Tag Archives: Research

Learning how to properly use the Internet

Before August, I mainly used the Internet for entertainment. I would spend hours on Tumblr, browse through my news feed on Facebook, and update my followers on Twitter about my whereabouts. Although I still waste time on social media, over … Continue reading

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What young journalists can learn from ‘All the President’s Men’

By SAIRA SUMBAL A movie that every American and, better yet, every journalist, should see: “All the President’s Men.” The 1976 movie was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including best picture, and won two. And aside from Bob Woodward’s suave haircut (played … Continue reading

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FindLaw.com: Everything you need to know about legal matters

By CONNIE FOSSI Legal issues can be difficult to understand, but the situation gets easier if you access Findlaw.com, a unique and useful resource for journalists and people who are interested in legal matters. This legal-based website offers a variety … Continue reading

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Law enforcement an exception to public records openness

By ELIZABETH DE ARMAS For my latest assignment in News Reporting and the Internet, I picked a candidate for local office and checked his background through a list of online resources and databases. At first I thought to myself, “This … Continue reading

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Reporters: Can the cold tweet be the new cold call?

By SAIRA SUMBAL I used to have a straight shoot way of how I like to approach sources: e-mail. And depending on how close my deadline was, I would either make a call or go to the person’s office directly. … Continue reading

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Public records: An invaluable source of information

By  CONNIE FOSSI It is a mistake for journalists to underestimate the information they can acquire from the government public records, especially in the Miami-Dade County Clerk website (http://www2.miami-dadeclerk.com), where you only need a full name and a date of … Continue reading

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Zillow.com: The world of real estate data

By CONNIE FOSSI If you think that Zillow.com is only for realtors or future buyers, you are wrong. Real estate issues can be part or even lead news stories and therefore it is important for journalists to be aware of … Continue reading

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GovTrack.us useful for voters and journalists

By BOLTON LANCASTER In the midst of the 2012 Congressional elections, many potential voters are looking to find out more about the politicians that represent them. Political stories are popular in the news as incumbents attempt to defend their seats … Continue reading

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Rasmussenreports.com keeps finger on pulse of election

By ROBERT PURSELL During the current election campaign, it seems like news outlets are talking about the latest polls that come out daily. One day it’s the CBS poll, the next day it’s the Quinnipiac poll. And so forth. Our … Continue reading

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Online Journalism Review focuses on industry issues

By DANIELA RODRIGUEZ Online journalism has evolved over the years as soon as new technology and tools useful for journalists are introduced to the market. There should be a site that talks about multimedia, search engine optimization, and other advice … Continue reading

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FEC Web site helps journalists track campaign contributions

By BOLTON LANCASTER As the presidential election is nearing, there are a plethora of journalism stories focusing on the candidates and their campaigns. The presidential trail costs millions of dollars to travel down and it is often essential to find … Continue reading

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Citysearch … Explore, discover, recommend

By CONNIE FOSSI If you are in a tourist mood, Citysearch (Citysearch.com) is the right site for you. You only have to choose a city and the website does the rest for you, offering a variety of restaurants, hotels, spas, … Continue reading

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Journalist’s toolbox, a hidden SPJ treasure

By ELIZABETH DE ARMAS There have been many times when I have wondered why there is no “database” for journalists. When I have been struggling thinking of questions to ask before an interview or on deadline but experiencing writer’s block, … Continue reading

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Travel advisory sites helpful to journalists and tourists

By MIRAISY RODRIGUEZ I’ve heard various professors comment on the future of journalism. The two pieces of advice that stand out are (1) develop a dynamic skill set and (2) learn to write features. According to the UM grapevine, travel features in … Continue reading

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