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Investigations and Research
 

INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM RESOURCES AND ORGANIZATIONS, PUBLIC RECORDS RESEARCH TIPS AND WEBSITES

 

Investigative Reporting Resources and Organizations
 

Center for Public Integrity

 

A nonprofit non-partisan news organization located in Washington, D.C., and founded in 1989 by Charles Lewis, a former ABC News investigative reporter.  This organization focuses on investigative reporting.

 

Investigative Reporters and Editors

 

This site provides resources, tips sheets and articles about investigative reporting to nonmembers, and many more for members.

 

Reporter’s Lab

 

This is a project housed with Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy focuses on fact-checking.

 

 
Finding Public Records, People and Sources

 

BRB Publications

 

An excellent website for finding public records and information.  BRB Publications publishes reference sources and websites for finding public records.

 

Census Reporter

 

This site helps journalists find and use U.S. Census Bureau data for news stories.  The site was founded with a Knight News Challenge grant.

 

City-Data.com

 

This site provides demographics and other information by city in the U.S. (operated by Advameg Inc., a company that does information analysis).

 

Governing.com

 

This is the online site for Governing magazine.  It’s a good place to check for analysis and news about issues such as public finance, transportation, energy, etc.

 

The National Archives

 

This site archives records and images from the federal government.

 

The National Center for Educational Statistics

 

This is a good site to look for national educational numbers that can help put local numbers in perspective.

 

Portico

 

This site focuses on property tax records, but also provides other tools and directories for finding public records online (hosted at the University of Virginia’s website for independent organizations)

 

Public Insight Network

 

This site helps connect expert sources with journalists (from the nonprofit American Public Media).

 

Public Records Online Directory

 

This site provides a tool for helping you locate public records by state.  From Nationwide Environmental Title Research.

 

The Wayback Machine

 

This is a site where you might be able to find copies of websites that have disappeared from most of the Web (operated by the nonprofit Internet Archive).

 

Investigations and Research