Beat Sources, Stakeholders

CAUTION: organizations frame contentious issues through their Web sites, while groups with different goals will question the relevance of that same information. To begin understanding any issue, familiarize yourself with the different points of view to see the broader picture.

Business | Campaign Financing | Courts | Death Penalty | Drug Policy | Education | Elections | Environment & Energy | First Amendment issues | Food & Agriculture | National Security | Public Safety | Health & Science | Transportation


U.S. Census Bureau — census statistics, story ideas

Military City Online Web Outpost — Latest military news, searchable military personnel database for subscribers

Vital Records — find birth, death and marriage certificates from every state

Public Notices — online access to public notice advertisements from across the United States — online obituaries, death notices

A Primer on Nonprofit Organizations — from the University of North Carolina School of Government

Social Security Death Index — genealogy company that keeps publicly accessible information on people who have died while collecting Social Security

Center for an Accessible Society — disabilities information for journalists

National Center on Disability and Journalism — provides support and guidance for journalists covering people with disabilities

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force — uncompromising national voice for full LGBT equality

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services — government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States

CQ Press Electronic Library — definitive reference resource for research in American government, politics, history, public policy and current affairs

Web of Knowledge — search environment of objective content and powerful tools to search, track, measure and collaborate in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities

Marxists Internet Archive — non-profit library representing a complete spectrum of political, philosophical and scientific thought, generally spanning the past 200 years

Top 100 American Speeches — index to and substantial database of full text transcriptions of the 100 most significant American political speeches of the 20th century as determined by American Rhetoric


The Constitution Party — a minor party formed in 1992, favors a strict interpretation of the Constitution including government limited in scope, structure and power of regulation over the people
via a return of most governmental powers to the states, communities and the people

The Democratic Party — formed in 1792 as the Democratic-Republican Party, it claims to represent the interests of working families, fighting for equal opportunities and justice for all Americans.

The Green Party — a minor party formed in 2001 by a federation of state Green Parties, committed to ecology, social justice grassroots democracy and non-violence, without the support of corporate donors

Libertarian Party — a minor party formed in 1971, the third largest U.S. political party claims to be the party of principle emphasizing minimum government and maximum freedom

The Republican Party — formed in 1856, claims to be at the forefront of the fight for individuals’ rights in opposition to a large, intrusive government

The Tea Party — grassroots organization formed in 2009 aiming to secure public policy consistent with core values of fiscal responsibility, Constitutionally limited government and free markets

Occupy Wall Street — formed in 2011, the occupation movement started on Wall Street and spread worldwide with stated goals of fighting major banks and multinational corporations’ control of the democratic process.

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Tenth Amendment Center — Works to preserve and protect states rights and federalism through information and education.

Active Micro Parties — links to political parties that fielded candidates in recent elections

Citizen Joe — nonprofit that aims to engage all Americans in open, fact-based dialogue on national policy debates

OpenCongress — tracks bills, votes, senators and representatives in Congress

CongressPedia — a wikipedia for Congress

Center for American Progress — nonpartisan research and educational institute

Sunlinght Foundation — nonpartisan group making Internet information on Congress more meaningfully accessible to citizens

Naturally Blue — Democratic political action committee started in Arkansas

Living Liberally — political action through social interaction

The Right Side of the Web Ring — Conservative links

Political Fiber — political news site funded by Knight Foundation endowment to the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communication

American Civil Liberties Union “If the rights of society’s most vulnerable members are denied, everybody’s rights are imperiled.”

Christian Coalition — one of the largest conservative grassroots political organizations in America founded by Pat Robertson in 1989.

Feminist Majority Foundation — dedicated to women’s equality, reproductive health, and non-violence.

John Birch Society — founded in 1958 by Robert Welch, JBS members unite in a strong belief in personal freedom and limited government, plus a sense of duty.

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation — by ensuring the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People — aspires to a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.

National Organization of Womenthe largest organization of feminist activists in the United States.

League of Women Voters — Coordinates Citizens Right to Know project

Public Interest Research Groups — takes on powerful interests on behalf of the American public, working to win concrete results for our health and our well-being

Arkansas Citizens First Congress — 45 organizations working together to establish a strong public voice to influence political and policy decisions and ensure accountability.

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I Side With — 2012 U.S. Presidential Candidate political quiz

Google Politics & Elections — election coverage results available before AP results?

