Searching to a Different Beat

All good journalists are adept at discovering information, and some of the best Internet discovery tools are maintained by reporters who've published their list of sources on the web.

One of my favorite sites is maintained by Bill Dedman, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who has found some outstanding treasures for searchers. The site, called Power Reporting, is a directory of thousands of sites, uniquely organized to help on-deadline reporters find information in a hurry.

For example, one category is called "beat-by-beat" with topics ranging from Aging to Work. Other categories include Companies, People Finders, Reference Shelf, and so on. You can either browse the main categories, or use the site map that exposes all of the subcategories on a single page. Power Reporting also has its own site search tool.

If you want to learn to search like a journalist, there are numerous learning aids available on the site. There's a no-nonsense web search tutorial, links to journalism "shop-talk" sites, and an entertaining "treasure hunt" that'll test the skills of even the best searchers.

Dedman regularly updates the site with new resources, and publishes a free email alert noting his finds each month. Even if you're not a journalist, Power Reporting is an excellent resource and belongs in every searcher's tool kit.

Power Reporting


More Net search resources for journalists, from the non-profit/non-partisan Foundation for American Communications.

Search Headlines

NOTE: Article links often change. In case of a bad link, use the publication's search facility, which most have, and search for the headline.

More email users taking spammers to court...
Nando Times Jan 14 2002 12:41PM GMT
Britons get domain today...
ZDNet Jan 14 2002 11:08AM GMT
Ask Jeeves to buy software maker...
CNET Jan 14 2002 5:45AM GMT
Microsoft, Yahoo debate search engines popularity...
Nando Times Jan 13 2002 5:35PM GMT
InternetWeek magazine logs off...
Crains NY Business Jan 13 2002 7:11AM GMT
No Decisions Made On New Domains - ICANN... Jan 13 2002 7:02AM GMT
Address Sellers Criticize Recycled Domain Name Proposal... Jan 13 2002 7:02AM GMT
Google effect reduces need for many domains... Jan 13 2002 6:37AM GMT
Link Popularity and its Effect on Search Engine Rankings...
Rank Write Jan 13 2002 2:42AM GMT
Guide to Online News in Iran...
Online Journalism Review Jan 12 2002 7:23AM GMT
Terra Lycos Exec Search Ends Fast... Jan 11 2002 5:05PM GMT
Nuremberg documents revealed on the Web...
National Post Online Jan 11 2002 12:54PM GMT
ICANN pushes members-only domains...
CNET Jan 11 2002 1:46AM GMT
The nine assassins of broadband...
ZDNet Jan 10 2002 1:32PM GMT
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About the author

Chris Sherman is a frequent contributor to several information industry journals. He's written several books, including The McGraw-Hill CD ROM Handbook and The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can't See, co-authored with Gary Price. Chris has written about search and search engines since 1994, when he developed online searching tutorials for several clients. From 1998 to 2001, he was's Web Search Guide.