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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)



American Society of Newspaper Editors
Represents daily newspaper editors in the Americas.

Association for Women Journalists
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
Represents around 500,000 members in more than 100 countries.

Investigative Reporters and Editors
Represents investigative journalists.

National Press Photographers Association
Serves print and television photojournalists.

Online News Association
Serves online-media journalists.

Organization of News Ombudsmen
International association of ombudsmen, or internal newsroom critics.

Radio and Television News Directors Association ( )
Membership group for electronic journalists worldwide.

Society of Professional Journalists
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
Represents designers, graphic artists, illustrators, and other visual journalists.

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. ( )
A full service site with dozens of useful links, developed by a Canadian reporter.

NewsLab ( )
Resources, story background, and training for television and radio journalists.

Project for Excellence in Journalism ( )
U.S. non-profit organization has resources and research. ( )
Resources for journalists, including beat-related links.


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

Conflict: Center for War, Peace, and the News Media

Environment: International Federation of Environmental Journalists

Investigative: International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Science: International Science Writers Association

Sports: Associated Press Sports Editors


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

International journalism center for Latin America, based in Ecuador. (Site is in Spanish.)

European Journalism Centre
Training institute based in The Netherlands, has background information on European media and resources.

IFRA Newsplex
Training centers in the United States and Germany.

Independent Journalism Foundation
Supports free press in Eastern Europe with training at four regional centers.

International Center for Journalists ( )
Training center based in the United States also has links to worldwide training and fellowship opportunities on its International Journalists` Network:

U.S. non-profit group offers journalism training around the world.

Institute for the Advancement of Journalism
South African media training institute.

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

John S. Knight Fellowships
Offer one-year professional journalism fellowships for outstanding mid-career journalists at Stanford University. (Society of Professional Journalists)
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
Newspaper training editors share ideas and exercises on this site.

Poynter Institute
A school for journalists, based in the United States. Web site provides resources, story background information, and plenty of links.

Article 19
International non-profit group supports freedom of expression and the free flow of information as fundamental human rights.

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
group defends the rights of journalists throughout the world.

Freedom Forum
News outlet dealing primarily with U.S. First Amendment and Freedom of Information issues.

Inter American Press Association
Supports free press in the Western Hemisphere.

Journalists for Human Rights
nonprofit, focused on reporting in Africa.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free legal assistance to journalists.

Reporters Without Frontiers
International press freedom organization, based in Paris. Resources in English, French, and Spanish.

World Press Freedom Committee
International umbrella group defends and promotes press freedom.


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.

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.


American Society of Newspaper Editors
ASNE Statement of Principles.
Reston, VA: American Society of Newspaper Editors, 2002.

Radio-Television News Directors Association
Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
Washington, DC: Radio-Television News Directors Association, 2000.

Society of Professional Journalists
SPJ Code of Ethics.
Indianapolis, IN: Society of Professional Journalists, 1996.

International Center for Journalists
Codes of Ethics (by country and region).
Washington, DC.
English version:

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