Journalism and journalists

Artful Journalistic Interviewing

In Conversation: Terry Gross ( David Marchese,, 1-10-18) The Fresh Air host on the art of the Q&A, the guest that most surprised her, and how she salvages a tanking interview. "I'm not the kind of person who's doing interviews to be friends with the guests. I’m not trying to prove that I’m smart or funny. I just want the guests to say things of value. I want them to be interesting and I want them to say things that our listeners will want to hear without being embarrassed or harmed."
Q&A: Ira Glass on structuring stories, asking hard questions (The Editors, CJR and, 6-22-2017). "Ira: I’ve said this many times in many places, but the structure of stories on our show in this kind of narrative journalism is there’s plot and then there are ideas. And those are the two elements that you’re constantly monitoring to know whether or not you’ve got them....What you want is one thing leads to the next leads to the next leads the next and the reason why we do that is because once you have any sequence of actions in order of like, this happened and then this happened and this happened that creates narrative suspense because you wonder what happened next. And once you have narrative suspense, it just makes the entire project of getting somebody to listen to a story or listen to anything you’re saying so much easier because they just want to find out what’s going to happen. And then you can just take them on a journey and walk them through all kinds of feelings and ideas—even on subjects that they don’t think they want to hear about—you know, because they just get caught up in like wait like what happened next?"..."And if you have something bad to say about somebody, you say it to their face so they get to give their side of it. And, and so partly it’s just basic Journalism 101: You need to get their side of it." Tricks of the trade, such as, The Question That Always Works: ":ow did you think it was going to work out before it happened? And then how did it really work out." (The first of a series of conversations with "some of the world's great interviewers," hosted by NPR's Jesse Thorn, for the podcast The Turnaround.
The Art of the Interview (TED Talk by Marc Pachter, former head of the National Portrait Gallery, discussing his living self-portrait series--a series of interviews with amazing people--and the secrets to successful interviews).
5(ish) Questions: Texas journalist Krys Boyd and the art of the radio interview (Krys Boyd, Nieman Storyboard, ) The longtime host of "Think" talks about preparing for her daily show, and how radio is a form of oral storytelling. "I go into every interview with a plan, but I have to be listening carefully to what my subject is telling me and how they’re telling their story. Sometimes if you notice that someone is reluctant to speak, you have to accommodate your style in a way that makes it clear that you’re listening. I don’t think I demonstrate to every guest that I agree with everything they say to me, but I always want them to know that I’m listening, and I genuinely want to understand what they have to say to me."
So What Do You Do, James Lipton, Creator and Host of Inside the Actor's Studio? (Amanda Ernst's interview for Media Bistro, 4-4-12)
The Mike Wallace Interview (read and listen to some classic Sixty Minutes interviews by the master, as archived by the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin)
Taking Good Notes: Tricks and Tools (Editors, The Open Notebook 12-6-2011) Science’s online news editor David Grimm offers a trove of advice on note-taking, which he assembled for students at Johns Hopkins University’s science writing master’s program, where he is on the faculty. Grimm polled colleagues about the best way to take notes during interviews and shares their advice.
Our Favorite Mike Wallace Stories (60 Minutes Overtime)
The Art of the Interview, Dale Keiger's presentation at the CASE Editors' Forum (3-30-09)
Elizabeth Arnold on Interviewing (The Transom Review)• The Art of the Interview, ESPN-Style (David Folkenflik, NPR, 8-14-06)
Tips for interviewing people with disabilities (National Center on Disability and Journalism). This blog led me to that useful page: Some do’s and don’ts when interviewing people with disabilities (Tara Haelle, Covering Health, Association of Health Care Journalists, 10-10-17)
Krista Tippett's Master Class on the Art of Conversation ($, +Acumen, listen on demand)
Katie Couric on how to conduct a good interview (YouTube Reporters' Center, 6-26-09) "You need to use your questions as a template but you have to be willing to listen and really veer off in a different direction. I can't stand it when people don't have an ability to do that."
Beyond Question: Learning the Art of the Interview (Sandhya Nankani and Holly Epstein Ojalvo, The Learning Network, NY Times 9-20-10) How do interviewers craft and pose questions? How can questions open doors to information, shed light on important subjects and invite subjects to open up?
The interviewee's right to "edit" a transcript or story (Pat McNees)
The Art of Interviewing: How Journalists Can Get the Best Out of an Interview (Newspaper Publishing, Suite 101)
Tips for interviewing people with disabilities ( National Center on Disability and Journalism) The Best Tip: Ask the expert — the person you are interviewing.
Mary Pat Flaherty on interviewing and writing (Patrick Cassidy's Investigative Reporting webpage)
Secrets to a Successful Interview (Valerie Holladay,, 1-1-05)
Pat McNees's links to good interview questions and guides online
What to ask in a life story or oral history interview (on a somewhat different tack, but helpful links)
The Sarah Lacy/​Mark Zuckerberg Fiasco Has Deep Meaning For Social Media. (Bruce Nussbaum, Bloomberg Business, 3-12-08) On what happens when the interviewer considers herself the expert and ignores the audience.
Loosening Lips: The Art of the Interview (Eric Nalder, Seattle Times). Orig. for Seattle Times (Dec. 2008); here, PBS.
Paris Review "Writers at Work" Interviews (selections from 1953 on, a gift to the world, and with a single click you can view a manuscript page with the writer's edits)
You Don't Say Ann Hornaday's piece about reinventing the celebrity interview (Washington Post, 8-5-07)
Academy of Achievement (a museum of living history--with archives of interviews in the arts, business, public service, sports, and so on)
Archive of American Television (chronicling electronic media history as it evolves)
Charlie Rose archives (you could spend months listening--and learn a lot)
The Interview Archive (BBC)
Modern Writers (BBC Interviews with remarkable authors, not available to listeners in U.S.)
Help with emotional interviews (Chip Scanlan, Poynter, 2-23-05, updated 3-2-11) See also Lessons Learned: Handling Emotional Interviews, Part 2
Great interview questions and guides ( Links to excellent sets of questions for life story or oral history interviews.
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Covering disability, mental illness, and suicide prevention

National Center on Disability and Journalism (NCDJ)
NCDJ Style Guide, how to use appropriate language--for example, when is it appropriate to use the terms "handicapped" or "disabled." General, physical disability, visually impaired, hearing impaired, mental and cognitive disability/​seizure disorders.
Tip sheets for reporters (NCDJ)
Representing Disability in an Ableist World: Essays on Mass Media by Beth A. Haller (see Haller's links to disability resources)
Mediadis&dat (news and information about people with disabilities and disability issues)
Journalist's Toolbox (SPJ, resources on disability and accessibility) (information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division)
Social Media Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention (PDF, TeamUp, Entertainment Industries Council). Tips for organizations and individuals communicating about mental health and suicide on social media to reduce stigma, increase help-seeking behavior and help prevent suicide.
How to Use Social Media for Suicide Prevention ((PDF, TeamUp, Entertainment Industries Council). See other resources from EIC.
Changing attitudes about disability
Blogs about disability
Traveling with disability (links to blogs and websites)
Assistive devices, remodeling and other ways to enable independent living (things that make life easier when our body falls short)
Mediadis&dat (news and information about people with disabilities and disability issues)
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Resources for Investigative Reporting

including watchdog groups

Democracy’s Detectives: The Economics of Investigative Journalism by James T. Hamilton. "In riveting detail, Hamilton meticulously examines the storied history of investigative journalism in America, chronicles its current malaise, and makes a convincing case that pouring resources into gumshoe reporting makes economic sense for sclerotic news organizations. Why? Because readers hunger for more of it and are willing to pay to read it." ~Walter V. Robinson, Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist and Editor-at-Large at the Boston Globe. Much of Hamilton's data comes from the files of the group Investigative Reporters & Editors. (Thanks, Steve Weinberg)
Open Payments database (a federal program that collects and makes information public about financial relationships between the health care industry, physicians, and teaching hospitals--a good place to spot conflicts of interest)
Journalists Shouldn’t Be Fired for Investigating Their Own Publications (Danielle Tcholakian, Longreads, 2-6-18) Newsweek reporters Celeste Katz and Josh Saul, and their editors Bob Roe and Kenneth Li, were investigating "without fear or favor" why their office was raided by investigators from the Manhattan District Attorney on January 18, quickly turning around a story. They collaborated on two more stories that held their own company accountable, joined by their colleague Josh Keefe. Then on February 5, Katz, Saul, Roe and Li were abruptly fired. 'Another reporter, Matthew Cooper, tendered a letter of resignation to Pragad, criticizing the magazine’s “reckless leadership.” “It’s the installation of editors, not Li and Roe, who recklessly sought clicks at the expense of accuracy, retweets over fairness, that leaves me most despondent not only for Newsweek but for other publications that don’t heed the lessons of this publication’s fall,” Cooper wrote in the letter, which he shared on Twitter.'
Prosecutor's statement at Larry Nassar sentencing "Thank God we had these journalists. And that they exposed this truth." (CNN Staff, 1-24-18) "[W]e as a society need investigative journalists more than ever. What finally started this reckoning and ended this decadeslong cycle of abuse was investigative reporting. Without that first Indianapolis Star story in August of 2016, without the story where Rachael came forward publicly shortly thereafter, he would still be practicing medicine, treating athletes and abusing kids."
Story about genetic testing company’s problems shows how good reporting stands up to criticism (Joseph Burns, Covering Health, AHCJ, 11-17-17) "In December 2016, Charles Piller (@​cpiller), the west coast editor for Stat, reported that a genetic test to identify patients who could be prone to addiction lacked a firm scientific basis. With an eye-opening headline, “Called ‘hogwash,’ a gene test for addiction risk exploits opioid fears,” the article raised important questions about the Proove Opioid Risk test from Proove Biosciences in Irvine, Calif. See also Editor details the challenges of covering genetic testing companies that make dubious claims (Joseph Burns, AHCJ 11-15-17).
A toast to undercover journalism’s greatest coup, when reporters bought a bar (Jackie Spinner, Columbia Journalism Review, 1-26-18) "In a 25-part series, Sun-Times writer Zay N. Smith (known as Norty when he tended bar), Sun-Times reporter Pam Zekman, and Bill Recktenwald, the lead investigator for the watchdog Better Government Association, detailed a Chicago underworld of bribery, skimming, and tax evasion. The series ultimately led to indictments for a third of the city’s electrical inspectors, and major reforms in city and state codes."
This Is What’s Missing From Journalism Right Now (Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones, 8-17-16) And a slightly scary experiment to try and fix it. "Stories that truly reveal something about the way power works are not going to happen in this framework. They take time (way more time than can be justified economically) and stability. They take reporters and editors who can trust their jobs will be there, even if money is tight or powerful folks are offended. They are driven by a desire for journalism to have impact, not just turn a profit." ... 'At the time, however, some powerful, mostly East Coast editors turned up their noses at the “Chicago-style” tactics that Recktenwald and Zekman used to expose voter fraud and nursing home abuse to lawyers and doctors faking accidents for insurance claims.'
The ultimate guide to searching CIA’s declassified archives (Emma Best, Muckrock, 9-22-17) Looking to dig into the Agency’s 70 year history? Here’s where to start.
Online privacy for journalists by Michael Dagan (how to safeguard your communications, browsing, and data, from any unwanted "big brother" or intruder--indirectly how to protect a source. Proceeds go to Electronic Frontier Foundation)
Californians Aware (CalAware) (The Center for Public Forum Rights). Helping citizens, public servants and journalists keep Californians aware of critical facts and choices through access to public records, freedom to speak, assemble, or report, freedom from fear for whistleblowing, etc.
Center for Public Integrity
Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) Watchdog
Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a project of the Center for Public Integrity
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a watchdog group that uses legal actions to target government officials who sacrifice the common good to special interests (see their blog, research and investigations, video, and legal filings). See CREW's Scandals and Scoundrels.
Fix the Court Politics has infected the Supreme Court appointment process. We don't care which party created the problem or how or when it began, but we believe our elected officials should fix it. Here's how. Tell your elected representatives that the justices shouldn't serve for life. Petition the court to adopt the same disclosure rules that the rest of the government follows. Urge he judiciary to allow broadcast media in their courtrooms.
Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) Supporting investigative reporting projects around the world.
The Innocence Project
International Reporting Project (IRP, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University)
Investigate West, a new model for investigative journalism about the Pacific Northwest
Investigating Disability Issues (National Center on Disability and Journalism)
Investigative News Network (INN) (advancing sustainability and excellence in nonprofit journalism)
Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) Must-join for investigative journalists.
Investigative Reporting Workshop (American University School of Communication)
The Marshall Project (nonprofit journalism about criminal justice)
The Media Consortium (supporting powerful, passionate, independent journalism) (originally a source on tropical forests; now raising awareness about social and environmental issues relating to forests and other ecosystems)
MuckReads (ProPublica's ongoing collection of watchdog reporting by other news organizations)
Muckrock, a U.S. -based organization that assists anyone in filing governmental requests for information through the Freedom of Information Act, then publishes the returned information on its website and encourages journalism around it.
New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR), website: The Eye (Center for Responsive Politics)
Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
Project on Government Oversight (POGO), an independent nonprofit U.S. watchdog organization that investigates and seeks to expose corruption and other misconduct
ProPublica (journalism in the public interest -- a nonprofit investigative journalism organization)
Public Citizen (Washington watchdog group, protecting health, safety, and democracy)
Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University (site features these topics: interracial marriage,women's march, human trafficking & modern-day slavery, global inequality, race & justice). See also The Justice Brandeis Law Project (examining systemic flaws in the criminal justice system)
Watchdog News (@​Watchdogorg, Facebook)
Word Has It (Project Word's blog). Here's how Project Word came about.
The Reluctant Memoirist (Suki Kim, New Republic, July-Aug.2016) An investigative journalist returns from an undercover mission in North Korea to write and publish There Is No Us: My Time With the Sons of North Korea’s Elite, which she sees as investigative journalism but which her publisher calls "a memoir." “I think calling it a memoir trivializes my reporting,” she tells her editor. "My work, though literary and at times personal, was a narrative account of investigative reporting. I wasn’t simply trying to convey how I saw the world; I was reporting how it was seen and lived by others."
Extra! Extra! IRE's guide to latest investigative reporting
Loosening Lips: The Art of the Interview (Eric Nalder, PBS) In 2004, investigative journalist Eric Nalder interviewed a whistleblower from ConocoPhillips, the nation's third-largest oil company. Nader's investigation revealed that oil industry safety nets were being undermined. EXPOSÉ episode, "A Sea of Troubles." featured Nalder's investigation into the enforcement of safety regulations on oil tankers which uncovered serious safety lapses and cover-ups. Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Eric Nalder is known for his ability to get people to open up and tell all they know, on the record.
This Is What’s Missing From Journalism Right Now (Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones, 8-17-16) "Conservatively, our prison story cost roughly $350,000. The banner ads that appeared in it brought in $5,000, give or take. If 0.02 percent of the people who visit the site by the end of September sign up as sustainers, we will have proven something really important about how to keep in-depth journalism alive." Here's more about the story: • Inside Mother Jones‘ monster investigation of private prisons (David Uberti, CJR, 6-24-16) "The Mother Jones senior reporter was on assignment at a private prison in Louisiana, working as a guard. Conditions at the facility were deplorable. A poorly-trained staff lacked the support to respond to growing violence. And one of Bauer’s colleagues, who had no knowledge of Bauer’s primary job, told him that an investigative journalist should shed light on the facility’s rampant mismanagement and horrid treatment of inmates." Bauer’s grisly retelling of his time at the facility—a 35,000-word opus accompanied by a six-part video series, with a ppodcast produced with Reveal to come next week—confirms many of our worst fears about the private prison industry.

