Whistleblowers and brown envelopes may be the media’s highest-profile sources for secrets.

But it’s the everyday records, publicly released by government and non-government organization, that will be your most accessible and reliable source for story ideas.

These records – which range from news releases and annual reports to government databases – are sometimes made available voluntarily. Other times, organizations released them because they are required to by law.

Those records are often written to convince reporters there are no story ideas in them. Some hide their significance behind highly technical language.

But by applying your critical thinking skills to these records, you’ll be able to find stories that can beat the top news outlets in Canada.

This Website, maintained by Mount Royal University’s journalism program, is meant to help you do that.

Please navigate the information on this site using the menu to your right.

You’ll also find tips here on how to track down phone numbers, search for newspaper and magazine articles and use trade publications to your advantage.


Sean Michael Holman
Assistant Professor of Journalism
Mount Royal University

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