JTools: Arts Journalism Research

updated July 26, 2016

Click the graphic below to go to a Symbaloo, a visual bookmark page
of links to Central New York arts resources.

note: if the graphic links to the main Symbaloo page then register and search for Arts Journalism or after registration try  http://www.symbaloo.com/home/mix/13ePLQ6T6F

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To copy the arts journalism webmix above into your own Symbaloo, go to your Symbaloo, click at the top left (icon looks like bulleted list with down arrow) , then click on add webmix and type in http://www.symbaloo.com/mix/artsjournalism 

A. Researching a new community

1. „State/regional arts agencies

„2. Visitor and Convention Bureau Directory

„„3. Local newspapers

B. Digging In: IRS 990s

 1. Only covers tax-exempt organizations. To see if organization is  tax-exempt:

  • Look on its “About” page or elsewhere on the website
  • IRS site to check tax-exempt organizations  click on the button before “Are eligible”

 2. Sample 990s

3. How to get a 990

  • From the organization which is required to provide copy to inspect. May be on its website
  • Guidestar 
    • website requires registration
    • some delay in getting them posted
  • CitizenAudit – Minimal info for free. Searchable by keyword. Requires paid subscription

4. How to read a 990

C. Public Records

1. Public Records Requests

2. Government Databases

  • National Endowment for the Arts search

  • Open Secrets to look up donor to federal elections

D. Verifying Online Sources

be sure to check your sources and cross-match information

1. Websites

      • Figure out the type of site
      • Use the A2-C-O criteria: authority, accuracy, currency,coverage, objectivity
      • See what it says about itself
      • Who registered it?  WHOIS at Netsol.com
      • Find related sites  formula is related:domain.zzz
      • example:   related:everson.org

2. Other ways to verify

For more tips on verifying information or pictures, go to the Verification Handbook

 E. Super Searcher Tips

 1. Search Engine trix

a.Bing  ( Bing filters; no advanced Bing)   Google     Google Advanced    Google search operators   Yahoo!     Yahoo! Advanced   Nine other search engines

b.  Write complex search statements

  • Phrase search — put adjacent words in quotes
  • Filter
    • By type of media on the search engine main page
      By adjacent terms: Use phrase searching, putting adjacent terms in quotes: “Grand Rapids” rather than Grand Rapids (no quotes)
      By website:  keyword site:domain.zzz,
      such as “time for three” site:indystar..com
      Unwanted terms: use the minus before any term you don’t want “earl sweatshirt” -2013 -2014
      Tip: All these filters can be easily done on the advanced search engine page (see above)

2. Twitter search

3. Linked In

  • Research an arts organization on the COMPANY tab. Also look by person’s name, company or industry.
  • Network with sources — use Advanced Search with keywords and put in local zip codes
  • Background key players on the PEOPLE tab
  • Find former employees– use Advanced Search and put in a phrase, such as “Portland Symphony”
  • Search for groups to join  [you can message group members free by mousing over the name and looking to the right to send a message]
  • Tip: once a professional journalist in a year — join the LinkedIn group, LinkedIn for Journalists, do the webinar and get a premium subscription free for a year.

„4. Online Phone Books

F. Three Resources You Can’t Live Without

  1.       Syracuse Library Arts Journalism Subject Guide

  2. SyrTwitter Wire

  3. Symbaloo

    Final cool new trick:  If This, Then That


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