November 2012 Archives

Journalism Organizations/First Amendment

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Journalism Organizations and Helpful Resources
Society of Professional Journalists' site.

Columbia Journalism Review

Who Owns What?
A great site from the Columbia Journalism Review that explains the holdings and conflicts of interest of large media companies.

American Journalism Review
Magazine's online site.

AJR: Journalists Are Questioning News Embargos

Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communications

International Center for Journalists
Many free resources, guidebooks, news and tips.

Freedom Forum
Updates on First Amendment issues.

International Press Institute
Site for Gannett's cool journalism history museum.

Knight Digital Media Center
From the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, the site offers blogs, great journalism tips and industry trends. Includes a listing of training seminars and workshops.

Knight Foundation

American Review
Media and democracy page.

An online community that rates the quality of mainstream and independent news stories.

Knight News Network

J-New Voices


Media Research Center
A media watchdog group.

Media Research Center
A dynamite site that has some commentary on media coverage of the political scene.

Center for Media and Public Affairs

Pew Foundation Internet

Society of Environmental Journalists

Skewed News Tutor
Site helps news consumers learn to pinpoint exactly why a report might feel one-sided, or skewed.
News, message boards and statistics on the radio and radio new industry.

Center for International Media Ethics
Chicago-based organization has a goal supporting journalists in "maintaining high ethical standards that contribute to the media's consolidation as a fourth power in their country's governance."

National Center on Disability and Journalism
An independent journalism organization, its mission is "to educate journalists and educators about disability reporting issues in order to produce more accurate, fair and diverse news reporting." Lists programs, links, mailing lists, etc.

Maynard Institute for Journalism Education

Center for Media and Democracy
Combats misleading PR practices.

Communications Rights in the Information Society (CRIS)
Covers race and gender issues in communications.

Media People
Interviews with various folks in the media, including CEOs, editors and media writers.
Free journalism directory.

JHistory: A Discussion Site For History of Journalism & Mass Communications

New West Network
Founded by former Industry Standard editor Jonathan Weber, this blog is a network of online communities devoted to the culture, economy, politics, etc.

No Train, No Gain
Compiles training materials by and for journalists around the world.

Reporter Pitch Story Information Exchange
Share story ideas, links and other resources.

Media Reader
MediaChannel's international, biweekly, multimedia magazine covers the best in the media about the media.

Pressnet: Journalists, Journalism and Mass Media in Internet
Journalists, journalism, mass media, students, studious, teachers and professors of the journalism and the social communication. World directory. Specialized directory.

News & Views Exchange Central: Discussion Board for Journalists

Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture (IJPC)
A project of the Norman Lear Center, USC Annenberg School of Journalism that launched in April 2002. Among the articles, books and research: "Fiction or Fact: Hollywood Looks at the News," a 26-page essay written by Annenberg Associate Dean Joe Saltzman and Loren Ghiglione, former dean of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

CARMA: International Media Watch

SLA News Division Home Page

International Journalists' Network
Resources, headlines, seminars and more.

Criminal Justice Journalists Journalist Web Sites
Personal sites of columnists, bloggers, reporters, etc.

Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
Excellent resources for journalists covering disasters, with resources on emotional trauma as it effects victims, survivors and journalists themselves. The site also set up a bulletin board for journalists to discuss their experiences covering the tragedy.

American Business Media

UK Journalism

UK: MousetrapMedia's Media Circus

Society of Editors
British press freedom and editorial standards site.

Jim Romenesko's Media News
Stay up on court cases and ethics issues from Poynter. Also, many links to TV and media columnists.

Press Access
It's a PR site, but it also tracks moves of reporters and editors to new newspapers, trade and business publications.'s Journalism Profession Site
Links to dozens of research sites.

Benton Foundation: Journalism Headlines

Open Meetings and Records
News on court cases from Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Media Industry News

American Society of Journalists and Authors

Center for Community Journalism: National Consortium on Community Journalism
Experts from across the nation to share their thoughts on the state of community journalism.

The Ad Critic
A mecca for popular TV commercials.'s Global Media Giants Page
A listing of influential media moguls. A who's who of corporate media leaders.

Press Access
Lots of media news and gossip. Folks moving within the industry, etc.
An unofficial media monitor weblog. Media critiques, e-mail newsletter and more.
This weblog keeps an eye on Middle East news coverage. Includes articles and an e-newsletter.

Media Kitty
An online exchange for international journalists and public relations professionals in travel and tourism.
Aims to be the benchmark for online content in Australia. Includes an archive of content-related tips from a weekly e-mail newsletter; a database of Web site reviews from a weekly columnist and weekly radio show; a free content jobs database for web work and workers; FAQs for content employers and employees; and contributed columns and reviews.

100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism
Picks from Conor Friedersdorf, associate editor of Atlantic and founder of Best of Journalism.

American Statistical Association

Virginia Press Association Disaster Preparedness Plan
Go to the Association Services section and you will find information to help get your staffs thinking about what they'd do in such an event.

The Typing Injury FAQ
CTD Resource Network, Inc. offers information about repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel, common to many journalists.

Media Research Center

Association of American Business Publications
More than 60 independent business publications nationwide. is an electronic marketplace that enables editors to purchase the rights to publish articles by the world's finest journalists. Our contributors earn the majority of licensing fees.

MediaChannel: Global Ownership Chart
Thanks to the merger boom, media power is more concentrated than ever. A new online chart presents the global media overlords in vivid color.

MediaChannel's Media Reader Page
Several columns and stories on industry trends.
Features extensive data on media content analysis available free of charge. Every week the site updates with new data, such as the most quoted CEO, companies, politicians of the month in International media. There is also a free newsletter sent twice a week with the latest articles about agenda-setting, the influence of media in public opinion.
A news service just for site reviewers, portal guide editors, writers, and reporters who link to great Web content.
Stories taken off the air/out of print for sponsor and owner conflicts.

Subject Index to Literature on Electronic Sources of Information
This site will be a boon to anyone studying issues related to information technology or electronic publishing. The site has been publishing the index since 1997, and this latest version contains more than 1,400 citations as well as an introduction that explains how to use the site. The bibliography and index reference both online and print sources, including books, articles, monographs, and chapters. Librarians in particular will want to bookmark this site.

Electronic Sources of Information: A Bibliography
This site will be a boon to anyone studying issues related to information technology or electronic publishing. The site has been publishing the index since 1997, and this latest version contains more than 1,400 citations as well as an introduction that explains how to use the site. The bibliography and index reference both online and print sources, including books, articles, monographs, and chapters. Librarians in particular will want to bookmark this site.

Kansas State University Community Journalism Page
Resources for small-town publications.

SUNY-Oswego Community Journalism Page

World Press Institute
WPI's main goal is to promote a free press. The organization brings 10 journalists a year to the U.S. for four months of intensive briefings and interviews across the country. Applications can be found at the Web site.

Project Censored

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

White House News Photographers Association
Member directory, gallery, contests and more.

Education Writers Association
For education reporters.

Society of American Business Editors and Writers

Alliance of Area Business Publications

Newsletter and Electronic Publishers Association

Center for Media and Public Affairs
A non-profit, non-partisan media research organization located in Washington, D.C.

Editorial Freelancers Association

Web Journal of Mass Communication Research

Communication Institute for Online Scholarship

Institute for Public Relations Research and Education

Readership Institute

International Communication Association

National Communication Association

International Women's Media Federation
Works to strengthen the voice of women journalists around the world.

National Federation of Press Women

Journalism UK's Journalism Organizations Page
Online site for Pulp and Paper Week. Job Layoffs Page
News industry gossip and stories on cutbacks.

Assn. of Health Care Journalists

National Association of Science Writers

International Journalists Network

Criminal Justice Journalists's Organizations Page
Hundreds of links to global media contacts.

Malcontent Home for Disgruntled Journalists

Testy Copy Editors Journalism
Resources from Daryl Lease.

National Writers Union
A union of freelance writers who work for American publishers or employers.

National Association for Minorities in Communications

Association for Women in Communications

Association of Health Care Journalists
Newsletters, conventions, contacts, links and more.

Religion Newswriters Association

National Cartoon Museum

Ohio State: Cartoon Research Library

National Communication Association's Spectra newsletter

National Press Photographers Association
Tips, news, press releases, polls, event schedules and more.

Knight Center for Specialized Journalism

National Press Foundation

Media Democracy Now
Alternative periodicals, university press releases, resource links.

World Press Photography
Non-profit organization commited to promoting photojournalism worldwide.

Photojournalism e-book: Breaking into Photojournalism
Kenneth Wajda, an author and an award-winning photojournalist, wrote an e-book for students and other photographers interested in how to break into the business of photojournalism. He covers how to find and shoot spot news, the importance of professional ethics and respect, how to build a sports and people portfolio on the side, and how to approach news and photo editors with your photographs. A must-read for aspiring photojournalists.

Society for News Design
Workshop schedule, membership database and more.

Journalism/Reporting/Student Listservs

CannyLink Internet Guide: News Wires List
A great list of global news services.

Journalism UK
Targeted to British print journalists.

National Religious Broadcasters
A few news resources.
Links to the news service, the member papers, Washington bureau, jobs and more.

Southern California Media Guild

Concerned Media Consumers Committee

Communications Roundtable
An association of 24 public relations, journalism, marketing, advertising, graphics, writers, interactive communications, television, training, multi-media, Internet and information technology and other communications organizations with more than 12,000 professional members.
Robert Niles, formerly of the USC-Annenberg's Online Journalism Review, writes in a community forum "devoted to media, business, arts and technology criticism." He invites readers to share their observations in a public journal on the site.

First Amendment/Free Expression

First Amendment Handbook
From the Center for Democracy and Technology.

Reporters Committee of Freedom of the Press
Latest news and resources on First Amendment issues.

First Amendment Center

Cornell: Listing of Bill of Rights/First Amendment

Findlaw: First Amendment and Annotations

Library of Congress/Bill of Rights

SPJ First Amendment Page
News articles, publications, awards and many other resources.

Florida First Amendment Foundation
A source for information, expertise, and assistance to the public and news media. It was founded as a non-profit organization in 1984 by The Florida Press Association, the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, and the Florida Association of Broadcasters.