The Human Connection (Steve Weinberg's essay, for EXPOSÉ, PBS) "Pipeline to Peril," a Chicago Tribune investigation by Cam Simpson, showed how critical it can be to find and talk to human sources. The sources in this case also pointed Simpson to litigation involving individuals and institutions involved in the scandal. The documents yielded insights -- and a new trove of human sources.
The Whistleblower's Tightrope (James Sandler, CIR staff reporter, for EXPOSÉ, PBS) You're ready to blow the whistle, are you ready to pay the price? See links to more Tips from Reporters, bottom right.
Five Easy Pieces: A. Starter Kit For S.E.C. Filings (PDF on SABEW, Diana B. Henriques, The New York Times)
Covering Bankruptcy Court (PDF, Chris Roush, Carolina Business News Initiative, UNC Chapel Hill, SABEW)
Investigative reporting tips from SABEW honorees (Urvashi Verma, Student Newsroom, SABEW, April 2017)
LedgerExtra: Spreadsheets 101--Introduction to Excel (Ted Sherman and Padraic Cassidy, April 1997)
Open Secrets (Center for Responsive Politics), tracks the influence of money on U.S. politics, and how that money affects policy and citizens' lives. See for example:
---Politicians (to see who is giving how much to specific members of Congress, plus several other categories defining influence on politicians)
---Influence and Lobbying (which corporations and industry groups, labor unions, single-issue organizations spend how much to influence political decision-makers).
The Search for Local Investigative Reporting’s Future (Margaret Sullivan, The Public Editor, NY Times, 12-5-15) Part 1 of 2 parts, exploring the threatened state of local investigative reporting. Part 2: Keep the Flame Lit for Investigative Journalism (Margaret Sullivan, The Public Editor, NY Times 12-12-15).
“Why’s This So Good?” No. 101: Ida Tarbell and “The History of The Standard Oil Company” (Steve Weinberg, Nieman Storyboard, 5-3-16) Tarbell more or less singlehandedly invented investigative reporting
How a small team in Wisconsin delivers investigative reporting to 10 Gannett papers (Anna Clark, CJR, 12-16-15) Working from separate newsrooms—Madison, Sheboygan, Appleton, and, until recently, Wausau—members of Gannett’s I-team in Wisconsin make up the only statewide investigative unit in the company’s portfolio. They provide deep-dive journalism, searchable databases, and shorter watchdog pieces to 10 Gannett publications in the state, mostly smaller papers that otherwise wouldn’t be able to pursue that sort of coverage.
The story behind the 'Spotlight' movie A look at The Boston Globe's coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and the movie "Spotlight," which is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation.
Boston Globe introduces $100,000 ‘Spotlight’ fellowship (Dan Adams, Boston Globe, 12-9-15)
New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true (David Uberti, Columbia Journalism Review, 2-17-15) freelancers have abandoned at least several hundred investigations over the past five years due to a lack of resources, according to a new survey conducted by the advocacy group Project Word.
New Media, Old Problem (Project Word blog) " media companies like Gawker, Huffington Post, and Newsreel can profit exactly because they tend to aggregate other people’s work, rely on cheap opinion instead of expensive reporting, and do not really fund investigative reporting—all the while diverting audiences from legacy media that do (or did)." ... “In a world where aggregated content and new devices lure audiences and advertisers, how will substantial, diverse, expensive public-interest reporting survive?”
Investigative Journalists and Digital Security (Jesse Holcomb, Amy Mitchell, Kristen Purcell, Pew Research Center, 2-5-15) "About two-thirds of investigative journalists surveyed (64%) believe that the U.S. government has probably collected data about their phone calls, emails or online communications, and eight-in-ten believe that being a journalist increases the likelihood that their data will be collected." Most have little confidence that ISPs can protect their data; they are split on how well their organizations protect them against surveillance and hacking.
Kickstarter adds journalism and crafts to its categories. And The Guardian promotes some investigative stories funded by Kickstarter
The New York Times Navigator (Rich Meislin). Links to many internet sites of use to working reporters.
Small Pieces, Loosely Joined: On the End of Big News (Nicco Mele, Nieman Reports, Spring 2013). Fascinating analysis of what's happening to newspapers, and especially to investigative journalism--with some hints of new ways to support it.
An extremely expensive cover story — with a new way of footing the bill Zachary M. Seward, Nieman Journalism Lab. Sherri Fink's 13,000-word story about the New Orleans hospital where patients were euthanized in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, a New York Times Magazine cover story that is simultaneously available on ProPublica's site, may be "the most expensive single piece of print journalism in years." The new economics of journalism. Investigative journalism is labor-and-brain-intensive! Mother Jones on the same story: Cost of the NYT Magazine NOLA Story Broken Down (Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones 8-28-09)
An Online Upstart Roils French Media, Politics (Eleanor Beardsley, All Things Considered, NPR, 7-1-13). Great story on public radio about Mediapart, a new French Internet company and approach to investigative journalism: It "will never accept advertising. And he calls entertainment and its opinion pieces the real enemies of good journalism. 'My opinion against your opinion, my point of view against your point of view, my religion against your religion, my community — that's the sort of disorder of opinion,' he says. 'A democratic culture needs information.' "
The Public Editor’s Club at The New York Times as told by the six who lived it: An oral history of the NYT public editor (Andy Robinson, CJR, 7-20-17) Public editors disappear as media distrust grows
Stories must 'shock and amaze' for the new Investigations Fund to take off, says Stephen Grey ( Judith Townend,, 6-24-09). How a group of elite journalists hopes to rescue investigative reporting in the UK
STATS (nonpartisan analyses of how numbers are distorted and statistics misunderstood)
Story-Based Inquiry: A manual for investigative journalists (free PDF, in English, French, Arabic, or Chinese, from UNESCO)
Two dozen freelance journalists told CJR the best outlets to pitch (Carlett Spike, CJR, 2-1-17) A handful of publications that value freelancers--described with a focus on pay, the editing process, turnaround time, and the ability to maintain a relationship with the publication.
Verification Handbook: A definitive guide to verifying digital content for emergency coverage. Authored by leading journalists from the BBC, Storyful, ABC, Digital First Media and other verification experts, the Verification Handbook is a groundbreaking new free resource for journalists and aid providers. It provides the tools, techniques and step-by-step guidelines for how to deal with user-generated content (UGC) during emergencies. Funded by the European Journalism Centre and edited by Craig Silverman
Chapter 10: Verification Tools
New handbook fills training gap in verifying user-generated content (Gerri Berendzen, Aces, 2-6-14)
Verification Handbook for Investigative Reporting: A guide to online search and research techniques for using user-generated content (UGC) and open source information in investigations (free Web-based read, second installment in a series)
'Verification Handbook' Gets a Free Companion Book (Mark Allen, Copyediting, 4-17-15)
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You will find various specialized types of writing and journalism (automotive, trucking, snowsports, animal, etc.) under Specialty writing. A number of organizations will be found under Local and regional organizations.

