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Get the latest news from a new resource: Zapaday

If you are looking for a new place to find story ideas,  Zapaday may be the website for you.

Zapaday is a  free open news calendar that publishes details of upcoming news stories and events around the globe.

Stories can be searched for by category on the site’s calendar section, including national and international affairs, politics, product launches, events and festivals, justice and sports.

You don’t need to sign up to view the calendar, but if you do, you will receive notifications for the categories that matter most to you.

The way it works is simple.

The site uses bots and human editors to monitor thousands of news sites and calendars for upcoming events.

The goal of the site is to help event organizers, bloggers, political analysts, marketers, travelers and of course journalists like you plan ahead, get insights and save time.

Go ahead and check it out. You can never have enough resources to get story ideas.


Databases for Pulling Clips

The semester is ending and we wanted to check in and make sure J-students are using all of our resources.

News databases:

When you need to pull clips the top databases to use are Lexis-Nexis or Factiva. As part of your research, you may want to also pull clips on a subject to see what the has already been reported and what previous research has been mentioned publicly. For that, use Lexis-Nexis, Factiva or  ProQuest (which specializes in historical news.)


Other notable databases include the following:


Academic Search Complete:

Is an EBSCO host database that gives access to the latest articles in journals.

If you want the most relevant research:

(1) click on the box for “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals”

(2) make sure your keywords are located in the title

(3) fill out the date fields to limit your search.



This database gives J-students full text to over a thousand academic journals. It can be wonderful for background research, but it does not give access to the latest studies.


Academic OneFile:

This has access to thousands of journals. Not all articles are available in full text, but you can limit your search to full text and peer-reviewed studies.


Do you have any suggestions for us? What are your thoughts on these databases?

Are you using LinkedIn for journalists?

Learn how to best use LinkedIn by joining the professional journalists group. There are tips and tricks as well as group discussions.

The next conference call to find hear about a free upgrade and using LinkedIn for reporting is Tuesday, April 30, 2013 call at 8:15 a.m. PT / 11:15 a.m. It is will consistent of 10-15 minutes for tutorial questions. For more information go here.

For tips and tricks on how to use LinkedIn for journalists go here.

Features of the Research Center Mobile App

The CUNY J-Tool gives you access to our research databases and guides remotely. The features include the following:

Library Catalog Search

-Keyword Search

-Enter a text string in the Search box then hit “Enter” (Done/Next) on the keypad to submit.


Hours & Location




-Phone #

-Fax #


-Holidays & exceptions to regular hours


Research Databases

-Biography Reference Book

-Credo Reference

-Critical Mention


-Facts on File


-Historical New York Times

-Hoover’s Academic


-Info Share


-Leadership Directories

-LexisNexis Academic

-Mango Languages

-Marquis Who’s Who

-MasterFile Premier

-Media Bistro


-Reference USA

-Social Explorer

-Vanderbilt TV News Archive


-Writer’s Market


Research Guides

-Tips for business research

-How to find census data

-How to research cops & crime

-How to use copyright-protected information

-How to find court records

-How to find expert sources

-How to research your explainer

-How to fact-check your reporting for accuracy

-How to use FOIL/FOIA

-How to expertly search Google and beyond

-How to research for international reporting

-Where to find media for broadcast and multimedia reporting

-How to research NYC community districts

How to find people

-How to write well


There is also research center news and links to connect with the research center through Facebook or Twitter.

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You don’t know Jack! Profile on Jack Styczynski

It is Jack Styczynski’s favorite time of the year – MARCH MADNESS! Styczynski does some sports writing and has won four United States Basketball Writers Association awards. Previously, he was an award-winning news and sports director at radio stations in Louisiana and Massachusetts, and a freelance production assistant at NBC Sports in New York. He has a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Hofstra University and an M.L.S. from the University at Albany.

Check out this profile of the beloved Cuny J-School research adjunct, craft professor & humanitarian Jack Styczynski.  Makes a research nerd look cool! You don’t know Jack!


The research center has created a new guide on FOIL and FOIA FAQS.

What is a FOIL & FOIA?

FOIL, or “Freedom of Information Law,” is a law enacted in New York State to ensure public access-by-request to records held and produced by or on behalf of state governmental agencies, including the legislature.

FOIA stands for “Freedom of Information Act” and is the federal equivalent and precursor to FOIL.

Why and how should I use this?

For journalists, freedom-of-information laws are important because they can be used to extend or deepen the public witnessing and information spreading functions of reportage.

However, they should generally not be relied upon unless available avenues for getting the information you need to write your story or to do your piece are exhausted, and you still don’t have everything you need.

Records requests should be made when they are absolutely necessary, or when you have time enough to research and produce work that is not time-sensitive and which will remain newsworthy in the future.