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Resources: Handbook of Independent Journalism

Resources: Handbook of Independent Journalism

By SOP newswire2

(List of online resources, membership groups and books) (1011)

JOURNALISM RESOURCES

MEMBERSHIP GROUPS

American Society of Newspaper Editors
http://www.asne.org/
Represents daily newspaper editors in the Americas.

Association for Women Journalists
http://www.awjdfw.org/index.html
Promotes fair treatment of women in the media and the newsroom through a scholarship program, career grants, networking, advocacy, career seminars, and the annual Vivian Castleberry Awards Competition.

International Federation of Journalists
http://www.ifj.org/
Represents around 500,000 members in more than 100 countries.

Investigative Reporters and Editors
http://www.ire.org/
Represents investigative journalists.

National Press Photographers Association
http://www.nppa.org/
Serves print and television photojournalists.

Online News Association
http://www.journalists.org/
Serves online-media journalists.

Organization of News Ombudsmen
http://www.newsombudsmen.org/
International association of ombudsmen, or internal newsroom critics.

Radio and Television News Directors Association
http://www.rtnda.org ( http://www.rtnda.org/ )
Membership group for electronic journalists worldwide.

Society of Professional Journalists
http://www.spj.org/
The Society of Professional Journalists works to improve and protect journalism. SPJ also promotes the free practice of journalism and high ethical standards of behavior. Encourages the free flow of information vital to a well-informed public, works to educate the next generation of journalists, and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

Society for News Design
http://www.snd.org/
Represents designers, graphic artists, illustrators, and other visual journalists.

REPORTING AND EDITING

Cyberjournalist.net
http://www.cyberjournalist.net/tips_and_tools/
CyberJournalist.net
is a resource site that focuses on how the Internet, convergence (see note), and new technologies are changing the media. The site offers tips, news, and commentary about online journalism, citizen`s media, digital storytelling, converged news operations, and using the Internet as a reporting tool.
Note: Convergence in the media refers to cross-platform reporting. For example: newspaper reporters file stories for the newspaper, the paper`s Web site, and even a TV or radio station owned by the newspaper.

Journalism.net
http://www.journalismnet.com ( http://www.journalismnet.com/ )
A full service site with dozens of useful links, developed by a Canadian reporter.

NewsLab
http://www.newslab.org ( http://www.newslab.org/ )
Resources, story background, and training for television and radio journalists.

Project for Excellence in Journalism
http://www.journalism.org ( http://www.journalism.org/ )
U.S. non-profit organization has resources and research.

Reporter.org
http://www.reporter.org ( http://www.reporter.org/ )
Resources for journalists, including beat-related links.

SPECIALIZED JOURNALISM

Most of these groups are membership organizations that offer training at regularly scheduled conferences and resources on their Web sites.

Business: National Center for Business Reporting
http://www.businessjournalism.org/

Conflict: Center for War, Peace, and the News Media
http://www.bu.edu/globalbeat/

Environment: International Federation of Environmental Journalists
http://www.ifej.org/

Investigative: International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
http://www.publicintegrity.org/icij/

Science: International Science Writers Association
http://internationalsciencewriters.org/

Sports: Associated Press Sports Editors
http://apse.dallasnews.com/

JOURNALISM TRAINING

American Press Institute
http://www.americanpressinstitute.org/
Training center for print journalists based in the United States. Site offers resources, including useful links at The Journalist`s Toolbox.

CIESPAL
http://www.ciespal.net/
International journalism center for Latin America, based in Ecuador. (Site is in Spanish.)

European Journalism Centre
http://www.ejc.nl/
Training institute based in The Netherlands, has background information on European media and resources.

IFRA Newsplex
http://newsplex.textamerica.com/?_ctgry=7618
Training centers in the United States and Germany.

Independent Journalism Foundation
http://www.ijf-cij.org/
Supports free press in Eastern Europe with training at four regional centers.

International Center for Journalists
http://www.icfj.org ( http://www.icfj.org/ )
Training center based in the United States also has links to worldwide training and fellowship opportunities on its International Journalists` Network: http://www.ijnet.org/

Internews
http://www.internews.org/
U.S. non-profit group offers journalism training around the world.

Institute for the Advancement of Journalism
http://www.iaj.org.za/
South African media training institute.

Institute for War and Peace Reporting
http://www.iwpr.net ( http://www.iwpr.net/ )
Special reports by region from this London-based non-profit, in multiple languages.

John S. Knight Fellowships
http://knight.stanford.edu/program/index.html
Offer one-year professional journalism fellowships for outstanding mid-career journalists at Stanford University.

Journalismtraining.org (Society of Professional Journalists)
http://www.journalismtraining.org/action/home
Provides a centralized location for journalists seeking information about professional development. The centerpiece of the site is a searchable database of local, regional, and national journalism training programs.

No Train-No Gain
http://www.notrain-nogain.org/
Newspaper training editors share ideas and exercises on this site.

Poynter Institute
http://www.poynter.org/
A school for journalists, based in the United States. Web site provides resources, story background information, and plenty of links.
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

Article 19
http://www.article19.org/
International non-profit group supports freedom of expression and the free flow of information as fundamental human rights.

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
http://www.cjfe.org/
Non-governmental
group defends the rights of journalists throughout the world.

Freedom Forum
http://www.freedomforum.org/
News outlet dealing primarily with U.S. First Amendment and Freedom of Information issues.

Inter American Press Association
http://www.sipiapa.org/
Supports free press in the Western Hemisphere.

Journalists for Human Rights
http://www.jhr.ca/
Canadian-based
nonprofit, focused on reporting in Africa.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
http://www.rcfp.org/
A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free legal assistance to journalists.

Reporters Without Frontiers
http://www.rsf.org/
International press freedom organization, based in Paris. Resources in English, French, and Spanish.

World Press Freedom Committee
http://www.wpfc.org/
International umbrella group defends and promotes press freedom.

BOOKS

Clark, Roy Peter and Cole C. Campbell (eds.)
The Values and Craft of American Journalism: Essays From the Poynter Institute.
Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2005.

The First Amendment Handbook.
Arlington, VA: The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, 2003.
http://www.rcfp.org/handbook/index.html

Hachten, William A.
Troubles of Journalism: A Critical Look at What`s Right and Wrong With the Press.
Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 3rd edition, 2004.

Hamilton, James T.
All the News That`s Fit to Sell: How the Market Transforms Information Into News.
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2003.

Overholser, Geneva, and Kathleen Hall Jamieson.
The Press.
New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Sloan, W. David and Lisa Mullikin Parcell (eds.)
American Journalism: History, Principles, Practices.
Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2002.

Sullivan, Marguerite H.
A Responsible Press Office: An Insider`s Guide.
Washington, DC: U.S. Department of State, International Information Programs, 2001.
http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/pressoffice/

ETHICS CODES

American Society of Newspaper Editors
ASNE Statement of Principles.
Reston, VA: American Society of Newspaper Editors, 2002.
http://www.asne.org/kiosk/archive/principl.htm

Radio-Television News Directors Association
Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
Washington, DC: Radio-Television News Directors Association, 2000.
http://www.rtnda.org/ethics/coe.shtml

Society of Professional Journalists
SPJ Code of Ethics.
Indianapolis, IN: Society of Professional Journalists, 1996.
http://spj.org/ethics.asp

International Center for Journalists
Codes of Ethics (by country and region).
Washington, DC.
English version: http://www.ijnet.org/Director.aspx?P=Ethics

(USINFO is a product of the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State.  Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)