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Broadcast Journalism Resources


Professional news organizations

The Illinois News Broadcasters Association
This is a good source of information about local issues and scholarships, and it has one of the best job banks around.

The Illinois Broadcasters Association

IBA tracks government/legal issues affecting broadcasters in the state. It also has an outstanding job bank that lists much more than just news opportunities. IBA has a link to scholarships, too.

The National Association of Black Journalists
NABJ is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide.

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

RCFP was created in 1970 when the nation's news media faced a wave of government subpoenas asking reporters to name confidential sources. Every serious journalist should bookmark this site.

The Radio-Television News Directors Association
RTNDA is the world's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. It represents local and network news executives in broadcasting, cable and other electronic media in more than 30 countries. Most of the major players in the television news industry are associated with RTNDA. Does the word "networking" mean anything to you? This web site also has links to jobs and scholarships, and it provides important articles on vital newsroom issues.

The Poynter Institute

The Poynter Institute calls itself a school for journalists, future journalists, and teachers of journalists. It is perhaps the most impressive private journalism "think tank" in America. It is located in St. Petersburg, FL, and offers a wide range of educational seminars. This is another "must bookmark" site you should visit regularly.

The National Press Photographers Association

If your interest is photojournalism, this is a great web site for training, resources, scholarship and job information, and examples of outstanding work in the field.

Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc.

IRE is a non-profit organization located at the Missouri School of Journalism.IT was formed in 1975 to create a forum in which journalists throughout the world could help each other by sharing story ideas, newsgathering techniques and news sources. If your definition of any news reporter includes the word "investigative," IRE is place for training and resources offered by the best of the best.

National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting

NICAR is an arm of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. and the Missouri School of Journalism. Founded in 1989, NICAR has trained thousands of journalists in the practical skills of finding, prying loose and analyzing electronic information. If you work with electronic databases, this is an outstanding resource tool.

The Society of Professional Journalists  

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation's largest and most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Their web site has extensive resource and program material, including links to jobs, internships and scholarships.

The First Amendment Center

This site is operated by Vanderbilt University. It features comprehensive research coverage of key First Amendment issues and topics, a unique First Amendment Library and guest analyses by respected legal specialists.

The Director's Guild of America

This is the web site for DGA members. It's designed to be both a tool for keeping abreast of the latest developments of the Directors Guild of America and a storehouse of the vast supply of information offered by the Guild.


Publications and other resources

Broadcasting & Cable

Broadcasting & Cable covers the entire spectrum of broadcast, cable, satellite, telco, multimedia, broadband, and other emerging technologies, and may be the most recognized source of industry news and information available.

This web site was developed by a news photographer in Virginia. It   supplies information, tips, and discussions on TV news photography, news, and the entire television medium.

This is a great link to features, organizations and other journalism-related web sites. It also has a good search engine tool.

This is a comprehensive collection of links to newspaper and television web sites, articles, and research tools. Bookmark this one. 

This site has many of the features described in It is now located within the web site for the American Press Institute and has many additional research and topical features.

NewsLab is a non-profit resource center for television and radio newsrooms, focused on training and research. They offer workshops on writing, storytelling, ethical decision-making, and other topics. Much of their work is posted on the web site. Kudos to president and and executive director Deborah Potter NewsLab's contribution to excellence in journalism

A.C. Nielsen

This is the company that conducts television market research. They're the storied TV ratings people.

The Federal Communications Commission
This is the web site for the federal government agency that regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. Janet Jackson knows about the FCC.

Television Week
This is the web site of Television Week magazine, published by Crain. It has timely, provocative articles about most things TV-related.