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Global Reporting Tools

Global Reporting Tools

Vizala
Easily find financial data on countries.
The Base Trip
All the information you need while traveling including visa requirements, currency, electricity, communication info and more.
Reported.ly
From First Look Media, global news delivered entirely through social media.
News-Decoder
Site helps young readers make sense of global news.
BBC News Timeliner
Dig into British history.
Wired: Guide to Arab World Protests Online
Al Jazeera: Live Feed
Coverage of the uprising in Egypt.
Council on Foreign Relations
Email Hunter
Searches for emails on a specific domain, such as suntimes.com, etc.
The Base Trip
All the information you need while traveling including visa requirements, currency, electricity, communication info and more.
Muckrack: Guide for Journalists Covering Protests
Hoover Institution
Think tank at Stanford University includes a library, op-eds, news, publications and other resources on public policy.
EmbassyWorld.com
A directory for embassies around the world.
Everybody In: A Journalist’s Guide To Inclusive Reporting For Journalism Students
A “thought-provoking and practical guide to help you make sure your reporting includes your whole audience. With introductions by respected journalists setting out their personal experiences of difference – from race, gender and class to sexuality, age and regionalism.” An e-book that charges you.
EmbassyWorld Maps
Claims to have online maps for every country.
Foreign Policy
Global magazine of economics, politics and ideas.
IJnet: Online Resources for Business Journalists Covering Asia
GlobalJournalist.org
Global Journalist Security
Provide safety training for journalists, citizen journalists, human rights activists and NGO workers.
CIA: The World Factbook
BBC Country Profiles
World Politics Review
Site claims it “covers foreign policy and affairs with a contextual analysis around those key trends and events. WPR is nonpartisan, nonideological with articles covering diplomacy, military affairs, energy, economics and other subjects that make geopolitics tick.”
Verification Junkie
This tool from Josh Stearns centralizes several social media verification tools in one place. Great for reporting and fact-checking international stories on deadline.
NPR Source of the Week Directory
Live News Feeds from Around the World
A list of links to live video and audio feeds covering news around the world.
Population Reference Bureau
World health, environment, population and other issues.
Google Crisis Map
Defaults to the most recent crisis.
StoryBench: A Digital Toolbox for Bringing Home the Perfect Interview
Some good recording and transcribing tools.
Lived Experience of the African Journalists During the 2014 Ebola Crisis (Research Report)
Emergency Journalism
Tools for better, accurate reporting.
Google Translate
Enter a block of text and it will translate to the language of your choice.
IJNet.org
The International Journalists’ Network site is rich with resources, including a blog, videos and job listings.
Center for International Media Ethics
Chicago-based organization has a goal supporting journalists in “maintaining high ethical standards that contribute to the media’s consolidation as a fourth power in their country’s governance.”
International Social Media Guidelines for Journalists
Great resource compiled by Kelly Fincham at Hofstra.
UN.org
Has reports with individual country statistics on many topics.
Docs Online Viewer
Chrome plug-in that lets you view and document right in your browser.
Save My News
Built by Ben Welsh of the LA Times, you can save your online content with this desktop app through the Internet Archive (Wayback Machine).
Poynter: Starter Storytelling Tools for New Journalists
NationMaster.com
Has reports with individual country statistics on many topics.
Economist’s Country Briefings
Your-Nation.com
2016 #EURef Data Hub
Shows what’s driving the Twitter discussion throughout the campaign, answering that important question: How is it changing over time?
Global Investigative Journalism Network: Resources
Defense Handbook for Journalists and Bloggers on Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Information Principles in International Law
TradeStats
See what each state exports and where they are shipping. Who is trading with Iraq.
TheMajlis.org
A clearinghouse for “unbiased Middle East news, analysis and commentary in an age when traditional journalism is shrinking and Americans are missing out on news from the region.” Discuss current events in the Middle East, delivered in a frank and non-partisan fashion.
FreedomInfo.org
News updates on international freedom of information news and the Open Government Partnership. Research resources on national laws and groups. A blog roll identifies sites providing FOI news in many countries.
