International Reporting Resources

The following resources are to help with your international reporting and research:


Access World News Database Comprehensive collection of global full-text newspapers.

Factiva News Pages Tab

veryquiet World News Dashboard quick view of world headlines by source.

Always do a LexisNexis Academic search. You should search all news.

BBC Monitoring International Report (via LexisNexis Academic) 24 hour delivery lag. Translations of TV, radio, press, internet and news agency sources worldwide. Search BBC Monitoring by using “Find Sources” link.

Do a Google News Search.

Do a Google search (not just Google News) using the parameters: (you can also try .org or .gov). Also try your search with filetype:pdf tp find reports.

BBC Country Profiles, includes links to media outlets in each country.

NPR World World news and international headlines

Newslink – Newspapers of the World Links to Newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV networks of the world.

United Nations News Centre Includes breaking news from UN News Service.

Council on Foreign Relations Research center that analyzes global trends and contributes ideas to US foreign policy.

Asia News Network Network of national daily newspapers published in Asian cities.

Kidon Media-Link: Newspapers and News Sources News sources from every country in the world.

SITE Intelligence Group
Organization that tracks online activity of global terrorists. (NB: Use with caution.)

MEMRI: Middle East Media Research Institute
Explores the Middle East through the region’s media. (NB: Use with caution.)

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty RFE/RL journalists report the news in 21 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established.

Voice of America News International multimedia broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government.

Reuters AlertNet Humanitarian news network.

Social Media

Build twitter feed/lists of reliable sources (journalists, NGOs, professors, government, citizens):

Use tweepz to search twitter profiles.

twiangulate to find who follows who in common.

Use tweetdeck or HootSuite to organize and track social media.

Global Voices International community of bloggers and translators Monitor activity spikes around the world, by country

See Storyful entry above under news heading.

Hypercities, Egypt UCLA Digital Humanities Project, tracking social media voices in Cairo by location.

Andy Carvin, NPR’s social media strategist.

Map of Social Networks Around the World What’s most popular where? So you can search.


Europa World Fact Book Reference section in Research Center

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) International affairs journals, case studies, and working papers.

CIA World Factbook Information on history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military for 266 world entities.

CIA Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments

Statistical Yearbook of Latin America and the Caribbean

Portals to the World Links to Electronic Resources from Around the World from the Library of Congress.

Ethnologue: Languages of the World An encyclopedic reference work cataloging all of the world’s 6,909 known living languages.

International Conflict Research Institute’s Conflict Data Service Country guides on conflict and ethnicity.

Voice of America Pronunciation Guide

Currency Converter

Gale Virtual Reference – World Expand Nation and World; then search or browse any of the reference titles.

World Incidents Tracking System US government database of worldwide terror attacks.

International Disaster Database Data and analysis on International disasters.

IMF’s World Economic Outlook Database Analysis and projections of economic developments at the global level, in major country groups and in many individual countries.


(See also Think Tank Directories in Contacts section)

National Agencies and Compendia Links to the national agencies around the world that publish statistics.

Foreign Government links Lists of official world gov’t agencies from the Northwestern Univ.

UN Statistical Databases Single entry point for UN data; including Key Global Indicators; Commodity Trade; Demographics; Energy, National Accounts Official Country Data and Population.

Official Statistics on the web – University of Auckland

Congressional Research Service Reports list of sites where you can find CRS reports, which are compiled for congress, contain data, statistics and analysis. They are not usually public, but they are leaked to the public and compiled on these websites.

WikiLeaks Publishes leaked documents.
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Cryptome another source for leaked documents

OECD International Development Statistics  Aid and other resource flows to developing countries.

World Bank Key Development Data & Statistics

Development Data and Statistics National and international organizations that offer data on their sites.

WHO Global Health Observatory Data and analyses for monitoring the global health situation.

World Social Science Data Archives Links to national social indicators sources.

Comparative Humanitarian Statistics by Country from Reuters Alertnet.


UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs contacts database

Leadership Directories Contacts Database  Explore organizations pull down menu. CLick on Foreign governments (which will find contacts by country) or News Media (then drill down to foreign media outlets.

WANGO NGO Directory

Duke University NGO Research Guide

Infobel World Telephone Directories

Foreign Policy Research Institute’s online Think Tank Directory

NIRA’s World Directory of Think Tanks

World College and University Directory

Country and City Codes

World Ship Satellite Phone Directory

Live Ship Traffic Map

Finding Experts

(See also Contacts on this page or visit our Finding Experts Guide)

See who’s quoted them in the past:

Nexis Search:
alternative w/2 energ! w/10 (expert or authority or professor or fellow) w/30 (said or says)

Factiva Search:
alternative near2 energ* near10 (expert or authority or professor or fellow) near30 (said or says)

Universities, hospitals, associations, organizations have expert databases or media directories or guides. If not, contact the public relations, external relations or communications depts.

CUNY Experts Google search: type in your subject then,

NYU Experts, here or here.

Global Policy Experts at The Center for War, Peace & The News Media at NYU.

Columbia University Experts

Associations Unlimited is one of your J-School Databases. You can also find the print version in the reference library – the Encyclopedia of Associations.

Kitty Bennett’s Sources and Experts List (includes links for many universities and thinks tanks by category)

Yearbook of Experts Online

PR Newswire
You must register for this one as a journalist. You can have information pushed to you in releases, you can search their database and you can also send out queries to experts to see who fits your story (make sure you want to do this before you do it). To search for experts, click on Profnet tab, then “search expert.” Kind of a wonky search, keep adding search terms to make it work better.

Association of American University Presses Members


New York Times Book Review Advanced Search

Government and/or DC Mobile

Federal Telephone Directories


Global Investigative Journalism Network’s Guide to Resources Group nonprofit investigative journalism organizations

Transparency International Global Coalition Against Corruption, includes corruption index

Investigative Dashboard Worldwide company data tracker

International Center For Journalists Resources Page Includes Follow The Money Guide to Tracking Corruption

WikiLeaks Publishes leaked documents.
NOTE: when you attempt to install whatever software is necessary to download and view these wikileaks Torrent files ON YOUR LAPTOPS — NOT ON OUR LAB AND NEWSROOM COMPUTERS — our network restrictions will cause your computer to be flagged, and you’ll receive an email from our IT staff. You should notify them that you need it to gather info from wikileaks.

Cryptome another source for leaked documents

Elections & Politics

World Election Guide — International Foundation for Electoral Systems Comprehensive and timely source of verified election information from around the World.

Elections of the World Links to election information from around the World.

IDEA Voter Turnout Database International voter turnout data by country.

International Parliamentary Union’s PARLINE database on national parliaments
Information on the structure and working methods of every national parliament.

Websites of National Parliaments

Pew Global Attitudes Project Public opinion surveys around the world on many subjects.

World Values Survey Worldwide survey topics include work, gender roles, religion, and national identity.

Angus Reid Global Monitor Election Tracker Tracks global public opinion on current issues.

Women’s Issues

United Nations Development Fund for Women publications and tools

WomenWatch Directory of UN Resources on Gender and Women’s Issues Reports, databases and archives relating to gender equality and women’s human rights.


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