Federal Voting Assistance Program — information on where, when and how to vote

BallotWatch — Provides information on every statewide referendum in the nation

USA Today’s Candidate Match Game — 2012 presidential election

Americans Elect — first nonpartisan, nonprofit U.S. presidential nomination (2012)

BallotPedia — citizen-powered encyclopedia to direct democracy

Flackcheck — Annenberg Public Policy Center’s project, which uses parody and humor to debunk false political advertising

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The National Election Studies — Access to tables and graphs displaying the ebb and flow of public opinion and electoral behavior and choice in American politics since 1952, with data displayed by topic and an available keyword search

NOW/PAC — The National Organization for Women Political Action Committee’s online feminist voters’ guide providing NOW/PAC endorsements

Project Vote Smart — Guide to candidates, issues and races — policy statements and research papers compiled for Microsoft Network and Intellectual Capitol

All Politics from Time and CNN

Rock the Vote — Engages younger people in the political process

Frameshop — Jeffrey Feldman explains how groups frame the campaign and debate

Green Energy Voter Guide — from the Environmental Defense Fund

Poynter’s Election Coverage — Critical commentary and links to election coverage resources

Center for Responsive Politics — Campaign finance data, links to campaign finance sites

The Skeleton Closet — Bipartisan listing of character allegations against the candidates

Washington & Lee’s mock convention — Historically accurate predictions of the presidential nominee of the political party currently out the of the White House

Third Parties ’96 — Collaborative effort of alternative parties

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Campaign Financing

Federal Elections Commission — Data on campaign contributions and guides for citizens and organizations

The Campaign Finance Information Center — helping journalists follow the campaign money trail on the national, state and local levels.

Campaign Finance Reform — ACLU project advocating reform of the current system but stressing fidelity to the principles protected by the First Amendment with the goal of expanding, not limiting, political speech.

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MAPLight — public database illuminating the connection between donations and legislative votes

National Institute on Money in State Politics — tracks data on state legislative candidates

Open Secrets — the Center for Responsive Politics’ nonpartisan guide to monetary influence on elections and public policy.

Political Money Line — The non-partisan Federal candidate campaign money page

Fund Race — started in 2004 by the Huffington Post, search by name or location to find out whom your friends and neighbors have financially supported in the presidential campaign

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U.S. Department of Education — created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. ED’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

American Council on Educationthe only higher education organization that represents presidents and chancellors of all types of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions: community colleges and four-year institutions, private and public universities, and nonprofit and for-profit colleges.

ERIC — World’s largest digital library of education literature

ChildStats — Federal and state stats and reports on children and families

Chronicle of Higher Education — weekly issues in Higher Education

Digest of Education Statistics — annual compilation serving as snapshot on U.S. education

Federal Resources for Education Excellence — information on education excellence from U.S. governmental agencies including teaching resources and lesson plans

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System — Higher Education enrollment data by race, ethnicity, sex, salaries, tuition, revenue, expenditures, etc.

School District Data Book — maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics, examines each U.S. school district by enrollment, graduation rates, etc.

White House Social Statistics Briefing Room on Education — trends in academic progress

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Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce — private, non-profit corporation working for a lower cost of doing business, fairer taxes, fairer regulations and less regulatory paperwork

American Farm Bureau — independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization operating as the unified national voice of agriculture

American Institute of Philanthropy — a nonprofit charity watchdog and information service that helps donors make informed giving decisions

Better Business Bureau — the leader in advancing marketplace trust

BBB Wise Giving Alliance — reports on charities and other solicitous organizations

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Consumer Price Index Calculator — Calculates rate of inflation

Consumer Product Safety Commission — charged with protecting U.S. public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction

CorpWatch — non-profit investigative research and journalism to expose corporate malfeasance and to advocate for multinational corporate accountability and transparency.

Council on Foundations — professional organization of more than 2,000 foundations

The Development Information Network of Arkansas — supports statewide economic development activities through research, information, service, training, and education

D&B Credit Reports — Credit ratings for businesses for a fee

Edgar Database — registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms from foreign and domestic companies

Nonprofits: — official information and services from the U.S. government

The Foundation Center — for and about foundations

The Foundation Directory — subscriber’s access from The Foundation Center

GAO report on tax-exempt organizations (pdf)

GuideStar — national nonprofit organizations database

Hoover’s Master List Plus Database — company information including business reports and profiles

Institute for Economic Advancement — IEA offers training, planning, and development services to economic developers and economic development organizations

IRS info about charities and nonprofits

Labor unions — find a union, labor directory

National Center for Charitable Statistics — the Urban Institute’s data on the nonprofit sector

Nonprofits from Guidestar — basic information from nonprofits’ reports in a searchable database

Nonprofits FAQ — check on nonprofit status of a company

Securities Clearinghouse — full text examples of securities class action lawsuits compiled by Stanford University’s Law School — a project of the Southern Governor’s Association

Help for Arkansas Entrepreneurs — a list of resources for entrepreneurs in Arkansas

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office database

ZDNet — Tech news, blogs and white papers for IT professionals

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Internet Law Library — (formerly the U.S. House of Representatives Internet Law Library) originally provided to the public courtesy of the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Student Press Law Center — affirmatively remedying instances of unlawful censorship or denial of access to public information, and serving all students engaged in gathering and disseminating information, not just those enrolled in traditional journalism programs

Prisoners’ Rights — ACLU project dedicated to ensuring that our nation’s prisons, jails, juvenile facilities and immigration detention centers comply with the Constitution, federal law, and international human rights principles, and to addressing the crisis of over-incarceration in the U.S.

