Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Article excerpt

* Six Degrees of Search Engines: Where would foreign correspondents be without the Internet - and friends? Staff writer Peter Ford wonders. Seeking an Olympic historian to give him some perspective on the political rows brewing over the Beijing Olympics, Peter went online, searched the words "Olympic historian," and found a likely looking source, David Wallechensky. "He is vice president of the International Society of Olympic Historians and a consultant for NBC, which meant he would be accustomed to questions from ignorant journalists," Peter says. Peter then searched "David Wallechensky" and found his British publishers, Canongate. That was a stroke of luck, Peter says. "My best friend owns and works in the building that houses Canongate in Edinburgh, and knows everyone who works there. I called him, told him what I was looking for, and waited while he walked downstairs to consult someone. He called back 10 minutes later with Wallechensky's phone number in California and his e-mail address. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.