Two Minute Tips

Resources for investigative reporting

January 21, 2010

Share this article:

Alec Klein is an award-winning investigative business journalist, bestselling author, and journalism professor at Northwestern University.

The following is a handout from his Reynolds Center Webinar on investigative reporting.

The Pulitzer Prizes for examples of investigative business journalism
PACER court service center for federal lawsuits
Guidestar for nonprofit records
WhoIs lookup for domain name and Web site ownership
Archive and Wayback Machine for old Web sites
ProfNet for expert queries
ReferenceUSA for locating people

Superpages for locating people
AnyWho for locating people
Infobel is an  international directory for locating people
US Department of Justice Foreign Agents Registration Act for lobbying on behalf of foreign entities

Government Accountability Office reports
Library of Congress THOMAS database for basic legislation, Congressional reports and records
OpenSecrets.org for Center for Responsive Politics
CQ.com Moneyline for Political Moneyline, PACs, 527s, candidates and lobbying

Center for Public Integrity, investigative journalism in the public interest
FollowtheMoney.org for the Institute on Money in State Politics
National Freedom of Information Coalition for sample Freedom of Information Act request letters
FOIALetter for Freedom of Information Act request letter generator

More Like This...

Five takeaways from recent business investigations

For business beat reporters looking for story ideas or inspiration, here are five watchdog stories to spark creativity. The stories, all published in the first seven months of 2022, touch

Two Minute Tips

Sign up now.
Get one Tuesday.

Every Tuesday we send out a quick-read email with tips for business journalism.

Subscribers also get access to the Tip archive.

Get Two Minute Tips For Business Journalism Delivered To Your Email Every Tuesday

Two Minute Tips

Every Tuesday we send out a quick-read email with tips for business journalism. Sign up now and get one Tuesday.

Our New Look
The Reynolds Center for Business Journalism is starting 2023 with a new look that we hope better illustrates our core mission to provide accurate and authoritative resources about business journalism, in order to help both reporters and news consumers understand the importance of business news and to demystify the sometimes arcane topics it covers.
Businesses, markets, and economies move in cycles – ups and downs – which is why our new logo contains a “candlestick” chart representing increases as well as downturns, and serves as a reminder that volatility is an unavoidable attribute of modern life. But it’s also possible to prepare for volatility by being well informed, and informing the general public to help level the information playing field is the primary goal of business journalism. The Reynolds Center is committed to supporting that goal, which is why the candlestick pattern in our logo merges directly into the name of our founding sponsor, Donald W. Reynolds.
Our new logo comes with a shorter name. Business is borderless, and understanding the global links in supply chains, trade, and flows of funds and people is essential to make sense of our fast-paced, globalized world. So we’re dropping the word “National” from our name and will aim to provide content that is applicable to business news globally.
We hope you like the new look. Best wishes for 2023!