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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inequality.org 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.
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.
If you cannot find the newspaper archive you are looking for on JNet’s pages listed above, try these search tools:
The best specialized tool
Archive.org`s Wayback machine Its advanced search allows you to search for any web site and see — if they have it stored — what it looked like years ago. making it possible to surf more than 10 billion pages stored in the Internet Archive. You can find years-old versions of web pages — it’s hit or miss, but still always useful to see what some official site was saying before or after a key event.
Looking for a media job or need to hire a freelancer. Many of these sites below allow you to post CVs or hunt for freelancers. To find stringers and other freelancers, check out as well JNet’s listing of Journalism Mailing Lists.