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Columnists Get Tips on 'Mouse Pad' Research

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Columnists Get Tips on 'Mouse Pad' Research

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Speakers offered tips on computer research and "shoe-leather" reporting Saturday at the National Society of Newspaper Columnists conference.

Jenice Armstrong, who writes about pop culture and other topics for the Philadelphia Daily News, said she frequently uses PR Newswire's ProfNet service when she needs people to interview on an hour or two's notice.

"You'll find people you never would have dreamed of calling," she said. "Authors who have written books on an obscure subject, doctors, and everyday people. It's the best resource I've ever had in journalism."

Armstrong added that "it's best to talk to people face to face, but there isn't always time to do that."

Former Daily News reporter Nicki Egan -- now a People magazine staffer who often writes crime stories -- said she finds the AutoTrack online service very helpful in finding the contact info of crime victims, witnesses to crimes, and others she's trying to interview. …

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