RESOURCES MAIN PAGE

General reference and news industry information

 

ETHICS AND VERIFICATION

Ethics codes, social media verification, fact-checking

 

INVESTIGATIONS AND RESEARCH

Investigative journalism resources and organizations, public records research tips and websites

 

JOURNALISM EDUCATION

Research institutes and nonprofits with free resources and tutorials

 

LEGAL HELP

Copyright, fair use, libel, privacy, public domain and reporter's privilege

 

MULTIMEDIA

Radio, photojournalism and videography, multimedia examples

 

STYLE AND GUIDES

Style guides, grammar help, math help

Resources
Journalism education

 

RESEARCH INSTITUTES AND NONPROFITS WITH FREE RESOURCES AND HOW-TO'S

 

American Press Institute

 

This nonprofit research organization is affiliated with the Newspaper Association of America. The site provides in-depth, original research reports, training and advice for journalists and news organizations.

 

The BBC Academy

 

In a generous gesture of public spiritedness, the BBC decided to share its training videos, online advice and tutorials with the general public. You’ll find some of the videos aimed a little too specifically at BBC employees, but they provide very helpful training.

 

Center for Media & Social Impact

 

A research center at American University that examines and supports media for social impact.  It has been particularly active in helping disciplines create codes with best practices in fair use to help people use more copyrighted works more often. 

 

Columbia Journalism Review

 

CJR keeps its eye on the industry, offering thoughtful reporting, analysis and criticism for journalists and people working in allied fields.

 

CubReporters.org

 

This site is maintained by Mark Grabowki, a journalism professor at Adelphi University in New York.  The site has good lists of links for jobs, internships and contests, as well as tips and advice on journalism skills.

 

The International Center for Journalists

 

This nonprofit organization provides training and tutorials, often aimed for training journalists in countries with fledgling democracies, but the hints and resources are available online for free for everyone.

 

The International Journalists’ Network

 

This is a good site for tools and stories on subjects like mobile journalism and collaborative journalism.

 

The Journalist’s Resource

 

The focus of this organization is encouraging journalists to do knowledge-based journalism—journalism that relies on good information and solid research, as opposed to stories that are inaccurate or superficial or don’t provide context (at Harvard's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy).

 

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

 

This organization seeks to fund and support innovation in the news industry, and it values the impact that news has on a community (founded by the Knight brothers, who owned Knight Newspapers, the precursor to Knight Ridder).

 

The Knight Lab

 

The Knight Lab experiments in media innovation, and then provides prototypes and services to journalists (at Northwestern University).

 

Nieman Foundation

 

Harvard University’s Nieman Journalism Foundation houses the Nieman Lab and Nieman Storyboard. It also funds Nieman Fellowships and publishes Nieman Reports, a quarterly magazine about journalism.

 

The Pew Research Center

 

This is a nonprofit think tank, made up of multiple ongoing research projects of interest to journalists, including a trove of information on journalism and the media.

 

The Poynter Institute

 

Founded by Nelson Poynter, this is the renowned nonprofit institute that focuses on training working journalists, journalism instructors and students. You can find free advice, guidelines and timely articles about journalism at the institute’s website. You can also enroll in online courses and webinars, some of which are free (most require registration).

 

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

 

This center offers education on better reporting about global issues to fulfill the public duty function of the news.

 

The Society of Professional Journalists

 

This provides advice and information about the Freedom of Information Act, a diversity toolbox, job links, and—for members—training videos and tutorials.  SPJ also hosts the Journalist’s Toolbox, the most comprehensive list we’ve found of online resources for journalists.

Journalism Education