2003′s Best Web Tips

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.

Story ideas
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. 

Finding info
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.

Google’s New News Alerts and Google Alerts and Topic-Tracking E-mail Alerts:
Three tips on how to get the latest news on your beat or topic of interest e-mailed to you automatically.

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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