Traditionally, documentary films can be a hard sell and haven’t always enraptured audiences. However, these films are now rising to the top of the heap given the possibilities of reaching an ever growing audience in a new battleground — the streaming arena, with the likes of established giants Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and Apple.
Online Research Tools and Investigative Techniques by the BBC’s ace online sleuth Paul Myers has long been a starting point for online research by GIJN readers. His website, Research Clinic, is rich in research links and “study materials.” Here’s a tipsheet about finding people online that Myers presented at a 2019 GIJN webinar. And a GIJN article about his presentation at GIJC19, 4 Questions for Online Super-Sleuth Paul Myers. https://gijn.org/2019/06/05/finding-people-online-a-tipsheet-from-paul-myers/
See also Myers’ other guides on gijn.org:
For our companion video, “Online Searches And Key Databases,” check GIJN’s YouTube channel. Using Twitter to Find People at the Scene of a Breaking Story
Customise your Browser: Using Add-ons for your Web Research
Browser Add-ons (Part 2): Traveling Back in Time
GIJN’s Investigative Toolbox, a column by GIJN’s Alastair Otter, explores selected topics:
Tracking Names and Websites, Verifying Video, a Clustering Search Engine
Digging for People, Trawling the Web and Keeping Yourself Safe
Backgrounding People and Companies
Mine Twitter and Monitor Website Updates
Beyond Spreadsheets and Deep Searching the Web
Jake Creps keeps up a steady stream of useful tips on his blog.
Trying to make social media monitoring more manageable? First Draft News has some tactics and tools to help journalists sort through the mire on Twitter and Facebook as well as the more edgy 4chan and wildly popular Reddit.
This is not just about getting the money; it is about creating a faithful community of readers. In a way, they are searching for the lost group of loyal subscribers to traditional newspapers who would call the newsroom in times of crisis as if journalists were family.
Online research is often a challenge for traditional investigative reporters, journalism lecturers and students. Information from the web can be fake, biased, incomplete or all of the above. Offline, too, there is no happy hunting ground with unbiased people or completely honest governments. In the end, it all boils down to asking the right questions, digital or not. This chapter gives you some strategic advice and tools for digitizing three of the biggest questions in journalism: who, where and when?
অনলাইন গবেষণা ঐতিহ্যগত অনুসন্ধানী সাংবাদিক, সাংবাদিকতার শিক্ষক এবং ছাত্রদের জন্য বরাবরই একটি চ্যালেঞ্জ। কারণ ইন্টারনেটের তথ্য ভুয়া, পক্ষপাতদুষ্ট, অসম্পূর্ণ, কিংবা এর সবগুলোই হতে পারে। এমন অবস্থায় কে, কোথায় এবং কখন – সাংবাদিকতার সবচে বড় তিনটি প্রশ্নের উত্তর অনলাইনে ঘেঁটে কীভাবে বেচর করবেন, তারই কিছু টুল ও পরামর্শ থাকবে হেঙ্ক ভ্যান এসের এই লেখায়।