Helpful research tools and tips

It’s easier to build trust and motivate people when you can marshal and provide the right facts; that is, information that strengthens rather than distorts public decision making.  

Sometimes, however, it’s difficult to figure out just where to find that information.  That’s when something like the  Journalist’s Toolbox comes in handy, as we’re reminded by Poynter Online.

Found at the Society for Professional Journalists, the Toolbox provides an extensive collection of links to search tools, election coverage, First Amendment issues, jobs, education resources (high school and college), Investigative Reporters and Editors and other data/statistics sites, and links to topical issues (terrorism, floods, etc.).

The Journalist’s Toolbox is available at journaliststoolbox.org) or from SPJ’s home page. Its list of categories displays the number of posts per category, and allows you to link directly to a particular topic, so you can bypass the front page if desired.

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