Here are some links to resources for good political reporting — check’em out even if you’re not a journalist:
Political Reporting Resources
An awesome database of all sorts of federal documents, masterminded by David Burnham and Sue Long of Syracuse University
The model for fact-checking ads and political assertions
A Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-check organization.
- Project Vote Smart
A non-partisan database
- Election Glossary from PBS
Tour-de-force site with basic info and good story examples
- Washington Post Political Glossary
A glossary of political terms from The Washington Post.
- AP’s Election Glossary
A glossary of political terms from The Associated Press.
A great resource by veteran TV journalist Deborah Potter, with tips on doing better reporting
- Resources for Covering Communities
A collection of tips and resources from the Knight Chair in Community Journalism
- Sunlight Foundation
A resource for checking on governments
- Voting rights resources
A compilation of links related to voting rights resources compiled by David Shedden, the library director for The Poynter Institute.
- Journalist’s Toolbox
A great roundup of links and resources — where to find out stuff.
- OpenBook NY database on government spending
Great database on local/state government spending
Great site to practice those basic language/newswriting skills.
- Covering Poverty: A Toolkit for Journalists
Great Tip Sheets, Links and other resources from the University of Georgia
Track bills, representatives, funding and votes in Congress.
A database of votes, bills and representation in Congress.
- The Foreign Lobbying Influence Tracker
See how foreign interests influence U.S. policies.
- Journalists’ Resources from Harvard’s Shorenstein Center
A broad-ranging collection of tip sheets and background info
- Places Journalists Should Go for Politics (Al Tompkins of Poynter)
Great collection of tips from Al Tompkins of The Poynter Institute
- Follow the $ Glossary
A glossary of money-in-politics terms by the Center for Responsive Politics.
- Government-Civics-Politics 101
A round-up of basic information, with a special focus on New York and Onondaga County.
Follow the Money