Covering public and private tragedy and trauma

Dear Sutherland Springs, you deserve an apology from the news media (Lauren McGaughy, Dallas News, 11-9-17) "As journalists, our role as observers and investigators in times of tragedy is important. But so is our empathy and our humanity. As a profession, we must have a conversation about how best to chronicle horrors like this. We can do better."
Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma (a resource for journalists who cover violence)
Tragedies & Journalism: a guide for more effective coverage (Dart Center, PDF), includes Tips for photojournalists who respond to tragedies.
A mass shooting, only in slow motion (Glenn Jeffers, NiemanReports, 6-26-17) Newsrooms are moving away from a focus on mass shootings to tell more nuanced stories about the people and communities marred by gun violence.
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)
The relationship between terrorism and economic growth (research findings, Journalist's Resource, Shorenstein Center)
5(ish) Questions: Mark Follman and “The True Cost of Gun Violence in America” (Davis Harper, NiemanStoryboard, 6-29-17) The Mother Jones reporter talks about his landmark investigation into the staggering price of the firearms epidemic: an estimated $229 billion a year. Here's the story itself: The True Cost of Gun Violence in America (Mark Follman, Julia Lurie, Jaeah Lee, and James West, Mother Jones, 4-15-15)
Media Wise (links to excellent pieces on covering trauma and conflict)
Violence: Comparing Reporting and Reality (Fact sheet, Sara Tiegreen and Elana Newman, Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma)
Local Tragedy, National Spotlight (Joe Hight, Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma)
Breaking Bad News (download free booklet from Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma)
Help with emotional interviews (Chip Scanlan, Poynter, 2-23-05, updated 3-2-11) See also Lessons Learned: Handling Emotional Interviews, Part 2
Reporting on crisis, disaster, homeland security: Tips from Juliette Kayyem (Journalist's Resource, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, 11-23-15)
Covering Children & Trauma (Ruth Teichroeb, Dart Center) Download PDF
Tragedies & Journalists (Joe Hight and Frank Smyth, Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma)
News Media and Trauma (Dart Center) Video (watch online or order DVD) featuring Australian journalists recounting experiences and lessons learned covering traumatic stories
Covering Crime & Justice (NewsLab links to internet resources)
Criminal Justice Journalists (founded in 1997, publishes Understanding Crime Statistics). Not all links on this site worked for me. Be persistent.
Crime Databases and Statistics (SPJ Journalist's Toolbox)
The Crime Report: Your Criminal Justice Network (Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College)
Internet Resources for Covering Crime & Justice (Newslab)
Covering Columbine (Dart Center). Video (available online or order DVD), a 57-minute documentary on the traumatic impact of the Columbine High School shootings on students, families, the community and journalists.
Reporting on Crime and Crime Victims (MediaCrimeVictimGuide -- How to Facilitate Sensitive and Respectful Treatment of Crime Victims)
Beat reporting: Crime and Justice (NewsLab)
Practicing Responsible Journalism when Covering Crime (SPJ, ethics)
Public Death, Private Grief (Dart Center video, Professor Ari Goldman uses the Bruce Ivins case to examine how far a journalist can and should go when reporting on a suicide)
Reporting on Suicide website. Download PDF of Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide (PDF, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
Speaking of Suicide: Steve Stephens and Responsible Reporting (Pauline Campos, The Fix, 4-25-17) "The Foundation for Suicide Prevention recommends responsible reporting of suicide to prevent "suicide contagion” - copycat suicides or suicide clusters - a proven phenomenon in which at risk individuals can be triggered to act by reading or watching a news story in which certain factors - such as mention of method and glamorizing or sensationalizing death - are present in the coverage. News stories with dramatic/​graphic headlines, or images, also can lead to contagion suicide." More than 50 studies indicate that "Risk of additional suicides increases when the story explicitly describes the suicide method, uses dramatic/​ graphic headlines or images, and repeated/​extensive coverage sensationalizes or glamorizes a death,” according to the World Health Organization. Do not say someone "committed" suicide, parallel to "committed murder."
Grief in the Gulf (Dart Center). The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is different from a war or an earthquake, but the traumatic impact is just as real. The challenge to journalists is to report the slow-motion disaster while seeking stories of resilience and possible recovery.
The EVAs (Eliminating Violence Against Women Media Awards)
Case Consortium@​Columbia (the official web site for the Case Consortium @​ Columbia by Columbia University; includes newsroom scenarios for professors, students, schools).
Covering Disasters (Quick Tips, Dart Center)
Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma
Reporting War (PDF, Dart Center--recommendations for meeting the emotional challenges of covering war, from a group of seasoned veterans)
The Craft of Trauma Journalism (Winners of the 2009 Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma discuss journalistic craft and answer questions in a panel discussion at Columbia University)
Tragedies and Journalists (a 40-pageDart Center guide to help journalists, photojournalists and editors report on violence while protecting both victims and themselves)
Suicide coverage: time to take stock(MediaWise)
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Online journalism
BBC News Interactivess and Graphics
ScribbleLive (software that allows court reporters to live-blog court proceedings and send their updates to Twitter
Your tax dollars at work (Liena Zagare and Ben Smith, CJR, Spring 2017) How local governments could help create new media companies rather than footing the bill to keep zombie newspapers alive. A major, quiet subsidy to print community papers comes in two basic forms — legislation requiring that legal notices be published in print, and advertising by government agencies. That category of advertising, public notices, has long been a staple of newspaper revenue, jealously guarded by publishers’ lobbies in state capitols. "Their trade group, the Public Notice Resource Center, has estimated that public notices make up between 5 percent and 10 percent of community newspaper revenue...." "The original intent of the public notice laws is clear and laudable: To make sure taxpayers see how their money is being spent, and to prevent officials from hiding corrupt deals. But these days, there are print publications that exist, essentially, to carry those notices. "
How a small newspaper used iPads to bend the rules of reporting (Tim Sohn, The News Hook, 4-9-13)
NewsVroom, a mobile classroom, community outreach — and funky-looking — van that visits a number of sites each month (Cathy Hirko, York Daily Record
Participatory journalism: what to watch in 2012 (Redefining journalism's Blog, a research site exploring participatory journalism)
Risks Abound as Reporters Play in Traffic (David Carr, Media, NY Times, 3-23-14). What will happen if journalists' compensation is tied to the amount of web traffic and/​or articles they generate?
2012: The Apocalypse and the final year of journalism (Mike Brannen, FirstDraft, the SPJ generation, which, alas, allows subheads like "Allow stories the length it deserves")
People: The most valuable part of a story (Quill magazine video) (video, Brett Junvik, SPJ, on getting to know the local people and letting them help you tell an authentic international story)
How a small newspaper used iPads to bend the rules of reporting (Tim Sohn, E-byline's The News Hook--conversation about the future of media)
Online Journalism: Reporting, Writing, and Editing for New Media by Richard Craig
The State of Online Journalism Today: Controversial (Jane Friedman)
Journalists toolbox
Journalists & Booggers Toolbox blog
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Fact checking and fact checkers

Top fact-checking sites (Great search links, Writers and Editors)
Regret the Error: Mistakes Happen (Craig Silverman reports on corrections, retractions, clarifications, and trends regarding accuracy and honesty in the media), with a special category for fabrication.
How the Global Fact-Checking Movement is Changing How We Train Journalists (Michael W. Wagner, MediaShift, 10-18-16) The anticipatory fact-checking that went on before the final Clinton-Trump debate. Wagner says that Deciding What's True: The Rise of Political Fact-Checking in American Journalism by Lucas Graves argues that fact-checking is a major culture shift in journalism because it moves beyond the bounds of traditional “he said/​she said” reporting to hold politicians and other public political actors accountable for the accuracy of the claims they make.
NYT’s Sarah Cohen will make you realize how much better your public records game could be (Ryan White, Center for Health Journalism, 12-15-15) "Know public records from “propaganda. Statistics are a starting point, not an end....Think of statistics as a signpost: They can point you to the “micro data” underlying them."
The Medium (Michael Erard, The Morning News) Fact-checking is unusual in his article about “young” sign languages, only three or four generations old, which spring up all over the world, mainly in isolated villages where there’s a high prevalence of deafness.
The need to edit opinion pieces (Andy Bechter, The Editor's Desk, 11-5-13)
Q&A with Deborah Strange, Dow Jones News Fund intern (Andy Bechtel, Editor's Desk, 10-13-13)
Q&A with Ashley Leath, copy editor at Southern Living (Andy Bechtel, Editor's Desk, 5-2-13)
Check the facts: 10 tips for copy editors (Pam Nelson, ACES, 1-2-12)
The Problem With Campus Sexual Assault Surveys (Emily Yoffe, Slate, 9-24-15) Why the grim portrait painted by the new AAU study does not reflect reality. (Sometimes it's the data and their interpretation that need checking, investigating, thinking through.)
Survey Finds Slack Editing on Magazine Web Sites (Stephanie Clifford, NY Times, Business, 2-28-10)
Student guest post: Can an app replace a copy editor? (Andy Bechtel, Editor's Desk, 2-11-13). In January 2013, "the Washington Post released a prototype of its new TruthTeller app . This app fact checks a live political speech, with the help of PolitiFact, and The Washington Post." A supplement, not a replacement for copy editors.
How Did This Happen? (Clark Hoyt, NY Times, 8-1-09) on a NY Times writer who didn't get the heavy fact-checking she always needs
7 ways to make your work easy to fact check (Laura Shin, Poynter, 9-17-12)
Muphry’s Law (Canberra Society of Editors)
Why Journalists Make Mistakes & What We Can Do About Them (Mallary Jean Tenore, Poynter, 7-7-2000) "Misspelled names and typos are among the more basic errors journalists make. But there's another type of error that is harder to correct: when journalists miss the story completely." Story about Kathryn Schulz, author of Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error.
Urban Legends/​Fact-Checking (Archive, SPJ, Journalist's Toolbox)
MediaBugs . Fix the news. MediaBugs, Craig Silverman's once-upon-a-time service for correcting errors and problems in media coverage. “A media bug is an error or problem that you find in a newspaper or magazine article, broadcast news report or online posting.”
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Electronic newsletters for journalists and journalism buffs

Eleven newsletters to subscribe to if you work in media (Adeshina Emmanuel, CJR, 5-10-17). The newsletters (described in Emmanuel's article) are:
---Next Draft (David Pell’s witty curation of “the day’s most fascinating news")
---Infowarzel (BuzzFeed technology writer Charlie Warzel's behind this one)
---VoxCare (Vox's new health care newsletter)
---The Root
---La Agenda (Quartz)
---Need to Know (American Press Institute)
---The Daily Digest (NiemanLab)
---Politico Playbook
---The Interpreter (Max Fisher and Amanda Taub of the New York Times)
---Quick Hits (Investigative Reporters and Editors)
---Ida B. Wells Society newsletter

Also (and let me know of others worth linking to):
---BoSacks (hat tip to Marjorie Turner Hollman for this)
---Editors Only: The Newsletter of Editorial Achievement (discussing the changing nature of content delivery), sister pub to STRAT: The Newsletter of Print and Online Magazine Publishing Strategy
---Generations Beat Online, e-newsletter of the Journalists Network on Generations for writers/​producers covering issues in aging and retirement, distributed with in-kind assistance by New America Media, a division of Pacific News Service. Journalists can copy the content therein and can subscribe to the excellent GBO newsletter (edited by Paul Kleyman).
---Ethnic Elders Beat
---Elder News Roundup.
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How the FDA Manipulates the Media (Charles Seife, Scientific American, Oct. 2016) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been arm-twisting journalists into relinquishing their reportorial independence, our investigation reveals. Other institutions are following suit. "This kind of deal offered by the FDA—known as a close-hold embargo—is an increasingly important tool used by scientific and government agencies to control the behavior of the science press....But for [a particular] breach of secrecy, nobody outside the small clique of government officials and trusted reporters would have known that the journalists covering the agency had given up their right to do independent reporting....For example, the FDA assures the public that it is committed to transparency, but the documents show that, privately, the agency denies many reporters access—including ones from major outlets such as Fox News—and even deceives them with half-truths to handicap them in their pursuit of a story....By using close-hold embargoes and other methods, the FDA, like other sources of scientific information, are gaining control of journalists who are supposed to keep an eye on those institutions. The watchdogs are being turned into lapdogs."
Embargo on press releases, rationale for (PLoS). Breaking an embargo is a journalistic no-no, with good reason.
The Embargo Should Go (Vincent Kiernan, Inside Higher Education, 8-21-06). The system under which top journals share findings with reporters doesn't serve journalism, science or the public interest. Kiernan is the author of Embargoed Science
Should Reporters Have Agreed To The Vertex Embargo? (Matthew Harper, Forbes, 6-24-14) A reporter's final thoughts on accepting an embargo agreement on writing about a new drug.
Death to the Embargo (Michael Arrington, TechCrunch, 12-17-08)
The embargo and business journalists (Sabrina Husain, Society of American Business Writers, May 2012)