International Center for Journalists
Many free resources, guidebooks, news and tips.
Asian-Nation
Concisely but comprehensively combines interactive content, in-depth research, statistics, and a casual style — like an online version of Asian Americans 101.
Pew Global Attitudes Project
Public opinion surveys from around the world.
CountryReports.org
Stats and facts on countries. More than 26,000 pages.
A Data Journalism Expert’s Personal Toolkit
25 Cool Apps for Digital Nomads
Canada National Archive
Teleport: Coordinate Your Remote Teams
Great for editors on foreign desks to track where correspondents are.
Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)
A non-profit network of investigative journalism centers in Europe and Eurasia.
OCCRP: Investigative Dashboard Research
Search across data and documents from previous investigations, official sources, and scraped databases. From the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, non-profit network of investigative journalism centers in Europe and Eurasia.
PBS Frontline: Private Companies That Make America’s War in Iraq Run
Pakistan Way
A Pakistan portal and lifestyle page.
Safety Tips for Journalists in Dangerous Situations
From the Committee for Media Freedom and Responsibility.
FirstDraft News Reporting Tools
Social newsgathering, verification, law/ethics. A great collection of resources.
ForeignPolicy.com: Worldwide Links
Users have instant access to the best the Web has to offer on global affairs, governments, think tanks, libraries and multilateral institutions.
Foreign Agents Registration Act Database
People or organizations who lobby or perform other services (such as public for foreign interests must register with the Department of Justice. Check out this recent list, organized by country.
Medium: Dressed for Excess: Gear for Covering Riots, Protests, Etc.
Currency Converter
MDTravelHealth
List of clinics, global diseases, inoculations, helpful links.
The Globalist
Articles, facts and book quotes of the day are browsable by countries and regions, and by globalization topics such as children, development, markets, religion, technology, etc.
Breaking News Online
Breaking Tweets
Global news delivered Twitter-style.
International Press Institute
InfoMex
Info on immigration and records from Mexico.
Fundar
More public records from Mexico.
Mexico Federal Public Records
More public records from Mexico.
ICFJ: How to Understand FOI Laws in Your Country
BBC: Iran Government and How It Works
Spiritual magazine for people in their 20s and 30s.
BBC: Middle East
A helpful structural chart.
World Tourism News
A helpful structural chart.
Digital Library of the Caribbean
Center for Public Integrity: The Data Mine
An online series that will highlight inaccessible or poorly presented information from the federal government.
BBC Country Profiles
Guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories. Lists key institutions and contacts. Great place to start when researching the basics of a country.
American University: Center for Social Media
Not social media as in twitter, but social issues covered in media. Founded in 2001, the center “showcases and analyzes media for public knowledge and action–media made by, for, and with publics to address the problems that they share. We pay particular attention to the evolution of documentary film and video in a digital era.”
List of Newspapers
Claims to be “the largest directory of newspapers around the
world.” It provides links to more than 25,000 newspapers in 201 countries
and territories.
News Media Coalition
An “international organisation and network focusing on the specific threat to legitimate editorial, press and publishing freedoms from the controls placed on news-gathering and news-distribution practices by the organizers of major news events.”
Sunlight Foundation: Online Foreign Agent Lobbying Database
The Foreign Agent Registration Act requires the Justice Department to maintain detailed reports of lobbying firms hired by foreign governments and by organizations. Just select legislators from a menu and it will show their records, lobbyist ties, etc.
Multimap
Online maps to everywhere.
United Nations Counter-Terrorism Online Handbook
International Affairs Resources
Lists news sites by region.
Institute for War and Peace Reporting Global Links
Links to hundreds of international media and press agencies.
Transparency International
Site says it is run by “global non-governmental organization devoted to combating corruption. Its mission is to create change toward a world free of corruption.”
United Nations Infonation
Database allows you to view and compare the most up-to-date statistical data for the members of the UN.
Society of Editors
British press freedom and editorial standards site.
Time Zone Converter
European Journalism Centre
JournaJobs
Journalism job listings from all over Europe and a few in the U.S.
