Reliable research materials.
You can search the contents of most of over 170 of these sites with this Google-based search engine.
Online edition of the magazine of the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE).
"National magazine that covers all aspects of print, television, radio and online media... examines how the media cover specific stories and broader coverage trends."
The media and public policy issues.
"Monitors the employment rates and salaries of graduates of journalism and mass communication programs in the United States in the year after graduation..." (University of Georgia)
International advocate for freedom of expression.
This is a link to the ABC's collection of free data products on newspaper circulation, etc.
Harvard-based research center, with a mission to "explore and understand cyberspace; to study its development, dynamics, norms, and standards; and to assess the need or lack thereof for laws and sanctions." Publisher of the Citizen Media Law Project's Legal Guide and affiliated with the Citizen Media Law Project.
Annual award-winners, from the National Press Photographers Association.
Web site for venerable magazine provides "breaking news, daily updates, blogs, podcasts, videos, user generated content, early previews of the print edition, a searchable database and hundreds of industry links."
University-supported research on mass media.
Nonprofit organization which invests in "promising stories at their earliest stages to give them a chance in the news marketplace, producing major multimedia investigative projects, and promoting investigations to maximize their impact."
Organization "investigating and exposing public relations spin and propaganda, and by promoting media literacy and citizen journalism." Includes quarterly journal PRWatch.
Encourages critical thinking about the media.
Nonprofit organization dedicated to producing original, responsible investigative journalism on issues of public concern... committed to transparent and comprehensive reporting both in the United States and around the world." Includes Well Connected database of media ownership. (Use the "In Your State" and "Media Tracker" options (right side of page) for information about media ownership, influence, and regulation.)
The U.S. Congress periodically publishes this guide.
Energy-related news coverage.
This is CJR.org , the Web site of one of the most respected resources for media criticism and analysis. (Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism)
"Consortium of journalists, publishers, owners and academics worried about the future of the profession. To secure journalism's future, the group believes that journalists from all media, geography, rank and generation must be clear about what sets our profession apart from other endeavors."
See also Journalism.org
"Article database" offering access to a wide range of publications in mass media, communications, and related fields, including over 600 journals. (W&L subscription)
Daily compilation of media criticism and analysis.
"News and resource site that focuses on how the Internet, convergence and new technologies are changing the media." Includes Cyber Journalist List, a comprehensive list of blogs produced by journalists.
Resources for journalists who cover violence.
2003 volume containing contributed essays on case studies.
Lists of early American newspapers available on microfilm in Leyburn Library.
Media news, etc. from " a community of young magazine editors and magazine-editor wannabes who want to learn more about the industry so we can fulfill our dreams of landing top editing and writing positions in the the magazine industry."
News and discussion from " a community of young magazine editors and magazine-editor wannabes who want to learn more about the industry so we can fulfill our dreams of landing top editing and writing positions in the the magazine industry.
Web site of weekly magazine "covering all aspects of the North American newspaper industry, including business, newsroom, advertising, circulation, marketing, technology, online and syndicates. "
Funded by the Knight Foundation, this site is "geared toward those who teach, study and practice editing" and includes great resources for writing and researching. See the "Tools of the Trade" options.
Developing "encyclopedia of the future of news," from the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University.
From the New York Times.
Provided by the University of Tampere in Finland, this is a compilation of links to codes of ethics for journalists in over 35 European countries, all translated into English.
Collection of ethics guidelines from various news organizations worldwide. From the Project for Excellence in Journalism.
Coverage of professional issues from a European perspective. The Media Landscape compilation contains an overview of the media in each European country and EUFeeds provides links to over 300 European newspapers.
National media watch group works "to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints."
A project of the Freedom Forum, based at Vanderbilt University.
Guide for journalists, from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
"National, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media. Through education, organizing and advocacy, we promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, and universal access to communications."
Freedom Forum is a group which champions freedom of the press under the First Amendment. This information service contains a significant amount of full-text info (journal articles, press releases, etc.).
Subtitled A Closer Look at Gender and Online News.
Highly-respected annual prizes (1948- ), "one of America's most coveted journalism honors." Recent entries include links to works. (Long Island University)
Funded by several international agencies, this organization describes itself as "the largest and longest longitudinal study on the representation of women in the world’s media. It is also the largest advocacy initiative in the world on changing the representation of women in the media." Publisher of Who Makes the News? reports.
Access to and translations of accounts written by "bridge bloggers" -- people who are talking about their country or region to a global audience. From the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at the Harvard Law School.
A multi-disciplinary team of reviewers from journalism, medicine, health services research and public health assesses the quality of health- or medical-related news stories, using a standardized rating system.
A work-in-progress, from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). Be sure to check the "Resources" option, at the bottom of the screen.
Step-by-step guide, with links to resources, from the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University.
News and analysis on the Balkans, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union, with an emphasis on issues relating to media coverage.
Non-profit organization dedicated to defending freedom of expression and of the press throughout the Americas.
Agency which oversees U.S. Federal Government international broadcasting operations (Voice of America, etc.).
