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Paul Myers

is a BBC internet research specialist

Blog posts in total 13


  1. How to save online evidence and why it matters: Part two

    Part two of this blog discusses the issues journalists face when it comes to saving evidence from social media and mobile devices, plus some techniques that can help.

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  2. How to save online evidence and why it matters: Part one

    As journalists we are used to storing documents, keeping notes and backing up important emails. But what about the information we find online during the course of our investigations?

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  3. Seven more Facebook ‘secrets’ for journalists to have at their finger-tips

    In part two of this blog, Paul Myers shares new Facebook search tips as well as advice on backing up what you’ve already discovered.

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  4. Seven Facebook ‘secrets’ to help make the most of what’s out there

    Whether you want to beef up your personal security online as a journalist or search for people and subject content, here are some useful and under-used Facebook features and tips:

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  5. How to customise those handy old Facebook searches

    The new Facebook search doesn't always allow you to specify the people or pages related to your investigation. Get around it by customising web addresses with ID numbers.

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  6. Graph was impressive - this new Facebook search feels incomplete

    The amazing Graph search engine has been junked in favour of a keyword search focusing primarily on stuff our friends have been posting.

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  7. Investigative journalism in Asia faces many challenges, from the technological to the political

    College of Journalism trainer Paul Myers reports from Asia’s first investigative journalism conference in Manila

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  8. Browser add-ons help web sleuths strike gold or travel back in time

    With the right browser add-on you can see when a photo was taken, which camera was used, and pin down location to a few square metres and height above sea level.

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  9. Customise your browser: What add-ons can do for your web research

    Add-ons are little apps that run inside the browser and give some extra functionality. They are usually free and launch with the click of a button.

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  10. Using Twitter to find people at the scene of a breaking story

    There are many ways that journalists can locate ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, but we do not always know how they will respond, if at all. This is where Twitter comes into its own.

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  11. Investigative apps are useful tools for journalists, if rough around the edges

    There are a lot of websites that can help you find hidden information. But there are also software applications and browser plug-ins that can be of use to investigative journalists.

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  12. Almost like Watergate: new era for investigative journalism

    Journalists from 40 countries were in Brazil to talk corruption and fraud, leaks and collaboration at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference.

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  13. Searching social media? Don’t miss what’s hiding in plain sight

    Twitter, LinkedIn and other social networks have advanced search facilities and they can be extremely useful newsgathering tools.

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