Archive November 2, 2020

Business: Radio and TV

Business: Radio and TV

Find Business TV, radio:

RealPlayer’s List of Business News
Listen to the News List


Bloomberg Radio Home Page
Bloomberg Radio- Live News     Click here if you have RealPlayer installed
Bloomberg Morning Radio
Bloomberg TV
Bloomberg TV Eyes  Put in any word and Bloomberg will email you any time that word is spoken on Bloomberg Television. An efficient and free way to track business stories.  (You can also search past transcripts.) The service is run by TVEyes, which allows you to monitor other newscasts as well.


World Business report
World Business review – 10 minutes
Global Business

Business: Radio and TV


Watch CNNfn     Must have MediaPlayer (not RealPlayer)
Moneyline      Including archives


Report on Business TV

Newsworld – Canadian investor
Newsworld – Money Show

Find People

Find People


How to Find Someone

Before you start to find someone on the Internet, where is the best place to hunt?  Want to know if they have accounts on adult dating sites like craigslist?, or banging strange men on Tinder? He or she could be an expert in their field, and could be active participants in discussion groups and mailing lists. What kind of contact information are you trying to find? When you begin to find people, you can often find contact information such as phone number, email address, and website address.

As a journalist, it can sometimes be difficult to track down contact information of people you need to find. Our Journalism Net pages provide excellent quality, up-to-date resources on how to find people, get in contact with them, and locate the resources you need to complete your journalism report.

Finding People

Find PeopleThe Internet has multiple tools that you can use to find people. Search for people through search engines, reunion sites, genealogy sites, mailing lists, and more. If the person in question is an expert in his or her field, it is possible that they are active participants in related discussion groups and forums. Knowing what, where and how to search will help you with finding the people you need to contact.

Find People:

Find experts:

Find People

How to Find People

After you find the person you are looking for, you need to know how to find their contact information. There are various tools on the web that you can utilize to contact someone, including phone number searches and email and web address searches. If you have contact information and need to find out who it belongs to, you can trace that information using a reverse phone book and reverse phone lookup, or a reverse email search or ISP tracer. There are also various domain tools that will allow you to find out who owns a web page.

Find phone numbers:

Finding email,web addresses:

Search for People

As an investigative journalist, you probably want to search for more information on people, and perhaps even ‘spy’ on them. Journalism Net contains multiple resources on how to be a private eye, as well as how to search for people in personal databases across the US, Canada, the UK and Australia.

Spying on people:

Personal databases:



1. Search World News from Google

To search the news all around the world on Google click here.

2. Search BBC

Search the BBC news site for world news.

3. Master the Search Tricks of Google

4. Find More News with these Special Tools


5. Search Through JNET’s Specialized Web Search Pages

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 Find Media:

 Search Europe:

 Find People:

 Story Beats:



6. Keep Up to Date with JNET’s Hot Pick of the Week


UK Phone Books & Phone Number Lookups

UK Phone Books & Phone Number Lookups

Residential numbers:


  • BT Phone directory The most complete, with good wildcard search options. Use an * asterisk to leave a name or city incomplete: i.e: James Smit* or Cambr*

  •   One of the best resources to find someone in the UK.  You have to register(for free) Some services are available only for a fee.
  • 192 People Finder Using this page you can search over 200 million records from the 2002 to 2007 Electoral Rolls, 13 million people in the Directory Enquiries database, 3 million Director reports and over 300 million Birth, Marriage & Death records from 1837 onwards.
  • 192 Electoral Roll  Current and historical Electoral Rolls from 2002 onwards
  • 192 Directory Enquiries Free records, updated daily. Residential & business numbers.
  • Advanced People Search Find people by family members names or other co-habitees that live at the same address. Allows you to specify any type of location details or no address at all
  • Family Records Searches all UK Birth, Marriage & Death records from 1837 to 2004 plus 1861 census information
  • 192 Aerial PhotosStreet maps with every UK street labelled and the highest quality aerial photos

UK Phone Books & Phone Number Lookups


  • Infobel UK    Good search tool, easy to use results, plus a map
  • InfoSpace’s UK listing        Good interface, results not always reliable
  • Scoot    Register, then it’s free