Support for international journalists, including information in the International Journalists' Network database.
University of Maryland center focusing on "the study of global media and public policy; its projects investigate media’s roles and responsibilities in public consideration of political issues."
A project of the Center for Public Integrity, focusing on "issues that do not stop at water's edge."
International organization supporting freedom of speech and press. Includes news reports.
"Global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists, is dedicated to the furtherance and safeguarding of press freedom, the protection of freedom of opinion and expression, the promotion of the free flow of news and information, and the improvement of the practices of journalism."
A project of the School of Communication at American University, devoted to "conducting significant, multimedia investigative journalism projects on a national and international scale" and researching new models.
Information on over 125 important journals.
Emphasis on helping media and citizens develop new ways use innovative computer technologies to discuss public issues.
Database of "ideas, strategies and techniques" for practicing journalists and students. Use the "View by Topic" drop-down menu on the right side of the page to see lists for "Interviewing," "Statistics and Numbers," and more. From the Committee of Concerned Journalists.
From the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
University of Maryland site focusing on such issues as child neglect/abuse and family-related public policy.
Overview of the Federal Court system, including District Courts, Bankruptcy Courts, and Appellate Courts.
Ever-growing collection of research resources, compiled by the American Press Institute.
The KFF is concerned with health policy in the U.S., and this particular program of theirs is concerned with the inclusion of health-related information in the entertainment media.
News and other information on journalism in the Americas. (University of Texas)
"Self-help portal that guides both ordinary citizens and traditional journalists in launching and responsibly operating community news and information sites." Includes the Citizen Journalist’s Guide To Open Government.
"Our goal is to provide the foundation of technical skills and story-telling techniques required by New Media platforms." (University of California--Berkeley)
"A broad sampling of the past day's science news and, where possible, of news releases or other news tips related to publication of science news in the general circulation news media." From the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program at MIT.
Global news coverage, including the Mosaic Middle East news service. Lots of streaming video.
Searchable database of over 10,600 individual local TV news programs from across the U.S. Each story is viewable in its entirety. (University of Delaware)
Supports diversity in American journalism.
E-book "guide to cases, personalities, and controversies that have redefined the court/press relationship in the past century."
News on the media.
News and analysis about mass media.
Web site of independent magazine "serving mass communication ethics."
"Executive education and research to address the issues and needs of media organizations worldwide... affiliated with the Kellogg School of Management and the Medill School at Northwestern University."
Policy statements and other documents in the American Academy of Pediatrics' "national media education campaign" on topics relating to children and media.
"Dedicated to monitoring and debating issues of broadcasting policy, regulation and independence in Europe and beyond." (Open Society Institute)
Nonpartisan group (a program of the New America Foundation) "formulates policy and regulatory reforms to foster the development of a healthy media that satisfies the needs of democracy in the 21st century." Includes compilation of fact-checking programs.
Data bank of scientific information for journalists, along with network of scientists and others wiiling to field scientific inquiries from journalists.
France-based blog on "media, tech, and business models."
Includes their comilation of State and National Freedom of Information Resources.
The Mediawise site focuses on the effects of media on children.
Includes On the Media, a weekly show examining"the process of 'making media,' especially news media."
"The first non-profit, university-based investigative reporting collaborative in the country focused on local and regional issues." (Boston University)
Leyburn Library list of high-quality news Web sources.
"Online resource center for television and radio newsrooms, focused on improving journalism."
From the Newspaper Association of America. Free data compilations are on the left.
From American Society of Newspaper Editors.
Over 2,000 self-instructional exercises on grammar, usage, spelling, and journalistic style.
Created by the Center for Media and Public Affairs, this is a daily "Web magazine" about media coverage of events and issues.
Project of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, focusing on the future of journalism.
From the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.
Here is the "Media and Communications-Related Occupations" section from the latest edition of this biennial publication from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
National Public Radio series "explores how the media 'sausage' is made, casts an incisive eye on fluctuations in the marketplace of ideas, and examines threats to the freedom of information and expression in America and abroad."
Weekly journalism criticism, from the University of Southern California.
"Up-to-date news, links to valuable resources, and opportunities to exchange ideas and insights with one another." (Washington and Lee University)
"Comprehensive guide to open government laws in the 50 states and the District of Columbia... a collection of easy-to-maneuver outlines addressing key components of open records and open meetings laws." (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press)
"Seeks to maintain an international association of journalists working in the United States and abroad; to encourage the highest standards of professional integrity and skill in the reporting of news....
Annual awards in broadcast journalism. Includes a lengthy list of winners.
"Produces reports that explore the impact of the internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life."
"Independent opinion research group that studies attitudes toward the press, politics and public policy issues. We are best known for regular national surveys that measure public attentiveness to major news stories, and for our polling that charts trends in values and fundamental political and social attitudes."
This is a collection of dozens of reports from 2005-to-date on the news media. Note: The Pew Research Center actually is separate from the Pew Research Center for People and the Press.
Compilation on resources, from the Association of College and Research Libraries.