Free Expression Network Clearinghouse

The Free Expression Policy Project
An anti-censorship coalition to challenge Internet filters, v-chips, abstinence-only education, etc.

Center for Democracy and Technology

Committee of Concerned Journalists

The International Freedom of Expression eXchange
A virtual network of more than 50 organizations worldwide, the IFEX Clearing House monitors the state of free expression and transmits the information it collects to individuals and organizations in more than 120 countries.

Reporting Civil Rights


Encyclopedia of USA History: Journalists

FCC: Historical Periods in Television Technology

University of North Carolina: History of Business Journalism

Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture


Media History Monographs

Media History Project

PBS: Soldiers Without Swords -- The Black Press

PBS: Yellow Journalism

The International Journalists Network

Politics and Elections


Patchwork Nation
From the Jefferson Institute, this site divides America's 3,141 counties into 12 community types based characteristics, such as income level, racial composition, employment and religion. It also breaks the nation's 435 congressional districts into nine categories, using the same data points and clustering techniques.

ProPublica PAC Track
Follow contributors and spending with political action committees.

Chicago Tribune Election Center
Tracks state, local and national elections.

Washington Post: Mention Machine
Tracks Twitter and media mentions of candidates.

YouTube Politics Page

Google Politics and Elections Page

Google Vote

U.S. Election Atlas
A pay site that's full of past election statistics, including county-by-county presidential election results going back to the 1960s.

AP Stylebook: Election Terms
Handy guide of AP Style terms for election stories.

Analyzes polarization of political issues, news and statements.

ABC News OTUS Site
Covers politics and elections "Of the United States" (OTUS).

AP Stylebook: U.S. Elections Style Guide
AP breaks out election styles in an easy-to-use cheat sheet.

10000words: 10 Election Tools, Apps and Interactives
AP breaks out election styles in an easy-to-use cheat sheet.

Des Moines Register: Storify of Iowa Caucuses

Washington Post Politics Coverage
In-depth coverage from the campaign trail., including blogs and other commentary.

The Caucus: NY Times Political Blog

The Trail: Washington Post Political Blog

LA Times: Top of the Ticket Blog

Chicago Tribune: The Swamp Blog
Political blog with a focus on the national elections.

CNN Cafferty File Blog
Political analyst Jack Cafferty's blog is often updated several times a day.

Culls and publishes the best commentary, news, polling data, and links to important resources from all points of the political compass. The site's political commentary, blogs, election analysis and polling averages have been featured in several national media outlets, including The New York Times, FOX News, CNN, The Economist, etc.

Presidential Election Reader
A great feed of news stories, videos, blog updates and polls.
Covers politics in three areas: Congress and the constant flow of agendas, personalities and power struggles that define daily life on Capitol Hill; the 2008 presidential campaign; lobbying and advocacy. Money, Media and Elections

Daily Dish
Andrew Sullivan's political blog.

Political blog that focuses on liberal media.

Political insider blog.

Twitter Election Index

ProPublica: Primer on Voter ID Laws
Public opinion surveys from around the world.

Brennan Center Student Voting Guide

The Brennan Center for Justice
From NYU's Law School, articles and research on voting rights, campaign finance reform, criminal justice and racial justice.

National Journal: Conversation Nation
Track conversation on the election.

Blue Mass Group Blog

Crooks and Liars Blog

State Campaign Finance Databases
Search this interactive maps to find them.

Dennis Byrne Blog

Disaboom Politcal Blog
Focuses on interests and issues of people with disabilities.

Square State Blog
Main focus is on Colorado politics but covers some of the national elections, too.

Washington Post Fact-Checker Blog

USA Today Politics
Poll tracking in all 50 states, electoral vote tracker, campaign ad tracker, stories, photos and blogs.

MSNBC Politics: Candidate Brain Trusts
Profiles of the top advisers to the presidential candidates.

MSNBC: Mayors' Cries to Help for Obama
Survey, presented as an image map, of advice to Obama from mayor's of large and small U.S. cities.

Sunlight Foundation:
This political watchdog group's blog tracks fundraising activities by parties and candidates.

FindLaw: Election 2008
Video, stories, documents and other materials relating to the 2008 Presidential Election.

National Association of State Election Directors

Women's Media Center: Guide to Gender Neutral Coverage of Women Candidates and Politicians
Downloads as a .PDF.

Scoop: Voting Advice

University of Michigan: Election Maps 2008
Analysis of voting maps, FAQ, etc.

Our Vote Live Nationwide Voting Data
State-by-state tabulation of voter problems from the 2008 elections.

League of Women Voters:
Voting information by state: deadlines, polling finders, ballot measures and more.

Federal Election Commission

FEC: How the Electoral College Works
Operating for many years as the Center for Voting and Democracy, FairVote was founded in 1992 and tracks voter turnout, and research reports on election administration, among other things.

Election Assistance Commission
A national clearinghouse of information about election administration. Includes FOIAs, news center, voter information, etc.

Election Assistance Commission: Voter Turnout from Past Elections

Poynter: How to Use Social Media to Cover Elections

Kaiser Family Foundation: Health '08
News links, podcasts, journalists' page, polls, analysis and more on the election and healthcare issues.

Kaiser Family Foundation: Candidate Healthcare Stances
Side-by-side comparison of Obama and McCain healthcare plans.

Center for Public Integrity: Paper Trail Blog
A non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to producing original, responsible investigative journalism on issues of public concern. The blog explores many political issues and tracks what politicians own, lobbying, etc.

Pew Internet & American Life Project
An initiative of the Pew Research Center, a nonprofit "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. Pew Internet explores the impact of the internet on children, families, communities, the work place, schools, health care and civic/political life. Money and Politics
Database makes connections between legislative votes and campaign donations.

WSJ: 2008 Campaign Fundraising Totals
Access to this does not require a subscription to the WSJ.
Use this database to track what companies receive federal grants and contracts. You can sort by state, district, agency, etc. Fundrace
Use this interactive map and database to track presidential contributions by zip code, party, candidate,

USA Today Campaign Finance Tracker

Sunlight Foundation
Political watchdog group that tracks lobbyists and fundraising.

This search tool finds campaign-related audio/video.

Google Political Audio Indexing
Search audio from the presidential candidates on a specific topic.
Tracks news mentions, blog mentions and tracks other information on the presidential candidates.

Tech President
A great blog run by the Presidential Democracy Forum that tracks various campaign sites, postings on YouTube, etc. A great snapshot of how candidates are using the web.

PBS/YouTube: Video Your Vote
Site invites you to share your voting experience with a video post. Some of the best videos will be featured on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on Election Day.

Embed widgets on your site to localize coverage.

WebMD: Compare Presidential Candidates' Health Stances

PBS Frontline: The Choice 2008
An in-depth look at the presidential candidates.

Open Congress: 50 Key Senate Votes Truth-o-Meter
A project of the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly, created the site to help voters separate fact from falsehood in the 2008 presidential campaign. Journalists and researchers from the Times and CQ will fact-check the accuracy of speeches, TV ads, interviews and other campaign communications.

An interesting piece of software tool that claims to expose news spin and bias, misuse of sources, and suspect factual support. Uses algorithms to spot spin keywords on sites you surf.

Census QuickFacts
Look up state and county census stats using this image map.

IRE's Campaign Finance Information Center
This site features a database of campaign finance story ideas and tips from reporters across the country.

Gallup: Election 2008
Survey results on the presidential race and the issues.

The Associated Press Polls
This page lists links to recently released AP polls on various topics.

Harris Interactive Client News
Links to poll results on political issues.

Zogby International
Polling information on elections and other issues. Has a good newsroom section.

Guide to Public Opinion Poll Websites
Links galore from the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Twenty Questions Journalists Should Ask About Poll Results

FiveThirtyEight Pollster Blog
Named for the number of votes in the Electoral College, this blog is written by pollster Nate Silver, managing partner or Baseball Prospectus who created a system for making baseball player performance predictions.

Scripps Howard News Service: White House Candidate Rumors Poll
Computer science professor tracks state polls and provides a graphic summary of the electoral vote outlook.

All About Redistricting
A comprehensive guide to the process of drawing electoral lines, allowing users to drill down state-by-state. Created by Justin Levitt teaches Law of the Political Process and Constitutional Law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

Online polls on news, politics, sports, celebrities, etc.
Covers candidates and elected officials in five basic categories: biographical information, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances and interest group ratings.

Political Irony: Humor and Hypocrisy from the World of Politics
A blog with political cartoons, videos, commentary, etc.

Campaign Legal Center
FEC proceedings, media policies, redistricting, court cases, blog, press releases, links and other resources.

Princeton site ranks how liberal or conservative politicians are, based on software and a spatial map tracking roll-call votes. The research is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation.

The Cato Institute
A non-profit public policy research foundation headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Institute is named for Cato's Letters, a series of libertarian pamphlets that helped lay the philosophical foundation for the American Revolution.

Common Cause
Election watchdog organization.

Black Box Voting
Voting watchdog group.

Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)

Election Protection
The nation's largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition.

NewsMeat: Celebrity Political Donations
Database of celebrity donations to parties, candidates and special interest groups. (Claims to track them from 1978 to present.)

CJR Campaign Desk
A Columbia Journalism Review blog devoted to watchdogging the media.
A fantastic site for researching campaign financing statistics.

Sunlight Foundation: Influence Explorer
From Marylaine Block: "Type in the names of lawmakers, corporations, or individuals here to find out who is providing the most funding for your congressional candidates."

IRE's Campaign Finance Information Center
This site features a database of campaign finance story ideas and tips from reporters across the country.
Includes campaign finance research and a clearinghouse of key FOIA sites.

Campaign Finance Information Center
Use the handy image map to call up information by state.

FEC Info/Political Moneyline
Search PAC, soft money, lobby databases and more.

Federal Election Commission Home Page
Loaded with contribution statistics.

FEC: Detailed Files About Candidates, Parties and Other Committees
Information on contributors, including city, state and ZIP.
Links to various races around the country.

Fund Race: Money Maps
Trace where presidential candidates get their money.

Roll Call: Politics Links
Links to dozens of think tanks, etc.
A great election resource that tracks state supreme courts, their elections and news on judges.

Robert Niles: Questions to Ask Candidates
A great list of key questions for candidates at all levels. Great for new and intermediate reporters.

