Assignments for June 30

Read these. We’ll discuss these in class, or feel free to weigh in in the comments as well.

Pat Stith on computer-assisted reporting
Adrian Holovaty: A fundamental way newspaper sites need to change

Then look at this report from the House Clerk’s site. What two questions would you ask (and answer) from that information? What other sources, or changes to the file itself, would you need to make it more useful? Build a spreadsheet with what you think are the most useful pieces of information, using 2 rows of data. Send me the spreadsheet.

Download this file of administrative fines from the Federal Election Commission. What’s the smallest amount (greater than $0) that a committee was fined? The “L” column represents whether the fine was paid – how many fines greater than $10,000 were not paid? You can send your responses to me (along with the House clerk spreadsheet) via email at dwillis -at- gmail dot com.

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