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National Scholastic Press Association Student Sourcebook
A directory of links and contact information for resources and organizations of interest to high school journalists.

ACES Copy Editing Tests
Resources for journalism instructors at many levels: high school, college, newsroom, etc.
Resources for college journalism instructors.

2013 AP Stylebook Quick Quiz
Answers at the bottom so don't scroll down too far.

Platform Magazine: AP Stylebook Quizzes

Google Fusion Tables Primer
Great resource for learning maps, charts, etc. from Doug Haddix at Kiplinger/Ohio State.

Verification Junkie
This tool from Josh Stearns centralizes several social media verification tools in one place. Great for reporting and fact-checking on deadline.

Verification Handbook
From Craig Silverman, this guide gives you tools to verify digital content for emergency coverage.

Dart Center: Resources for Educators Training Journalists Covering Sensitive Issues
Resources from San Diego State professor Amy Schmitz Weiss on teaching students to cover topics such as suicide, homicides, sexual assaults and other traumatic news events.

The Slot: The Nine Commandments of Caption Writing

PBS MediaShift: Where to Get Journalism Grants
Great list.

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

Thsrs: The Shorter Thesaurus
A great tool for headline writing. This thesaurus gives you synonyms the same length or shorter than the word you enter. This helps if you're stuck on a headline and can't think of a concise word to use on a tight headline count. Best 9-11 Anniversary Coverage
Links to several of the top sites for Sept. 11 anniversary coverage. As the collection tells you, most of the sections are polished, prepackaged and in-depth. Studying this work can be a great way to get fresh ideas and learn how to tell stories in new ways.

Mervin Block's Broadcast Newswriting Workshop
A tips section is available from two of his newswriting textbooks. An occasional mailing list is available by writing to

AP Style Exercises Online
Developed by Ron Hartung, writing/editing coach at the Tallahassee Democrat.

This site from University of North Carolina professor Frank Fee, is a collection of syllabi and links to online editing course syllabi that was created under the auspices of the Newspaper Division of AEJMC. (Note: Some of the links may be broken or outdated. The site is regularly being updated.) Teaching Title IX and Gender Equity

No Train, No Gain
A great collection of handouts and contacts for newsroom training.

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly or Why It's A Good Idea to Evaluate Web Resources
From Susan E. Beck of the New Mexico State University Library.

American Society of Newspaper Editors' site has hundreds of stories and resources for high school journalists.

Link TV: Know the News
A set of free educational web-based News Literacy tools focusing on international television news. Students create their own news stories by editing video from a wide variety of U.S. and international TV news reports; and their own news-talk program using out-takes from a nationally broadcast studio-based discussion series.

A social network for newsroom trainers, started by Steve Buttry of No Train, No Gain. The site grew from the old Newscoach listserv.

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators at

Links to resources, organizations, workshops, programs and related Web sites for high school journalism teachers and students.

Television News Center
A public nonprofit that trains TV journalists. Site offers tips, training, etc.


Pressnet: Journalists, Journalism and Mass Media in Internet
Site editors say it's for "journalists, mass media, students, teachers and professors of the journalism and the social communication." Includes a world directory and specialized directory.

Plugged In: Using the Internet for High School and Professional Journalism
Downloading this online publication from the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation will prove valuable to students and educators, station interns and journalists new to the profession.

Encyclopedia of Television
Simple-to-use site for fact-checking.

Write Check
Check grammar and plagiarism.

Reading List for Innovative Ideas on Journalism Education
From the Online News Association.

Academic Earth
Lectures and teaching resources galore for professors.

Media Literacy Teachers' Toolkit
Resources from

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. EVE Online Plagiarism Finder
This site offers a free copy of EVE software free for 15 days.

Connect Online, LLC
An online directory of writing education for journalism, poetry, screenwriting, etc.

State Departments of Education
Links to all of them.

International WWW Schools Registry
Free access to the largest collection of public education data ever assembled.

State Legislative Sites
Links to all of them.

American Council on Education

EdWeek: Early Childhood Education Rankings (By State)
See how your state scored. The New SAT

College Affordability: State Rankings
A list from the Lumina Foundation. See how your state ranks.

State-by-State Teacher Salary Survey
Averages by state. Starting salaries, etc.

Center for Academic Integrity

National Public School Locator Search
Searchable database on schools, number of students, student-teacher ratio, student body ethnic makeup; search by school name, location, zip, grade.

American School Directory
Do searches for schools.
Track down Canadian schools.

U.S. Department of Education Strategic Plans & Annual Reports

U.S. Educational Resource Directory
A searchable directory of educational organizations. Search by form or by image map.
"Establish a national forum on the design and implementation of education policies that empower all children to achieve their personal bests in school and in life."

National Center for Education Statistics
A complete electronic catalog and fast facts.

