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The sites visualizes insider trading of US companies by both insiders and members of congress. Any insider trade that has been reported to the SEC can be found mapped onto the stock graph.

The Journalist’s Resource: 4 Things Journalists Should Know When Covering an Economic Downturn

AP: Financial Markets Topical Guide
Explains several terms in relation to inflation, the economy, stock market and more.

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JournoResource: How to Cover the Markets Intelligently

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Inflation Calculator

FINRA: BrokerCheck
Investigate registered brokers through this site from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Yahoo! Finance Earnings Calendar
Track when a company’s earnings reports are due. Money and Politics
Database makes connections between legislative votes and campaign donations.

Map allows you to track foreclosures nationwide.
Reviews on thousands of consumer products, organized by type of product. It includes a searchable database. It’s very helpful for getting a quick snapshot of a new product you might be writing about.

National Bureau of Economic Research
Search for public policy research papers.

Open Corporates
A large database of companies. Six Steps to Tracking COVID-19 World Bank Funding by Country

Journalist’s Resource: The Ultimate Guide to Federal Reserve Banks

Consumer Reports Magazine

Social Security Calculator
Use this online tool to estimate what your Social Security income would be a particular age.

Trading Economics
Provides accurate information for 196 countries including historical data and forecasts for more than 20 million economic indicators, exchange rates, stock market indexes, government bond yields and commodity prices. Our data is based on official sources, not third party data providers, and our facts are regularly checked for inconsistencies.

AP: Financial Markets Topical Guide
Explains several terms in relation to inflation, the economy, stock market and more.

AP: What Does a Bear Market Mean?
Tracks corporate sites, consumer affairs blogs.

Five Services That Match Reporters with Expert Sources
From the Reynolds National Business Journalism Center.

Business for Social Responsibility
Tracks news and legislation relating to corporate responsibility.

Center for Corporate Citizenship
Boston College site works with global corporations to help them define, plan and operationalize corporate citizenship.

US Petroleum Statistics
There are thousands of datasets from financial market data and population growth to cryptocurrency prices. If you don’t find what you are looking for ask the Data Concierge for a free quote to find the data for you.

Corporate Responsibility Newswire
News feed of stories relevant to businesses acting responsibly.

Open Corporates
The largest open database of companies in the world.
Business resources on the federal, state and local level.

Economist’s View
Mark Thoma’s blog on economic issues.

Journalist’s Resource: Alternative Financial Services in the Time of Coronavirus

Supermarket News: Americans Prepare for Second Wave of Stockpiling

Business Insider

Forbes 400: The 400 Wealthiest Americans
Search the database by name, rank or age.

NY Times: Primer on the Eurozone Crisis
Great FAQ list on how Europe’s economy impacts the U.S.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development State Information
Great multimedia storytelling.

The sites visualizes insider trading of US companies by both insiders and members of congress. Any insider trade that has been reported to the SEC can be found mapped onto the stock graph.

Spending Smart Blog

Planet Retail
Track business trends with in-depth company profiles, market analysis, virtual tours and breaking news from a market intelligence company.

Business Week: Industry Innovation
Stories, surveys, slideshow, design board, etc. Tracks how certain industries are finding new ways to research and develop products.

J.D. Power Consumer Center

Federal Trade Commission Consumer Protection

Credit card stats, ratings, etc.

Index Credit Cards
Credit card offers site, but also has ratings, statistics, etc.

American Society of Business Publication Editors
Founded in 1964 as the American Society of Business Press Editors, ASBPE is the professional association for full-time and freelance editors, writers, art directors, and designers employed in the business, trade, and specialty press.
Credit card ratings.

Consumer Automotive Guide
Offers informative pages on prices, ratings and reviews, best-buy vehicles and stories about the automotive industry.

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The Beige Book
Known as the Beige Book, the “Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions by Federal Reserve District” is published eight times a year and summarizes information on current economic conditions gathered from a variety of sources in each district. Useful for covering national and local economies, inflation and more.
View recall announcements once they go public: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, etc.

UN Comm Trade Database
Free access to detailed global trade data. UN Comtrade is a repository of official international trade statistics and relevant analytical tables. All data is accessible through API.

Oil Price Information Service

The Journalist’s Resource: Regional Federal Reserve Banks: The Ultimate Guide
Regional Fed banks regularly produce national and local research that can help contextualize stories, and bank economists are often willing to talk with journalists.

