Tampa Tribune and TBO online have an interactive crime tracking map. Philadelphia Inquirer does something similar with homicides. The Chicago Tribune sorts the data with pull-down menus, but there is no map. An independent website, chicagocrime.org, does a more sophisticated job, including maps. Washington Post provides a searchable data set of individual crimes, sorted by area and by street.
Monthly Archives: November 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer photo blog for Chester County. Centre Daily Times also uses Buzznet for several photo blogs, including this one on events. The Mercury News uses it for a pet photo blog. Bluffington Today builds a reader-submitted photo blog on the phrase: You Spotted. In Lawrence, KS, LJworld uses this form for readers to submit photos. LJworld displays those photos on this page. Raleigh News & Observer has many catergories for reader photos, including Kid Stuff. Raleigh uses the same forum to run a contest for readaers to select the best staff photo of the year. The Naples Daily News uses this form for reader submissions.
if you search Boston restaurants on Google, do you find boston.com, which offers one of the best collections of reviews? What happens when you search Philadelphia restaurants? Or Washington restaurants?
If state authorities in Pennsylvania are not analyzing campaign contributions looking for links to casino interests, could news organizations help citizens do the work?
Sunlight Foundation project posts Congressional data and asks citizens in each of the 435 districts to provide some analysis.
Insights into how The Examiner uses citizen assistance on computer-assisted projects.
The public pays salaires to public employees and deserves to know how those budgets are allocated, by person, by category.
The Examiner in Washington put this online, and offered an explanation:
"The Washington DC Examiner Newspaper, The Examiner
Aug 28, 2006 5:00 AM
WASHINGTON – Along with who pays what in taxes and who receives how
much for providing what contracted goods and services, employee compensation
data is among the most basic and important information taxpayers need to
assess independently the performance of their public servants. What better
time to start than the first day of the new school year?
Washington Examiner today posts the second entry in the newspaper’s Examiner
Community Action Network — a partial compensation database for the 21,497
employees of the Montgomery County Public Schools."