Obama's Family Tree
Chicago Sun-Times' Scott Fornek traces the presidential candidate's family tree and profiles key family members<./p>

The Progressive
Liberal political site.

Democratic National Committee

Republican National Committee

Federal Election Commission (FEC)

Public Interest Research Groups
Consumer protection, environmental groups, dangerous toys, etc.

Our Vote Live
From the Election Protection Coalition, this site review in real-time reports of voter assistance calls made to 866-OUR-VOTE. It includes, maps, a blog and allows you to search reports.

Twitter Vote Report
Track wait times and other voting news live.

Newseum: On the Campaign Trail

PBS NewsHour

National Public Radio
Several great resources for political coverage.

Congressional Quarterly's Campaigns & Elections Magazine

The Hill
Magazine covers Capitol Hill.

Roll Call
Another publication covering Congress.

PBS: The American President

PBS Frontline: Government and Elections
A collection of companion Web sites on various political topics.

Dirty Money
The Environmental Working Group's site shows which elected representatives get the biggest contributions from the filthiest polluters. A dynamite database.

A project by two journalism graduate students that aims to show the potential environmental impact of the 2008 elections.

Guide to Public Opinion Poll Websites
Links galore from the Association of College and Research Libraries.
A clearinghouse of election polls. Updated whenever they come out.

Voting in America: 1840-2008
Interactive maps, commentary and analysis on voting patterns.

C-SPAN Politics: Campaign 2008

Election news, information and links.
A handy collection of news and political stories.

Pew Forum: Religion Issues in 2008 Presidential Campaign

Beliefnet: The 12 Tribes of American Politics
Survey breaks down 12 religious voting blocs.

AAAS: Science & Technology in the 2008 Election
From the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Counter Punch Political Newsletter
Great commentary and super links section to political, economic and media sites.

Reliable Resources
Search state-by-state for political stories. Run by the Pew Center and USC.

Center for Public Integrity
A D.C. watchdog group that explores many issues and special interests.

Wisconsin Advertising Project
Studies campaign spending and advertising.

Almanac of American Politics
Key votes, committee changes and election results.
Elections around the world.

Elections and Electoral Systems Around the World
A collection of links to various election and electoral sites. Compiled by a UK academic.

Lijphart Elections Archive
Housed at the University of California, San Diego campus, is a research collection of district level election results for approximately 350 national legislative elections in 26 countries.

ElectionLine: State Election Law Charts

E-Democracy: U.S. Elections
An excellent politics portal.

National Review Online

National Review: Election 2008
News, blogs and more from the conservative publication.

U.S. House Clerk's Office: Election Statistics 1920-2002 Directory
The official vote counts for federal elections from the official sources among the various states and territories.

Campaign Finance Institute
Resources galore, including congressional statistics back to 1978, breaking news, interest groups, disclosure, election coverage and more.
Annenberg's political fact-checking resource.

CNN's Morning Grind

C-SPAN Politics: Campaign 2008

Speech and Transcript Center
Links to key speeches and transcripts (English language) by key government, military and other leaders. It also includes direct links to related full-text docs and other reference type materials.

Congressional Accountability Project
Site, which claims to fight corruption in Congress, offers information ranging from pay and perks to ethics.

Record Verification for Political Candidates
Check a candidates military record, etc.

National Personnel Records Center
A central repository of personnel-related records, both military and civil service. The site's mission is to "provide world-class service to government agencies, military veterans, former civilian Federal employees, family members, as well as researchers and historians."'s On Politics
A deep site that includes a searchable database of all political races, sorted by state and federal levels.

CNN's AllPolitics site
Another great site for following the elections.
A non-profit site who's aim is to stimulate debate on global issues. It is non-partisan and presents a range of views on any subject. For journalists, it is an invaluable source of quality background information on international relations, European and Islamic cultures, world opinion and much more. The media section currently features a multi-article debate on journalism and war, and a world media monitor of news coverage on SARS and the war on Iraq.

ABC News Politics Page

MSNBC Politics Page

Where to get coverage on Election Day.

Talking Points Blog
A left-leaning political blog.

Focusing primarily on U.S. politics and current affairs, this site auto-generates a news summary every five minutes, drawing on experts and pundits, insiders and outsiders, media professionals and amateur bloggers.

MSNBC: MySpace Decision '08 Page

U.S. Department of Justice: Voting Rights

U.S. Department of Justice: Federal Voting Rights Laws
Targeted to voters 18-25. Studies, discussions, etc. Hosted by the Center for Democracy and Technology but run by college students.

The Poynter Institute built this site to cover the California recall but continued it for the presidential campaign. Features various blogs, coverage, advertising, etc.

League of Conservation Voters
Scorecard on environmental issues.

The Libertarian Party

Conservative News Service
Places emphasis on its political position.

The Political Compass
Fill out this form to find out what political party you should be in. A fun site! Political Satire

Internet Public Library: Presidents of the United States

Past Inaugural Addresses

Presidential Libraries

Library of Congress: American Memory

TRAC Government Site
A super site developed by Syracuse University to guide you to and through several government sites, including the IRS, FBI, DEA and ATF.

A free politics and social issues newsletter.

The National Journal
A weekly on politics and government published in Washington, put out a Guide to the Web in its Dec. 8, 2001 issue that probably would be helpful because it includes lots of government sites.

The Political Network

Pop and Politics
Site's no longer live but is archived.

Media Research Center
A dynamite site that has some commentary on media coverage of the political scene.
Easy-to-use site to check where candidates stand on issues.

C-SPAN: Nixon Tapes 1971-73
Excerpts from his foreign relations dealings, Supreme Court issues, etc.

Counter Views
Run by a group of conservative political commentators who have have been in politics each for about two decades, this site has been used by many national media outlets. One hosts a political TV show, anotherhosts a political radio show, one is a Hoover Institute fellow and the otherthe former head of a west coast conservative think tank. Topics have included education reform, Enron, John Walker and campaign politics.
Dozens of resources for tracking politics.
Non-partisan site offers "unbiased news and analysis." It includes some great research and analysis on policy issues such as education, technology, environment and healthcare.
Votelink highlights current topics and newsmakers. Organized by business, politics, teen vote, etc.
An advocacy group that touches on a variety of current issues. Includes links to news stories all over the globe.

Tax Policy Center

SelectSurf Politics Links
Links to several great politics sites.

Hardball with Chris Matthews

The Political Graveyard
This page tells us where dead politicians are buried. Search by name, state, cemetery name, etc.
Non-partisan election coverage on the Democracy Network.

This site breaks down political spin.

Center for Policy Alternatives/
Washington think tank.

30Issues Wiki
Part of the Brian Lehrer Show's 30 Issues in 30 Days on WNYC.

Beyond Red and Blue: 2011 Pew Research Political Typology

University of Michigan Library: Political Science Resources

Mother Jones Political News Page
Links to dozens of current news stories.

Influence Explorer
From the Sunlight Foundation,, and the Project on Government Oversight, this site tracks voting trends of politicians. Great first-stop for tracking conflicts of interest or investigating a politician.

Institute for Public Accuracy
As a nationwide group of policy researchers. Great source for public policy issues!

History and Politics Out Loud
A database of famous political speeches, including John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Winston Churchill and Richard Nixon. Search by speech title, speaker's name or date. Note: Your browser may need plug-ins to hear the audio.

California Voter Foundation
News, stats and studies.

Dozens of global news updates and helpful links.

Capitol Hill Blue
Political news with a twist.

Andrew Sullivan
A good politics site with an edge -- usually enjoyed by liberals, conservatives and moderates alike.

Mickey Kaus'
Links, story ideas and spin from an author and public policy guru.
A religion site that includes a list of religions of past presidents.

Political Site of the Day

American Rhetoric: Top Political Speeches of All-Time
Download video from the "speech bank."

Browse political programming and other videos.

Talking Points Memo
Political commentary from Josh Marshall, a Washington, D.C.-based writer and former Washington Editor of the American Prospect. His articles on politics and culture have appeared in The American Prospect, The Columbia Journalism, Review, Feed, The New Republic, The New York Post, The New York Times, Newsday, Salon and Slate, among others.

A right-wing political site edited by David Horowitz.

Sports Illustrated: Political Arena Politics
Essay on how sports and politics relate, photo galleries of athletes turned politicians.
A political journal with links to professional and personal posts.

The Rothenberg Political Report
A good political site from the syndicated political columnist.

Taxpayers for Common Sense
Watchdog group on wasteful government spending. Site includes a media page and is organized by categories such as government contracts, energy, transportation, national security, etc.

Columbia Journalism Review Campaign Desk

Silobreaker: 2008 Election News

National Absentee Ballot Guide


Citizen Media Law Project: Guide to Covering 2012 RNC and DNC
Resources galore for covering the political conventions.

Tips for Covering the Political Conventions
Suggestions from SPJ President John Ensslin, who has covered them.

Politifact Truth-o-Meter
Who's lying. Who isn't.

Democratic National Convention

GOP Convention 2012

2012 Democratic National Convention Charlotte

Facebook: Charlotte 2012: Democratic National Convention

Tampa Bay Times: Republican National Convention

Tampa Tribune: Republican National Convention

Charlotte Observer DNC Blog

2012 Election Central: Democratic National Convention

2012 Election Central: Republican National Convention

Journalist's Resource: Presidential Conventions, Candidate Evaluations and Related Dynamics
From Harvard's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.

Mobile Journalism

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This is a collection of mobile resources from Mike Reilley and the Poynter Institute's Regina McCombs, Dave Stanton and Damon Kiesow, as well as many others. A list of mobile reporting tools appears at the end of this page. Most apps are tailored to the iPhone but have versions available for many other smart phones, too.

Mobile Industry Reading

Mobile Journalism Tools
A great blog on mobile media resources from Will Sullivan at the Reynolds Institute.

Poynter: 10 Questions to Craft Your Mobile Strategy
From Regina McCombs.

Mobile-First Journalism: A Top 10 List
Blog post by Damon Kiesow, mobile editor at the Boston Globe.

Steve Buttry: Mobile First Strategy
2009's editor-of-the-year says newsrooms need to think mobile first.

2011: The Year Mobile Takes Over
Blog post with good stats from Jeff Sonderman.

