Many police department web sites post press releases or arrest/incident reports that can be used as the basis for newswriting exercises.
Los Angeles: http://www.lapdonline.org/press_releases/press_releases.htm
Santa Monica: http://santamonicapd.org/Press_Info/press_release.htm
Davis, Ca.: http://www.city.davis.ca.us/police/press/
Madison, Wi: http://www.ci.madison.wi.us/police/press/prreport.cfm
Beaverton, Ore.: www.ci.beaverton.or.us/departments/police/community/police_pressreleases.html
University of Missouri-Columbia Police Department:
The Smoking Gun -
www.thesmokinggun.com - and Court TV -
www.courttv.com - both carry arrest reports from high-profile cases, many involving celebrities.
Web sites operated by the Bureau of Justice Statistics - www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/
- and the FBI - www.fbi.gov
- both have a wealth of statistical data on crime in the United States. Users can access press releases or raw numbers broken down into a variety of categories that can be the basis for news stories.