Federal policies toward media that smack of censorship
CDC official sends troubling message to employees about media questions (Trudy Lieberman, Columbia Journalism Review, 9-13-17) "An official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has instructed employees not to speak directly with members of the press, Axios’ Sam Baker reported yesterday. Several health journalists quickly condemned the CDC move, calling it “really disturbing” and a “gag order,” among other critiques."
CDC cracks down on communications with reporters (Axios ) "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to crack down on its employees' conversations with the press, according to an internal email obtained by Axios. The message — sent by public affairs officer Jeffrey Lancashire and dated Aug. 31 — instructs all CDC employees not to speak to reporters, 'even for a simple data-related question.'"
(Drew Armstrong, @​ArmstrongDrew tweeted: "The CDC is a public health institution, not a political one. Come on.")
Report finds federal researchers unsure of media rules (Jenny Mandel, Government Executive, 6-21-07) "Many federal researchers are uncertain of agency media policies and whether they can discuss the policy implications of their work, according to a new study that calls on agencies to clarify their guidelines and boost training. The report: Policies Guiding the Dissemination of Scientific Research from Selected Agencies Should Be Clarified and Better Communicated (GAO, May 2007)
Federal Court: Public Officials Cannot Block Social Media Users Because of Their Criticism (Mark Joseph Stern,, 7-28-17) "Does the First Amendment bar public officials from blocking people on social media because of their viewpoint? That question has hung over the White House ever since Donald Trump assumed the presidency and continued to block users on Twitter. "
Think before you post: Here’s the new federal-workforce guidance on social media (Eric Yoder, Federal Insider, Wash Post, 4-16-15) Federal employees would be wise to ponder before posting and to think through their tweeting in order to avoid running afoul of government ethics policies, according to newly released guidance from the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. Rules called the Standards of Conduct [updated link] apply to social media in areas such as fundraising, seeking outside employment, use of an employee’s title and more, the office said."

Financial reporting
Assets and liabilities are a reporter's first stops in financial statement (Sally Kilbridge, Muck Rack) A big part of breaking down a financial statement depends primarily on common sense: Looking at a company’s assets and liabilities. It’s also good to understand shareholder’s equity. Assets are what they sound like—cash and other investments and what’s sometimes called property, plants and equipment (or hard assets).
How to read the three major parts of a financial statement (Sally Kilbridge, Muck Rack) The first stop for a reporter looking at a public company’s financial health is its financial statement, easily found in its annual report. The three main components of a financial statement are the balance sheet (aka the Statement of Financial Position), the income statement (aka the Statement of Operations or Statement of Comprehensive Income) and the Statement of Cash Flow. This is a summary of the financial balances of a company.
I've been writing about money for 15 years, and here are the 9 best pieces of financial advice I can give you (Farnoosh Torabi, Business Insider, 10-7-15) Example: "You don’t need to be wealthy to invest, but you need to invest to be wealthy."
Make Money Writing About Money (Jessica McCann, The Writer, January 2010)
How I Broke Into Financial Journalism and What It Took to Stick Around (Tim Beyers, Contently, 2-12-15) "Whether you contribute to The Motley Fool or The Wall Street Journal, financial journalists write for investors first." Investors "expect accurate, actionable advice from the media covering the markets—which is why it’s so important to know how to read and interpret financial reports." "As a starting point, the three documents every financial freelancer should be able to dissect are: the income statement, which tells how much profit a business produced during a specific period; the balance sheet, which is a snapshot of a business’ financial health at the end of a reporting period; and the cash flow statement, which describes how the business turned sales into cash during a specific reporting period." And so on! Recommended for financial reporters in that series:
---The Enron Trial (Forbest Staff coverage, 1-30-06)
---EDGAR (database for the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC). See Researching Public Companies Through EDGAR: A Guide for Investors
---YAHOO! Finance. Go to the Ke Statistics page " if you find yourself covering an earnings report or a news item that requires quick financial context."
---Conference Call Transcripts ("conference calls reveal how managers handle tough questions from Wall Street transcripts you can access with one click.")
Economist Style Guide
Style guidelines for financial services firms (Susan B. Weiner)
New York Financial Writers Association (NYFWA)
Open Payments database (a federal program that collects and makes information public about financial relationships between the health care industry, physicians, and teaching hospitals--a good place to spot conflicts of interest)
Becoming A Financial Writer (Glenn Curtis, Investopedia, 9-7-14)
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Esquire's 70 Greatest Sentences Esquire, 10-1-03). Seventy lines that sparkle, invoke, provoke, or are just damn enjoyable to read.

Fiction about journalists and journalism

Tom Rachman's top 10 journalist's tales (Tom Rachman, The Guardian, 7-27-11) From Scoop to All the President's Men, the novelist chooses his favourite stories of a troubled trade
Steve Weinberg's favorite journalism novels (ASJA Monthly, April 2014, interviewed by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett)
Mystery writer Michael Connelly on newspaper novels
Michael Hastings’s ‘Last Magazine’ Shows War as Career Opportunity (David Carr, NY Times, 6-22-14). Read also Frank Rich's interesting piece (New York, 6-4-14) on the novel and the issues it raises: Iraq Everlasting. "We are still stuck in 2003, and it isn’t (only) George W. Bush’s fault."
Ten great novels about newspapers (Sameer Rahim and Felicity Capon, The Guardian, 11-29-12)
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Other sites and resources for
journalists and news junkies

• Ad blockers. Online publications fight back against ad blockers (Carl Harrison, Multibriefs, industry-specific news briefs, 11-17-16)
All the News That Seemed Unfit to Print (Peter Carlson, WaPo, 8-7-07) The Weekly World News was a sleazy tabloid that covered events that seemed to occur in a parallel universe. The most creative newspaper in American history, the Weekly World News broke the story that Elvis faked his death and was living in Kalamazoo, Mich. (a progressive activist news service and a project of the non-profit Independent Media Institute, whose aim is to "inspire citizen action and advocacy on the environment, human rights and civil liberties, social justice, media, and health care issues")
A Manifesto (Jason Pontin, Technology Review, May/​June 2009) Newspapers and magazines won't vanish. But they will change.
Another One Bites the Dust: Can Independent Web Journalism Survive? (Dorian Benkoil, MediaShift, 2-12-18) "The solo blogger or small team can still make a go of it, if they stay as focused on the business aspects as the editorial mission." The Awl, DNAInfo, Gothamist, BuzzFeed (struggling), Mashable (acquired cheaply)...see where the troubles lie, and why. Great visual.
An Arizona school district kept a secret blacklist for decades. A reporter found it. (Hank Stephenson, CJR, 1-23-18) "After three hours, I was the only reporter left in the room. Sometimes that’s all it takes....The credit for exposing the blacklist belongs to the school board member who chased this story for years, and the superintendent who owned up to the district’s mistakes."
Artisanal Journalism (Structure of News, on (Re)Structuring Journalism, 6-11-12). Talking about data structure and site design is not as sexy as discussing wonderful tales of narrative journalism. But it’s just as important, sez this post.
Ask a Reporter archives Read how New York Times reporters have answered students' questions, or see how different reporters have answered frequently asked questions.
ASNE archives (American Society of Newspaper Editors)
Anataomy of a News Segment (Andrew Sullivan, Daily Dish, video. 1-29-10)
Awards, grants, fellowships, and competitions (Writers and Editors)

Artisanal Journalism (Structure of News, on (Re)Structuring Journalism, 6-11-12). Talking about data structure and site design is not as sexy as discussing wonderful tales of narrative journalism. But it’s just as important, sez this post.
• The assassination of a journalist. The killing of Gauri Lankesh (iddhartha Deb, CJR, Winter 2018) Gauri Lankesh was an outspoken left-wing journalist working in an India that has become one of the world’s most dangerous countries to be a reporter. What the assassination of a Bangalore journalist says about media complacency in the face of Hindu nationalism’s violent rise in India. In spite of a lack of coordination of investigators, certain patterns have emerged that connect the killings of journalists.

The Basics: Principles of Newswriting (Ben Yagoda)
Benjamin C. Bradlee (Academy of Achievement). One of several interviews of journalists and about journalism.
The Best Damn Job in the Whole Damn World (Roger Ebert, 4-3-09)
Billionaires gone wild (Alex Pareene, CJR, Winter 2018) The American media landscape, like the rest of the country, is being reshaped by the whims of the ultra-rich. It is one thing—an infuriating thing, granted—to lose your job because of 'the market.' ...But when your livelihood is disrupted because of the whims of one powerful person—when the invisible hand is replaced by one very visible and shockingly capricious one—it is a much more bewildering experience. And it is one more journalists can expect to experience in the near future, as the economic power of the 0.01 percent increases and the revenue models underpinning traditional news-gathering shops break down."
Bloody shoes worn by Orlando doctor reveal power of detail (Roy Peter Clark, Poynter, Storytelling, 6-16-16). Editorial he uses to illustrate his point: A Flower for the Graves, an editorial by Gene Patterson. See also Fighting for Life 50 Floors Up, With One Tool and Ingenuity (Jim Dwyer, NY Times, 10-9-01)
Blue Plate (by Jay Rosen, his students at NYU, and other recruits from around the Web). A Blue Plate Special is a mix of blog posts, interviews, and informational features on a single subject, and quite a bit about blogging.

Can We Tape? A Reporter's Recording Guide A Practical Guide to Taping Phone Calls and In-Person Conversations in the 50 States and D.C. (a state-by-state guide). (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press)
Can We Talk (Thomas L. Friedman, OpEd, NY Times, 7-17-10) On the dangers of political correctness.

Contently (powering the next generation of publishing). Described by Columbia Journalism Review as a new platform to connect journalists and publishers . "Contently aims to help journalists to build their brand online and connect them with publishers looking for writers." The Contently platform is said to "streamline your editorial calendar and add efficiency to content creation--for agencies and high-volume publishers." The Content Network "empowers professional journalists and bloggers to build careers doing what they love." Through that network, Contently publishers can "scale up freelance talent for projects and ongoing work with our vetted Network of magazine-quality writing talent." We'll see how it all works out later. Report on your experiences!
The cost of reporting while female ( Anne Helen Petersen, CJR, Winter 2018) The work of a journalist is to be accessible, discerning, and persistent. For a woman, this also makes her a target. "The first time I was told I should go die a slow and painful death, it was because I had written about Kristen Stewart."
Covering children and trauma (PDF, Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma)
Covering Indian Country: How an Outsider Gets In (Steve Magagnini, Nieman Reports,
Covering various beats (Slim guides from the Association of Health Care Journalist, on Covering obesity, medical research, hospitals, the quality of health care, the health of local nursing homes, health in a multicultural society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website and data resources). Also online, archived issues of HealthBeat
Covering tragedies (PDF, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma)

Cut This Story! (Michael Kinsley, Atlantic, Jan./​Feb. 2010) Newspaper articles are too long, says Kinsley.
The Daily Miracle (William Zinsser, American Scholar, Winter 2008) Life with the mavericks and oddballs at the Herald Tribune
Digital portfolios for journalists: What are your options? (Susanna Speier, Poynter, 4-10-13) . She writes about Pressfolios, Muck Rack,, Contently, and "industry-agnostic" platforms such as WordPress. a href=""target="_blank">Document Cloud, created by journalists from ProPublica and The New York Times as an online repository of source documents. From an interesting story in the newsletter of the Association of Health Care Journalists: "Explore how the Las Vegas Sun used DocumentCloud to present hospital inspection reports, and the violations they contained, to its readers": an interactive graphic created by combining Document Cloud with Flash "to make the reports searchable and more meaningful to the public"

The Editors (BBC News' blog on dilemmas and issues BBC faces, welcoming comments)
The Editor's Desk (thoughts on editing for print and online media, with an emphasis on U.S. newspapers and news websites)
Editors Only: The Newsletter of Editorial Achievement (discussing the changing nature of content delivery), sister pub to STRAT: The Newsletter of Print and Online Magazine Publishing Strategy8 steps to upgrade your everyday news stories with ‘tiny narratives’ (Katia Savchuk, CJR, 4-13-17) Breaking news and hard-hitting features put the facts center stage. Savchuk scatters “tiny narratives”--compact anecdotes, sometimes only a few lines long--throughout a fact-driven article. "Those nuggets of humanity can help keep readers on the page." Excellent examples.
An Elegy for Copy Editors (Lawrence Downes, OpEd, NY Times, 6-16-08) The job hasn’t disappeared yet, but it is swiftly evolving, away from an emphasis on style and consistency, from making a physical object perfect the first time. The path to excellence is now through speed, agility and creativity in using multiple expressive outlets for information in all its shapes and sounds.