Mobile-First Design Tips
Ideas on how to design for a small screen.

Mashable: Seven Ways Journalists Can Use Foursquare
Great basic tips.

10 Infographics on Mobile
Stats, facts and other resources.

iPhone Photography shows us that the iPhone camera can produce great work when put in the right hands.

Tips on Using a Camera Phone

Mashable: Best Android Apps for Photo Editing

Global Mojo
A great mobile blog.

Mobile and social networking resources galore.

Silicon Alley Insider: Moblie

Reynolds Institute: Mobile Journalism Tools Guide
Great list of resources from Will Sullivan.

GoMo News

The Pragmatic Bookshelf
Books, readings and other resources on building mobile sites (code mostly).

25 Essential iPad Apps for Journalists

Open Buildings: Archiving the World's Built Environment
Cool site that uses GPS to track where you are and feeds information to you about buildings around you, from an architectural perspective.

Mobile Apps Gallery
Government-created mobile apps on hundreds of topics and services, ranging from weather to public works.

Video: Mobile Journalism 101
Tips from a Newsday reporter.

App-Building Tools

Note: These mobile app building tools are from several sources, including Jeff Cutler. Visit his site at







Sencha Touch
First HTML5 mobile app framework.

Use this free tool to develop your smart phone app.

Use this free tool to develop your smart phone app.
Mobile content management system.
Great tool for creating mobile websites.

Screencasts on how to build code for apps.

Library of Javascript code.

Dive into HTML 5

Feed your blog updates to your Twitter account using an RSS feed. Very cool.

Twitter Chat Etiquette
Great list of tips from Jennifer Hellum.

What the Hashtag?
Look up what various hashtags mean in this database. Great for finding Twitter chats.

HTML5 Readiness
Test what code/features work in which browser. More web-driven than mobile, but it can be helpful.

12 iPhone Application Resources Mobile Apps
A handy list of which government agencies have mobile apps and mobile Web sites.


Ragan: 14 Apps That Will Jumpstart Your Writing

Other Helpful Tools

GEMMA: Geospatial Engine for Mass Mapping Applications
From Gemma: "allows you to create Google Maps with data from a number of different sources. It is possible to create maps with gemma with layers from MapTube, SurveyMapper, OpenStreetMap and from your own data. Gemma even has an accompanying iPhone app that lets you record observations on the go and then upload them to a gemma map."

Real-time analytics of your site.

JournoGraphica: Editing Video on iPad

Poynter: Five Ways Journalists Can Use Social Media to Cover the Middle East

Poynter Social Media Page

10 Ways Newspapers Are Using Pinterest

Recommended Apps for Journalists
Use these iPhone apps (many available on other smart phones) to transform your phone into a reporting tool. Suggestions? Let us know:

Social Media

It launched in December 2009 to much fanfare. It has some handy tabs for managing multiple accounts, but it's not as easy to use as the Web-based version, which I use to manage six accounts. I find Tweetie 2's interface to be much quicker and easier to use. And Hootsuite (at least the early versions) crashed and had a lot of bugs.

Twitter for iPhone (formerly Tweetie 2)
In my opinion, it's the gold standard of Twitter management tools. It's easy to retweet, scan your followers' posts, your posts, add/delete followers, direct message, etc. I use this far more than I use Twitter itself.

This social bookmark site makes managing your links and pages easy. It's free, and you can build a searchable database of resources for stories, term papers and other projects.

The iPhone app is even easier to use than the desktop version. Build an launch a chat on a specific topic in less than two minutes. Promote it over social media and imbed polls, video, audio and photos into the chat. Great for field reporting and user interaction. Nice tool for covering elections, sporting events and community meetings/events.

Reporting Tools

Dragon Dictation
This app records short interviews or dictations and turns them into text. I've used it a few times and I like how it easily converts copy and drops it into an e-mail. But be warned with this tool and any other dictation: words run-together and are lost in translation. Won can be replaced by one. The context isn't always clear. Plus, Dragon and other services, like Jott, struggle with accents and dialects. I would test this out a few times before trying it on a story.

Police Radio
This hasn't caught on as much with newsrooms, but I think it will in the future. This app allows you to listen to police, fire and rescue and other emergency calls in several cities across the country, including Chicago. It may not be perfect, but it beats lugging a police scanner around.

iTalk and SpeakEasy
Easily convert audio interviews into sound bites for the Web. I prefer iTalk because you can wirelessly transmit audio from your phone to a nearby laptop without using a cable or e-mail. You just have to be on the same Wi-Fi network.

Great hyperlocal, geo-location site created by Chicago's Adrian Holovaty. Look up public documents, news, reviews, photos and other information by ZIP code. It covers a limited number of cities, but it's a great help for reporters or anyone covering a specific neighborhood. MSNBC has purchased the Everyblock site and app, by the way.

Google, Google Earth
Google's app has voice-activated search. And Google Earth helps you find anything on the planet.

Maps/Maps Buddy
Maps Buddy works similar to AroundMe (see below). It's helpful for finding businesses, addresses and other locations.

ZIP Finder
Not sure of a city or neighborhood's ZIP? Find it here.

Cue Prompter
Teleprompter tool that works on mobile devices and on the web.

Reference and Helpful Tools




Great tool for converting heights, weights and other measurements. I use it several times a week along with the calculator. Great for quick fact-checking on stories, too.

I like the interface better than the WeatherChannel's.

AP Stylebook
Messy interface, clunky and a waste of $30. Using the reference book is much faster ... and better! Don't buy this app.


Easily file a short text post for your blog, but longer posts will tire your fingers quickly. It's good if you have no computer readily available, but I don't do a lot of mobile blogging.


News media are finding new ways to use this location-based app.

See FourSquare.

Another great app for journalists who travel. This shows you where restaurants, bars, hotels, coffee shops, banks and (yes) Apple stores are based on your location. I've used it several times while on the road. It shows you locations, maps, walking distances, etc. Very similar to MapsBuddy. I prefer both to the Where app. Just friendlier interfaces.

Contact any cab service based on your geo-location. This one costs a couple of bucks, but it's worth it for any reporter in an urban area.

Helpful for journalists who travel. I've found it to be very accurate for my flights the few times I've used it.

Photography and Photo Editing

Photoshop Mobile
Editing and effects that the iPhone camera won't let you do. It's only basic edits, but if you're working as a backpack journalist or filing a mobile report, this is a handy tool.

Photo Forge
Has some of the same tools that Photoshop Mobile has. I used this app up until the Photoshop app became available.

PhoneGrafer, Snapture, CameraBag, Camera Zoom
Zoom and add various lenses and features to your iPhone camera shoots. Choose one or two as you see fit. PhoneGrafer is my favorite as it offers many settings and effects, and has a built-in level to make sure your shot is true. PhoneGrafer usually costs a few bucks, but I picked it up for free during a holiday sale. Keep any eye out for a deal in the iTunes store.

Video and Audio Recording/Editing/Streaming

Sort of a mini-Final Cut Pro for iPhone video. You can add lower thirds, transitions like cross dissolves and other features to your video, then post to the Web. If you shoot/post a lot of video, get this. It offers many more editing features than the basic iPhone camera/video interface. Money well-spent.

1st Video
Similar to Reel Director, this $9.99 app also records audio and works with still images. It allows you to edit video and audio but does not allow you to enter lower-thirds onto your video like ReelDirector does.

New to the iPhone 4, this app allows you to edit video on your phone. So far, it has received rave reviews.

This app lets you stream live video from you iPhone video camera straight to your Ustream channel. I use a Ustream channel with my DePaul journalism classes:

Move videos straight to the Internet from your camera.

Great tool with iPhone 4.0's camera.
Create podcasts up to five minutes on your mobile device and post. It includes geolocation and photo features.

News Apps

Fluent New, NewsFeed and Byline
Good Really Simple Syndication apps. Fluent is the best in that it retains the branding of each feed site so you know what outlet you're looking at.

NY Times, CNN, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, NPR News, AP Mobile
Must-haves. All have nice interfaces. NPR's is particularly nice. AP and CNN have mobile alerts on top headlines daily.

Terrible Web site but a great app from the people who created Shuffle through a collection of videos produced by University of Missouri journalism students that summarize how various media outlets covered a specific issue or top.

ABC News and
Both have some nice features, but they don't live up to their Web sites. I would choose one but not both.

The best out there, hands-down. Radio and TV feeds from games anywhere, any time.

ESPN Score Center
Not impressed.

I prefer the scoreboards to ESPN ScoreCenter. They download much quicker.

An easy-to-use interface with alerts, news, standings and scores from every sport imaginable. It has some great soccer coverage.

ESPN Radio
Listen to local broadcasts in larger markets, or tap in to the national feed. Very user friendly and great sound.

AOL Radio
Listen to many CBS Radio stations, including many popular sports stations, and other regional/local broadcasts.


Pandora, Slacker Radio, WunderRadio
If you're tired of listening to your iPod, this is a nice break.

Made famous by the Apple ad, this app identifies recorded music by musician, title and links you to the iTunes store to buy it.


Wine Snob
Red or white with that steak and lobster? This will pair it with food, cheese, etc.

Urban Daddy
Nightlife tips galore.

Find out who delivers.

Break up arguments among those annoying people who can't figure out how much to leave. This calculator makes it easy.

Urban Spoon
Shake and find a restaurant near your geo-location.

Funny. Offers suggestions on what point of a movie you can use the restroom ... and not miss a key scene.

Maps and Map Searches

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Lifehacker: 10 Things You Didn't Know Google Maps Could Do
A Google Maps-based map with great information for all the backroads and by-ways.

Helps you collect data from web, cell phones, etc., aggregate it and visualize it on a map.

Google World Wonders Project
Usings its StreetView technology, this Google tool lets you by continent or by themes -- historic sites, wonders of nature, etc.

Open source code for interactive mapping.

Essential Visualization Tools for Mapping

National Geographic's Map Machine
Allows users to scan hundreds of street maps, satellite images, etc. The cover page focuses on current events and links to related maps.
Get lost all the time? This will help you search by address and zip code and get driving directions.
Search by address and zip code.

This site claims to be the largest online mapping resource for topographic maps and charts for land, sea, and air. It's all free, too.

EmbassyWorld Maps
Claims to have online maps for every country.

