that Zillow.com is only for realtors or future buyers, you are wrong. Real estate issues can be part or even lead news stories and therefore it is important for journalists to be aware of … Continue reading

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GovTrack.us useful for voters and journalists

By BOLTON LANCASTER In the midst of the 2012 Congressional elections, many potential voters are looking to find out more about the politicians that represent them. Political stories are popular in the news as incumbents attempt to defend their seats … Continue reading

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FEC Web site helps journalists track campaign contributions

By BOLTON LANCASTER As the presidential election is nearing, there are a plethora of journalism stories focusing on the candidates and their campaigns. The presidential trail costs millions of dollars to travel down and it is often essential to find … Continue reading

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Project Vote strives to empower youthful voters

By ELIZABETH DE ARMAS Every four years, many Americans look forward to election season because they get to exercise their right to vote. The Republican and Democrat national conventions, advertisements, commercials, presidential debates, and candidate signs on lawns are constantly … Continue reading

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POPVOX helps journalists find bills before Congress

By EMMA REYES Constituent communications can be challenging information to gather because of the complex language used for bills in Congress and the amount of material each bill has, but POPVOX brings the information clear and at once. POPVOX is … Continue reading

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Fine line exists between whistle-blowers, secrets leakers

By MELISSA CASTILLO On Sept. 25. President Obama gave a speech to the United Nations highlighting the importance of the First Amendment and encouraging those around the world to follow America’s approach to free speech. “Americans have fought and died … Continue reading

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Park Service provides writers with valuable information

By BOLTON LANCASTER National parks are some of the most popular vacation destinations for Americans and international travelers alike. This demand often leads to a large number of stories written on national parks and monuments to both inform the public … Continue reading

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Electoral-vote.com helps journalists track 2012 election

By ROBERT PURSELL For the concerned voter who is interested in just how the election is going to date, and also for those trying to get an early glance at who will win the election come November, a website called … Continue reading

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