Following Sree’s roundup last week, here are some of my favorite Web Tips from the past year:
General reporting tips:
Misquoting Google: Writers often quote how frequently a name or phrase appears in a Google search as an indicator of popularity. Don’t be one of them.
E-Mail Interview Advice: A look at how to use e-mail or instant messengers in your reporting, while avoiding humiliating corrections.
Ideas via E-mail: Weekly leads, e-mailed to your inbox.
Investigative Story Ideas: A daily log of great investigative journalism from Investigative Reporters and Editors.
Search Inside the Books: Amazon.com’s new tool is a digital database that users can search for any words and phrases in a book’s full text, including about 33 million pages from more than 120,000 books.
CBS News Disaster Links: A great portal of links.
Quake Tracking: A great quake-tracking site that will let you know what’s shakin’ — in real-time.
Court Data Online: Get case and docket information online from Federal Appellate, District, and Bankruptcy courts.
New & Improved Google Toolbar: Adds several new cool features, including the ability to: block pop-up ads, fill-in forms, and update blogs as you surf.
Google News Goes Global: Now you can search news in 10 different languages.
One for the holidays
The 411 on Faith: Now that we’re in the season of Ramadan, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa, check out Beliefnet.com for the 411 on every religion.
Season’s greetings to Poynter readers — and a big thank you. We rely on you for tips and feedback and look forward to hearing from you in the new year.
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