Business Week Extras
Slideshows, interactive maps, etc. that complement the magazine’s content.

An independent Web-based reporting aimed at “exposing securities fraud and corporate chicanery.”

Spending Smart Blog
Consumer advice from the Allentown (Pa.) Morning Call.

Taxable Talk
Interesting blog items and news from Russ Fox, E.A., of Clayton Financial and Tax of Irvine, Calif.

The NewsMarket, Inc.
A journalist’s resource for B-roll, this site provides thousands of images free to television newsrooms. Users can preview video, read press materials and order video clips online. Delivery options include digital file transfer via FTP, whereby the material moves from TNM’s server to the user’s server; satellite feeds via APTN or tape delivery can also be requested. There is no cost to news professionals. The NewsMarket’s primary service is providing broadcasters with video from the world’s leading companies and organizations; news stories and archived stock shots from a large and growing range of sources. Particularly helpful to business and medical-health reporters. How the Great Recession Was Brought to an End (.PDF)
It’s mission is to “investigate, inform and improve the credibility of information published on the World Wide Web.”

From American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop, this site follows trends and issues in the banking industry.

Linked In
A business site that networks thousands of professionals. Helps you find jobs, locate employees and close deals.

Google Finance
Stock prices and real-time quotes.

Guide to Finding American Companies

Slate: Occupy Wall Street Timeline

Smart Money: Tax Bill Database
Plug in income and expenses to this database to determine how much your taxes will be cut by the new tax bill.

Mortgage Bankers of America

Business Week Online: Best Business Schools

Covering Poverty
Community, local and national journalists can turn to Covering Poverty for tips, tutorials, resources and inspiration to write and report on people and poverty-related matters. Journalists need resources and tools now and in the future to cover this topic, especially as the pandemic, 2020 election and social issues showed the importance of telling the stories accurately and with empathy. The site relaunched in March and the new stories, which feature multimedia storytelling, include guidance on word choice when reporting on inequality, tips for writing across difference and what to learn from poverty coverage during the pandemic.

The World Bank Open Data
Free databases and tools.

Google Public Data Explorer
Makes large datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate. As the charts and maps animate over time, the changes in the world become easier to understand.

U.S. Treasury: Debt Limit

NPR: Planet Money

MSN: Jobs and Paychecks by County
Track the best and worst for jobs, pay, pay increases, etc.

Global Brand Database
Perform a trademark search by text or image in brand data from multiple national and international sources, including trademarks, appellations of origin and official emblems.

National Fraud Information Center
A great consumer protection site.
This newsletter site is dedicated to fighting online hype and disinformation.

PBS Frontline: Business/Economy
A collection of companion Web sites on various business issues.

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
Look up international development data.
Each American City Business Journal should lists dozens of resources, including the top 25-100 employers in its metro area, which you can either order online or view the top 5 of online.
A super resource for business and technology information.

Annual Reports for Investors

National Consumers League

Business 2.0: 101 Dumbest Moments in Business

USPTO: Trademark Database
Check this database to see if something is trademarked; be it a logo or a name. Hit the search button under the trademark heading on the left side navigation. Enter what you’d like to search for an you’ll get a response including type of business, intended use, date of filing, etc. It is just a great resource.

Farm Bureau Federation
Farm advocacy organization has data on agriculture, environment, etc.

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The impact 9-11 has had on insurance rates.

Risk and Insurance Management Society Cell Phone Rates

Number Portability: Cell Phone Rates

Business Week Online: Best Business Schools

Institute for Policy Studies and United for a Fair Economy

American Management Association

The Business Insider

Economic Policy Institute
A nonprofit Washington D.C. think tank, was created in 1986 to broaden the discussion about economic policy to include the interests of low- and middle-income workers.

Knight Center Beat Guide: Business Reporting
From the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, this site offers tutorials, tip sheets and more on how to cover business.
This site, built by CNN and Money magazine, launched Oct. 2001.’s Investor Research Center
Upgrades, downgrades, economic calendar, Wall Street research database (need ticker symbol) and more.

CNNfn’s CEO Page
News on company leaders.’s Financial Briefs
Short, breaking stories on stocks, tech and more.

Federal Consumer Information Center

MSN Money: The 102 Best Money Sites

MSNBC: Government Tax Refund Database
Does a state and/or the IRS owe you money? Type your name into this database and see.

