Here are some important databases and student media resources to assist with your reporting:


St. Olaf resources:

St. Olaf directory. Use the St. Olaf directory to find the name, contact information, department, major, class year, and address of current St. Olaf students, staff, faculty and administrators. Students may choose to hide some information. Requires a St. Olaf username and password for access.

St. Olaf alumni directory. Use the St. Olaf alumni directory to the find names, class year, occupation, location and contact information of St. Olaf alumni. Alumni may choose to be excluded from the alumni directory. Requires a St. Olaf username and password for access.

St. Olaf student handbook. ‘The Book’ outlines student life policies and codes of conduct. See here for specific rules and policies.

Manitou Messenger archive. The Manitou Messenger is archived online and serves as the paper of record for the St. Olaf community. Check it out for information on past events/happenings on the Hill. Requires a St. Olaf username and password for access.

St. Olaf archives. The St. Olaf archives could be considered a complete history of the College. You can search the archives here. To view archived material, contact college archivist Jeff Sauve ( with the accession number, date, and description of the records you want to access well in advance of your deadline. He will help you schedule an appointment.

Student media law and legal advice:

The Student Press Law Center. SPLC offers free legal advice, student media law information and training to student journalists. Got a legal question? Look here first.

Student Media Policies. St. Olaf has specific policies that the Messenger must follow.


Title IX Investigations tracker. The Chronicle of Higher Education keeps tabs on Title IX and sexual assault investigations at colleges around the country. You can search their database for St. Olaf cases.

The Chronicle of Higher Education also keeps track of the salaries of college presidents over time at a number of institutions. Hoovers provides information about some public and private companies.

The EDGAR search engine for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission allows you to find SEC filings for public companies, who are required to report leadership changes, performance records, and miscellaneous information to the SEC.

Guidestar provides access to information and 990 forms from nonprofit companies.

Journalism help:

The Columbia Journalism Review is a publication and website by the Columbia Journalism school that writes about all things media and journalism related.

NICAR. The National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting is chalk full of databases and information about how to utilize data and computers for stories.