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Subject Bibliographer: Cheryl Riley, JCKL 2254

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Online Databases

Academic Search Complete
:: Multidisciplinary database of scholarly and peer-reviewed journals dating back to 1975

Communication and Mass Media Complete :: authoritative source for research in communication and mass media

Communications Institute for Online Scholarship (CIOS) :: article abstracts, books, and other resources related to human communication studies

Communication Studies: A SAGE Full Text Collection :: Full text of 16 communication journals

Ethnic News Watch :: Database of newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic, minority, and native press

International Index to the Performing Arts :: Indexes international periodicals on the performing arts

JSTOR :: Historical journal articles in the humanities, social sciences, business, ecology, and general science

Lexis-Nexis :: Provides a variety of legal, reference, medical, and governmental resources

Social Sciences Full Text :: Indexes journals from anthropology, family studies, political science, sociology, international relations, and women's studies, 1983-present

Westlaw Campus Research :: Search court cases, statutes, regulations, legal guides, and news articles

Print Journals
Click here for a complete list of communication and journalism journals available at the James C. Kirkpatrick Library.

Note: Consult Quest for a complete list. In addition to being available in print, some of these journals are also available electronically.

Electronic Journals

A list of electronic (and some print) journals related to journalism studies is available here.
Electronic Books

Careers in journalism
[electronic resource] / Jan Goldberg.

The complete idiot's guide to publishing magazine articles [electronic resource] / Sheree Bykofsky, Jennifer Basye Sander, and Lynne Rominger.

How the news media fail American voters [electronic resource] : causes, consequences, and remedies / Kenneth Dautrich and Thomas H. Hartley.

How to pay for your degree in journalism & related fields, 2002-2004 [electronic resource] / Gail Ann Schlachter, R. David Weber.

Media and American courts [electronic resource] : a reference handbook / S.L. Alexander.

News and the Net [electronic resource] / Barrie Gunter.

Opportunities in journalism careers [electronic resource] / Donald L. Ferguson, Jim Patten ; foreword by Morley Safer.

Sports writing handbook [electronic resource] / Steve Wilstein.

Writing features and interviews [electronic resource] : how to build a career as a freelance journalist / Christine Hall.

Writing for journalists [electronic resource] / Wynford Hicks, with Sally Adams and Harriett Gilbert

Writing sports stories that sell [electronic resource] : how to make money from writing about your favourite pastime / Jeremy Butler.

Useful Links


American Press Institute :: includes a Journalist's Toolbox; dedicated to training people in journalism education and the news industry; the research area will be useful to students

Associated Collegiate Press :: dedicated to college student journalists

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) :: an organization for journalism and mass communication faculty, administrators, students, and media professionals

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) :: the federation represents more than 500,000 journalists in 100 countries; IFJ promotes press freedom and social justice through strong, free, and independent trade unions of journalists; a list of links to organizations is useful

Journalism Education Association :: an independent scholastic journalism organization for teachers and advisors; headquartered at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Society of Environmental Journalists :: a U.S.-based organization of working journalists dedicated to improving environmental reporting; the site includes updates on environmental issues as well as a list of resources and tools

Society of Professional Journalists :: members are journalists, educators, and students; supports freedom of information and open records through programs; has a legal defense fund for journalists

Advocacy/Support Sites

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) :: tracks press conditions around the world; provides information on journalists killed and missing

Freedom Forum :: a non-partisan foundation dedicated to free press, free speech, and free spirit; three priorities include the Newseum, First Amendment and newsroom diversity

Freedom House :: an independent non-governmental organization that supports the expansion of freedom in the world; founded in 1941 by a group including Eleanor Roosevelt and Wendell Wellkie, the organization annually surveys the extent of press freedom around the world; excepts from the report are available online

Pew Research Center for the People and the Press :: sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts the center uses public opinion research to explore the public's ideas about the media and public policy

Student Press Law Center :: an advocate for student free-press rights; provides information, advice, and legal assistance to student journalists and the educators who work with them

Help for Working Journalists

Computer-Assisted Reporting :: a list of more than 600 links to resources on computer assisted reporting and freedom of information

Cyberjournalist.net :: focuses on the Internet and new technologies, always looking to see how technology is affecting jorunalism -- don't miss the Tips & Tools section

FACSNET :: a group dedicated to better journalism by providing educational opportunities for journalists; the site includes great lists of resources for journalists and techniques for writing stories; Top Issues includes the day's top stories, Reporting Tools finds tips for using the site, and Internet Resources includes traditional news beats, links to topics within those beats, and a way to search for information

Freepress :: a nonprofit, public-interest organization that advocates free expression, decentralized ownership, and enhanced federal stewardship of the US news and mass media -- spearheaded by media economics and policy experty Robert McChesney - students will find interesting commentaries of media decentralization and other reports in the Free Press Library; the list at the left will help with site navigation

Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. (IRE) :: provides education services to reporters and others interested in investigative journalism; works to maintain high professional standards; use the list at the left side of the pages to help navigate through the site; some information is restricted to members

Journlism.org :: web presence of the Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Committee of Concerned Journalists. The goal of the site is to raise the standards of American journalism and to provide journalists with tools to do better work; biggest value on the site is the section on Journalism Tools

National Press Club - Reporters' Resources :: a list of resources maintained by the Eric Friedheim Library & News Information Center at the National Press Club

News University :: a project of the Poynter Institute, it offers online, interactive, inexpensive courses to journalists of all levels of experience

Newswise :: offers press releases from more than 400 universities, nonprofit research institutes, public relations firms, governmental agencies, and corporations

Pew Global Attitudes Project :: makes available to the public data sets and reports on cross-cultural public opinion surveys

Pew Internet & American life project :: information on the digital divide, generational differences in Internet use, or Internet use in everday life

Poynter Institute :: a school for journalists, future journalists, and teachers of journalists; lots of resources

Statistical resources on the web :: organizes online statistical sources into 24 topical areas

STATS :: the mission of the Statistical Assessment Service (STATS) is to bring quality and reliability to the reporting of statistics; the organization tries to weed out bad studies by reporting on the statistics behind current issues

Media Watchdogs

Accuracy in Media :: a politically conservate citizens watchdog of the news that critiques new stories and sets the record straight on issues that receive slanted coverage

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) :: a progressive group that provides well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship

Mediachannel.org :: nonprofit group dedicated to the political social and cultural impacts of the media; a politically liberal group

Media Matters for America :: a progressive group dedicated to monitoring conservative groups for misinformation

Media Research Center :: a group of conservatives that seeks to prove that liberal bias exists in the media

Media Transparency :: organization tracing funding sources of many conservative media and political organizations

Media Watch :: a group that challenges abusive stereotypes and other biased images commonly found in the media, particularly of marginalized groups


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