Sun Microsystems has announced the completion of its $1 billion takeover of MySQL.
We've all heard the advice to take care with numbers, and not treat imprecise numbers as if they were precise. Here's a cautionary tale from the New York Times, and public editor Clark Hoyt.
Many Canadian journalists are members of IRE/NICAR, an organization that provides training, resources and support for journalists doing investigative and CAR work.
Read more in the IRE press release and in Editor and Publisher.
This piece by Rich Gordon of Northwestern University for the Readership Institute explores the trend as it is unfolding in the U.S.
On the bright side, an appeals court ruling on the public interest override in Ontario is some of the best news to come along in the FOI field in years.
Ever wonder how often air bags fail in cars? So did the Kansas City Star, and the answer was, far too often. The paper looked at U.S. fatal crash data, but since so many cars are common, the story could easily be updated with Canadian data.
Here's how the first story began Oct. 20:
Brooke Katz died three months pregnant.
A hit-and-run motorist slammed into the front of the 2005 Dodge Caravan she was driving, spinning it 180 degrees.
“It’s one that sticks with me,” Atlanta Police Officer Shane Keller said recently. The crash was so violent that rescuers needed the Jaws of Life to free Katz, 27, a Georgia wife and mother who had just buckled herself in to go to work.
Then they saw something “curious,” as the officer put it. The Caravan’s airbags had not deployed.
You can view and download U.S. fatal accident data at the link below. You can also get complaints and defects data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This section features news and notes on computer-assisted reporting in Canada. For additional resources, visit CARinCanada or J-Source's Teaching CAR section. Fred Vallance-Jones is assistant professor of journalism at University of King's College and co-author
Reporting: A Comprehensive Primer from Oxford University Press.
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