NY Times: Primer on the Eurozone Crisis
Great FAQ list on how Europe’s economy impacts the U.S.
GRA Research Hotlinks
More than 100 links on global economic, political and business research.
The European Commission
British Parliament resources, including the latest official press releases, photos and live TV coverage of EU affairs, details of forthcoming events, links to the policies administered and implemented by the Commission and direct links to its key information services.
Foreign Policy Blogs
A great bookmark for anyone covering foreign affairs.
AfriGadget
Products invented in Africa.
Timbuktu Chronicles
A blog about business trends in Africa.
Offbeat Guides
Build your own personalized travel guide.
UBS: Switzerland Economic Figures
Aneki.com
Rankings and statistics on hundreds of topics and countries. The cleanest country, the country with the most mobile phones per capita, etc.
THOMAS Federal Legislation on the Terrorist Attacks
A list of all legislation related to the New York and Washington attacks.
StateNewsWire
MyNewsDesk.com
Press release share site that includes a network feature for journalists who want to receive news items exclusively from chosen companies.
Columbia University’s Human Rights Web Site
The Center for the Study of Human Rights, The School of Journalism and the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning at Columbia University launched a new media portal and Web sites for human rights teaching and learning. The portal links human rights-related resources, such as case studies, course Web sites, etc.
Reporting in Indigenous Communities
Storify collection of tools from the IRE national convention seminars.
Great Buildings Collection
Tours, reviews of architecture around the world.
United Nations
Global Beat
A must-bookmark for the global journalist. NYU’s page for journalists covering international beats. The site has everything from an experts database, tip, archives on key issues and a helpful links page.
WriteClick
A one-stop resource for PR reps and tourism professionals researching press trips and searching for travel writers. Created by Australian travel writer Christine Retschlag, the program touts more than 300 travel writers from around the world.
Poynter: 7 Tips for Conducting Better Interviews with Scientists
Written Road
A blog for travel writers. This specific page offers resources for writers.
Committee to Project Journalists: Journalist Security Guide
.PDF guide book to covering news in a dangerous, changing world.
Committee to Protect Journalists
This site offers “comprehensive regional overviews and reports on press freedom conditions in more than 100 countries,” plus case histories of attacks against journalists, information on “dangerous assignments,” and links to other human rights and press freedom sites.
International Press Institute
Another good press freedom site. The site covers conditions journalists face around the world, and also offers information about conferences on related topics.
Council on Foreign Relations
Links, stories, updates, etc. Helps with breaking down complex international issues.
RAND Corporation International Affairs Research
Federally funded documents center has a variety of links, reports and resources on global issues.
ForeignAffairs.org
Council on Foreign Relations publication. Helps with breaking down complex international issues.
Europeana
A collection of cultural collections from European countries. Provides access to four million digital items categorized in broad topics such as Text, Images, Video, and Sound. Text. Searchable in various languages.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
“One of the world’s largest and most reliable sources of comparable statistics and economic and social data.”
TerrorismAnswers.com
A helpful terrorism encyclopedia from the Council on Foreign Relations.
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Research on global safety, cybersecurity, etc.
IRE and NICAR: Jordan Hotel Bombing Resources
Resources on terrorist organizations and attacks, international reporting sources, guidelines on international sources and articles written for The IRE Journal and Uplink about covering international stories and terrorism.
Geobloggers
Google maps and Flikr use a global image map to show updated blogs in various cities.
International Center for Journalists
History of Nations
A handy quick-reference portal but be careful with the information on this homemade site. It?s part of a larger history webring.
UN Programs: Afghanistan Online
Resources for Covering Uprising in Egypt
Several helpful tools and links from Sree Sreenivasan.
Egypt: A Complete Guide to the 2011 Revolution
Curation of dozens of resources.
Infonation
A United Nations site allows you to “view and compare the most up-to-date statistical data for the Member States of the United Nations.”
Library of Congress Country Studies
This site “contains the on-line versions of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Army.”
Global Beat: NYU’s Center for War, Peace and the News Media
Backgrounders for anyone interested in international news.
SearchSystems.net
State-by-state public records and phone book information as well as a good international information section. Search by state or country!
