Columbia Experts Abound

Looking for an expert in a particular area of study on which you are reporting?  Check out the Columbia University Experts Guide from the Office of Communications and Public Affairs.  Search by name, subject, keyword, or peruse the different pre-compiled Expert Guides, such as Elections Experts Guide or Financial Crisis Experts Guide. […]

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NYC Community District Profiles – First Stop for Beat Reporting

New York City's 59 community districts within its 5 boroughs show the incredible diversity of our city.  Each district profile contains summary data on population characteristics and land area and use.  Using 2010 Census information, these profiles are a great way to know your communities (age, ethnicity, household, income support, population changes), and each community […]

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Cinco de Mayo Facts for Features

Did you know: $31.8 million = the number of U.S. residents of Mexican origin, according to the 2010 Census. These residents accounted for about three-quarters (63 percent) of the 50.5 million Hispanics and increased 54 percent, growing from 20.6 million in 2000 to 31.8 million in 2010. (The Hispanic Population: 2010 <http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-04.pdf>) $39,264 = median […]

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Evaluating Information on the Internet

The World Wide Web is a composite collection of content created and hosted on the internet by millions of organizations and individuals. In order to effectively evaluate the information, consider the following criteria: Authorship – Who wrote this? As Peter Steiner said, “On the Internet, Nobody Knows You’re a Dog” Is the author an expert […]

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Ginger Statistics & the Death Star Cookie Jar

Ginger cookies are always a favorite (Death Star Cookie Jar featuring Pepperidge Farm gingermen!), and did you know that the price received per pound of U.S.-grown ginger root nearly doubled from 2007 to 2008?  You can find this and many other freely available agricultural statistics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service.  […]

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Religion in the News – the latest from Pew

Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism and Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life just released the latest Religion in the News report – Islam and Politics Dominate Religion Coverage in 2011.  A couple of key findings include: Religion accounted for 0.7% of all mainstream media coverage studied in 2011, down […]

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Research Consultations at the Journalism Library

Need some research assistance with your project or thesis second draft?  We can help!  Come to the Journalism Library, meet with Cristina Ergunay (who is back from leave and available on Wednesdays and Thursdays) or one of her colleagues.  Send email to journalism@libraries.cul.columbia.edu to set up a research consultation.  Have a quick question and need […]

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SOPA Bill Text from the Library of Congress

Interested in reading the full text of the SOPA bill?  Try Thomas at the Library of Congress, which provides legislative information.  Search for bills, resolutions, committee reports, and more.  And check out the Bills to be Considered on the House Floor digital repository from the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives.  For more […]

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