State Court Websites — searchable site maintained by the National Center for State Courts, the organization courts consult for authoritative knowledge and information, because its efforts are directed by collaborative work with the Conference of Chief Justices, the Conference of State Court Administrators and other associations of judicial leaders

Thomas — laws, bills passed by Congress

U.S. Courts — Federal judiciary and bankruptcy court

Federal Judicial Center — historical info and federal judges’ biographies

Findlaw — U.S. codes and statutes, federal court decisions

Legal Information Institute — newsworthy court decisions, basic legal info

National Center for State Courts — the authoritative source for court services

PACER Service Center of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts

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Public Safety and, all owned by Cygnus Business Media, which claims to be pioneers, influencers and leaders “paving the way into the new media landscape.”

Arkansas Crime Information Center — state agency responsible for providing information technology services to law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies in Arkansas

Federal Firearms Laws — compiled by the National Rifle Associations’ Institute for Legislative Action, the lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association of America.

Campus Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool — designed to provide rapid customized reports for public inquiries relating to campus crime data

Security on Campus — Nonprofit organization for safer campuses

Bureau of Justice Statistics — the United States’ primary source for criminal justice statistics

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National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund — Founded in 1984, dedicated to honoring and remembering the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers in the United States.

Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma — a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism dedicated to informed, innovative and ethical news reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy

Department of Justice — enforces the law and defends the interests of the United States according to the law; ensures public safety against threats foreign and domestic; provides federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeks just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and ensures fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans

Federal Bureau of Investigation — serves as both a federal criminal investigative body and an internal intelligence agency

Federal Bureau of Prisons — established in 1930 to provide more progressive and humane care for Federal inmates, to professionalize the prison service, and to ensure consistent and centralized administration of the 11 Federal prisons

Fugitive Watch — Search for wanted fugitives from justice worldwide

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety — independent, nonprofit, scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries and property damage — from crashes on U.S. highways

National Criminal Justice Reference Service — federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy and program development worldwide

Justice Research and Statistics Association — national nonprofit organization of state Statistical Analysis Center directors, researchers and practitioners throughout government, academia and criminal justice organizations dedicated to policy-orientated research and analysis

The Police Officer’s Internet Directory — Law enforcement news, information, products

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data — facilitating research in criminal justice and criminology, through the preservation, enhancement and sharing of computerized data resources; through the production of original research based on archived data; and through specialized training workshops in quantitative analysis of crime and justice data

National Criminal Justice Reference Service — a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide since 1972

Office for Victims of Crime — supports programs that significantly impact the lives of more than 4.2 million crime victims annually since 1984

Office of Justice Programs — providing innovative leadership to federal, state, local and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the implementation of these crime fighting strategies

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention — collaborates with professionals from diverse disciplines to improve juvenile justice policies and practices.

Organized Crime — FBI program dedicated to eliminating the criminal enterprises that pose the greatest threat to America

Fugitive Watch Web Site — founded in 1992, based on reality-TV show; endorsed by the FBI, governor of California and bay-area law enforcement agencies

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Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics — brings together data from more than 100 sources about many aspects of criminal justice in the United States

Victims and the Media Program — Michigan State University

Firehouse Fashions — Firefighter history, lore

International Association of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO — represents more than 298,000 full-time professional firefighters and paramedics who protect 85 percent of the U.S. population

National Interagency Fire Center — wildland fires

Wildfire Today — news and commentary about wildland fire

USDA Forest Service, Fire and Aviation Management — working to advance technologies in fire management and suppression, maintain and improve the extremely efficient mobilization and tracking systems in place

Hotel/Motel Fire-Safe List — for U.S. Federal Government travelers required to stay in properties listed on the Hotel-Motel National Master List

Property Crime — Links, statistics in depth

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Drug Policy

Alcohol Research Group — conducts and disseminates high-quality research in epidemiology of alcohol consumption and problems, alcohol health services research, and alcohol policies

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America — training local grassroots groups in community problem-solving strategies, assessing local substance abuse-related problems and developing a comprehensive plan to address them since 1992

Drug Policy Education Group — Working in Arkansas to reduce the harm caused by drugs and drug prohibition

Drug Law Reform — ACLU’s project to to end punitive drug policies that cause the widespread violation of constitutional and human rights, as well as unprecedented levels of incarceration.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime — a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime; established 1997.