Business numbers:

  • EYB Yellow Pages  Official BT site. Excellent way to search by name, location or industry
  • Scoot        Cuter than EYB and gives you
  • Infospace Business Finder        Includes search by name and category
  • Ask Alex         Promises 1.8 million businesses. By name, not location
  • InBusiness         Search 2.2 million companies

UK Reverse Lookup Providers

An Introduction to Criminal Records

An Introduction to Criminal Records

Individual safety is a fundamental right of the citizens of this country. Companies are not allowed to put harmful chemicals in foods. Public schools ban guns. Pharmaceutical companies need to go through rigorous testing before putting their medicines on the market; these are all designed to ensure that you don’t have to constantly worry about your own safety, and can trust in the people and businesses around you.

Criminal records have become an important part of keeping you safe. These records are used in things like background checks for employers and lending agencies, as well as accessed through public records in order to ensure that an individual in your life is safe and trustworthy.

History of Criminal Records

Criminal records are a type of public record, and public records have been a part of civilized culture for thousands of years. In the United States, the Freedom of Information Act, signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966, was the first major legislation regarding release of government collected information. This was followed up by the Privacy Act of1974, which made it acceptable for individually identifiable information to be released provided it did not breach the privacy of the individual.

It is within these laws that the public gained greater access to things like criminal histories, in the form of publicly accessible criminal records. The Freedom of Information, however, was originally only applicable to the federal government, rather than at a state or city level. So from there, each individual state began to submit their own public records laws, which limit (or in some cases expand) the amount of information included in criminal records, including whether or not any of these records can be sealed or hidden for any reason. Most criminal histories are subjected to state law, rather than federal law, so what will or will not be released as public record is subjected to the current state law.

1996 was the first year that criminal records became available in electronic form. Since then, most state governments have placed all available criminal history information online.

Who Compiles These Criminal Histories?

Criminal records are compiled by every law enforcement agency on a local, state, and federal level. Any and all criminal histories are made accessible to public record, with the exception of most juvenile histories (youth that are not convicted of a crime as adults). There are special cases where a piece of information may be excluded from public record, but in general these criminal records will contain all information related to criminal histories.

What Information is Included in Criminal Records?

Criminal records contain several different types of information. Most states include any and all information about past convictions (excluding juvenile criminal histories). Most states also include relevant information that isn’t protected under state privacy law, including the results of the criminal investigation, some trial information, etc. Transcripts of the trial are often made public as well.

An Introduction to Criminal Records

What is Excluded From Public Record?

Although most information regarding criminal records is released, there are still several types of information that are excluded or exempted from criminal records.

One example is information regarding ongoing investigations. State and local governments have decided that it is important to hide ongoing investigation records in order to allow law enforcement to do their jobs effectively. The concern is that possible suspects may hide or alter evidence if they find that it links them to the crime. Other information that may not be included in criminal records includes:

  • General Exclusions – Some states will not release information on individuals with expunged records, or those that may be convicted of minor crimes that are not considered a matter of public record.
  • Possibly Biases – Any information that may prevent someone from receiving a fair trial may also be excluded from public record, as the right to a fair trial is considered paramount over the release of that information.
  • Sources – Confidential sources and those in a witness protection program may have their information excluded from public records, as could any information that may result in a direct threat to the safety of an individual.
  • Acquittals, etc. – Although not every state hides criminal records on acquittals, many states choose to keep information private about individuals that have not been convicted of a crime. Acquittals and suspects that were never charged may not be released in criminal records.
  • State Exclusions/Exemptions/Record Sealing – Finally, some states create their own rules regarding exemptions and exclusions for certain types of criminals. Many states also have a record sealing process that some criminals may go through to keep their information hidden, although justifying a sealed record is difficult and often denied.

Criminal records contain a considerable amount of information on the criminal history of any given individual, but there are some pieces of data that may be excluded, either for the privacy of the criminal (especially when the crime is expunged or acquitted), when they may jeopardize the safety or success of an investigation, or when the individual is successful in getting his or her records sealed.

