Finding Information on the Internet
Nowadays, reporters are getting more and more of their information and facts used in stories from the Internet. But is everything on the World Wide Web credible? No, and that is why business journalists conducting research online should be wary of what they are finding.
The Internet has drastically changed how reporters and editors do their jobs in every area of journalism. It used to be that reporters or editors would have to go to the courthouse to find a lawsuit or criminal record, or they would have to send a check to some out-of-town federal agency and wait two weeks for a document to show up in the mail.
The Internet has made it possible for journalists to get much of the information they need to report a story just by clicking on a few favorites on their desktop— without leaving their desk in the newsroom. But, according to the Public Record Research System, only about 20% of public records are available on the Internet. The others are still maintained on paper stored in millions of file cabinets and drawers, unable to be perused with some keyboard clicks.