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Conventional Ways to Find Sources

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While in this world of social media may have a reporter turning to Facebook or even MySpace to find contact information for a source after hours (and there’s plenty of success stories to make this a viable option), reporters are also still getting source phone numbers from – gasp – more conventional sources.

Online phone books may have been around since the late ’90s but they still are something very helpful. Very briefly, here are just three online directories that reporters I know have been able to use successfully to find home phone numbers of professors, politicians and other figures needed for a comment:

www.zabasearch.com

www.whitepages.com

www.pipl.com

So don’t count out those phone books and online directories quite yet. Facebook and Twitter are certainly helpful for getting ahold of someone if they’re on those platforms (and while household phone use decreases, online social media may become increasingly important) but it is possible to get people on their home phone for a couple more years, at least.

Telephone photo by Bergius

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