Note: Sometimes the criminal records of recent criminal cases may not be available online in states that are not prompt with releasing their public documents. The information from these states may be accessed through the public records holder in the local or state office.

What Are Criminal Records Used For?

Criminal records have a lot of value to individuals and businesses. Not only are they designed to help protect the safety of an individual, but they are often used as a barometer for trustworthiness:

  • Applicant Background ChecksThe most common usage of criminal histories is for background checks. When you apply for a new job – especially if that job consists of handling money or dealing with confidential and/or personal information, often the company will want to do a background check in order to ensure that you are someone they can trust in such a sensitive role. Many companies perform background checks on applicants as part of the application process.
  • Lending Agency Background ChecksLending agencies may also perform a background check on your criminal history before they offer you a loan. Most lending agencies want to ensure that you can be trusted to pay back the loan, and your criminal history will often give them insight into the type of borrower you will be and whether or not you can be trusted with a large sum of money. Both business and lending agency background checks may still hire or lend to someone that shows up with a criminal record depending on the crime, but these records give both of these types of companies the opportunity to learn more about the candidate.
  • Public Safety/Information QueriesFinally, another common use for criminal records is by individuals that use the records to find out more about someone in their life. It’s not uncommon to find people that are curious about the past of a friend or potential romantic partner, so these individuals look to criminal records as their way of finding out more about the person they are spending a lot of time with.

    Criminal histories may be used for many other purposes as well. News agencies may use them in reports on crimes or candidates for government office, and sometimes people may even use them to find out what happened to an old acquaintance or family member. Because they are a part of public record, there are no restrictions or limitations on the usage of these records, and many businesses and individuals find them to be an interesting and unique source of information.

How Do You Gain Access to Criminal Records?

In the past it used to be a little more difficult to access criminal records. You would need to find the local, state, or federal agency in charge of keeping track of these record and request them with various record forms.

These days it has become much easier. Finding these agencies has been made more convenient through the use of online people search programs. When the criminal records have been made publicly available, individuals interested in gaining access need to only perform a simple search and can find a considerable amount of information readily available. When the documents you need are not included in the online search, some sites offer faster methods of contacting the state and local governments in order to obtain them more quickly.

Can Anyone Access These Records?

Criminal histories are considered a matter of public record, so in almost every state, every individual is allowed access to them for any reason. There are a few states that limit access to those with certain criminal histories, but in general a business or individual can get access to any government record they need, when they need it.

An Introduction to Criminal Records

Criminal Records are An Important Part of a Free Society

Both individuals and businesses have the right to keep themselves safe at all times. Criminal records are one of the ways that that right gets put into use – allowing those that need to learn about the criminal past of an individual to gain easy access. When you need to find out about the criminal history of an applicant, potential partner, or simply someone in your life you are curious about, these public records provide a safe, effective way to access that information.

US Criminal Databases

Criminal files have always been a matter of public record, but the sheer work and time involved in researching the right records at the appropriate agency usually leaves one empty handed. However, that has all changed with the advent of electronic record keeping. Today, criminal records are as close as your home office, becoming almost immediately accessible with the help of the internet and the right search tools. This availability can help you gain access to information about potential babysitters, employees and even neighbors with a simple click of the mouse.

There are many criminal record databases available online today, but not all will provide complete or even accurate information. It is helpful to know the fundamentals about what criminal records include and how they are compiled to know whether the information you find is correct. Even with the occasional errors in the system, most people would prefer the easy, instant access of electronic records to the long, arduous process of obtaining information from government departments. This new method allows you to check any individual’s past with only a first and last name to lead the way.

Use these databases to find criminal records or to locate someone:

Criminal Records Search Tools

When beginning your criminal record search, it’s difficult to know where to start. Using our people search tools below, you can search through free crime and criminal databases, as well as free tips and advice on finding and obtaining US criminal records.

