10 Most Useful Web sites

10 Most Useful Web sites

Note: For additional information, click the number in parenthesis following each tip.

  1. U.S. Census Bureau:
    From the main page click on “American Factfinder.” Then type in your city and state to get a fact sheet about your community. For specific information about poverty click on “poverty” under the heading “People and Households.” (54, 57, 58, 61)
  2. The Government Accountability Office:
    Go to “topic collections” and click “browse by topic” to search for reports. (54)
  3. www.onpoverty.org:
    This is a Web site of the Washington and Lee Journalism Department, and it provides relevant news by finding and linking to print, broadcast and online coverage. (56)
  4. Kaiser Family Foundation:
    Contains news and information on a wide variety of health topics that would be helpful with research concerning the poor, such as Medicare and Medicaid, and costs/insurance. (60)
  5. America’s Second Harvest: The Nation’s Food Bank Network:
    The “Hunger Almanac 2006” provides national and state data on poverty and hunger. For an updated version see the “Hunger Almanac 2007.” Fact sheets for individual states also include information obtained from food banks throughout the state. The rest of the Web site is full of valuable information as well. Users can learn more about hunger and view hunger fact sheets based on topics such as child hunger facts, hunger in the suburbs and working poor. (61)
  6. Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues:
    Includes information about particular rural issues, and provides numerous links to helpful resources for reporters. There is a blog linked to the Web site. (53)
  7. National Coalition for the Homeless:
    Contains many articles relating to housing justice, economic justice, health care justice and civil rights. The site shows people how they can get involved with the organization’s activities, links to the speaker’s bureau and provides publications and other resources. (61)
  8. Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies:
    This organization focuses on issues of particular concern to African Americans and other people of color. The user will find various publications under headings such as news, press releases, health policy institute, politics-election and blog. Further information is found under “Current Research and Policy Activities.” (23)
  9. Pew Research Center:
    This is a nonpartison “fact tank.” (59)
  10. American Enterprise Institute:
    The front page includes publications available to read on-line, a list of recent and upcoming events and the latest books. A sidebar links to several of AEI’s research projects and there is also a tab that called research areas. (56)