Journalism Today

Web Resources

Note to students and teachers: the list of links provided below is not exhaustive. Instead, this list highlights sites that provide more comprehensive coverage.

American Journalism Review

Published by The Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland , this online version of the American Journalism Review, "examines how the media cover specific stories and broader coverage trends. AJR analyzes ethical dilemmas in the field and monitors the impact of technology on how journalism is practiced and on the final product." Read the current issue online or search their archives. The AJR site also links to newspapers, magazine, television networks, television affiliates, radio, news wire services, media companies, journalism organizations, and media monitors. You can search for awards, scholarships, fellowships, and grants. AJR provides a list of Reporter's Tools or links that " offer a range of reportorial aids from guidelines for searching the Internet to lists of quotable experts, from tips on using public opinion polls to video feeds for television newscasts." In addition, the site supplies a short list of Writing Aids, or links that "provide the writer with dictionaries, style guides and general tips."

Columbia Journalism Review

The Columbia Journalism Review is a media monitor founded in 1961 under the support of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. " CJR examines not only day-to-day press performance but also the many forces—political, economic, technological, social, legal, and more—that affect that performance for better or worse. The magazine, which is edited by a dedicated staff of professional journalists and published six times a year, offers a mix of reporting, analysis, criticism, and commentary, always aimed at its basic goal: the continuing improvement of journalism in the service of a free society." You can read the current or past issues on this site. CJR also provides Journalism Tools, or links to recommended resources, news about the news, media outlets, and journalism jobs.

High School Journalism

This is an extremely useful site to the scholastic journalist. You can find definitions of common terms and news, feature articles, and columns related to high school journalism. You can also locate summer programs, college journalism programs, and scholarships. Other features of this site allow you to ask professional journalists questions, listen to the experiences of other high school journalists, and test your journalism skills. High School Journalism also provides lists of related awards and their winners, and links to sites relevant to the high school journalist including journalism organizations and high school newspapers online. You can search this site by keyword.

Investigative Reporters and Editors

"IRE provides educational services to reporters, editors, and others interested in investigative journalism and work to maintain high professional standards." This searchable site provides the history of the organization along with membership, training, and award information. The site also provides a resource center containing 20,000 plus investigative stories and 2,000 tip sheets, reporting guides, and beat sources. Special sections on FOIA and campaign finance are available as well.

This site is the online home of the Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Committee for Concerned Journalists. The site is aimed at citizens, print journalists, broadcast journalists, online journalists, managers, students, and teachers. The site provides a digest of media-related news, reports, surveys, articles, and speeches. The site provides tools and guidance for journalists including: strategies and techniques, professional guidelines, training information, and links to relevant Internet sites. The site also provides advice and information for students interested in pursuing a career in the media.

The Journalist's Toolbox

This searchable site presented by The American Press Institute provides many resources for the journalist arranged by topic. You can find public records or statistics, get background information on major events, find tips for covering weather or journalism jobs, read strange news stories, take quizzes, and much more. The site includes a section geared specifically toward high school journalists providing useful links with limited annotations.

National Scholastic Press Association

The NSPA site provides information about trends in high school media, contest information, and forums for the scholastic journalist. You can also find general information about the association in addition to membership, publication, and convention information. Their Sourcebook provides links and contact information for resources and organizations of interest to student journalists.

Newseum: The Interactive Museum of News

This online museum provides images of the front pages of many daily newspapers from approximately 40 countries, several online exhibits related to media history, photojournalism, and editorial cartoons. The site also features a News Mania Quiz Game and information about the museum.

Poynter Online's High School Journalism Program

"The Poynter Institute is a school for journalists, future journalists, and teachers of journalists." Find guidance on the college search, story ideas, practical writing advice, articles, and tip sheets at this site.

Student Press Law Center

"The Student Press Law Center is an advocate for student free-press rights and provides information, advice, and legal assistance at no charge to students and the educators who work with them." Find answers to frequently asked questions about media law, obtain legal help using the SPLC Virtual Lawyer, search dozens of guides to legal issues affecting student media, or visit their Homework Zone to find helpful resources about journalism, education, media law, and civil rights. The site also links to local, state, and national student journalism organizations.

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