Free tips and advice:

  • Virtual Chase’s Guide to US criminal records.
  • Guide to searching criminal records Good article on the pitfalls and problems
  • Criminal record news Latest news on companies offering criminal searches

Free databases:

Criminal Record Websites and Resources

Search for US criminal records using some of the top criminal record websites available. Many of these crime database websites are free, while others incur a small cost. Regardless, all of the crime websites listed below are excellent resources that can help you with your criminal record search.

The best:

  • KnowX
  • access to local, state, regional and national criminal records

  • Autotrack


  • Corra Group background checks: While they primarily offer background checks to help screening potential mates for online dating singles, these background checks could be used by anyone with a permissable purpose.
  • Casebreakers Private eye site offers inexpensive criminal searches

Sex Offenders Criminal Records

Search by state or nationwide for sex offenders in your area. Sex offender registries are available on a national and state level, and prison and fugitive databases provide information on US wanted lists and incarcerated offenders. US criminal statistics also act as a valuable resource when searching for criminal records.


  • Sex
  • APB’s Sex Offender registry

By State:

  • Georgia Sex Offenders Database    Search by name, zip code or city Illinois
  • Connecticut
  • Michigan Sex Offenders

Prison, fugitive databases

News agencies

News agencies

News agencies

News agencies

Canada Criminal Databases

Canada Criminal Databases

Nationwide Judicial databases:

  • Canlii Search Canada-wide databases or by province. The best place to start.
  • Check out their advanced search feature which allows you to search the courts you want in the provinces you want
  • Canlii en français avec un moteur de recherche avancée

By province (east to west):

Nova Scotia:

  • Nova Scotia Court of Appeal
  • Supreme Court of Nova Scotia
  • Supreme Court of Nova Scotia – Family
  • Provincial Court of Nova Scotia

New Brunswick:

  • Court of Appeal of New Brunswick
  • Court of Queen’s Bench
  • Provincial Court
  • All NB courts


  • Tous les tribunaux
  • Cour du Banc de la Reine
  • Cour d’appel
  • Cour Provinciale


3 ways to search/Trois façons pour faire la recherche:

1. Sites officiels:

L’avantage – c’est gratuit.
Le désavantage — on peut chercher seulement par date et non par nom ou mot clef.

  • Tribunaux du Québec Des jugements pour les tribinaux suivants:
  • Cour d’appel
  • Cour supérieure
  • Cour du Québec
  • Tribunal du travail
  • Tribunal des professions
  • Tribunal des droits de la personne
  • Comité de déontologie policière
  • Commission des lésions professionnelles (CLP)
  • Commission municipale du Québec (CMQ)
  • Commission de protection du territoire agricole du Québec (CPTAQ)
  • Commission de reconnaissance des associations d’artistes et des associations
  • de producteurs (CRAAAP)
  • Tribunal administratif du Québec (TAQ)
  • Tribunal d’arbitrage [artistes] (TAA)

Canada Criminal Databases

2. Soquij:

L’avantage – les dossiers les plus complets, y compris les dossiers crimminels.
Le désavantage — ce n’est pas gratuit.

3. ICIJ Quebec:

En français:

Avantage: Gratuit et on peut faire la recherche à travers plusieurs tribunaux en même temps

  • Tous les tribunaux du Québec ensemble
  • Tous les tribunaux du Canada

    Ou par tribunal:

  • Cour d’appel
  • Cour supérieure
  • Cour du Québec
  • Tribunal des droits de la personne

Advantage: You can search several courts at once; and it’s free

En anglais:

  • Search all Quebec courts
  • Search Quebec Court of Appeal
  • Search Superior Court
  • Seach Court of Quebec
  • Search Human Rights Tribunal



  • Saskatchewan Law Society Full text of Court of Appeal and other court decisions going back to 1994


British Columbia:

Official court sites:

Via Canlii: [Fastest, most efficient way]

  • All BC courts
  • Search Supreme Court and Court of Appeal Search them together
  • Search only Supreme Court From 1995 on
  • Search only Court of Appeal From 1996 on

Canada Criminal Databases


Two ways of searching:

1. Search via Canlii/IICJ

  • Canlii listing of Ontario courts (Search two courts at once – Appeal and Superior)
  • IICJ – Tribunaux Ontario en français

