Use 3rd party databases, but confirm findings and disclose source

CaptureIn my mail this morning from a group called Good Jobs First. Lots of advocacy groups generate their own data. Often, it’s stuff you can’t easily get elsewhere, like violations of economic development agreements.

Use it, double check what you come up with and always ID the source. Here, government development agencies might complain the data is biased. Disclosure is on answer to that.

 

 

April 13, 2017

To Our Journalist Friends:

We thought you would like to know about an excellent article by Stephen Koff in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com that makes great use of the information in both of the Good Jobs First databases: Violation Tracker and Subsidy Tracker. Koff uses Violation Tracker to identify the most penalized companies in Ohio and also notes the subsidies each has received. The article can be found here.

If you’d like help using the Trackers to do a similar analysis for your state, contact Good Jobs First research director Phil Mattera at pmattera@goodjobsfirst.org.

Next week we will post an update of Violation Tracker containing data from two additional agencies: the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division (more than 30,000 cases going back to the beginning of 2010) and the Federal Communications Commission. The update will also include cases from all agencies during the first two months of the Trump Administration.

If you are working on a piece about the United Air Lines scandal, note that Violation Tracker contains data on cases brought by the Aviation Consumer Protection Division of the Transportation Department since 2010. United leads in total penalties from this agency.

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