Monday, December 08, 2003

Thursday, December 04, 2003

There are dictionaries and glossaries for hundreds of subjects on the web. For example, check out this Christmas Dictionary.

Glossarist is a searchable directory of glossaries and topical dictionaries.

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

From the News Coach List Serv:

Newspaper Training Editors Guide: 'Collected wisdom of the sages';Traning Editors present their favorite exercises & ideas. And links to other Freedom Forum publications.

Monday, November 10, 2003

Do you know that you can do a Full-Text search from 120,000 Book Titles at Amazon?
This new service is called "Search Inside the Book" and allows you to search the full-text, over 33 million pages from over 120,000 titles. Of course, Amazon's primary motivation for offering this service is to sell books, but you can take advantage of the service for your own research purposes. Here is a link to their FAQs for this Search Inside the Book feature.

Friday, November 07, 2003

This is an interesting article from Discover Magazine's Emerging Technology section: How the Web Edits News by Steven Johnson. I'd like to hear your thoughts on this one.

Friday, October 31, 2003


Directly from the News Coach List Serv:Three handouts on note-taking:

"Take Note of This" by Michelle Hiskey and Maria Saporta of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution"

A workshop handout from Steve Buttry, the writing coach at Omaha World-Herald, "Scribbling with Purpose"

Don Fry's "Taking Great Notes for Great Stories"

Thursday, October 30, 2003

More on Blogs:
Blogdex is a research project of the MIT Media Laboratory. It crawls all of the weblogs in its database everytime they are updated.

Ring Surf . This net ring helps you to find sites with related subjects.

Blogrunner is a portal for blog content. It has an index and entries are grouped together according to topics and news stories.

Google also has a searchable weblog directory

Technorati is another blog searcher that also allows you to trace who's linked to a particular blog. In addition, Techorati tracks the number of blogs linked to a blog.

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

New Book in the Library: MAKING DOUGH: THE 12 SECRET INGREDIENTS OF KRISPY KREME'S SWEET SUCCESS by Amy Joyner and Kirk Kazanjian

Monday, October 27, 2003

ELECTION 2004: The Duke University Office of News & Communications has compiled a list of Duke experts on issues related to the 2004 election. They fall into five categories, including Presidential Race and Domestic Politics; Foreign Policy;National Security and Terrorism;Economic Issues; and Domestic and Social Issues.

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

BOOKFAIR: Planning to buy books or magazines this weekend? Shopping for the holidays? You can benefit public libraries at the same time! In a unique partnership with the State Library of North Carolina and the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association, Barnes & Noble Booksellers will hold voucher bookfairs in their North Carolina stores Friday and Saturday, October 24th-25th to benefit all North Carolina Public Libraries. More than $7,000.00 was generated from the bookfairs in 2002. Funds raised by these bookfairs help public libraries purchase new books and continue to offer the full range of their educational and community outreach programs. Vouchers must be presented at the time of purchase on Friday or Saturday, October 24th and 25th for a percentage of the sale to benefit the libraries. Stop by the News Library to get a copy of the voucher to take with you, or email me ( and I will email the voucher to you.

Monday, October 20, 2003

Blog Lovers Unite! BLOGWISE is a directory of blogs from around the world. 532 Blogs from Canada, 702 from the UK, 261 from Spain, etc. There are 817 News Blogs, 1031 Political Blogs, 455 Humor Blogs. Click on a subject or search by keyword.

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Google is clearly the best general-purpose search engine on the Web. But most people don't use it to its best advantage. Do you just plug in a keyword or two and hope for the best? That may be the quickest way to search, but with more than 3 billion pages in Google's index, it's still a struggle to pare results to a manageable number. Check out this tutorial: 20 Ways to get more from Google

Monday, October 13, 2003

New book in the library: Computer-Assisted Research, a Guide to Tapping Online Information by Nora M. Paul

Friday, October 10, 2003

For those who remember Cole Campbell, New York University has an excellent interview with him on its Web site.

Thursday, October 09, 2003

I haven't played with this yet (no time with DTI and all), but should you have a few minutes tell me what you think about

From their Web site:
"Simulation meets political cartoons.

We are a team of independent game developers who believe video games are not simply an amusement.

Games and simulations can also make us think about what is going on in this world.

Periodically, we will use games and simulations to analyze, debate, comment and editorialize major international news.

Come and join us.

