Category Archives: Journalism/Reporting

New Library Layoffs and Buyouts

Here is a link to a spreadsheet pulled together by news librarian Michelle Quigley, showing the organizations and positions cut and positions remaining.  It’s a startling and discouraging read.


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Suggestions for covering Swine Flu as local story

These suggestions come from Al’s Morning Meeting on Poynter and are worth a look, especially if the story becomes local.  Here’s the link:

It’s also useful for Poynter’s links to more pages of information and suggestions.

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Resources for tracking layoffs and for covering unemployment report

Let’s look at layoff resources first.

Larry Mrazek named a few layoff trackers recently on the NewsLib listserv.  There’s:

TechCrunch which focuses mainly on the tech industry

Forbes which tracks America’s 500 largest public companies

Vault which tracks companies world-wide as well as U.S.

GeekMBA360 is a blog that tracks layoffs

ComputerWorld IT Layoff Tracker has been tracking since autumn 2008

This Friday the U.S. Department of Labor will release the latest unemployment figures, and Al’s Morning Meeting on Poynter just posted some great resources for journalists who will be covering this story.  Here’s the post.

He’s given us links to various industries and their unemployment rate from the January report, plus he looks at various aspects of that report in regard to race.

He lists some useful charts, such as state-by-state unemployment stats and your local economy at a glance.

Then there’s a valuable discussion on how the government knows who is unemployed….where does it get these numbers, how do they make the count.

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Open Records Guide by State

There is an informative guide online called Open Government Guide, which lists records for every state.

Not only will it tell you what records are available to the public but also it references the applicable legal passage.

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Economic indicators and resources for journalists

Here are some good resources for our current national economic crisis that I’ve discovered lately:

Al’s Morning Meeting put together a good resouce about the auto industry bailout.

These next resources come from Librarians’ Internet Index.


This resource from the U.S. Census bureau provides daily updates on key economic indicators, such as the food industry, construction, residential sales and more. There is a link to the releases and a calendar showing when the releases are scheduled.

Information of Business Recessions and Recoveries

This is from the NBER Business Cycle Dating committee and among other things gives you the beginning and ending dates of U.S. recessions.

Economic Indicators

This is the monthly compilation of indicators which covers more than the daily source listed above.  I recommend that you click on tab labeled A-Z Resource List for a good look at what’s here and links to the reports.

This is a good page from the NYTimes on President-Elect Barack Obama’s new administration. There are profiles of selected and potential members

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Disaster information web source

The National Library of Medicine has announced a new web resource called Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC).

Of course, this would be health-related information, but think about it…just about any disaster has a health aspect.  This is a source to turn to for information on preparedness, response, mitigation.  There are fact sheets available as well as links to TOXNET, resources on preparedness from NLM as well as links to other disaster material.

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Covering suicide

Here are guidelines on covering suicides [PDF] from the American Association of Suicidology.

Some teen suicide facts taken from a 2007 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

   In 2004, suicide was the third-leading cause of death in the United States among youths and young adults 10 to 24 years old, accounting for 4,599 deaths.

   For more than a decade (1990-2003) the suicide rate among people 10 to 24 years old dropped — down a stunning 28.5 percent.

   But from 2003 to 2004, the rate increased by 8 percent. (2004 is the most recent year available.)

   From 2003 to 2004, suicide rates shot up (CBSNews) for females between the ages of 10 and 14 and females aged 15 to 19, reversing an earlier trend.

source: Al’s Morning Meeting (Poynter)

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