Ethnic Media Network (New America Media)

FacTank (Pew Research Center, News in the Numbers)

Five Great Stories You Didn’t Read in 2005 (Edward B. Colby, Columbia Journalism Review, 12-26-05)

5 Ways to Get People to Contribute Good Content for Your Site. Mallary Jean Tenore (Poynter Online, 11-11-10) gives advice on getting good user-generated content (crowdsourcing, or community editorial): "Master the 'fine art of the prompt'; understand what motivates contributors (and that "your content providers are not necessarily your content consumers") and reward them.

Foreign Reporting We’re Missing the Story: The Media’s Retreat From Foreign Reporting (Anjan Sundaram, NY Times, Opinion, 7-25-14) Stringers provide the little deeply reported news we get from Congo, where Sundaram reported as a stringer for AP. He wrote about that experience in Stringer: A Reporter's Journey in the Congo

From Silent Mode to Heated Mode: Reconstructing the Magazine Future… the Popular Science Way. Samir Husni's interview with Mark Jannot; includes “six basic principles that underlie the Mag+ digital platform.” Sidebar: Me and My iPad, in Mr.Magazine blog

Front pages of today's newspapers (881 front pages from 91 countries, for example--sponsored by Newseum, Washington DC's most interactive museum


Generation J Community (SPJ, section for journalism school grads)
The golden age of computer-assisted reporting is at hand (Mathew Ingram, Nieman Lab, 5-20-09) A little dated, but just to give a sense of recent history!
Goodbye to the Age of Newspapers (Hello to a New Era of Corruption) (Paul Starr, New Republic, 3-4-09)
Help a Reporter (HARO) (the jouralists' side: Post a query)
How News Happens: A Study of the News Ecosystem of One American City (Pew Resarch Journalism Project, 1-11-10)
How we're working with reporters from around America to cover class and inequality (Alissa Quart and Jessica Reed, The Guardian, 6-26-17) The national media failed to cover large swathes of the US pre-election, while rural voices have been quieted by the decimation of local news. Our On The Ground project aims to remedy these issues
Idea Lab (Media Shift)
If a Pharmaceutical Company Publishes a Magazine, Is it Journalism? (Michael Schulson, Undark, 2-12-18) That’s the nagging question for LeapsMag, a new science publication underwritten by Bayer, the pharmaceutical and agricultural sciences conglomerate. "I chose not to write for Leaps, concerned that taking money from Bayer would compromise my ability to report on the company." “It was clear that, yes, they did want an independent publication, as long as it didn’t criticize ethical issues that touched on Bayer.” (Read the comments, too.)
In Search of Equity: the Media Consortium Reinvents Itself (Jo Ellen Green Kaiser, Idea Lab, 9-20-17) The big drivers of national political life—immigration, education, health care—all begin with local stories. To best tell the story of our times we need to be able to tell these stories where they start. The Media Consortium was founded in 2006 to create a collaborative network of self-sustaining independent progressive journalism outlets. The good news is that this work has succeeded. After a dozen years, the Media Consortium will be sunsetting so that a new, stronger organization can rise in its place. The big drivers of national political life—immigration, education, health care—all begin with local stories. To best tell the story of our times we need to be able to tell these stories where they start. Those best equipped to tell these community-specific stories are reporters living in those communities. Here’s what we imagine as the next iteration of the organization that is currently called the Media Consortium: The new organization will be a network of news outlets dedicated to building a racially equitable independent media ecosystem. Consortium members will center the voices of culturally-specific communities, promote local/​national partnerships, and work collaboratively to grow impact.
The Inheritance (Mark Bowden's story in Vanity Fair about Arthur Sulzberger and the NY Times, 3-30-09) With a doomsday clock ticking for newspapers as we know them, no one has more at stake than fourth-generation New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., who is scrambling to keep his family’s prized asset alive. Some see him as a lightweight cheerleader, others as the last, best defender of quality journalism. Talking to company insiders, the author examines the nexus of dynasty and character that has brought the 57-year-old Sulzberger to the precipice.
IRE Tipsheets (Investigative Reporters & Editors)

Journalism Awards (Poynter). Links to 22 awards.
Journalism Director Suddenly Stripped of Title (Dylan Campbell, The Kingsman: The Voice of Brooklyn College, 9-19-17). Piqued that Anthony Mancini, deputy chair of the journalism program (under English department chair Ellen Tremper), went above her head to argue for something for the journalism program, Tremper fired Mancini as deputy chair (though not as a professor). Mancini argues that journalism no longer belongs in the English department. The result: Much campus support for Mancini. (Disclosure: Mancini is a personal friend.)
Journalism links (Society of American Travel Writers)
Journalism Listservs and Newsgroups (Mike O'Reilly, Jourmalist's Toolbox, Society of Professional Journalists, 5-22-16)
A Journalist's Guide to the Internet (Christopher Callahan). With whole valuable pages, such as Journalism Organizations & Related Sites
Journalist's Resource (Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy). Research on today's news topics.

Ledes and Sewer Fat Wall Street Journal writer Barry Newman: 'like all reporters, I’m an exception' (Barry Newman, The Guardian, 4-23-15) The journalist behind more than 400 Wall Street Journal front-page features reveals his techniques for opening stories – and shows how he made a riveting read out of fat in sewers. The part about ledes is okay; the story about what a problem fat is in New York's sewers is fascinating (and its implications for what fat might be doing in your body will probably stick with you).

LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN) and Resources Clearinghouse (brings together professionals interested in the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals ages 50-plus)

Link journalism, Google's power on the Web, and the backlash against URL shortening. Start with Nicholas Carr's Rough Cuts piece, Google in the Middle, about how, as a news aggregator, Google capitalizes on the fragmented oversupply of news and the current structure of the news business. Go to Scott Karp's pieces, on Publishing 2.0: How Google Stole Control Over Content Distribution By Stealing Links ("Google isn't stealing content from newspapers and other media companies. It's stealing their control over distribution" 4-10-09) and Mainstream News Organizations Entering the Web’s Link Economy Will Shift the Balance of Power and Wealth (10-16-08). As Karp points out in his April piece, the backlash against URL shorteners (see Joshua Schacter's blog on url shortenders) and site framing (see Joshua Topolsky on Why Engadget is blocking the DiggBar) "is all about who controls the links, and which links Google is going to read and credit." We'll no doubt be seeing more stories like this one by Nicholas Kolakowski, on Publish: AP, Google Deny Conflict, But Bloggers May Be in Sights.
Later, more stories came: Scott Karp on How Networked Link Journalism Can Give Journalists Collectively The Power Of Google And Digg, Mindy McAdams on Link journalism: Credibility and authority), Jack Lail in Link journalist , Josh Catone,ReadWriteWeb asking Link Journalism: Is Linking to News a form of journalism?, and Catone refers to the Public Editor piece in the NY Times, by Clark Hoyt: What That McCain Article Didn’t Say .
Why link out? Four journalistic purposes of the noble hyperlink (Jonathan Stray, NiemanLab, 6-8-10) Links are good for storytelling (give journalists a way to tell complex stories concisely). Links keep the audience informed. Links are a currency of collaboration. Links enable transparency. (This interesting piece also links to many other interesting pieces.)
(Sue Russell referred me to this excellent related batch of stories.)

Magazines and Their Web sites (a Columbia Journalism Review survey and report by Victor Navasky with Evan Lerner, March/​April 2010). And Tangled Web (their article about the CJR survey of practices at magazines). It is like the Wild West out there. Advertising is king; there is little copyediting online; under Web editors there may be little or no fact-checking; speed is a priority, so print standards may be abandoned; corrections may be made with no acknowledgment of the original error; print may reach a smaller audience but still has more aura of prestige. Some thoughts: “We migrated from a print publication supplemented with online articles to an online publication supplemented with print editions.” “The Web site is an extension of the print magazine, although it reaches far more people.” “I see four missions for the Web site: to build community; to allow us to do things, such as interactive lists and video, that we can’t do in print; to speed news to the reader faster than the print product; and ultimately, of course, to make money…”
Do-It-Yourself Magazines, Cheaply Slick (Ashlee Vance, NY Times, 3-29-09)
Magazines Cross the Digital Divide (Keach Hagey, WSJ, 1-18-13). Print publishers have a long, love-hate relationship with electronic media, dating back to the dawn of the internet. Buffeted by declining advertising, magazines are turning to tablet computers and digital editions to boost circulation revenue. In doing so, they are hoping to reset decades of subscription discounting.
Magazine Ad Slump Sends Publishers Into Freefall (Tim Mulaney, Bloomberg, 2008)
A Magazine Startup Checklist (William Dunkerley, STRAT, 12-13-10)
STRAT: The Newsletter of Print and Online Magazine Publishing Strategy
Mr. (Samir Husni's blog)

Media Myth Alert. Joseph Campbell's blog sums up myths reported in his book Getting It Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism. Tom Ashbrook interviews Campbell about the myths on NPR's radio program On the Point: When the Media Got It Wrong.