Foreign Policy Magazine
Foreign affairs publication.
ComeBackAlive.com
Provides background for travelers going abroad, focusing on dangerous places.
The European Journalism Centre
An independent, non-profit institute for further training, a forum for journalists, media executives and journalism educators.
Library and Archives Canada: Book History
Five databases that catalogue thousands of publications on the history of print culture in Canada.
WorldInformation.com
Basic facts on each county, along with a visitor’s guide, maps, current news links, and Web resources.
MediaLens.org
A good blog-like site for global news, trends and criticism.
The Economist Country Guides
UK Journalism
UK: MousetrapMedia
UK Journalism Job Search
Full-time, freelancers, etc.
UK Journalism: Recruiting Editorial Staff?
River Bend: Iraq Blog
Search through past stories.
WeaponSurvey.com
A site looking at Palestinian weapons production and smuggling.
WorldStatesmen.org
Though this site is run by a hobbyist, it features complete lists of the heads of state and government for every country and colony in the world over the past 300 years. It also has pocket histories of each country/colony, images of each country and colony’s flags, and in many cases links to constitutions, national anthems, and so on. Also updated fairly regularly. Again, double-check the information you find on this site, but it appears to be very, very helpful.
BBC News Country Profiles
Features include an overview, historical timelines and links to the media from each country. Also some audio of newsmaking moments.
WorldInformation.com
The London-based site offers many useful features, including basic facts on 200-plus countries and territories, along with a visitor’s guide, maps, current news links, etc.
Spanish Daily
Infobel International Phone Directory
CountryReports.org
Stats on most nations. A great resource.
Statistical Databases for UN Research
United Nations InfoNation claims to be “a rich information resource on country-wise statistical data on all UN related subject fields.”
Links to Foreign Embassies
News and Resource Portal for Moscow-Based Journalists
United Nations
World Press Institute
WPI’s main goal is to promote a free press. The organization brings 10 journalists a year to the U.S. for four months of intensive briefings and interviews across the country. Applications can be found at the Web site.
UN Wire
An independent news aggregator sponsored by the United Nations Foundation. It gathers all the U.N.-related news from around the world daily.
European Journalism Centre
International Press Links
Trint.com
Audio transcription tool.
FreePress.net
World Statesmen
Run by a hobbyist (so double-check information), this site lists of the heads of state and government for every country and colony in the world over the past 300 years. It also features pocket histories of each country/colony, images of each country and colony’s flags, and some links to constitutions, national anthems, etc.
SunOasis.com: Global Media Job Openings
A great site for writers, editors and copy editors. Internships, media resources and more.
International Intelligence
Institute of War and Peace Reporting
This group’s goal is to support media development through practical assistance and concrete journalistic projects.
Borgen Project
Explores global issues and defense spending that reporters might find useful. It also lists various organizations and their media contacts.
Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments
Blood and Honey
Photojournalist Ron Haviv went to Yugoslavia in 1991, intrigued by the nascent independence movement in one of the last countries still intact after the Cold War.
European Parliament
International Committee of the Red Cross
Maps, facts and figures, reports, news releases and publications on more than 50 countries the committee is active.
European Journalism Ethics Codes
MediaChannel’s News Dissector: Covering Riots
As “riots” erupted in the north of England, journalists in London, including Danny Schechter, took part in a seminar aimed at improving coverage of conflict.
Afghanistan Digital Library
Search texts and various projects organized by the library.
European Journalism Centre
This is a non-profit institute for further training, a forum for journalists, media executives and journalism educators. A good networking organization.
National Geographic’s Map Machine
Maybe the best online atlas on the Web.
Newsnext.com
An independent editorial calendar, a forward planning tool for UK journalists to spot future feature ideas and story leads.
PRposts.com
A free jobs board for the UK’s public relations industry.
PRfinder.com
A dynamic directory of UK and global public relations web sites and resources.
International Radio and TV Society
Harvard University: Center for International Development
Part of the Kennedy School of Government, this site features breaking news, research updates and archives, etc.
