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Using the Web as an Investigative Reporting Tool
Using the Web as an Investigative Reporting Tool
Using the Web as an Investigative Reporting Tool
Using the Web as an Investigative Reporting Tool
Using the Web as an Investigative Reporting Tool
Using the Web as an Investigative Reporting Tool
Using the Web as an Investigative Reporting Tool
Using the Web as an Investigative Reporting Tool
Using the Web as an Investigative Reporting Tool
Using the Web as an Investigative Reporting Tool
Using the Web as an Investigative Reporting Tool
Using the Web as an Investigative Reporting Tool
Using the Web as an Investigative Reporting Tool
Using the Web as an Investigative Reporting Tool
Using the Web as an Investigative Reporting Tool
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Using the Web as an Investigative Reporting Tool

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Mark Horvit gives examples of how to use the Internet and online records effectively as a reporter to do investigative reporting.

Mark Horvit gives examples of how to use the Internet and online records effectively as a reporter to do investigative reporting.

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  • 1.  Strategy  Know what you’re after  Know what is available  Know when enough is enough Be a smarter searcher Be skeptical – treat each online source just as you would any other
  • 2.  Advanced search  Search for phrases  Use Boolean logic  By domain or site  By file type  Words in URL
  • 3. • No one knows for sure, but estimates are that Google searches far less than half of what’s available on the Web – maybe a small fraction. • Each search engine has its own strengths and weaknesses. • Total shared results of any two search engines: 8.9 percent. • Any three search engines: 2.2 percentSource: 2007 study by Dogpile, Penn State and Queensland University of Technology
  • 4. • Alltheweb.com (advanced search options)• Ask.com (Subject-Specific Popularity™)• Clusty.com (clustered results)• Yahoo! (directory)• Jux2 (Multiple search site results returned)• Bing• Twingine (side-by-side results)
  • 5.  Wikipedia (for links, sources only) Census (esp. Data Finders feature) Public records portals • BRB Publications • Portico
  • 6.  NICAR Net tour Reporter’s Desktop by Duff Wilson
  • 7.  FedStats - Portal to government statistics. FirstGov - Portal to federal and local governments. Federal spending USASpending – search and download federal contracts, grants and more.
  • 8.  The Visible Web (“Surface Web”) is made up of the typical results in search engines. The Invisible Web (“Deep Web”) includes searchable databases / dynamic content. Some estimate the Invisible Web is 550 times bigger than the Visible Web. Google says more than 1,000 federal government sites can’t be “crawled.”
  • 9.  Facebook Pipl 123people SocialMention Whostalkin Samepoint Icerocket PeekYou
  • 10.  Search engine cache (Google, Bing) Wayback Machine CyberCemetery – sites of defunct government agencies and commissions Yahoo Site Explorer
  • 11.  Domain searches reveal all. Domain Tools http://www.domaintools.com Allwhois http://www.allwhois.com Quarkbase
  • 12.  Find the location:  Find IP: “Show original” or “View source” of the email.  Lookup IP: Whois Reverse email searches:  Facebook People searches:  Pipl, spokeo Check usernames at Knowem
  • 13.  Salaries, travel: www.legistorm.com Cash and votes: www.maplight.org Federal: www.opensecrets.org From the source: www.fec.gov
  • 14.  990s –What all 501(c)3 organizations that have more than $25,000 in annual revenue must file with the IRS. Churches are exempt. IRE database library

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