Guide to issues and use. (Consumers Union)
Annual compilation of award-winning photography, from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
"Joint initiative from the LSE [London School of Economics] and the London College of Communication aimed at working journalists, people in public life and students in the UK and around the world."
Prominenbt "school for journalists, future journalists, and teachers of journalists." Web site is rich in research resources.
Leyburn Library page containing links to important sources of information on mass media freedoms in various countries.
Jay Rosen's (New York University journalism professor) blog, dealing with the press and free expression in the age of the Internet.
"Human rights group formed in 1990 as a watchdog on surveillance and privacy invasions by governments and corporations." Includes Silencing Sources: An International Survey of Protections and Threats to Journalists’ Sources.
Kaiser Family Foundation project studies the "relationship between entertainment media and health, with a special focus on children and media," incuding video games, sex on television, etc.
This Journalism.org site is a project of the PEJ and the Committee of Concerned Journalists. It includes: the Daily Briefing, a digest of news about the media' the News Index, a weekly content analysis of U.S. news sources; and the New Media Index, a weekly report " that captures the leading commentary of blogs and social media sites focused on news and compares those subjects to that of the mainstream press."
"Independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Our work focuses exclusively on truly important stories, stories with 'moral force.'”
"Media enterprise that serves 355 public noncommercial television stations and reaches nearly 73 million people each week through on-air and online content."
A selection of sources available to W&L students and faculty.
"Innovative non-profit leader in supporting the independent international journalism that U.S. media organizations are increasingly less willing to undertake. The Center focuses on under-reported topics, promoting high-quality international reporting and creating platforms that reach broad and diverse audiences."
Annual awards for journalism, letters, drama, and music.
U.S. Federal Government foreign broadcasting service with a mission to "promote democratic values and institutions by disseminating factual information and ideas."
Links to over 10,000 radio station Web sites around the world, many of which have audio links.
Web site which "reports on corrections, retractions, clarifications and trends regarding accuracy and honesty in the media."
Intended to help print and broadcast journalists when they encounter religion in stories about government, politics, education, social services, science and other areas of public life. Includes Reporting on Religion 2 (Religion Newswriters Association)
"A major national -- and international -- resource in free speech issues, disseminating information in a variety of forms, including a quarterly legal review, a bi-weekly newsletter, a 24-hour hotline, and various handbooks on media law issues."
Based in France, this is a professional association which monitors and defends press freedom throughout the world.
Based in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford and focusing on the interntional comparative study of journalism.
"A daily review of religion and the press." Criticism and analysis of the media's coverage of religion. From New York University.
News about events and people in the mass media.
"The nation’s first and only investigative reporting center based at a university, was launched in September 2004 to help fill the void in high-quality public interest and investigative journalism—and to counter the increasing corporate control of what Americans read, see, and hear." (Brandeis University)
"Facts and statistics" on the newspaper industry (circulation, readership, markets, etc.), from the Newspaper Association of America.
Business consulting organization focusing on digital media.
"Annual report on American journalism," from Journalism.org.
"Devoted exclusively to educating high school and college journalists about the rights and responsibilities embodied in the First Amendment and supporting the student news media in their struggle to cover important issues free from censorship. The Center provides free legal advice and information as well as low-cost educational materials for student journalists on a wide variety of legal topics."
See the "Research Central" and "Business Data Bank" options for data on media trends and other topics.
Archive of articles (2004- ) in this publication from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
"Monitors the television networks' weekday newscasts" to "measure the time devoted to each story in minutes."
"News about the news."
News about television.
Resources for and from college journalists, including articles from campus newspapers. Provided by Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.
Collects decades of "high-impact, sometimes controversial, mostly U.S.-generated journalism that used undercover techniques. It grows out of the research" for the 2012 book Undercover Reporting , which "argues that much of the valuable journalism since before the U.S. Civil War has emerged from investigations that employed subterfuge to expose wrong."
Information about the Archive, which maintains video copies of thousands of hours of TV news programming. Available here is an index (with abstracts) of TV news broadcasts in recent years. You must register.
Overview of issues, impact, controversies, and consequences of depictions of violence in the mass media, with a focus on television.
Body is "a state agency, is an office with the expertise to help resolve disputes over Freedom of Information issues. The FOIA Council answers questions from private citizens, state and local public officials, and the media about access to public records and meetings."
The VOA's official guidelines for pronunciations of names in the news.
Media corporate ownership database, from the Columbia Journalism Review.
"Works with the media to ensure that women’s stories are told and women’s voices are heard. We do this in the following ways: media advocacy campaigns, media monitoring for sexism, creating original content, and training women and girls to participate in media. We are directly engaged with the media at all levels to ensure that a diverse group of women is present in newsrooms, on air, in print and online, in film, entertainment, and theater, as sources and subjects."
Public access to reporters' Woodward and Bernstein's notes, drafts, and other materials from the original Watergate investigation and subsequent writings. (University of Texas)
News associated with upcoming events around the world.
Annually-published compilation of information on newspapers in each country of the world. (World Association of Newspapers)