CountryWatch.com: Web Site to the World
Free country informaton on people, history, economy, agriculture, energy, metals and environment; but you get more for a fee.
Global Health Facts
Data on HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and more. You can search data by country and create customized data sheets.
Global Health Reporting
Information on HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and more.
Government of Canada New Centre: RSS Feeds
Subscribe to feeds from various agencies.
National Geographic Traveler: Chris Elliott
Magazine ombudsman offers great travel tips on this blog.
Foreign Policy Magazine
The Washington Diplomat
Includes a diplomat list, but watch for spelling errors.
CIA List of Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members
Search alphabetically by country.
CIA World Factbook
Australian Journalists Site
Much like the Journalist’s Toolbox, this site is organized by beat, but it also has a search engine. Tools include a good government section and a mailing list called OZCAR for Australian journalists.
Globalpolicy.org
Features some links and opinions on Iraq, the war and the United States.
Asia-Pacific Network
The site offers news headlines relating to events, links to regional media, country profiles, and various movements and groups.
University of Texas Latin America Journalism Page
Dozens of helpful links and resources.
Oanda.com Travel Language Converter
This site provides handy cheat sheets for language and money converters for travel.
Travel-Library.com
A travel site that focuses on offbeat travel and tips.
Journalism UK International Links Page
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
Look up international development data.
Diplomacy Monitor.com
From the St. Thomas University School of Law, a real time feed of documents from governments from around the globe.
AfriGadget
Blogging team explores issues in Africa.
Worldwide Words
Michael Quinion writes about international English from a British perspective. Fun with pop culture catch phrases.
World Press Links
Internews
Korea Press Foundation
UT Latin American Network: Journalism in Latin America
Latin American Journalism Handbook
EthicNet: European Codes of Journalism Ethics
International Journalists’ Network
International Press Institute
Korea Press Foundation
UT Latin American Network: Journalism in Latin America
Latin American Journalism Handbook
EthicNet: European Codes of Journalism Ethics
International Journalists’ Network
International Press Institute
World Press Links
Internews
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
From the World Security Institute, this site provides in-depth resources on global affairs.
TravelInsider: Cell Phones and Travel
An easy run-down on what kind of phone you need for your type of travel.
TravelInsider: Cell Phones and Trav GSM World: Cell Phones and Travel
Site that tells you which country is on which GSM frequency.
British Sociological Association
Experts, research, publications, schedule of events around the world.
United Nations CyberSchoolBus InfoNation
NYU Globalbeat Tips
able2act
A service from Infosphere that delivers information and records on military warfare, terrorism, organization profiles, company profiles, long reports on global countries, cybercrime, etc. More than 2,000 records are added each week.
Library of Congress: Guide to Russian Business Resources
MsFreckles
Will search the entire web, or you can limit the search to UK-based sites.
ConvoTrack
A great new tool for tracking how social media is referencing a Web site. You can see what people on Twitter, Reddit, Digg and other online media are saying about your site.
BackTweets.com
Similar to ConvoTrack, this site tracks how social media is referencing a Web site. You can see what people on Twitter, Reddit, Digg and other online media are saying about your site.
MSN: Top Web News Gaffes
A few examples of publishing too soon.
Food in Every Country
Look up ethnic dishes by country.
Yahoo! Pipes
A cool tool from Yahoo! That can help you with news gathering from a variety or resources. The site builds a page and collect posts, tweets, images, videos, RSS feeds and news related to a specific event or topic.
Tweetbeep
Track who is tweeting a site or blog.
Poynter: Tips for Covering Mass Shootings
Track who is tweeting a site or blog.
International Center for Journalists
Many free resources, guidebooks, news and tips.
G8 and NATO Summits
G8 coverage
NATO
G8Protest.org
SocialNATO.com
Social media streams for all things NATO related. Track them all here.
Occupy Wall Street
Adbusters.org
Protest group.
ChicagoStories.org
Reporting resources and source list for journalists covering the NATO summit. Content from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Community Media Workshop.
Internews: Toolkit for Journalists Covering Human Rights Issues
The Red Line Project: G8/NATO Coverage
Curated links, social media coverage and more.

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