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Media pros and other allied professionals


Archivists and preservationists

Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP)
Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) (individuals and organizations concerned with the acquisition, description, preservation, exhibition and use of moving image materials)
Interference Archive (exploring the relationship between cultural production and social movements)
The Moving Image Archive Program (New York University), a two-year course of study that trains future professionals to manage preservation-level collections of film, video, new media, and other types of digital works.
The Personal Digital Archiving 2015 Conference (Library of Congress)
Society of American Archivists (SAA). See So you want to be an archivist (SAA)
Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), principal trade association for the software and digital content industry
Wayback Machine (Internet Archive), a nonprofit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. See The Cobweb: Can the Internet be archived? (Jill Lepore, New Yorker, 1-26-15) "The Library of Congress has something like an opt-in policy; the Internet Archive has an opt-out policy. The Wayback Machine collects every Web page it can find, unless that page is blocked; blocking a Web crawler requires adding only a simple text file, “robots.txt,” to the root of a Web site. The Wayback Machine will honor that file and not crawl that site, and it will also, when it comes across a robots.txt, remove all past versions of that site. When the Conservative Party in Britain deleted ten years’ worth of speeches from its Web site, it also added a robots.txt, which meant that, the next time the Wayback Machine tried to crawl the site, all its captures of those speeches went away, too. (Some have since been restored.)"
Image Permanence Institute (IPI), devoted to preservation research and the development of sustainable practices for the preservation of images and cultural property.
Perma.cc Websites change. Perma Links don’t. Perma.cc helps scholars, journals, courts, and others create permanent records of the web sources they cite.
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Artists, animators, cartoonists, and illustrators


Animation Guild (Representing animation artists, writers and technicians
Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI)
The Cartoon Bank (part of the Conde Nast collection)
Grand Comics Database
Daily cartoon (The New Yorker)
The Daily Cartoonist
National Cartoonists Society (NCS)
Children's illustrators
The extraordinary world of Ex Libris art (sometimes the bookplate in front of a book is worth more than the book--Dark Roasted Blend)
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). See local and regional chapters, including a chapter for the British Isles.
Society of Illustrators (SI)
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Designers and graphic artists


Graphic Artists Guild (GAG), serving graphic and interactive designers, illustrators, animators, web programmers and developers
Graphics Atlas (Image Permanence Institute's new online resource brings sophisticated print identification and exploration tools to archivists, curators, historians, collectors, conservators, educators, and the general public). Learn about the distinguishing characteristics of various print processes.
The Professional Association for Design (AIGA, formerly American Institute of Graphic Arts)
Society for News Design (SND)
Society of Publication Designers (SPD)
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Editors, proofreaders, indexers, and other publishing professionals


Major writers organizations
Local and regional writers organizations
Organizations for editors,
proofreaders, and indexers

Organizations and gathering places for biographers, memoirists, personal historians, and other life story writers
Organizations for corporate, government, and technical communicators
Organizations for fiction writers and fans
Organizatios for journalists
Organizations for science and medical writers
Organizations and resources for publishers and booksellers
Organizations for screenwriters, playwrights, documentary filmmakers, and critics
Organizations for writing niches
Organizations of or for ghostwriters and collaborators
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Music composers, producers, and rights management centers


ASCAP, BMI & SESAC: What’s The Difference? (Songtrust)
What’s the difference between ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and SoundExchange? (DIY Musician)
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
American Society of Music Arrangers & Composers (ASMAC)
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). collects license fees on behalf of its songwriters, composers and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members
Society of European Stage Authors and Composers (SESAC), a performing rights organization, with headquarters in Nashville and offices in New York, Los Angeles
Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC)
Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL)
Film Score Monthly (FSM)
Performance royalties explained (DIY Musician)
So you want to be a film composer (Lukas Kendall, Film Score)
Soundtrack Collector database (by title). Also by composer.
Finding background music for video biographies, podcasts, presentations, blogs, etc. (www.patmcnees.com)
Finding vintage music from a particular year or place (Telling Your Story, www.patmcnees.com)
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Photographs and photographers


(APA) (formerly Advertising Photographers of America)
American Photographic Artists (APA)
American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP)
Canadian Association of Photographers & Illustrators in Communications (CAPIC)
Editorial Photographers (APA/EP), a chapter of American Photographic Artists
International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP)
National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), the voice of visual journalists
Professional Photographers of America (PPA)
Stock Artists Alliance (SAA), PhotoMetaData, serving stock photographers. SAA initiatives to promote metadata use and best practices by stock photographers and throughout the licensing industry began in 2006, and have significantly expanded with the Photo Metadata Project Partnership
StockPhotoTalk (special interest blog)
Wedding & Event Videographers Association International (WEVA)
Finding photographs and other images (Telling Your Story, www.patmcnees.com)
Scanning photos, documents, and other images (Telling Your Story, www.patmcnees.com)
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Radio, film, TV, and media production


The Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) providing support, training, and advocacy necessary for preparing thousands of audio creatives across the world with the skill and confidence to lead the way to engaging more listeners, and to carry their inspiration to both traditional and emerging outlets. AIR's extensive social and professional network of producers, stations, and networks is at the center of unprecedented technology-driven change, rich with opportunity to define the new frontiers of journalism, technology, and storytelling.
CreativeCow.net (creative communities of the world, a peer-to-peer support group for media production specialists)
Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP)
International Documentary Association (IDA)
Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
San Francisco Film Society (SFFS). We fund films.
Final Cut Pro (Larry Jordan's newsletter)
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Translaters and interpreters


American Literary Translators Association (ALTA)
American Translators Association (ATA)
American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). See ASMP's excellent links to resources for professional photographers
Associations of translators and interpreters..
Sites for and about translators and interpreters
Money and Translation (listen to PEN America panel) Is there anything we can do, as writers and translators, to break the causal chain of financial influence in the U.S. reception and publication of foreign literature?
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Web development and digital information


Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity)
Wise-Women (women who are or want to become Web designers, developers, and programmers)
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), main international standards organization for the World Wide Web
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Related sites and organizations



Adding images, sound, story, humor, animation
Media Communications Association - International (MCA-I (professionals producing communications that deliver results for employers and clients)
National Speakers Association (NSA)
HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society), a nonprofit organization whose goal is to promote the best use of information technology and management systems in the health care industry-- to improve health care in quality, safety, cost-effectiveness, and access through the best use of information technology and management systems.
How Much Should I Charge? (Writers and Editors, Pricing Strategies, How to Set Rates, and Other Basics for Creative Professionals)
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Association of Independent Information Professionals (aiip, an industry association for owners of independent information businesses)


Books on visual and multimedia storytelling:
Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels by Scott McCloud, the author of Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos: A Practical Guide to Planning, Filming, and Editing Documentaries of Real Events by Barry Hampe
Picture This: How Pictures Work by Molly Bang (a children's book illustrator explains how images help elicit emotion in story readers)
Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children's Books by Uri Shulevitz (a masters class in illustrating books for kids).
Book of Movie Photography by David Cheshire (a guide to telling stories through images)
Thanks to Upstart Crow for leading us to these titles!
Daniel Milnor on visual storytelling (and why he's gone back to black and white film)

Usability: Typefaces for Dyslexia. Why certain fonts -- including Myriad Pro, Lexia Readable, Tiresias (especially good for visual impairment), Verdana, Trebuchet MS, Arial, and Geneva -- are easier for many to read. If you care about this audience, follow advice in the British Dyslexia Association's Friendly Style Guide and read Dyslexia.com's page on Accessibility.