Iraq: Map Sources
In .PDF formats.

Remapping Debate

A Google Maps mashup of historical photos. Type in an address or intersection and you get photos of what used to be there.

The National Atlas of the United States
A set of interactive maps, including some special maps on volcanoes, exotic species, vegetationgrowth, federal Indian land areas, hazardous waste, nuclear sites, etc. The site is updated weekly.

Safe Road Maps
An amazing site from the University of Minnesota that allows users to enter their address and see a map or satellite image of all the road fatalities that occurred in their area. Search can be narrowed to determine the age of the driver, or whether speeding, drinking or seatbelts were factors.

Video: Tutorial on How to Use BatchGeo with Google Maps

OutsideIn Story Maps
Allows you to map where you did your stories. Great tool to add to a blog.

Yahoo: FireEagle Real-World Location
Send updates from your phone to let people know where you are (city, area, etc.)
Jon Dube has pointed out this site: Wikipedia has entries about towns and geographic locations. This site links about places in Wikipedia with Google's map tool.
Search by address and zip code.

Pew Social Trends
Social, demographics and stats galore. Great resource for localizing these national/global trends in your community. Has stats down to the local level.

Atlapedia Online
Full-color physical and political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world.

National Geographic's Map Machine
Maybe the best online atlas on the Web.

Geographic Encyclopedia

Global Map of Natural Disasters
This interactive map mashup shows disasters around the globe.

Build maps/timelines in this mashup tool. Great way to build interactive stories.

Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool
Analyze college campus crime statistics with this resource from the Office of Postsecondary Education, part of the U.S. Department of Education.

Middle East Protests: Tweets Mapped
A Google Maps mashup of Tweets from the uprisings in the Middle East.
Location-based data mapping tool. Free on the Web.

BigMap Blog
Historical maps galore.

Simulated DC
A 3-D graphic map to Washington D.C. and all of the sights. Where We Live
This interactive map examines population distribution in the United States.

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names

BBC: The Beauty of Maps
Seeing the Art in Cartography." Take the video tours of 5 beautiful and historical maps, and the maps of virtual spaces."

National Geologic Map Database
From the USGS, this is a geoscience resource for maps and related data to geology, hazards, earth resources, geophysics, geochemistry, geochronology, paleontology and marine geology.

A free Wiki world map.

Sepiatown: Mapped Historical Photos, Film and Audio
Upload historical images by location. Then/now tool compares Google Streetview images along with images from the past.

OnTheMap for Emergency Management
Access detailed U.S. Census Bureau reports on the workforce and population for current natural hazard and emergency related events.

Rethinking Schools: Online Geography Test
A good quiz to give young

Yahoo! Maps
Allows you to pick any address and automatically map businesses and other entities in more than 50 categories.

Online maps to everywhere.

Library of Congress: Maps Archives
The Library of Congress offers a massive collection of maps spanning more than 1,000 years.

Google Moon
Use the image map to track past Apollo missions and zoom in on various areas.

Google Earth
Free site that allows you to zoom in on your address/zip code from a satellite image.

Provides satellite photos and aerial maps. Popular among TV news, this site charges a fee.

Mapperz Mapping News
A blog about mapping.

Claims to offer every online map to every country in the world. You be the judge. Note: the main site is a directory for every embassy and consulate.

GEMMA: Geospatial Engine for Mass Mapping Applications
From Gemma: "allows you to create Google Maps with data from a number of different sources. It is possible to create maps with gemma with layers from MapTube, SurveyMapper, OpenStreetMap and from your own data. Gemma even has an accompanying iPhone app that lets you record observations on the go and then upload them to a gemma map."

National Geographic: Afghanistan Maps
A political map and a satellite view of the country.

Metro Planet
Mass transit guides for any site in the world.

Manhattan Address Locator
Helps you find the cross streat to the avenue and number. Easy to use.

Terrorist Attacks: Regional Maps of Afghanistan
Several maps of Afghanistan, Kabul and several other places in the country and region. From the University of Texas at Austin.

Historical Maps of Afghanistan

A comprehensive collection of demographic, lifestyle, and economic data covering over 2,600 U.S. cities portrayed as thematic maps, informative reports, detailed tables and colorful charts --- all freely available.

The Geography Network

CNN Interactive Maps of Sept. 11

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names

Maptitude: Zip Code-Based Maps
Does zip-code based maps on everything from brownfields to public-assisted households to entitlement zones.
ZIP code finder. Look up all of the zip codes for a specific area.

How Far Is It? Distance Calculator

USPS: Quick Zip Code Search
Quick reference area codes and zip codes.

Yahoo: FireEagle Real-World Location
Send updates from your phone to let people know where you are (city, area, etc.)

MSN Live Search Maps

W3 Web Tutorials
Learn HTML, CSS, etc.


Inventory of 3-D maps.


Miscellaneous Environment Sites

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Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Mobile Site
This EPA site downloads fast on a small screen and provides a wealth of information for reporters: blogs, contacts, press releases, information by ZIP code, etc.

Environmental Working Group
Research on health and the environment.

Full Frontal Scrutiny
Studies advocacy groups with green names that are actually funded by corporations.

EPA: ACToR Database
Collects information on more than 500,000 man-made chemicals from over 200 public sources.

EPA National Center for Computational Toxicology EcoLabels Center
Tests the validity of a product label that claims to be "green."
This online museum features a collection of more than 600 innovative, interactive exhibits about science, nature, art, technology, etc.

U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library
More than 400,000 photographs taken during geologic studies of the United States, from 1868 to present. Search through earthquakes, volcanoes, state parks, etc.

Yahoo!'s Environment and Science page
Updated news stories and links galore. Video and audio too!

offers a great mapping tool to help you visualize how big the BP oil spill is in your area. It also includes a widget of the livecam of the leak.


Environmental News Network

Arbor Day Foundation
Media page has press releases, logos/illustrations, PSAs, storm recovery kit and more.

Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (Energy)

National Wildlife Federation

Environmental activist group with dozens of blogs, press center, sources, etc.

Greenpeace: Stop Greenwashing
Greenwashing describe the act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service. This Greenpeace site is a great resource to find more case studies of companies' greenwashing as well as other criteria and how to suggestions for businesses to go green ethically.

Council on Foreign Relations Climate Crisis Guide
An excellent multimedia site on climate change issues.

Global Wind Energy Council
The council is a global forum for the wind energy sector, uniting the wind industry and its representative associations.

A project by two journalism graduate students that aims to show the potential environmental impact of the 2008 elections.

World Meteorological Organization

Helpful press section includes a "low-carbon diet kit." Good source for experts on the topic.

Environmental Organization Web Directory

Natural Resources Defense Council

Reader's Digest: 50 Cleanest-Dirtiest Cities

Society of Environmental Journalists
A cool database that allows you to call up environmental news by zip code.

Natural Resources Defense Council
A nice resource for expert sources and studies. The organization releases studies on the environment, including beaches, erosion and water quality. The organization claims it "works to protect wildlife and wild places and to ensure a healthy environment for all life on earth."

Fragile Oasis
A space blog about how to improve the environment on Earth.

The Sierra Club
Conservation site has a press room, politics and issues section, video and more.

Washington Post: The Climate Agenda

USGS Earthquake Terms
A quick-reference glossary.

Farmer's Almanac Weather Page
Provides some of the forecast information from the print almanac, including full moons and meteor showers.

National Wildfire Update
This site tracks wildfires around the country.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Water Center
Research, education, newsletter and links.

Earth and Industry

CDC: Environmental Health

Backpacker Magazine

National Zoo
Photos and information on all kinds of animals.

USGS Earthquake Regional Sites
Detailed stats and discoveries in your area.
This site leads you to high-risk areas for environmental problems. Just use a zip code for a complete list of top pollutants and polluters in that area. A very easy-to-use database.

Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy
Publications, news, netcasts, etc.

Environmental Law and Policy Center

Society of Environmental Journalists FOI Resources

Water Conservation Tips

Earth Journalism Network

Defenders of Wildlife

National Governor's Association: Greener Fuels, Vehicles Guide
Download in .PDF format.

News and articles on science, health, environment and technology.

Garden Writers Association
All about solar power, industry stats and solar power equipment managers.

Climate Central
The site describes itself as "an independent, non-profit journalism and research organization...helping mainstream Americans understand how climate change connects to them."

Managed by the Rainforest Alliance, the Eco-Index is a bilingual, searchable database of more than 1,250 biodiversity conservation and sustainable development projects in the North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean.
Developed by Enviornmental Defense, a nonprofit group. Offers U.S. average wood consumption energy use, and other environmental impacts of different kinds of paper.

Tracks green efforts, or lack thereof, of the Big Three automakers.

Smithsonian Wild
A photostream of animals and birds from around the world.

A clearinghouse of breaking news and studies of environmental issues.

Environmental News Network
This started as a print newsletter but is a news site updated constantly.

Environment News Service

Science and Technology News Network
Award-winning site with high-end news headlines.

A list of links and information on organizations, business, publications, online databases and software, research, and education for air pollution, biotechnology, chemistry, ecology, impact and risk assessment, laws, pollution, sustainable development, soil and wetlands, and water and wastewater.

Ease History
This Michigan State University website features videos and photographs from 1900 to the present. The site connects historical events, campaign ads and core democratic values. Users can search on over 600 videos and photographs and view them inside three different interfaces. It's built from an environmental perspective and includes ad campaigns from the 1950s to present.

Whooping Crane Trust
This site follows the annual spring migration of the Sandhill cranes, among others.

Dept. of Energy: Active Oil Rigs
Use this state-by-state map to see where oil rigs are running in the United States.

Animal Legal Defense Fund

National Priorities
A must-bookmark for any reporter, this site has a state-by-state breakdown of what's happening environmentally across the country. The site offers community groups resources to shape public policy and influence the national budget.

ZIP Code Zoo
From Neat New Stuff on the Web: This site helps you identify animals, plants, birds, butterflies and more in your area. Just type in your ZIP Code.

California Coastal Records Project
This site features an aerial photographic survey of the California Coast and updates on a periodic basis. This photographic database contains over 12,000 frames of the California coast shot since 2002.

