NICAR Net Tour

Compiled by Jaimi Dowdell, David Donald, Ron Nixon, Tom McGinty, Sarah Cohen, Neil Reisner, Andrew Lehren and Jennifer LaFleur.

Links to being a better watchdog

Making effective use of the Internet (Phone directories, search engines and the Invisible Web)
Finding and cultivating sources (Listservs and source finders)
The public's right to records (FOI help)
Paper trails, documents and data you need (Public records and data, GIS help)
Investigating government (Federal and local)
Investigating businesses and nonprofits (Essential data)
Help on your beat and other links for journalists (Where to go next)

Links to computer-assisted reporting help

Tech tips (Advice and how to find advice)
Programming (Open source and other tools)

To suggest new Web sites or to report dead links, please contact Jaimi Dowdell.

And to begin thinking about the Internet as a reporter's tool, check out this pdf tipsheet from Sarah Cohen.