Mediashift: Your Guide to the Digital Revolution (PBS), hosted by Mark Glaser. Check out such pieces as
• Rethinking the Role of the Journalist in the Participatory Age by Alfred Hermida, 7-9-10
• WikiLeaks, iPhone Incidents Show that U.S. Needs Shield Law by by Clothilde Le Coz,7-1-10
• 5Across: Beyond Content Farms by Mark Glaser, 7-27-10. "Content farms or mills churn out massive amounts of content tailored to Google searches. But the approach to churning out that content varies from how-to articles (Demand Media), vertical topics (High Gear Media), hyper-local ( and sports (Bleacher Report, SB Nation). And at some sites, writers get paid a small amount, while at others they toil for free."
• Writers Explain What It's Like Toiling on the Content Farm by Corbin Hiar 7-21-10
• 5 Digital PR Lessons from BP's Oil Spill Response by Ian Capstick 7-12-10.
• How to Teach Social Media in Journalism Schools (by Alfred Hermida, 8-30-10)

Mike Sager's Tips (50 Ways to Improve Your Writing, Fifty-Three Ways to Improve Your Reporting, Twenty-Five Ways to Improve Editorial Relations)

A mission for journalism in a time of crisis (The Guardian, 11-16-17) In a turbulent era, the media must define its values and principles, writes Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner. This part is particularly apt right after the U.S. Republicans passed their big Tax Reform gift to the wealthy: "Skyrocketing inequality between the rich and poor has bred resentment at the political and economic establishment. In October it was revealed that the world’s super-rich now hold the greatest concentration of wealth for 120 years – many of them taking elaborate steps to avoid tax in the process, as the Paradise Papers showed." See Paradise Papers leak reveals secrets of the world elite's hidden wealth (Juliette GarsideThe Guardian, 11-5-17)

Nearly 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism (Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, 5-4-11). These must-reads are his personal picks for the best nonfiction of 2010. Happy reading!
A Nebraskan and a New Yorker cross swords over ‘coastal bias’ in reporting (Ryan Bell, CJR, 2-7-18) 'The rise of digital publishing, such as Slate, was supposed to herald a new age in journalism where place would be of little importance. Reporters could work from anywhere in the country, so long as there was a good internet connection. Digital newspapers and magazines did create a bump in the industry, from 77,900 jobs in 2007 to 206,700 in 2017, but those reporters were stationed in the big cities. “Their reporters, an admirable lot,” wrote Jack Shafer for Politico, “can parachute into Appalachia or the rural Midwest on a monthly basis and still not shake their provincial sensibilities: Reporters tote their bubbles with them.” It was a matter of time before a local reporter would take a swing to pop that bubble.'
New American Media (expanding the news lens through ethnic media)
News Feature v. Narrative: What’s the Difference? (Rebecca Allen, Nieman Storyboard, 1-9-06). Excellent explanation and examples.
News Gets New Life When Exhumed From the Morgue (Jeff Roth, Erika Allen, NY Times Q&A, 5-20-14)
Jeff Roth takes us on a basement tour of The New York Times’s archives, known as the morgue, explains how old clips in morgue are repurposed for an obituary.
NewsLab: Resources Many helpful links
NewsLab: Tools Many helpful links
• Newsletters. Here’s how to build a better newsletter, according to a bunch of self-professed newsletter nerds (Christine Schmidt, Nieman Lab, 1-24-18) In the unquenchable quest for greater interaction with readers, journalists have become nerds for newsletters--talking about best practices for A/​B testing, actually landing in inboxes, and using email newsletters to build community. "Have a voice, tone, mission and audience in mind for every email you send."
Newswise Theme Wires Calendar. Professional journalists can sign up to receive Newswise news alerts, access to embargoed news, and contact info for expert sources. There is a Daily Wire, a Science Wire, a Medical Wire, a Life Wire, and a Business Wire

The Open Notebook. The story behind the best science stories. For example:
Seth Mnookin follows a family battling a rare genetic disease (Sara Carpenter) Mnooking set out to learn: What do you do when you learn your child could die from a disease with no other known sufferers? The story: One of a Kind (New Yorker, 7-21-14) What do you do if your child has a condition that is new to science? when you learn your child could die from a disease with no other known sufferers?

The Paper Trail Through History (Jennifer Schuessler, NY Times on Books, 12-16-12). Ben Kafka in his book The Demon of Writing: Powers and Failures of Paperwork, "traces the modern age of paperwork to the French Revolution and the Declaration of the Rights of Man, which guaranteed citizens the right to request a full accounting of the government." (He writes of one clerk in France who in 1794 is said to have saved hundreds of people from the guillotine by disappearing the relevant paperwork.) Lisa Gitelman, who is writing a book about the history of documents, points out that photocopying (as Daniel Ellsberg did with the Pentagon Papers), is one aspect of document leaking that historians have not paid attention to, but “Even though we think of copying now as perfunctorily ripping something off, [Ellsberg] was expressing himself by Xeroxing,”

Photographers: Fight for your rights (NewsLab guide) Confrontations that impair the constitutional right to make images are becoming more common. To fight the abuse of your right to free expression, you need to know your rights to take photographs and the remedies available if your rights are infringed.

PowerReporting (Bill Dedman's excellent resources for journalists). He's no longer updating links, but those new to journalism should check out such gems as:
Web treasure hunt (10 questions to test newsroom literacy)
Power Reporting, newsroom training in computer-assisted reporting, writing and editing (bring his seminars to your newsroom)
Sample guidelines on Internet use in the newsroom (old but still helpful)

Poynter (rich daily resource on journalism, from the Poynter Institute, trainer of journalists). Here's a history.

Process Journalism. Instead of the finished story as posted in a print newspaper in, say, 1980, fully researched and reported and fact-checked and final, stories on the Web are being reported as they are investigated. Here are some pieces online about process journalism (which seems to be different from link journalism but I'm not sure how):
Product v. Process Journalism: The Myth of Perfection v. Beta Culture (Jeff Jarvis, guesting on The Huffington Post)
The Imperatives of the Link Economy (Jeff Jarvis, The Buzz Machine), who compares the content economy and the link economy. "Links are a key to efficiency. In other words: Do what you do best and link to the rest." And: "The market needs help finding the good stuff; that curation is a business opportunity."
Get the Tech Scuttlebutt! (It Might Even Be True.)(Damon Darlin, Ping, NY Times)
The Morality and Effectiveness of Process Journalism (Michael Arrington, TechCrunch)
Bloggers Defend 'Beta' Journalism (Nicole Ferraro, Internet Evolution).

Reporting on Suicide website. Download PDF of Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide (PDF, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
Right-wing media obsesses over FBI text message story; hours later it's debunked (Oliver Darcy, CNN Media, 2-7-18) The "narrative ricocheted through the pro-Trump media universe in what has become a pattern for stories that seem to call the investigation into Trump into question, or suggest that the investigation into Clinton wasn't thorough. The misleading messaging was delivered to millions of people through Fox News' airwaves and through other pro-Trump media, which went into overdrive. Articles about the text led websites from the Drudge Report and Breitbart to InfoWars and the Gateway Pundit....Fox News continued to discuss the story on its air Wednesday afternoon, even after multiple outlets -- including the Wall Street Journal, which is controlled by Fox head Rupert Murdoch -- had reported contrary information."
Riptide: An oral history of the epic collision between journalism and digital technology, from 1980 to the present (Digital Riptide, September 2013). Three veterans of digital journalism and media — John Huey, Martin Nisenholtz, and Paul Sagan, Fellows at the Joan Shorenstein Center at the Harvard Kennedy School — interviewed dozens of people who played important roles in the intersection of media and technology — from CEOs to coders, journalists to disruptors. Riptide is the result: more than 50 hours of video interviews and a narrative essay that traces the evolution of digital news from early experiments to today. It’s what really happened to the news business.
The Rise and Fall of Liz Smith, Celebrity Accomplice (John Leland, NY Times, 7-28-17) She was the most powerful gossip columnist in
the 1980s. The price of admission, she discovered, was often uncritical reverence. Celebrities learned they could count on Ms. Smith. A tabloid celebrity herself, she could turn anyone into a star overnight. Until she couldn’t.

Small news outlets influence us more than we think (Giorgia Guglielmi, Science Magazine, 11-9-17)

The Smoking Gun (uncovers public documents on crimes, celebrities, politicians, and the FBI)

Solutions Journalism. Here's an example, which Tina Rosenberg recommended: Seeking Safety, a series in the Fayetteville Observer, which serves as a model for solutions journalism (in this case to address the crime problem in Fayetteville): "Investigative reporter Greg Barnes spent a year traveling around the southeast writing about what other cities were doing that had evidence of success. No advocacy, very strong journalism, big impact."

State of the News Media 2011. The Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism reports that people are spending more time with news than ever before, but are increasingly doing so online. Of all the traditional media, the audience for AM/​FM radio has remained most stable. Interesting report.

Tangled Web. Victor Navasky and Evan Lerner report on a Columbia Journalism Review Survey, which finds that magazines are allowing their Web sites to erode journalistic standards. See also the full CJR report: Magazines and Their Web Sites (click on opening page to get text).
Tech Is Starting to Lose Its War on Journalism (Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View, 1-24-18) Rupert Murdoch is right: It's time for professional media to mount a counterattack. Now that tech platforms are realizing they have no good replacement for quality journalism, it's time for them to start paying for it. Good content can't be free. It's time for a counterattack.
There’s a Digital Media Crash. But No One Will Say It (Josh Marshall, TPM, 11-17-17) Problem "1 (too many publications) and Problem #2 (platform monopolies by Google, Facebook, and others) "have catalyzed together to create Problem #3 (investors realizing they were investing in a mirage and don’t want to invest any more)."
30 Organizations Dedicated to Keeping Journalism Great (Jeremy Porter, Journalistics, 5-18-09)
The Three Key Parts of News Stories That Are Usually Missing (Matt Thompson, Poynter, 8-22-09) Longstanding facts. How journalists know what they know. The things we don't know.
Tips for Aspiring Op-Ed Writers (Bret Stephens, Op-Ed column, NY Times, 8-25-17)
Top 15 newspaper sites of 2008 (Nieman Lab)

Top 30 Job Sites for Careers in Broadcast Journalism (Molly Canfield, Journalism Journeyman 6-14-11)
The Transformation of NPR (Jennifer Dorroh, American Journalism Review, Oct./​Nov. 2008) On NPR's reinvention as a multimedia, multiplatform force.
Trust Index (2018 Edelman Trust Barometer Global Report) Surveys show trust in government and the media falling, compared with nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and business. U.S. trust in media diverges along voting lines, with a 34 point difference between Republicans (low trust) and Democrats (whose trust in government has declined since presidential election).
Truthout Has Unionized (Maya Schenwar and Matt Renner, Truthout, 9-14-09). First online-only news site to unionize.
Two dozen freelance journalists told CJR the best outlets to pitch (Carlett Spike, CJR, 2-1-17) She comments on Mel Magazine, Pacific Standard, Los Angeles Times, Quartz, The Guardian, and The New Yorker.

A Vanishing Journalistic Divide (David Carr, NY Times, 10-10-10). "Open up Gawker, CNN, NPR and The Wall Street Journal on an iPad and tell me without looking at the name which is a blog, a television brand, a radio network, a newspaper. They all have text, links, video and pictures. The new frame around content is changing how people see and interact with the picture in the middle." Carr goes on to point out what traditional journalism does that the others don't and why we should be glad it still exists.