Play with fire."
A disgruntled Philadelphia Phillies fan was arrested and charged with hacking into computers and sending thousands of spam e-mails to sports reporters. See CNET for details.

Monday, October 06, 2003

Virginian Pilot Ethics Policy: One of the few public newspaper policies with online-specific components.
Weblogs and Journalism: In-depth report: There is a link to the full report and other links to other related headlines

Friday, October 03, 2003


Wednesday, October 01, 2003

FREE Online Network Utilities Click on the Email Dossier to validate and investigate email addresses. The Domain Dossier investigates domains and IP addresses
Report from the recent Emerging Technologies Conference: Re-imagining the Future
A world in which a global computer system provides helpful advice, medicines are tailored to individual patients, and people zip around in hydrogen-powered cars is possible with enough effort and investment, a group of speakers told the audience at Technology Review’s Emerging Technologies Conference. Leaders of technology industries spoke not just of individual inventions, but of a reimagining an entire field.
Read the article

Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Monday, September 29, 2003


"Google has released an experiment on Google Labs called Google Search by Location, which is designed to enable users to find information by geographic location. Someone searching for a sushi restaurant in a specific neighborhood, for example, can search for the word [sushi] and by entering a zip code or the name of their desired location, will be shown results for local sushi restaurants. Results are accompanied by a map highlighting the locations of top results. Clicking on highlighted locations connects users to the local Web page."
Just Arrived in the Library:
The Business Journal: FAST 50 2003: The Triad's 50 fastest-growing private companies

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

FACTS FOR FEATURES: The US Census Bureau just released a fact sheet on the Telecommunications Industry and Telephones in the US -
"Dialing for Dollars"
A grass-roots group of leading computer scientists, backed by Intel and other heavyweight industrial sponsors, is working on replacing today’s Internet with a faster, more secure, and vastly smarter network: PlanetLab. Read the article.

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

ACES - American Copy Editors Society's web site features a discussion board, references, resources, quizzes and much more.

Monday, September 22, 2003

Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 - October 15, 2003
Hispanics--United States--Statistics
Source: U.S. Census
Fact Sheet About Hispanics in the U.S.

Campaign Disclosure--United States
Source: California Voter Foundation, the Center for Governmental Studies and
the UCLA School of Law
New Full-Text Report, Grading State Disclosure: North Carolina's Grade: C- and Overall Rank:17

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Sharing What You Know
Steve Buttry compiled this excellent handout on how to train fellow journalists:
Share what you know

Wednesday, September 10, 2003


For determining telephone carrier for a known phone numer or the carrier for an area code:

Phone Number Analysis at the top of the page is free.
Use the format 1 XXX XXXXXXX for US numbers.
It should give you the area and carrier.

Use the The Wayback Machine to browse through 30 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago.

The 2003 Edition of the CIA World Factbook is Now Online

Projections of Education Statistics to 2012

Annual Report Gallery is an up-to-date listing of annual reports and related financial reports for publicly traded companies.

MSN Money U.S. investment portal site (microsoft - don't shoot) is very useful. Note the links for the following services in the left column

* Snapshot (Overview, licensed content from Hoover's)
* Key Developments (very useful!!!!!!!)
* Insider Trading (Material licensed from Thomson)
* Ownership Data (Licensed from ComputerShare)
* SEC Filings (Note Availability in PDF, and Word Formats

Multex Investor (now part of Reuters) offers company snapshots for free.
About 75-100 words. You'll need to register, free.

Tuesday, April 01, 2003

War sources from High Point University.

Frederick Schneid
Associate Professor of History
Expertise: Holds a Ph.D. in history with a specialty in military history. He
is also Regional Director for the Society for Military History, an academic
and professional organization which promotes the study of military history.
Campus phone: 841-9238

Larry Simpson
Associate Professor of History
Expertise: Middle East (particularly Israel) and American Foreign Policy
Campus phone: 841-4533

David Little
Director of Computer and Management Information Systems
Expertise: West Point Graduate, Served in the 82nd Airborne Division as an
air defense artillery officer and logistician. Attended schools on NBC (aka
WMD), warfare, air assault school.
Campus phone: 841-4576

James Corey
Assistant Professor of History and Political Science
Expertise: Has experience in the military (served 25 years in the U.S. Navy)
and foreign policy experience by working 10 1/2 years in U.S. embassies and
also on the Navy general staff in Washington, D.C.
Campus phone: 841-4583