“Public information” refers to stories appearing in the media such as newspapers and television, official opinions and comments of governments and senior officials, press releases, papers issued by government researchers, and eventually telephone books, rosters, personal directories, etc. “information to be obtained at any time”.
The first step of the interview begins with reading the public information and keeping it in mind. The accuracy of information analysis can be improved by meeting people, listening to stories, and adding information at the entrance of public information. The information becomes more factual.
Such an activity of analyzing a partner using “public information” as an information source is called “OSINT (Open Source Intelligence)”.
HUMINT (Human Source Intelligence) is an activity that uses humans as an information source to listen and analyze.
In addition, there is “SIGINT (Signals Intelligence)” such as eavesdropping on communications and eavesdropping on telephones and e-mails.
Good reporting = information analysis that is closer to the facts, where the research of public information is closely packed, and information from humans are blended into it.
In other words, OSINT and HUMINT must be organically combined to bring information closer to “facts”.