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Friday, November 17 • 10:45 - 12:00
Beyond Google: Doing Better Searches

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Are you seriously relying on Google to get your research done? Google only indexes 4% to 5% of the Internet content!  Learn how to maximize what Google offers and to use it as a bridge to access the deep web, where the information you need is stored.

This session will cover advanced Googling and techniques to dig in the deep web. Research and fact-checking are both crucial stages in investigative journalism projects. And both stages require skills in seeking the best verifiable sources, gathering documents and data, organizing and describing the information and applying critical thinking to results.

Online database searches are key resources for these tasks. The challenge is being comprehensive as well as specific, to be efficient and thorough, within constraints of time, cost, and availability of online information. Plus we'll talk about tracking planes, boats and shipping containers.

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Giannina Segnini

Director of the Master on Data Journalism, Columbia University
Giannna Segnini heads the Data Concentration Program at The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She was the head of the investigative team at «La Nacion» in Costa Rica. Their investigations has led to prosecution of more than 50 politicians, businessmen and public... Read More →
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Margot Williams

Research Editor, The Intercept
Margot Williams is an investigative researcher at The Intercept, previously at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), NPR, The New York Times and the Washington Post. She has pursued jihadists online and detainees who died in U.S. immigration detention, investigated war contractors and followed the money (and priva... Read More →

Friday November 17, 2017 10:45 - 12:00 PST
WITS Science Stadium - Auditorium 2