Communication, Media and Journalism: COMM 5082: Professional Project 1

Plan Your Search

Before you start searching for information think about your organisation

For this example we are using The Smith Family

Is your organisation:

1. Australian or international?  The Smith Family is an Australian charity

2. Private, public or non profit? The Smith Family are a Public Company

3. What industry? The Smith Family are classified as Social Assistance Services in Australia
4. Owned by a parent company? The Smith Family do not fall under a parent company.

Public versus private companies:
Public companies are listed and traded on a stock exchange whereas private companies are not listed. Also, public companies must provide annual reports to the public which makes them easier to research.

Not sure if it is public or private?

Do a web search for your company's website and spend time exploring. You can find information on The Smith Family where there is a dedicated section on the website titled 'about us'  

You can also search for a company on the Australian stock exchange.

Find more information

    Find Company and Industry information

The Company and Industry guide will help you search the web and our databases to find company and industry information, financial information, annual reports and country information. Please select the Company and Industry tab in the guide for further information on how to search theses specific databases. 

   Find News Media

The Library's News Media Guide provides help searching and evaluating a wide range of Australian and International news media including newspapers, television, radio and media releases.  Start your search with:

   Find Statistics 

A huge range of statistical resources can be found on the library's Company and Industry Guide, or try the following key databases:

Entrepreneurship Guide

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