This guide is designed specifically to help in finding sources and information for investigative journalists researching topics related to local issues. Here you can find public information about such things as property ownership and selling prices, health inspections of local food establishments, and performance data from municipal services (i.e. police and fire), hospitals, and other public agencies. There is also information regarding locating college admission policies.
While definitions of investigative reporting vary, among professional journalism groups there is broad agreement of its major components: systematic, in-depth, and original research and reporting, often involving the unearthing of secrets. Others note that its practice often involves heavy use of public records and data, with a focus on social justice and accountability.