Fogel, the spokesperson for Subway, gained fame for losing more than 200 pounds by eating the chain’s low-fat sandwiches. While Ryan knew officials hadn’t charged Fogle with anything, a few months earlier they arrested the executive director of Fogel’s foundation on child pornography charges.
So Fyanset out to talk to someone at the foundation, whose work focuses on awareness of childhood obesity. He went first to the foundation website to get contact information, but it was down. So he navigated to the Internet Archive, commonly known as the Wayback Machine, which catalogs billions of webpages.
Even though no one answered at the foundation, Ryan told readers in his story that he had tried:While this Internet search trick didn’t net much for this story, Ryansaid he has used it before with success. When he was reporting on a New York attorney general’s
investigation into ties between a medical management company and a state-owned hospital in Syracuse, he used Wayback Machine to find snapshots of archived web pages of the hospital. They included bios of several hospital employees that noted they worked for the medical management company. That information was scrubbed from their bios on the current website.
So Wayback Machine can be a helpful tool for reporters who want to see what content on a previous version of a website. For more information on the Wayback Machine (note that it is slow to load), see this previous post.