Strategies for Reporters on the Internet

 

When looking for information on the Internet, most of us reach for our favorite search engine. But for deadline reporting, search engines should be our last resort, not the first. When faced with tight deadlines, try a more targeted approach.

  1. First think through about what kind of specific information you are seeking.
  2. Then, ask yourself where that information is most likely to be in its most comprehensive and reliable form.
  3. Finally, make an educated guess at the Web address and go directly to that site.

This method won't work every time, but more often than not. And it will save you valuable time as deadline approaches.

 

For more on Internet strategies for journalists, see The Book: A Journalist's Guide to the Internet.

 

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