Hempseed — The definitive hemp resource

Marijuana Policy Project — envisions a nation where marijuana is legally regulated similarly to alcohol, marijuana education is honest and realistic, and treatment for problem marijuana users is non-coercive and geared toward reducing harm.

Medsiteincludes drug interaction checker, drug reference, full-text journal articles & more

National Library of Medicine — resource to medical journals

U.S. Pharmacopeia — Searchable medicine database

The Emperor Wears No Clothes: Hemp and the Marijuana Conspiracy — the online text from author Jack Herer

Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention — provides support to all institutions of higher education in their efforts to address the problems of alcohol and other drug abuse and violence.


Death Penalty

Capital Punishment Statistics — provided by the U.S. Bureau of Justice

U.S. States With/Without Death Penalty — compiled by the Death Penalty Information Center, a non-profit organization founded in 1990, serving the media and the public with analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment.

Death Penalty Facts — from Amnesty International, a Nobel Prize-winning grassroots activist organization founded in 1961 with over 2.8 million members worldwide.

Pros and Cons — a site that provides a look at both the United States and Great Britain.

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National Security

National Homeland Security Knowledgebase — comprehensive collection of links on Homeland Security as well as links and info relating to global security issues

Digital National Security Archive — the documents that made U.S. policy

Ransom Clark’s “The Literature of Intelligence” — Compiled by a retired member of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Senior Executive Service

The National Security Archive — collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act

The Heritage Foundation: National Security and Defense — views from conservative think-tank

ACLU:National Security — protecting civil liberties post-9/11

Center for National Security Studies — a non-governmental advocacy and research organization founded in 1974 to work for control of the FBI and CIA and to prevent violations of civil liberties in the United States

Center for International Policy: National Security — investigates and exposes failures and political manipulation of the U.S. intelligence and national defense apparatus

National Security Institute — provides a variety of professional information and security awareness services to defense contractor, government and industrial security executives throughout the United States

National Security Whistleblowers Coalition — independent and nonpartisan alliance that informs authorities of security vulnerabilities in our intelligence agencies, at nuclear power plants and weapon facilities, in airports, and at our nation?s borders and ports

Business Executives for National Security — nationwide, non-partisan organization of senior business executives

National Security Education Program — awards scholarships to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas critical to U.S. national security

STRATFOR — provides situational awareness, focused insight and actionable intelligence in the areas of geopolitics, security and public policy

Jane’s Information Group — global intelligence and advertising solutions

Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting — promoting in-depth coverage of global affairs

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RAND — conducts a broad array of national security research for the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community, and key allied governments and ministries of defense

Los Alamos National Laboratory — this lab’s mission IS national security

Oak Ridge National Laboratory — provides federal, state and local government agencies and departments with technology and expertise to support national and homeland security needs

Idaho National Laboratory — performs essential research, delivers critical technology solutions, and provides indispensable prototyping and testing services to identify and defeat threats to the security of the nation

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4thEstate — analyzing influences driving media coverage of the 2012 election, visualizing the social influence of media and newsmakers

Poynter’s News University — journalism emphasis

American Journalism Review — national magazine that covers all aspects of print, television, radio and online media

Columbia Journalism Review — America’s premiere media monitor, produced by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting — national media watch group, offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986

EXTRA — The magazine of FAIR

The Annenberg Washington Program — nonprofit, neutral forum in the nation’s capital for examining pressing communications policy issues

NewsWatch — A Consumer’s Guide to key media news and criticism sites, updated daily or weekly

Media Literacy Online Project Gateway — online resource for educators and others interested in children, adolescents and media — A journal of opinion covering money & politics, environment, media criticism, history, economic reporting, organized labor

Covert Action Quarterly — published by the Institute for Media Analysis

Free Speech TV — cultivates an informed and active citizenry in order to advance progressive social change

Accuracy in Media — non-profit, grassroots citizens watchdog of the news media — media issues supersite, featuring criticism, breaking news and investigative reporting from hundreds of organizations worldwide

The Noam Chomsky Website — publications by one of America’s most prominent media and political dissidents

Disinformation — information on current affairs, politics, new science and the ‘hidden information,’ that seldom appears in corporate-owned media conglomerates

Center For Media Education — ensuring media serves public interest through research, education and policy efforts — focusing on media theory and culture

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First Amendment Issues

Sunshine Week — national initiative to open a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.

Arkansas FOI Handbook — download a PDF copy from the Arkansas Press Association

Arkansas Freedom of Information Resources — compiled by the National Freedom of Information Coalition, which protects the public’s right to oversee its government.

The First Amendment Center — comprehensive research coverage of key First Amendment issues and topics, daily First Amendment news, a unique First Amendment Library

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press — resource on free speech issues formed in 1970

First Amendment Handbook — Provides information on obtaining public records from the federal government


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