Video Journalism
Citizen Tube
Pulitzer Center: Tips for Video Journalists (part of YouTube Reporters' Center) "The golden rule in video journalism is that you never have enough B roll."
Using Google Maps in your online coverage (IJNet)

What a billionaire can do for a paper (Hint: It’s not always good) (David Beard, Poynter, 2-12-18) What new L.A. Times owner Patrick Soon-Siong can learn from Jeff Bezos and the Washington Post.
What type of journalist are you? (Nicole Smith Dahmen, CJR, 1-24-17) "Historically, journalists were divided into two groups: the Disseminators, who favor detachment and objectivity, and the Interpretives, who favor involvement and advocacy. By the early 2000s, two new roles emerged: the Adversarials, who show a more combative outlook toward government and business, and the Populist Mobilizers, who reflect a movement toward civic journalism that emphasizes giving ordinary citizens a voice." Dahmen, Karen McIntyre, and Jesse Abdenour conducted a study of more than 1,300 newspaper and online journalists across the US which showed "the emergence of a new journalistic ideology: the Contextualist...this new group of journalists places high value on acting with social responsibility, contributing to society’s well being, and alerting the public to both threats and opportunities, while still holding firm to journalism’s responsibility to portray the world accurately....While conventional news stories focus on conveying information (a just-the-facts approach), contextual news stories provide a deeper understanding of the news, thereby providing a big-picture approach."
Who killed Time Inc.? (Howard R. Gold, CJR, 2-1-18) "No one has figured it out because there’s nothing to figure out. It’s like the horse trying to figure out the automobile."
Why it is so hard for foreign journalists to get published? (Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Science Writers, NASW, 2-8-18) Why don't foreign bylines appear more often in such publications? In a roundtable conversation conducted by email, editors and freelance writers were asked about the challenges writers face in working across international boundaries.
Women in Journalism oral history interviews (Washington Press Club Foundation) Links to some transcripts.
Who Owns What? (Columbia Journalism Review's guide to what the major media companies own)
Why Journalists Make Mistakes & What We Can Do About Them (Mallary Jean Tenore, Poynter, 7-7-10)
You Can’t Sell News by the Slice (Michael Kinsley, NY Times, Oped, 2-9-09)
Your Tax Dollars at Work (Liena Zagare and Ben Smith, Columbia Journalism Review, Spring 2017) Move legal notices online. "Part of the explanation for the failure of local digital media is the same litany of woes faced by old media: a struggling display ad business; the complete dominance of Facebook and Google, which have absorbed most of the growth in digital ads; and the inherent difficulties in building the scale that powers many digital media businesses through deep coverage for a niche audience. But we would suggest there’s another uncomfortable and underreported reason for the struggles of new community news startups, as well as the survival of a kind of zombie community print press that soldiers on increasingly without an audience: the major, quiet subsidy to print community papers, which comes in two basic forms — legislation requiring that legal notices be published in print, and advertising by government agencies. [Emphasis added.] ...If you want to reach local residents, and alert them to something of civic interest, online community publishers, with their engaged audiences, can do this far better than their print counterparts—and provide fodder for search engines on the side. “State laws should reflect changing times,” NY state representative Nily Rozic told us. “When posting notices about government or private sector activities, important information should expand its reach to local digital media, meeting readers where they are.”
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Journalism schools, degrees, and training
Dallas editor’s plea to the next generation of journalists: ‘Care.’ (Kristen Hare, Poynter, 4-6-17) Selwyn Crawford gave an impassioned speech to 400 Texan students at the end of The Dallas Morning News' annual High School Journalism Day (and i quote from article): It used to be that people were impressed when they learned you were a journalist, he said on Thursday. Now, they're dismayed."Journalists aren't the enemy of the people," he said. "We are the people. If the kids don't understand that, then we've really got a problem. But before you can understand anything, you've got to care enough to want to be involved.""I promise you, for those that have even more than just a fleeting interest in journalism, and especially in the day and the time that we live in, it's going to become even more important. I urge you — and I daresay I challenge you — I challenge you to pay attention, to get involved, to know what's going on in your community, and to care. To care."
How NPR's Next Generation Radio, which trains young journalists, has evolved since 2000 (Doug Mitchell, IJNet, 7-16-14)
BBC Academy. The College of Journalism, part of the BBC Academy alongside the Colleges of Production and Technology, oversees training for BBC News staff. This website focuses on core skills, safety, specialist areas, legal and ethical issues, and houses the News style guide. It's a site about BBC journalism. (SPJ for the Council of National Journalism Organizations)
Best Schools for Journalism (Jeremy Porter, poll results, Journalistics, 7-6-09)
The Definitive Guide to Online Journalism Degrees & a Career as an Internet Journalist (Molly Canfield)
The Best Online Journalism Degrees (Molly Canfield)
News University (Poynter's online courses, inexpensive and often free, with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation). See list of NewsU courses.
How to Become a Journalist (College Boards)
You Just Graduated From Journalism School. What Were You Thinking? (Michael P. Ventura, The Village Voice 7-28-09). J-School students try to stay upbeat about their future and their industry
Letter to a Young Journalist (Lane DeGregory, Gangrey, 9-16-13). Wonderful advice for journalists of any age.
100 Exemplary College Newspapers for Journalism Students (Heather Silver, A lot of work went into compiling this list, with descriptions. Good work, Heather.

Journalism organizations

American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors (AASFE)
American Copy Editors Society (ACES)
American Jewish Press Association
American Journalism Review (AJR), no longer publishing original content, but website and archives still available online.
American Press Institute (API), training and professional development
American Society of Business Publications Editors (ASBPE)
American Society of Journalists & Authors (ASJA), professional association of freelance/​independent journalists and nonfiction book writers, who share info about markets, writing rates, contracts, editors, agents, etc. Members have access to samples of successful query letters and book proposals, among other resources. Non-members may attend the annual conference (Saturday), which is preceded by a more advanced day for members only (Friday), and followed by longer, more targeted workshops for everyone, on Sunday .
American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), the editorial part of Magazine Publishers of America(MPA)
American Society of News Editors (ASNE)
Asian American Journalists Organization (AAJA)
Associated Collegiate Press (ACP), for U.S. college student media
Associated Press Media Editors (APME)
Associated Press Photo Managers (APPM(
The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM)
Association for Women Journalists (AWJ-Chicago)
Association of Alternative News Weeklies (AAN)
Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors (Capitolbeat)
Association of Food Journalists (AFJ)
Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ), helpful for anyone reporting on health and medical news and issues, staff or freelance
The Association of Independents in Radio (AIR)
Authors Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) (UK)
Broadcast Education Association (BEA)
Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC)
California Chicano News Media Association (CCNMA), Latino Journalists of California
Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ)
Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma (an educational charity promoting the physical and emotional safety of journalists in Canada and abroad), which has editorial control of MindSet Media Guide: Reporting on Mental Health (PDF, free download, in French or English)
Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families
Center for Citizen Media (encouraging grassroots media, especially citizen journalism, not to be confused with Huffington Post, which means not getting paid to write)
Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), dedicated to improving U.S. efforts to promote independent media in developing countries around the world
Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), investigative reporting on the Web
The Center for Public Integrity (CPI), a US-based nonprofit investigative journalism organization whose stated mission is "to reveal abuses of power, corruption and dereliction of duty by powerful public and private institutions in order to cause them to operate with honesty, integrity, accountability and to put the public interest first." Here's Wikipedia entry on and how CPI is funded .
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College Media Advisers (CMA)
Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Defending journalists worldwide.
Council of National Journalism Organizations (CNJO)
Criminal Justice Journalists. See CPJ's blog.
CyberJournalists.Net (Online News Association, with tips, news, commentary re online and citizen journalism and digital storytelling)
Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma (a resource for journalists who cover violence)
Design & Artists Copyright Society (DACS, UK)
Displaced Journalists (a community where displaced journalists find common ground and "begin to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and get on with our lives and livelihoods")
Editorial Photographers (EP)
Education Writers Association (EWA)
Food and Environment Reporting Network (FERN) , independent, nonprofit news organization that produces investigative reporting on food, agriculture, and environmental health
Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ), supporting investigative reporting projects around the world
Gen Beat Online(. Generations Beat Online (GBO), the e-newsletter of the Journalists Network on Generations for writers/​producers covering issues in aging and retirement
Independent Press Association (IPA)
Independent Press Institute (IPI), aiming to strengthen community voices and empower the media that serve them, New York Community Media Alliance.
Inland Press Association (IPA)
International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) (excellent resources)
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ, the world's best cross-border investigative team, a project of the Center for Public Integrity)
International Journalists' Network (IJNet)
International Reporting Project (IRP), a project at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University that aims to fund independent journalistic coverage of "under-reported" events around the world (e.g., ten journalists are brought to the IRP office in Washington, D.C. to participate in a five-week overseas reporting project, and 24 "gatekeeper editors" are selected to visit countries of importance in the news)
International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors (ISWNE)
Inter American Press Association (IAPA)
International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF)
Investigative News Network (INN), helps nonprofit news organizations become sustainable
Jazz Journalists Association (Jazzhouse)
Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS), which has a JAWS Camp (Conference and Mentoring Project) that sounds interesting but produced a tee shirt that I inherited in a White Elephant exchange--the ugliest such tee shirt I've ever seen.
Journalism Education Association (JEA), scholastic journalism and media education (managed by SPJ for the Council of National Journalism Organizations)
Kid Magazine Writers (about writing for children and teen magazines--includes guidelines for many publications)
Los Angeles Press Club
Media Bloggers Association (MBA)
Military Reporters and Editors (MRE)
National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)
National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE), for journalists covering real estate and home and urban design
National Association of Science Writers (NASW)
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National Center for Business Journalism (, at Arizona State University)
National Center on Disability and Journalism (NCDJ) (provides info and resources for all journalists, including style guidance--what language to use that is not offensive to particular groups)
National Conference of Editorial Writers (NCEW)
National Federation of Press Women (NFPW)
National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR), part of IRE, maintains a library of federal databases, employs journalism students, and trains journalists in the practical skills of getting and analyzing electronic information. Valuable organization.
National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA)
National Newspaper Association (NNA), community newspapers
National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), The Black Press of America, a federation of black-owned U.S. newspapers
National Press Club, a private club for journalists and communications professionals,“The Place Where News Happens" (mostly through luncheon speeches)
National Press Association (NPA) (We make journalists better)
National Press Foundation (primary mission: to increase journalists' knowledge of complex issues in order to improve public understanding)
National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), "The voice of visual journalism"
National Religious Broadcasters (NRB)
National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA)
National Society of Newspaper Columnists (
National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA), for high school journalists
National Union of Journalists (NUJ), UK and Ireland
National Writers Union (NWU) (United Auto Workers Local 1981)
Native American Journalists Association (NAJA)
Network of Hispanic Communicators
New American Media (NAM) (national collaboration and advocate of 2000 ethnic news organizations, providing Ethnic Media in the News, Collaborative Reporting and many other resources). (testing open-source reporting)
New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR), website: The Eye
New England Newspaper and Press Association (NEN&PA)
The News Literacy Project (NLP, works with educators and journalists to teach middle school and high school students how to sort fact from fiction in the digital age)
The Newspaper Guild (Communications Workers of America) and The Guild Reporter
New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ)
New York Financial Writers Association (NYFWA)
North American Agricultural Journalists (NAAJ)
Ochberg Society for Trauma Journalism . See its magazine Act of Witness: Covering Trauma, Conflict, and Human Rights (Trauma journalism gets personal) and its blog.
Online News Association (ONA)
Organization of News Ombudsmen (ONO)
Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA), an international, professional association of outdoor communicators, outdoor companies and outdoor industry service providers
Pen & Pencil Club (in Philadelphia--oldest continuously operating press club in America)
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Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
PJNet (Public Journalism Network, an information clearinghouse for public, citizen, representative journalism)
The Poynter Institute
Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC), formerly Periodical Writers Association of Canada
Project for Excellence in Journalism (Pew Center's
ProPublica (journalism in the public interest -- a nonprofit investigative journalism organization)
Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI)
Quill and Scroll (International Honorary Society for High School Journalists)
Reclaim the Media (grassroots organizing for social change through media justice--expanding communication rights of ordinary citizens)
Religion Newswriters Association (RNA)
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Reporters Without Borders (for freedom of information -- press freedom index, by year; Internet enemies (by country)
RTDNA, Radio Television Digital News Association (formerly Radio-Television News Directors Association)
Reporters Without Borders (important journalist advocacy group, fighting for press freedom). The U.S. ranks 47th on its Press Freedom Index. See 2017 World Press Freedom Index -- tipping point
Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy
Society for News Design (SND), for editors, designers, graphic artists, publishers and other media professionals
Society for Features Journalism (SFJ), formerly the American Association of Sunday and Features Editors
Society of American Business Editors & Writers, Inc. (SABEW)
Society of American Travel Writers (SATW)
Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ)
Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Sigma Delta Chi
Society of Professional Obituary Writers (writing about the dead for a living)
Solutions Journalism Network (rigorous coverage of how people are responding to problems). Here's an example: Seeking Safety
South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA)
Southern Newspaper Publishers Association (SNPA)
Special Libraries Association, News Division
Suburban Newspapers of America (SNA)
United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA, whose links spin their wheels when I click on them at http:/​/​​).
UNITY,Journalists of Color
U.S. Basketball Writers Association
Washington Center for Politics & Journalism
Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism (Knight Digital Media Center)
White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA)
Wired Journalists,(home of collaborative journalism, a Publish2 network)
World Press Institute (WPI)
Writers Guild of America (WGA)
Youth Media Organizations (local and national youth-led media organizations identified by youth researchers at The Freechild Project -- including Appalachian Media Institute (AMI), HarlemLIVE, and Teen Voices).
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The Art and Craft of Feature Writing, by William E. Blundell (saying that reporting and writing are part of the same process, equally important)

The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism, ed. Kevin Kerrane and Ben Yagoda

The Art of the Interview: Lessons from a Master of the Craft by Lawrence Grobel (memoir of a top interviewer who prepares deeply for long interviews; don't expect helpful instruction for quicky interviews).