Alternative Fueling Station Locator

National Academy of Sciences: U.S. Earthquake Resilience Needs Strengthening

Natural History Browser

Energy Information Administration Country Analysis Briefs
Official energy stats from the U.S. government. Use this image map to look up information.

USGS: Geographic Names
Recycling tips galore.
Answers basic questions about fuel cell technology and links to companies and universities doing research in that area.

Preservation nation: America's Most Endangered Places, 2011

From Wikipedia, this site explores the environment.

American Society for Microbiology

Environmental Information Resources
A great collection of quick-reference links to environment sites, studies and other resources.

MODIS Rapid Response System
Developed to provide daily satellite images of the Earth's landmasses in near real time. Great for tracking storms, earthquakes, etc.

National Geographic Blogs

USGS: Earthquake Hazards Program

USC GIS Research Laboratory

USGS: Track Invasive Plant and Animal Species

National Gardening Association

The Food and Environment Reporting Network
Claims to be an independent, non-profit news organization that does investigative work on agriculture, environmental health and food.

USGS: Track River and Stream Flows
Helpful in covering floods, hurricanes.

Earthquake Forecasting Site

Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center
Government site offers tip sheets, contacts, studies and other resources.

Petroleum Reduction Planning Tool
Consumer guide to cutting fuel costs. From the Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center.

An international weekly science journal that publishes full-length research papers in all disciplines of science.

Macauly Library of Animal Video and Sound
A sort of You Tube meets Wild Kingdom, this site lets you search its vast database for all things animals.

Academy of Natural Sciences
Government site on the post-BP oil spill and what it's doing to clean it up.

Cool Green Science
Conservation blog of the Nature Conservancy.

Grist: Environmental News

EPA Study: Coastlines
Detailed by region, this report shows the poor conditions the U.S. coastlines are in.

NOAA Photo Library
Shots from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration personnel.

Deeply Curious
An archive of thousands of ocean and land photos from world-renowned photographers.

U.S. National Parks Listing
Describes all 388 national parks in the U.S. Includes travel pointers/services.

TrailLink Trails Database
A database of free trail information that allows you to acess surface types, locations, distances and even photos.

International Fund for Animal Welfare
International non-profit that works on a variety of wild and domestic animal issues. It has offices in 15 countries and more than 2 million supporters. It was founded in 1969 to stop the Canadian baby seal hunt and now works on animal issues ranging from whales to elephants to the bushmeat crisis in Africa. The site has a plethora of information, statistics, white papers and scientific reports that may be an asset to any journalist writing about wild or domestic animal issue.

American Lung Association: State of the Air 2012

Academic Earth: World's Top Scholars
Search this database of video lectures.

Encyclopedia of Earth

EPA Greenversations

National Parks Traveler

Flower Identifier


Tsunami Basics
From the University of Washington Earth and Space Sciences department.

NOAA: Tsunami Research Program

BlogPulse: Tsunami Coverage
An in-depth analysis of tsunami-related coverage.

Sophos: Tsunami Relief Hoaxes
A great collection of hoax e-mails and other scams.

International Bird Rescue Gulf Oil Spill Response

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

National Wildlife Federation

USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

Air-quality conditions and forecasts.

SAJA: Tsunami Resources
Lists experts, links, sources and more.

Wikipedia: Tsunamis
Basics on the Indian Ocean earthquake.

ReligionLink: Tsunami Stories
Several stories on religion angles in the wake of the disaster.
Lists tsunami relief efforts.
Dozens of bloggers in Asia update their tsunami sites daily.

Tsunami Relief Blog

Tsunami Missing Persons Blog
This site attempts to track down and pair up missing with families.

Physical Sciences Information Gateway
Launched on Sept. 17, 2001, PSIgate is the physical sciences hub for the UK's Resource Discovery Network (RDN). From this page, users can search the PSIgate database, search an expanded catalog (PSIgate+) generated by harvesting pages from the PSIgate database, or search across RDN databases. Returns include resources focused on astronomy, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, history of science, and more. Environment Poll Collection
Search by group name, incident, leaders, members and cases.
A great source of environmental story ideas from an organization that targets career investigative journalists who develop general interest, nationally significant environmental and national security stories and then work to break them in the commercial media.

World Energy "Areas to Watch"
Jean-Michel Cousteau explores the Northwestern Hawaiian islands.

Alliance to Save Energy

Online Archaeology
Field notes, profiles, find of the week, etc.

Food & Water Watch
Consumer group site targeted at abuse of enviornmental resources by corporations, such as water companies, fish farms and factories.

Geologists and Earth Scientists
Biographies of leaders in these fields of study.

American Society of Testing and Materials
News and information from this regulatory agency includes a consultants directory.

USDA: Forest Service

Geological Society of America

National Geographic: Conservation
Interactive maps and other resources.

PBS: Evolution
Web site based on the miniseries. Includes background information, photos and videos.

A new California's environmental magazine.

The Ecology Center
Publishes a paper quarterly, Terrain; there's a link on the main site.

The National Atlas of the United States
A set of interactive maps, including some special maps on volcanoes, exotic species, vegetationgrowth, federal Indian land areas, hazardous waste, nuclear sites, etc. The site is updated weekly.

National Parks Conservation Association

365 Days of Trash Blog
Dave Chameides blogs about yearlong project to save all of his refuse to help the environment. Interesting.

U.S. Public Interest Research Groups
Transportation, healthcare, money and politcs, media reform, tax and budget, law, higher education and environmental issues.

American Society of Civil Engineers
A 2005 report on failing structures in U.S. infrastructure.

ENF PV Industry Directory
A global photovoltaic industry directory published in seven languages, showing details of more than 5,000 solar companies.

WorldChanging: Global Warming Animations

Institute for Local Self-Reliance
A superb environment site.
Another superb environment site.
Eco-travels in Latin America. News articles, search, resources and more!
Comprehensive resource of environmental information, tools and data aimed at the mainstream business community.

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

Food and Water Watch

Ask a Biologist
From the National Science Foundation and Arizona State University.

The Why Files
From the National Science Foundation, this site looks at the science, math and technology questions behind the news.

Plants for a Future: 7,000 Edible, Medicinal and Useful Plants

Outdoor Writers Association of America

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce - Environmental Coverage
Daily news coverage of Pacific Northwest, national and international environmental issues.

Recycler's World
Information on recycling just about any material you can think of.

Lycos Environment News
A daily update of environmental news.

ParkScore Project
Urban areas are graded by their city parks.

Yahoo! Environmental News
Another daily news feed.

MSNBC Environment Page

The Amicus Journal
A quarterly environmental magazine online.

EcoTopics International

BioTech's Life Science Dictionary
More than 6,700 terms with biochemestry, toxicology, medicine, ecology and more.
Several price comparison tools and more.

Internet Resources for Earth Sciences
A super set of links from Cal Berkeley.

WWW Virtual Library: Earth Sciences

Plant Encyclopedia

Official U.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
Background, research, regional sites, seismic networks and more.

Volcano Live
Updated news and Webcams on eruptions around the world.

Ask a Volcanologist

The Sierra Club
A great site for allergy sufferers or anyone writing about allergy season.

California's Pacific Gas & Electric
The site features several pages related to the blackouts, including maps, company bankruptcy documents and more.

Society of American Foresters
Scientific organization for the profession.

Wildlife Society
Scientific organization for the profession.

North Dakota State University Extension Service: Flooding
Tips on dealing with floods. Environmental Tips
Tips on dealing with floods.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Story Ideas
A great place for news tips, stats and more.

Food and Agriculture Organization of America
Stories and press releases on global trends, economics, forestry and more.

Earth Times

Earth Science Picture of the Day

Geo Currents
A map-illustrated forum dedicated to exploring global geography. Most posts link to current events, supplying historical background, spatial analysis, and political and intellectual context.

Annenberg Public Policy Center
A cool site about using oceans to generate electricity.

The Natural History Museum Dinosaur Directory
Your kid knows 'em all, but you don't.

Graphics, tips and background on various types of lizards.

U.S. Geological Society
Detailed explanations tailored to the media.
Look up real surfing spots.

The Mountain Institute

National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration

PBS show has a site dedicated to science, environmental issues and math. Links to top news stories in the categories.

Discover the Outdoors
It's more of an outdoor sportsmen's site, but it does have some helpful links.

Center for Environment and Population
CEP partners with leading experts and organizations to link science, to policy, and public outreach to better understand and address the issues. It helps compile, assess, and advance current knowledge and emerging trends on population and the environment.

Environmental Media Services
EMS is a private non-profit foundation-supported educational organization, is dedicated to encouraging environmental public health scientists and medical practitioners to contribute to public discussions about their work through the media. It has a helpful listing of environmental news on the site's left rail.

EPA: Toxic Releases Data

National Weather Service: National Tornado Fatality Map
This image map allows you to click on states/cities where deaths occurred.

International Dark Sky Association
Looks at city lights pollution.

Garden Writers Association

National Gardening Association

Electronics Takeback Coalition
Nonprofit group offers tips and ideas for recycling and disposing of electronics. Includes news/resources, corporate responsibility and legislation/policy sections.

National Institute of Medicine: Environment
Studies, breaking news stories and experts.

MSNBC/Live Science: How Earthquakes Work

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Has a great links, press and glossary sections.

Blue Planet Foundation
Advocates for safe drinking water.
Group that opposes bottled water.

Think Outside the Bottle
Corprorate Accountability International's campaign to challenge corporate control of water, including the bottled water industry.

We Can Solve the Climate Crisis
A project of The Alliance for Climate Protection -- a nonprofit, nonpartisan effort founded by Nobel laureate and former Vice President Al Gore. The goal of the Alliance is to build a movement that creates the political will to solve the climate crisis -- in part through repowering America with 100 percent of its electricity from clean energy sources within 10 years. Our economy, national security, and climate can't afford to wait.Funds programs in a variety of areas, including education and children's services, the arts, community service, the environment, AIDS and literacy.

National Geographic's Map Machine
Maps tied to government statistics.

LA Times Environment Section

Newsweek: 2009 Green Rankings for U.S. Companies
List of 500.

The Alliance for Climate Protection
A nonprofit, nonpartisan effort founded by Nobel laureate and former Vice President Al Gore.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Pew Center on Global Climate Change

American Geological Society: Earth Science World Image Bank

Freshwater Ecoregions of the World

U.S. Green Building Council

EPA Fuel Economy Guide
Lists vehicles that get the best/worst gas mileage, fuel-saving tips, etc.


