Friday, August 24, 2007

A few tricks of the Akron News trade ..

Here's a few things that I use everyday that you might enjoy taking a peek at:

The government maintains a website of all railroad crossings that shows a picture from all four directions of every single crossing out there. You can't find this site on google because it doesn't exist. But if you ever wanted to check a RR crossing near you to see if it has crossbucks and/or lights, this will do it. Check it out. I could tell you how I found this government site, but then I'd have to kill you :)

Here's a website that combines the court records of BOTH the municipal and county common please courts in Summit County. It's a nice resource because you can research someone's civil and criminal history all in one place.

While the NE Ohio media certainly include major stories coming out of Columbus, the Statehouse News site is usually a day or two ahead of the rest of us.

Here's a quick reference to every casualty from the Iraq war. Again, it's not one you'll usually find through google, but it's a good way to keep the numbers straight and which service member was from which hometown.

We're often tracking down attorneys who represent some of the folks shown in our stories. This attorney website allows us to get info on the lawyers themselves before we agree to interviews.

The hilarious side of TV news as spoofed by the guys at Newsbreakers.

Happy surfing .. Eric


Jill said...

Eric - Thanks for posting this list of resources. I'm always looking for such things.

vanillacokehead said...

I second Jill's thanks. I bookmarked at least three of these little gems.

Buck "Lucky" Owens said...

I hope that NEWSBREAKERS' link is not an endorsement, Eric. You're not supposed to like it. That takes all the fun out of it.

Eric Mansfield said...

No ...these guys scare the soundbites out of me .. hopefully they'll stay away from Akron ..

Still, most folks have never heard of them so I thought is was worthy to mention .. now viewers can see what kind of knuckleheads we face when we're on the street trying to go live.

Stay in touch .. Eric

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