General Resources

Samples of possible topics and
research sources to get you started.

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Samples of possible topic areas: •advocacyalcoholathleticsattractionsbicycling •cyber •economics •education •entertainment business •environment •FCC •finance •general semantics •governmenthealthcare •higher education •internet •Iowa blogs •K-12 education •law •legal education •management •mediaMemorials •military •politics •privacy •public health •public policy •shipping •terrorism •University of Iowa

Advocacy – General

Activism.netAmerican Friends Service CommitteeCenter for Auto SafetyCenter for Science in the Public InterestCombined EffortsCommon CauseConsumer ReportsCorporate Crime ReporterFair VoteGovernment Accountability ProjectHonor the EarthInnocence ProjectInstitute for Policy StudiesIowa Citizens for Community ImprovementKivaNational Family Farm CoalitionNational Nurses UnitedPublic CitizenPIRG, U.S.Ralph NaderResources for LifeU.S. PIRGVeterans for Peace

Advocacy – Cyber Watch

Activism: Cyber Rights and Online Civil LibertiesCenter for Digital DemocracyCPSR (Computer Professionals for Social Responsibilityeff (Electronics Frontier Foundation)epic (Electronic Privacy Information Center)Wired

Advocacy – Media Reform

FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting)Knowledge Ecology InternationalOn the MediaProject CensoredVoices


“Alcohol’s Effects on the Body,” National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism


“Football-Related Blog Essays,” 2006-2015 (40 essays regarding football and the football industry, and its relations to crime, gambling, alcohol and negative neighborhood impact)


Iowa Environmental Project (AKA, “Earthpark,” “Iowa Child,” “Rainforest;” 2004-2006; hundreds of pages, links and analyses of attractions that succeed and why others fail)



TIFs and Crony Capitalism: Links to 40 TIF Blog Essays, 2006-2015

Entertainment Business

Actors’ EquityAmerican Association of Community TheatreCombined Efforts Theatre”American Film InstitutefilmsiteSAG-AFTRAVarietyNational Film Board of Canada•<href=”https:”” “=””>Writers Guild of America, East •<href=”http:”” “=””>Writers Guild of America, West


Grant Sabatier’s Millennial Money Blog; “Millionaire By Age 30? One Blogger Offers a Few Not-So-Easy Steps,” Here & Now, WBUR, April 25, 2017

For the life that enables the savings that become wealth, see Nicholas Johnson, Test Pattern for Living


Steve Ballmer’s “USA Facts” •<href=”https:”” “=””>”


American Cancer SocietyAmerican Heart AssociationAmerican Medical AssociationCenters for Disease Control and PreventiionFood Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA Center forJournal of the American Medical AssociationLancet, TheMayo ClinicMercy Hospital, Iowa City, IowaNational Library of MedicineNew England Journal of MedicineNutrition Action Healthletter, Center for Science in the Public Interest’sResources for Life, Gregory Johnson’sUniversity of Iowa Health CareUniversity of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsWebMD

Legal Education

Nicholas Johnson, “Random Thoughts on Law School Rankings”

Media – Major

Asahi Shimbun, TheAssociated PressBloombergBBC NewsCBS SportsChristian Science MonitorDaily Iowan, TheDawnDes Moines Register, TheFive Thirty EightGazette, TheGuardian, TheIowa Watch (Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, The) • Iowa City Press-CitizenLe MondeNACIÓN, LA (Costa Rica) • nprNew York Times, ThePBS NewshourProPublicaReutersRudawSalonSlateSouth China Morning PostUSA Today (and “topics”) • Washington Post, The


AdbustersAlterNetCommon DreamsDemocracy NowHightower Lowdown, TheHuffington PostNaked CapitalismNation, ThePoliticoReal Clear PoliticsTalking Points MemoThink ProgressTruth DigTruthoutVox


John CravenBill GrubbeWendell JohnsonFrannie RieckenMargaret VaseyDavid VernonWillis Weber • Evie Chapman • Al Sherman

Public Policy – Communications

Aspen Institute Communications & Culture ProgramBenton FoundationHarvard Program on Informations Resources Policy (papers from 1973-2011) • Public KnowledgeSyracuse University Newhouse School (subjects/experts list) • University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley Law, Berkeley Center for Law & TechnologyUniversity of Iowa Department of Communication Studies (Media Studies) • University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Communications Arts (Research Centers)