I am taking Fact Finding right now and before this course I had never realized the information that you can find on the internet.
Most information, even social security numbers, can be found on-line. Some tips for internet searches are important when trying to find the facts, or when you want to be a very detailed stalker.
First, it’s important to know the different search engines. Then choose the keywords carefully.
Next, don’t be afraid to guess – at first. When giving up is feeling good, don’t, keep trying. If it is necessary change the lower or upper casings of the key words — and sometimes it is necessary to let the feet do the walking, meaning, get out of the house.
For computer-assisted reporting there are some basics to know, it helps analyze large amounts of data, not just numbers.
It also requires critical thinking.
Computer-assisted reporting can be used for sports: statistics and salaries, campaign finance tracking and government agency budgets.