United States Geological Survey: Water Resources of the United States

EPA Green Vehicle Guide

American Planning Association: Great Places in America
Site examines what makes for great neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces work.

Scripps Howard Institute on the Environment
Puts on educational seminars for journalists.
Ranks companies based on their impact on global warming.

EcoWorldly - International Environmental News for the World Citizen

The Organic Center

American Wind Energy Association

American Wind Energy Association: Wind Entergy Basics

U.S. Department of Energy: Energy Savers Blog

National Center for Healthy Housing

American Lung Association: State of the Air We Breathe
.PDF format of 2009 report.

Park Histories: National Park Service
Ken Burns' documentary.

Maritime Knowledge Centre Sea Library
Bibliographic catalog of the Maritime Knowledge Center's collections of books, conference proceedings, key IMO documents, articles, videos and DVD's (over 70,000 records).

Association of Battery Recyclers

Water Resources Center Archives
From the American Clean Skies Network, this site offers energy and environmental news, information, discussion and commentary.

Scitable: Learn Science
Search science and nature topics, find experts, discussion forums, etc.

USGS: World's Earthquakes Ranked by Magnitude
Great quick reference for breaking news reporting on earthquakes.

Kilauea Volcano Eruption

NY Times: Dangers of Aging Dams, Flooding

Wild Film History
Wildlife films and television programs from 1896 to the present. It includes oral histories and video interviews.

MNN - Mother Nature Network
Breaking news, articles, blogs, videos, and how-to guides. You can search by format or category.

American Progress: Green Recovery
A program to create jobs and a low-carbon economy.

National Recycling Coalition

The Glass Packaging Institute Recycling Page U.S. Map Collections for All 50 States

Knight Center Beat Guide: Energy Resources

Energy Savers
From the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Energy Information Administration
Resources from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Tips to reduce your carbon footprint.

Flower Identifier

Search for parks by location/activity. It's run by L.L. Bean, so it's trying to sell you clothes at the same time. Still, it's a pretty handy tool.

The Internet Bird Collection
Free online audiovisual library. The site is searchable by species or keyword and includes more than 30,000 videos and 2,000 photos.

Household Products Database
Search this to find what is safe/not safe for yourself and the environment.

WebEcoist: Nature Photographers

Maritime Museum

Animal Planet: Butterfly Guide

Religion News

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Christian Science Monitor

Religious News Service

Religion News Today

LA Times Religion Section

Chicago Sun-Times Religion Columnist Cathleen Falsani News
Includes 10,000 free articles from the leading publisher of Christian publications.

PBS: Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

Credenda Agenda Magazine
Explores all areas from a biblical and Protestant perspective. Comes out bi-monthly.

News and trends in religion.

This is a "faith and life" site with many great resources.

Zondervan's Religion News Links
Lists of newspapers, wire services, studies and more. A super resource.

Major search engine for Christian and religious Web sites.

PBS Frontline: Race and Religion
A national business news magazine that is distributed to over 40,000 senior pastors and Christian leaders from across the United States.

The The 50 Most Influential Christians in America

PBS: Religion and Ethics News Weekly

Adherents: World Religions and Statistics

Bridging the Gap: Religion and the News Media

ReligionSource, a service of the American Academy of Religion, provides journalists with prompt referrals to scholars who can serve as sources on virtually any topic related to religion. The American Academy of Religion (AAR), affiliated with Emory University in Atlanta, is the world's largest association of academics who research or teach topics related to religion.

ReligionLink: A Guide to African-Americans and Religion
A guide to experts and organizations on African-Americans and religion, from scholars to pastors, from gospel to hip-hop, from civil rights to family issues, from Christianity to Islam.

Symbolic Dictionary: Visual Glossary of Symbols
Great source for finding religious symbols.

FACS Journalism, Religion and Public Life Program

Religion News Service
Good for quick-reference, this site posts headlines and short summaries from the services daily news service output, which includes news briefs,features and commentary. The full text of the daily and weekly service is available to subscribers only.

Religion & Ethics Newsweekly
The online companion to the PBS series Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, hosted by Bob Abernethy.

Religion Today

Worldwide Faith News
A database of full-text official news releases and other documents, including policy statements, from the news offices of national and world faith groups. This collection indexes more than 14,000 documents, including posts in French, Spanish and Dutch.

Beliefnet: The 12 Tribes of American Politics
Survey breaks down 12 religious voting blocs.
Reviews, author bios and excerpts on religious books.

Harvard Institute for Religion Research
Social scientific religion research information that is helpful for religious leaders and the general public.

Golden Compass
Links to religion news around the world.

Village Life Daily News


Home page of the Christian Broadcasting Network.
This non-profit Internet service dedicated to issues of culture, life, and family. Updated daily, it includes reports and information used by many organizations and publications, educators, professionals and political, religious and life and family organization leaders and grassroots organizations. Helpful for journalists tracking trends and looking for sources. Site includes an e-newsletter.

American Academy of Religion:

SAJA Tips on Religion
Covers Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism in the U.S.

Manifest on the Web
Christian magazine.


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Internet Movie Database
Great for fact-checking names and film titles.
RealNetworks site offers text and audio.

Screen Actors Guild
Union site with lots of news. Agent Database
A great shortcut for sourcing, enter celebrity names into the database and get the managers or agents who represents them.

Producers Guild
Union site with lots of news.

Writers Guild of America
Also lists agents and writer/clients.

Motion Picture Association of America
Founded in 1922, the MPAA serves as the "voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries, domestically." The website offers a press room, film ratings and covers issues such as movie piracy.
Enter a movie's title (all titles since 1968) in the database and find its rating. Site offers reasons why a movie is given a specific rating.
News from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Cannes Film Festival
Official site of the festival.
A travel site that focuses on the Cannes Film Festival.
Database of ratings for every film since 1968.
Run by movie analyst Brandon Gray, Mojo is an online movie publication and box office reporting service. Based in Burbank, Calif., the site provideswe produce analysis, reviews, interviews and the most comprehensive box office tracking available online. This includes quick links to daily box office takes, weekly, annual, etc. Also has news and analysis, showtimes, trailers, release schedule and an RSS feed.

BoxOffice Magazine

Media By Numbers
Tracks weekend box office numbers. Quoted often in the media.
A super site. Requires a log-in/subscription. Includes daily box office stats, box office top 10 and all-time top 100 box office.
The bible of Hollywood trade papers.

Covers Hollywood business.

Deadline Hollywood
News from Premiere magazine.
Hollywood news and box office figures.

Hollywood and Vine
News on all the entertainment industries.

Look up what an actor's estimated net worth is in this database.
Hollywood Stock Exchange site covers industry news.

Independent Film Channel
News on independent films, listing of festivals.
Entertainment awards site. News, predictions, etc.

CNN Entertainment Coverage

In Touch Weekly
Databases and records for all-time box office receipts, video and DVD rentals, reviews and more.

Movie Cliché Page
News, movie and soundtrack reviews, composer bios, etc.

PBS Frontline: The Monster That Ate Hollywood
The business of movies and special effects.
Locations sites of famous movies.
Trivia, facts, etc. on movies.

Cinema FreeNet
Search for a database of movies, actors, directors, and producers.

Newsweek Pop Vox
Best and worst in movies, TV and books.

CineFiles: Pacific Film Archive
Reviews, press kits, festivals, newspaper articles, etc.

Movie Review Query Engine
More than 20,000 movie reviews by Web and newspaper writers.

International Film and Video Festivals
Lists international film, television and video festivals.

Quick Stop Entertainment

Bad Movie Script Query Letters Blog
An Hollywood talent manager posts horrible script pitches. Funny.
Lots of celebrity gossip and chats.
Get caught up on all the Hollywood gossip.

Subscription section of Internet Movie Database lets you search for celebrity contacts and agents. Track films in production, actor/movie rankings, etc.
Another subscription service that lets you search for celebrity contacts and agents.

Ain't It Cool News
Another Hollywood gossip site.
Claims to have the "latest news, images, clips and reviews of all the current and upcoming blockbuster films."

Searchbeat's Movie Reviews
Movie scripts.

British Film Institute: The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time
All sorts of information on movies, including scripts.

Movie Cliches
A fan site, but it's fun.
All the Hollywood gossip.

Box Office Guru

Internet Archive: Movie Collection

Yahoo!'s Sundance Film Festival Links
A collection of bad movies, reviews, etc.

Video and coverage from all the parties.

National Film Preservation Foundation

Movie Review Query Engine

The Flick Filosopher
More movie reviews.

All Movie Guide

Box Office

Box Office Guru

Box Office Report

Cinema Canada

Fade In Magazine

Independent Film Makers

Movie Maker Magazine


N.Y. Film Academy

Turner Classic Movies: Movies Database
Great for quick-reference, this site allows you to search a database of thousands of movie titles. Classic Films


Sony Pictures

Miramax Movies

Paramount Movies

Warner Bros. Movies

20th Century Fox Movies

Universal Pictures

Dreamworks Movies

MGM Studios

New Line Cinema
Parents rate movies for their appropriateness for children. A fan site, but fun.

Big Movie
Site is devoted to large-format films.
Download movie soundtracks and information about them.

Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics
Cars that explode on impact, visible laserbeams, and the staples of the silver screen that defy the laws of science. This is a fan?s site, so take it for what it?s worth.
Has a cool tool for figuring out just what "Magnolia" was about. Entertainment Magazine
New articles daily on movies, books, television, music, entertainment news and more.

The Spinning Image: Cult Movies
This UK site covers news and titles on cult movie classics.

Online Classics


An online database of fake phone numbers from movies and TV shows. Hilarious. It's a fan site, however.

Movie Mistakes
A listing of gaffes in movies. Similar to Film School
An intro to movie-making from the Artists Rights Foundation.

Bad Movie Report
Fun site with hilarious reviews of awful films.
A collection of movie critics' links.

Entertainment Weekly Movies Database

Online polls on news, politics, sports, celebrities, etc.

Star Links
Connect stars to each other.

Chicago Sun-Times Movie Critic Roger Ebert

LA Times: The Envelope Please
Predictions site for Oscars, Grammys.

