Phone Directories, Maps & Expert Sources
- Telephone Directories. Switchboard and Yahoo! People Search are among the
computerized telephone directories that allow name searching with limited address
- Criss-Cross Directories. InfoSpace
has valuable criss-cross directories that enables users to find names and
phone numbers with addresses only. Reporters also can easily find neighbors'
names and phone numbers.
- Phone Number Reverse Directory. InfoSpace,
and AnyWho provide a reverse
function that enables users to find addresses and resident names with just the phone
Yahoo! Maps and MapQuest
give users the ability to quickly call up detailed maps of any area of the country, down
to the specific location on a block.
- ProfNet and the National Press Club have databases
that reporters can search by area of expertise to find potential sources. Reporters'
queries also can be posted via ProfNet
- Kitty Bennett, news
researcher at the St. Petersburg Times, has created a one-stop site for finding expert
Other Desktop News Sources:
- Issues Background. Public Agenda Online
provides detailed background on a wide variety of public policy issues.
- CIA World Factbook.
Political, economic, demographic and geographic information on the world's nations.
- Story Ideas.
Tip sheets on more than 18,000 investigative stories, provided by Investigative Reporters
and Editors Inc.
- Conversions. ConvertIt provides
calculators to convert various measurements, time zones, etc. Another good
conversion tool is Online
- Web Ownership. Uncovering the registered owner of a commercial Web site (ending
in .com, .net, .org, .biz, .info, name) is a two-step process. First, go to Internic WhoIs, which will tell you the
registrar of the site. Then go to that specific registrar (look for the whois button on
that site) to learn who the Web site is registered to and to get contact information.
For international Web addresses, go to
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