By REBECCA LATTANZIO
As a student at UM, I tend to stay away from other schools’ websites or databases even though they might have very useful information. Well, I found the perfect example of limiting my research to UM sources is a bad idea! NYU has also created a similar blog to this one that provides tools for NYU journalism students. They are sharing useful information the same way we are and they can use our links the same way we can use theirs.
The site is also run by WordPress and includes a topic or tag list and a way to navigate through recent and previous posts. Some of the more interesting posts I saw included one on how to write biographical information. It showed you how to find an obituary in Lexis-Nexis, a tool we have access to as students, as well as links to ancestry websites and questions to ask yourself before beginning your research like ‘how well known is the person?’
Another great post I found was a list of tools and websites that helped keep track of the ever-changing world of journalism ethics. It even included a database that gave you examples of situations where journalism ethics were an issue.
The site includes topics and the sites that are best for that info. There isn’t too much personal blog content, but as far as databases, it covers a lot of information. There are lists of links to international news sources, historical newspapers, and background check sites. The posts date back to September of 2007, but it hasn’t been updated since March of 2009, which is a downside.
If you need information on New York City, the blog site is particularly helpful. It includes links and blogs about NYC neighborhoods, buildings, and laws. It might be helpful for students in universities across the country to provide this information for their particular state.
I think as journalists it is important for us to help each other out so that we provide the most accurate and high quality information to the public. Instead of competing with other sports we should be sharing our knowledge and experience.