The Beholder's Eye: A Collection of America's Finest Personal Journalism, ed. by Walt Harrington (first-person stories in which the narrators shaped what they saw and reported, were touched or changed by the experiences they reported, and who borrowed storytelling techniques from fiction (scene, action, description, dialogue, character, and plot).

The Bloomberg Way: A Guide for Reporters and Editors by Matthew Winkler. Read this interesting story (and review) by Jodi Enda (AJR, 3-1-11). While other organizations were firing, Bloomberg was hiring. It has a style and approach all its own for writing about business and money, including this (from Enda): "Show" with facts and anecdotes, "don't tell" with characterizations and labels.

The Craft of Interviewing by John Joseph Brady

Creative Interviewing: The Writer's Guide to Gathering Information by Asking Questions, by Ken Metzler (required reading for info-gathering interviews)

The Elements of Story: Field Notes on Nonfiction Writing, by Francis Flaherty

Interviews That Work: A Practical Guide for Journalists by Shirley Biagi

Intimate Journalism: The Art and Craft of Reporting Everyday Life, ed. Walt Harrington (the how-to's of human interest reporting)

Journalism Next: A Practical Guide to Digital Reporting and Publishing by Mark Briggs, author of Journalism 2.0: How to Survive and Thrive

Literary Journalism, ed. Norman Sims and Mark Kramer (includes essays by John McPhee, Susan Orlean, Tracy Kidder, Ted Conover, Richard Preston, Joseph Mitchell, Calvin Trillin, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, David Quammen, Brent Staples, Joseph Nocera, Mark Singer, and Walt Harrington)

Literary Nonfiction: Learning by Example, ed. Patsy Sims (with selections by includes selections by Madeleine Blais, Tim Cahill, James Conaway, Joan Didion, David Finkel, Jon Franklin, Tom Hallman, Jr., Walt Harrington, Tracy Kidder, Jane Kramer, John McPhee, Michael Paterniti, Mike Sager, Susan Sheehan, and Tom Wolfe)

The New New Journalism: Conversations with America's Best Nonfiction Writers on Their Craft,Robert S. Boynton (excellent and new, from broad picture down to how they organize their notes, what color pens they use, and other nuts and bolts details)

Oxford Dictionary of Journalism by Tony Harcup (with a slant toward British journalism and a handy companion website with journalism URLs

Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound edited by John Biewen\

Sound Reporting: The NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and Production by Jonathan Kern

Story Building: Narrative Techniques for News and Feature Writers, by Ndaeyo Uko

The Talk Book: The Intimate Science of Communicating in Close Relationships (explains reflective listening and disclosure)

Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers' Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, ed. Mark Kramer, Wendy Call

Verification Handbook: A definitive guide to verifying digital content for emergency coverage,
Authored by leading journalists from the BBC, Storyful, ABC, Digital First Media and other verification experts, the Verification Handbook is a groundbreaking new free resource for journalists and aid providers. It provides the tools, techniques and step-by-step guidelines for how to deal with user-generated content (UGC) during emergencies. Funded by the European Journalism Centre and edited by Craig Silverman
Chapter 10: Verification Tools
New handbook fills training gap in verifying user-generated content (Gerri Berendzen, Aces, 2-6-14)
Verification Handbook for Investigative Reporting: A guide to online search and research techniques for using user-generated content (UGC) and open source information in investigations (free Web-based read, second installment in a series)
'Verification Handbook' Gets a Free Companion Book (Mark Allen, Copyediting, 4-17-15)
Tom Brokaw's Five Picks

Five books that Tom Brokaw says provide a "peerless portrait of journalism's high aims and low comedy":
1. The Boys on the Bus by Timothy Crouse (Random House, 1973)
2. All the President's Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (Simon & Schuster, 1974)
3. Scoop by Evelyn Waugh (Little, Brown, 1938)
4. Murrow by Ann M. Sperber (Freundlich, 1986)
5. Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman (Viking, 1985).
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The Journalistic Essay

Jack Hart, when he taught the journalistic essay at The Oregonian, found these books useful:

· Phillip Lopate, ed. The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present (Lopate's introduction especially)

· Robert Vare, ed. The American Idea: The Best of The Atlantic Monthly

· Joyce Carol Oates and Robert Atwan, eds. The Best American Essays of the Century.

The truth about sponsored links and articles

How 'deceptive' sponsored news articles could be tricking readers — even with a disclosure message (Will Heilpern, Advertising, Business Insider, 3-17-16). "Most online publishers use some form of native advertising — ads that look like news stories — to grow revenue. It is accepted practice to declare that this content is sponsored by a company, so that readers can differentiate between what is and is not news. However, the way in which many publishers declare these ads could be "complicit with deception" according to a new study by Bart Wojdynski, director of the digital media, attention, and cognition lab at the University of Georgia...Overall, only 20% of people in the study were aware that they were reading advertising, rather than objective, editorial content." Even as I copy that link, I see an ad below the credit for Big Island Cookies and Candy, a firm I received a gift from eons ago (they were yummy). It is NOT marked "advertising."
Publishers Are Rethinking Those ‘Around the Web’ Ads (Sapna Maheshwari and John Herrman, NY Times, 10-30-16) "You see them everywhere, and maybe, sometimes, you click: those rows of links under web articles, often augmented with eye-catching photos and curiosity-stoking headlines about the latest health tips, celebrity news or ways to escape financial stress.Usually grouped together under a label like “Promoted Stories” or “Around the Web,” these links are often advertisements dressed up to look like stories people might want to read. They have long provided much-needed revenue for publishers and given a wide range of advertisers a relatively affordable way to reach large and often premium audiences...Recently Chandler Riggs, an actor on “The Walking Dead,” posted screenshots on Twitter of two such ads — “Young Actors Who Quietly Passed Away This Year” and “Young TV Star Found Dead” -- featuring a photo of his face....Readers are starting to express discontent."
Everything You Need To Know About Sponsored Content (Chad Pollitt,, 1-20-15 ) The Internet is experiencing a deluge of content, and many channels for content discovery are bloated...'With content marketing adoption rates so high, many brands are looking to native advertising to promote their content. The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) defines native advertising as "paid ads that are so cohesive with the page content, assimilated into the design, and consistent with the platform behavior that the viewer simply feels that they belong." According to the IAB, native advertising contains six different types of ad units: in-feed, promoted listings, in-ad with native element, paid search, recommendation widgets, and custom....They are actually an evolved version of what many marketers call advertorials, which have been around for decades. The biggest difference between the two is where the content resides in the customer buying journey. Advertorials are middle to bottom-of-the-funnel content.
..., sponsored articles strictly reside at the top of the funnel. Their purpose is to be helpful, entertaining, or both. Top-of-the-funnel content doesn't appear to be salesy and brand-centric to the reader. It's the rise of content marketing that helped move advertorials up the funnel. This helps brands become not just purveyors of goods and services, but a producer of ideas and a distributor of knowledge...The New York Times claims readers spend the same amount of time on sponsored articles as traditional news stories....BuzzFeed's entire business model is built around what it calls sponsored "listicles," a.k.a. sponsored articles.' A good overview of names and numbers of sponsored content and content marketing. Not yet regulated....
What Is the Difference Between Sponsored Content and Native Advertising? (Shannon Porter, VI Marketing and Branding) 'When Google introduced its “Hummingbird” algorithm in 2013, keywords became not as important and content, based on the way people truly speak, became the new SEO darling. In layman’s terms, Hummingbird loves original, high quality content that is conversational in nature. As content marketing has continued to grow, so have the buzzwords associated with it. Two buzzwords I have heard recently are “sponsored content” and “native ads.”' Both are paid forms of content.
=Consumers Can’t Tell the Difference Between Sponsored Content and Editorial (Ginny Marvin, Marketing Land, 9-9-15) In a new study, consumers identified native advertisements as articles a large percentage of the time.
Content Marketing.
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New forms of funding

Kickstarter adds new categories: Journalism and Crafts
The Guardian promotes some investigative stories funded by Kickstarter:
StartSomeGood (crowdfunding for nonprofits, social entrepreneurs and changemakers)
When should you use Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or Crowdtilt?
Retrospective collection of Kal cartoons from The Economist (the goal was $20,000, to self-publish the collection; they collected $100,219, from 1,462 backers)
Tiny Spark . Kickstarter funded this investigative radio initiative.
Beacon Reader (fund one writer for $5 a month; get access to every story on Beacon)

Is Free the Future?
"At a hearing on Capitol Hill in May, James Moroney, the publisher of the Dallas Morning News, told Congress about negotiations he’d just had with the online retailer Amazon. The idea was to license his newspaper’s content to the Kindle, Amazon’s new electronic reader. 'They want seventy per cent of the subscription revenue,' Moroney testified. 'I get thirty per cent, they get seventy per cent. On top of that, they have said we get the right to republish your intellectual property to any portable device.' The idea was that if a Kindle subscription to the Dallas Morning News cost ten dollars a month, seven dollars of that belonged to Amazon, the provider of the gadget on which the news was read, and just three dollars belonged to the newspaper, the provider of an expensive and ever-changing variety of editorial content. The people at Amazon valued the newspaper’s contribution so little, in fact, that they felt they ought then to be able to license it to anyone else they wanted. Another witness at the hearing, Arianna Huffington, of the Huffington Post, said that she thought the Kindle could provide a business model to save the beleaguered newspaper industry. Moroney disagreed. 'I get thirty per cent and they get the right to license my content to any portable device—not just ones made by Amazon?' He was incredulous. 'That, to me, is not a model... "
~ by Malcolm Gladwell, Priced to Sell: "Is Free the Future?" in the New Yorker

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How the FDA Manipulates the Media (Charles Seife, Scientific American, Oct. 2016) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been arm-twisting journalists into relinquishing their reportorial independence, our investigation reveals. Other institutions are following suit. "This kind of deal offered by the FDA—known as a close-hold embargo—is an increasingly important tool used by scientific and government agencies to control the behavior of the science press....But for [a particular] breach of secrecy, nobody outside the small clique of government officials and trusted reporters would have known that the journalists covering the agency had given up their right to do independent reporting....For example, the FDA assures the public that it is committed to transparency, but the documents show that, privately, the agency denies many reporters access—including ones from major outlets such as Fox News—and even deceives them with half-truths to handicap them in their pursuit of a story....By using close-hold embargoes and other methods, the FDA, like other sources of scientific information, are gaining control of journalists who are supposed to keep an eye on those institutions. The watchdogs are being turned into lapdogs."
Embargo on press releases, rationale for (PLoS). Breaking an embargo is a journalistic no-no, with good reason.
The Embargo Should Go (Vincent Kiernan, Inside Higher Education, 8-21-06). The system under which top journals share findings with reporters doesn't serve journalism, science or the public interest. Kiernan is the author of Embargoed Science
Should Reporters Have Agreed To The Vertex Embargo? (Matthew Harper, Forbes, 6-24-14) A reporter's final thoughts on accepting an embargo agreement on writing about a new drug.
Death to the Embargo (Michael Arrington, TechCrunch, 12-17-08)
The embargo and business journalists (Sabrina Husain, Society of American Business Writers, May 2012)
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