National Association of Theater Owners

History of Cinematography
Cool site on the making of films.
It's a fan site, but Entertainment Weekly calls it the most thorough and consistently updated database of open and closed drive-ins. The site allows you to search by zip code and includes weather reports, photos, driving directions and links.

Movie Quotes
Type in a famous quote and this database matches it to the movie it's from.

Brian's Drive-In Theater
An online shrine to B-movies. A fan site, so be careful with what material you use.

American Drive In
Drive-In movie memories. Promotes a documentary on them as well as a history of drive-ins.

Drive-In Theater
List of theaters, video of classic concession ads.

Drive-In Movie
Database of drive-ins, nostalgia, history on drive-ins in Europe and Australia.

Adventures of Dan: Movie Extra Confessions
This is a blog by a guy who works on movie sets. Great industry gossip and stories, but keep in mind that this is a fan site.

Midnight Ramble: Black Actors in Hollywood
A great site that chronicles contributions of African-Americans to cinema.

A good Hollywood gossip blog that includes links to teasers and new trailers.

Newspaper Movies

Journalism Movies Page

Washington Post: Journalists in the Movies

Simply Scripts
Scripts from TV, movies, radio, etc.

Hollywood Entertainment Museum

WildFilmHistory: 100 Years of Wildlife Filmmaking

Internet Archive: Universal Newsreels
Search more than 600 newsreels from Universal (1929 to 1967).

Entertainment Industry Foundation
Funds programs in a variety of areas, including education and children's services, the arts, community service, the environment, AIDS and literacy.
A search engine for movie clips online.

Chunnel TV
Showcases underground video and art on the Web.

Nizm Lab
Showcases popular online videos.

Gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at movie-making.
This site offers advice on when to go to the bathroom while watching a movie and not miss anything. Very funny.

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers

Soundtrack Info Project
Find movie soundtracks.

Big Screen Cinema Guide

National Association of Theatre Owners
Publications, blog, industry links and research. Covers issues such as movie ratings, movie theft, etc.

YouTube: OpenFlix
More than 600 movies that are now part of the public domain.

American Society of Cinematographers

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

Broadcast Music Inc.

Cinema Advertising Council

Cinema Exhibitors' Association

Coalition of Entertainment Retail Trade Associations

Entertainment Resources and Marketing Association

Insight Cinema Movie Captioning

International Cinema Technology Association

Motion Picture Theatre Associations of Canada

Film Crave
Movie social networking site.

International Animated Film Society
Entertainment news and gossip.

Blog about film criticism by Bill Wyman, former arts editor of NPR and

The Envelope
Tracks Oscars and other Hollywood awards.

Awards Daily

An emporium of celebrity, fashion, beauty, etc.

Dedicated to covering black celebrities.

The Superficial
Celebrity gossip blog.

National Association of Concessionaires

United Drive-In Theatre Owners Association


Film Journal International

In Focus

ShowBIZ Data

RAND Corporation Arts Research
Federally funded documents center has a variety of links, reports and resources on arts issues.
This site steers you to the best entertainment video on the Web. It's organized by categories, so it's easy to search.

Holiday Business Trends

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National Retail Federation
This site offers many stats and studies on shopping trends.

National Retail Federation: Holiday Survey Report

Public Interest Research Groups
Consumer protection, environmental groups, dangerous toys, etc.
Use it to track sale trends for the holidays.

Purdue University: Holiday Shopping Facts and Figures
A study done in conjunction with the National Retail Federation.

National Consumers League: Holiday Shopping

Federal Trade Commission: Tips for Holiday Shopping Online

Consumer Federation of America
Site features holiday shopping statistics.
A division of National Retail Federation that gathers consumer survey information.

Identity Theft Resource Center
Product reviews and research galore.
Lists retailers and best deals.

Set up a temporary address for online shopping purposes.
Site measures online and offline shopping habits.

Has holiday shopping projections/stats.
Stories and indexes tracking the economy. Could be good for sourcing stories as well.

Federal Trade Commission: Holiday Shopping Tips/Protection Consumer Retail Habits
Dozens of helpful links.

This to That: How to Fix Things
How to fix broken things. Handy during the holidays.

Lycos 50
What keywords are people searching during the holiday season?

CNN Money: Holiday Tipping Tips

EPA: Holiday Tips for Saving Money, Environment

International News Sites

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List of Newspapers
Claims to be "the largest directory of newspapers around the world." It provides links to more than 25,000 newspapers in 201 countries and territories.

Twitter Breaking News Channel
Get perspective on what international journalists think of the United States. Links to articles from global news sites that write articles about the U.S. issues.

Washington World News Search
Enter country name in a database for news and Web links.
Provides helpful links to the web sites of all the media outlets in the Arab world, including newspapers, magazines, television, radio, etc.
A directory of online newspapers, organized by country. Very helpful as a quick-reference tool.

British Broadcasting Corporation
Good resources and links for international news.
A portal to global newspapers and magazines.
A super global online news directory.

World News Index

Kidon Global Media Links
One of the best collections of news sources from around the World (wires, newspapers, some broadcast). Sites can be sorted using several criteria including language and by country.

Mediachannel's International Biweekly Magazine

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation News

Tons of global news updates and helpful links.

International News Services in English
A free site that gives you newspapers from all over the world, written from different countries' perspectives.

International Publication Links
One of the best sites for international newspapers, magazines and trade papers.

Spanish Daily

Newspaper Archives on the Web
A listing of archives from the Special Libraries Association.

Weekly Newspapers Online
A cool clearinghouse of trick sites.

1st Headlines
Searches current news headlines and can be refined by topic, country, breaking news.
Search hundreds of magazine titles. Newswire
Updated several times a day with great stories.

Pandia Search Engine for News Sites

Total News
Links to dozens of daily news sites.

Atlantic Unbound
An expanded version of the Atlantic Monthly on the Web.

Lycos News

EmergencyNet News Today
Site monitors current and potential political, social an natural crises.

This site features major news sources as well as PR Newswire, EurekaAlert and E! Online.

Media News: Europe
EJC offers a "daily updated selection of the latest developments in European and International media." The news flashes are stored in the site's archives, which are searchable by keyword.

UN Wire
An independent news aggregator sponsored by the United Nations Foundation. It gathers all the U.N.-related news from around the world daily.


Mediachannel's International Biweekly Magazine

Asia Times
Covers business, politics and social issues from all over Asia, with a global perspective.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation News

International News Services in English
A free site that gives you newspapers from all over the world, written from different countries' perspectives.

NewsAhead (Free Sample, Full-Database Fee-Based)

BBC Monitoring: The Week Ahead

The Newspaper Society
Billed as "the voice of Great Britain's regional press."

Google News Australia

Google News Canada

Google News New Zealand

Google News United Kingdom

CannyLink Internet Guide: News Wires List
A great list of global news services.

The Toronto Star
Canada's largest daily newspaper online.

Jersalem Post
Jerusalem's English-speaking paper.

Portal for 21 Middle Eastern countries.

AL Jazeera (English version)
English language paper in Karachi, Pakistan.

A daily in Beirut, Lebanon.


Arabic News

Middle East Times (Cairo)

The Times of Central Asia

Khaleej Times

Afghan News Network

Turkish Daily News

Pakistan Daily Online

Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung
German and European Union news.

South China Morning Post
Best bet for Asian news.

Australian Newspapers on the Internet
The National Library of Australia site provides links to Australian newspapers on the Web.

Kyodo News Web
Japan's leading news agency remains independent of political and commercial interests. It's written in Japanese.

The Seoul Times
The "English newspaper for foreigners in Korea."

The Japan Times Online
The latest in news, sports, analysis and features from Japan and around the world.

Macedonian Press Agency
News from the Mediterreanean and the Balkans; select English-version.

Press Association News Centre
Headlines from Britain's top news agency.

Radio Prague
Daily radio covering news, business, and politics in the Czech Republic.

The Age
This Melbourne daily covers Australia's news and state of affairs.

The Electronic Herald
Track Great Britain's news and affairs through the Herald's in-depth online coverage.

Irish Times on the Web

The Globe and Mail
News summaries and highlights from Canada's leading newspaper.

The Guardian / The Observer
Special sections and articles from the British newspapers.

Mail & Guardian
Covers news and political affairs in South Africa.

Tons of global news updates and helpful links.

MediaGuardian UK
Media briefings, press releases and more.

The Times of London
India abroad.

Total News
Articles and news sources organized by topic.

PC Magazine's Top 100 Sites

A free Web site that helps you decide what newspaper sites you want to read. These are then downloaded in one very long browser window.

Allows you to select customized news summaries and headline reports. Have them e-mailed to you at a specific time!

Wicked Local Blog: Community Newspapers

Institute for War and Peace Reporting Global Links
Links to hundreds of international media and press agencies.

States News Service
SNS provides Washington coverage for all the small newspapers of America.

Conservative News Service
Places emphasis on its political position.
News stories and dozens of other resources.
Something of an off-beat online news service.
Links to hundreds of newspapers.
List several small papers, many in California.
Source for consumer feature news.

TIME Magazine Cover Search Database
In conjunction with the 80th anniversary of TIME magazine, all of the magazine's covers (around 4,200 of them) are now searchable and can be viewed individually as high-resolution 400x527 images. Some of the topic searches are listed below.
Links to major newspaper Web sites.
Another newspaper links page.

Newzoid Parallel World Headlines
A bizarre site.

NewsForge is the Web site of record for the Open Source community and delivers deliver every relevant news article, commentary piece, product review and press release published about the open-source community. Readers can submit articles here, so use judgment when quoting any content.

ABYZ Newslinks Page
Choose by country, region, etc. Top 99 Newspapers and Links

Best of the Web Today
James Taranto's great Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal column features stories and resources.
A daily headlines page.

DebateUSA: News Resources
A great collection of links to news outlets, research and government sites.

A global news headlines site.

Daily News Sites and 9/11

USA Today

Boston Globe


CBS News



Online NewsHour



Washington Post

Washington Post: Rebuilding a Fortress, Rebuilding a Life

Baku based Journalists' Trade Union (JuHI)
Contains materials about JuHI itself and different reports and news on media issues.
Explore various global issues through this site, which provides links to articles, headlines, videos, and blogs.


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