FRED Financial Database
Look up financial data from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

American Society of Business Publication Editors

National Foundation for Women Business Owners
Read what employees are saying about corporate culture at companies across the country. Good for sourcing and job hunting.

Business Directory by County

Economic Times

Pro Publica: The Wall Street Money Machine
The Pulitzer-winning series on how Wall Street caused world economic collapse.

IMF’s Global Economic Outlook
The International Monetary Fund site offers several great online resources.

The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Fiscal 50 Database
The “Fiscal 50” interactive provides free, 50-state data on a range of fiscal and economic indicators of state fiscal health. It helps statehouse reporters break out of the annual “budget bubble” and visualize long-term trends for their state–or the ability to compare their state to its peers. The site is regularly updated and reporters are welcome to reprint screenshots with attribution to The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Wall Street Journal City Profiles
Click on a city name to review WSJ’s exclusive, in-depth report, including taxation and cost-of-living data, education resources, arts and recreation activities, crime statistics and additional sources of information.

Government Finance Officers Association
This association offers background on public-sector finance and accounting. Broker Meter
A site for restaurant owners, it features a searchable database of restaurant listings. Research Page
National Restaurant Association offers hundreds of statistics and projections.

National Center for Employee Ownership

Telemarketing Revenge Site
Links to resources that can help consumers gain vengeance, or maybe a monetary settlement, from obnoxious telemarketers.
Publishing consumer financial information since 1995. Consumers can compare mortgage, auto, CD and credit card rates for financial institutions across the country. The site also publishes daily analysis on the financial markets and how they impact mortgage rates. It can provide journalists with the average interest rate on popular mortgage loan products for any day for the past two years.
Financial and investor news.

Crop Prophet
US crop forecasts based on machine learning models relating weather to crop production.

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J.D. Power Consumer Center

Saving Advice: 50 Ways To Save Money on Food

Service Corps of Retired Executives
Good sources for business stories. Some consulting, business tips.

Legal Journals Online
A listing of hundreds of journals from all over the world, many of them related to business.

The Daily Deal
Covers deals and dealmakers. Sections include Movers & Shakers and Media Maneuvers.

NY Times Cyber Business Connection
You need a password to NY Times to get in. This set of links was compiled by Rich Meislin, editor in chief of The New York Times Electronic Media Company. Currency Converter
This site allows you to convert for a specific day or a range of dates (up to 2000 days). Top 101 Dumb Business Mistakes
A literature and publishing news site.
Search articles, newsletters, press releases and company research.

Harvard Business Review

Consumer Reports
Research and investigations on hundreds of industries.

Class Action Database
A collection of class action lawsuits broken down by topics.
Business search engine.

Golf Business

Economic and Social Research Council
A British economic research site.
Type in a vehicle’s VIN (I.D.) number and trace its history. Was it in a wreck? Was the odometer moved back?

Kelley Blue Book Prices
Look up current-year Blue Book prices on cars from all years.

Consumer Reports Online
Several great studies on consumer products.
More than 600 links to regional economic data.

Wharton Business Knowledge
A variety of tools from Penn’s Wharton School of Business. Knowledge@Wharton is an Internet-based guide to competitive information.

GIJN Guide: Business Tools for Journalists

E-Trade UK

International Trademark Assn.

Tax Foundation: New State Business Tax Climate Index

SelectSurf Business Links
Links to several great politics sites.
A venture capital investment bank that features helpful news releases, a resources page and more.
Links to several industry sites.

CNN: Top 500 Zip Codes for Foreclosures

This UK-focused Wiki-style business directory accepts free business listings, consumer reviews of businesses and allows registered users to edit and add to business information.

Wall Street Journal: Markets Data Center
A great quick-reference tool. Access to this does not require a subscription to the WSJ.

Consumerist Archivesg
Link to archived Consumerist site (corporate watchdog site).

Bank for International Settlements Database
Tracks new research published sites of the participating central banks.

Super Couponing
Coupons galore, but the site also offers consumer shopping and savings tips that are helpful for readers.

Coupon Mom
Coupons galore, but the site also offers consumer shopping and savings tips that are helpful for readers.

MRA The Management Association
A not-for-profit employers association that features some statistics and studies.

TNS Retail Forward
Market research firm tracks consumer habits. It includes American ShopperScape, an annual study that analyzes consumer shopping behaviors.

Wisebread: Five Things to Know About This Year’s Tax Changes


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