John Wihbey


John Wihbey is managing editor of Journalist’s at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics & Public Policy. He is also a lecturer in journalism at Boston University. He has reported for the Star-Ledger in New Jersey and worked at WBUR-Boston, where he was a producer and digital editor for the NPR show “On Point with Tom Ashbrook.” Twitter: @wihbey @JournoResource

Go-to research databases journalists can use to improve their reporting

Scan the headlines these days and it’s evident that the world’s problems — and attendant reporting challenges — are only getting more complex.

Tax policy, fracking, school reform, climate change, health care. Reporters in streamlined newsrooms must increasingly tackle topics about which they may know little initially.

And a quick review of news archives — the proverbial “pulling the clips” — may not be sufficient to capture the latest understanding of these hugely complex subjects.

At the same time, however, the available in-depth knowledge tools for reporters are growing. The world of scholarship is creeping toward greater openness, and many academics are putting their research online in pre-publication form. Many journals are making select studies available for free; even paid repositories such as JSTOR are making more of their offerings open access. Read more