2. Or go directly to each court website:

See also main Ontario court page: (for other informnation)

Other legal links

Instructions on using the Manitoba court page
(provided by CBC’s Melanie Verhaeghe )

1) On the first screen, click on court registry.
2) On the second screen, on the left hand side, click on Name Search (assuming you don’t know file numbers and are searching to see if the company or person you are researching has any lawsuits on-going).
Also, this page will tell you what court records are available.
3) On third screen, enter company name or person’s last name in the Surname/company space. In Given name slot, use the person’s full name but I would suggest you also search using the person’s first name initial only. Sometimes names are spelled wrong, or off by a few letters. Also, if nothing comes up, try different spellings of the last name (humans enter the names, so mistakes happen)..
Also, some codes you’ll see on the pages:
QB – Queen’s Bench
CR – criminal
CI – civil
SC – Small claim
FD – family division
File numbers will look like this: CI-00-01-18547
The CI – means civil lawsuit, 00 – means the year ie. 2000, the 01 and the 18547 are locators for the file clerks.
4) Under the search results page: you will get a list of results, the file numbers are on the left hand side. And they should appear in highlighted green. Click on the file number. Unfortunately, the file contents (reasons for the lawsuit) are not on-line, but at least it will tell you who is suing who. And it will most often tell you who the lawyers are (and if they’re highlighted green) then you can click on it, and get the phone number and address of the lawyer. DE- means defendant, PL – plaintiff.

– For full file details, the lawyers will often provide that for you, or you have to go to the court house with the file number and ask to see it on the main level of the York Avenue court in Winnipeg. They are all public info.. You can read them, photocopy them, but you can’t leave the building with them.

Alternate News Sources

Alternate News Sources

Mainstream media miss many stories.  A good journalist has to look beyond the standard sources and political views to find the unexpected, the critical, the  controversial.

See also:

The best alternative news:



Other business monitors:

  • Global Witness Nobel Peace Prize-nominated group has in depth dossiers on everything from corruption in the oil business to blood diamonds. You can download the files or hunt through their press releases
  • The Corporate Library Extensive site devoted to international corporate governance. The free services include news briefs. You can also do excellent company research on not just biographies of CEOs and board members, but also their salary, perks and sometimes even a copy of their contracts.
  • See also JNet’s Business Criticism

Global News:

  • InterPressService
  • UN Wire
  • ReliefWeb  Consolidated web site of the international humanitarian community
  • Alternet      Alternate News Wire service, including Story leads

Alternate News Sources


  • – Themes, by country
  • Oneworld,net – News Today


  • EcoNet            Environment news and links
  • Red Cross Alertnet
  • Alternative Press Center Over 350 resources
  •  Excellent resource page for Information, ideas, linkages and dialogue on communication, development and change.
  • Lycos List of Alternative Media
  • Globalinfo News from Africa, Asia, Latin America and other developing regions prepared by journalists from those regions on a wide range of topics including the environment, trade, conflict, industry, human rights, gender, arts and culture.  Free for two weeks, then for a modest price.
  •  LaborStart A well-organized site for the latest in labour and trade union news. While aimed at labour activists, it’s a handy tool for journalists. You can search for news by country and there are extensive archives.


  • Alternate News SourcesFAIR 
  • A daily weblog by author Tom Engelhardt
  • Boulevard    Links to many US print alternatives
  •   Delightful treasure chest of startling information on income inequalities.  Includes a  news section , a list of experts and a quote gallery (“To turn $100 in $110 is work. To turn $100 million into $110 million is inevitable” from Edgar Bronfman). Produced by a network of journalists and founded by James Lardner, a writer for US News and World Report.
  • Third world traveler  Alternative view of US politics, media, trade issues.



  • UK librarians – BUBL   UK academic site with wide selection by topic or country
  • Behind the headlines  A UK academic site that provides good resources and web pages for top stories in the news. Operated by the  Resource Discovery Network,  The RDN’s 30,000 resources are selected, catalogued and described by subject and information professionals drawn from over 60 UK education institutions.





  • OneWorld.Net


  • Diplomatie Judiciare