U.S. Education Statistics: A Research Guide
Duke Universities Libraries has put together an extensive amount of educational resources like a private school locator, an international archive of education data and state salary surveys for teachers.

School District Data Book
National Center for Education Statistics' electronic library. Includes financial data on every U.S. school district.

International Archive of Education Data
Includes results of elementary, secondary, post-secondary and school library surveys, including synopses and raw data.

Academic Standards
Yahoo! offers K-12 academic standards for 40 states.

Newsweek: America?s Top 100 High Schools

Department of Education: Public Education Data
Covers elementary and secondary schools from U.S.

National Academies' National Research Council
Advisors on science, engineering and medicine.

Healthy Schools Network

ERIC Database
National Education Resources Information Center at Syracuse University offers research and materials from all federally funded labs.

Family Taxpayers Network
Look up teacher salaries at Illinois public schools. Helpful research tool.

Education Writers' Association Research Page
Hot topics, demographics and studies on K-12.

U.S. Department of Education Statistics
Index of various manuals you can buy.

Education Associations and Organizations
Dozens of sites for journalists covering any level of education.

U.S. Department of Education

Academe Today
Chronicle of Higher Education.

National Education Association

Digest of Education Statistics (2002)
Site offers free, detailed information on U.S. public schools combined with useful community data (e.g., housing costs) and maps of the surrounding areas.
Site offers free, detailed information on U.S. private schools combined with useful community data (e.g., housing costs) and maps of the surrounding areas.

School Bus Data
Injury, accidents and other national statistics.

School Bus Seat Belt Issue FAQ

National Association of Pupil Transportation: School Bus Safety

Nation's Report Card
The Department of Education administers NAEP in several subject areas and publishes quantitative results in the participating states. state results.

National Center for Education Stats: School Locator
A great search tool.

Overview of Public School Districts, 2001-02
From the National Center for Education Stats.

Educating School Leaders Report

Public School Student, Staff and Graduate Counts (2001-02)

Links to dozens of education sites.

Miami Herald: Crumbling Schools
A great in-depth series on the poor shape of Miami-Dade County schools.

U.S. News & World Report: Higher Education Databases
A searchable directory of colleges, including the magazine's famous rankings by subject.

College Opportunities Online
Links to more than 9,000 colleges, trade schools and universities in the United States.

U.S. Census: Back-to-School Statistics

National Tutoring Association

National Federation of State High School Associations

Peterson's Grad School Resources
A good directory of graduate school links and background materials.

College and University Pages
Links to nearly every school imaginable.

EASI: Easy Access for Students and Institutions
U.S. Department of Education site on paying for college tuition. Some interesting background reading.

Legislation, Regulations and Policy Guidance

Network Nuggets
Links to dozens of education sites.

Education Week
Electronic version of the magazine. Daily news updates.

Education Writers Association
For education reporters.

National Assessment of Educational Progress
NAEP was mandated by Congress to monitor knowledge, skills, and performance of the nation's children.

National Institute for Early Education Research Beating Scholarship Fraud
Seven tips from experts.

"Defending Civilization: How Our Universities Are Failing America and What Can Be Done About It"
Though short, this .PDF format report from The American Council of Trustees and Alumni(ACTA), a nonprofit co-founded by Lynne Cheney and Senator Joseph I.Lieberman, has been getting quite a bit of media attention. The report is a scathing condemnation of universities for being "the weak link in America's response to the [September 11th] attack," a label earned in part because faculty "invoked tolerance and diversity as antidotes to evil" and did not discuss the "difference between good and evil." The report charges academia with disseminating the message to "blame America first." Basics on College Financial Aid

Gap Year
Offers resources on taking a year off before college.

Year Out Group
Offers resources on taking a year off before college.

Taking Off
Offers resources on taking a year off before college.

Time Magazine Education Coverage

Washington Post Education Coverage

The National Home Education Research Institute

Children?s Defense Fund
The press releases section is a great source for new studies and news about poverty, safety, school cuts, etc.

CNN's Education Page
Great breaking news and trend stories in education.

School Facility Manufacturers' Association

Links to several good stories and education sites.

Coalition for Student and Academic Rights (COSTAR)
A network of lawyers, professors and students aimed at protecting academic rights. Good for finding sources and backgrounding.

St. Paul Pioneer Press: Where Race and Discipline Meet
Proportionately, minority students are suspended much more often than white students, a study shows.

Electronic School News

Association of Boarding Schools

National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators
Only a bunch of academics could have a title this long. It's a good site though, with links of interest and a newsletter.

The American School Board Journal
Several trend stories and educational resources and studies.
Claims it's the "first global portal for children, parents and teachers.

Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Study Guides and Strategies
A resource guide from the Learning Center of the University of St. Thomas.

The Digest of Education Statistics, 2001

FREE: Education Resources
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) makes hundreds of Net-based education resources easier to find. Features sections on technology, safety, etc.

Education Writers Association
A great site that includes research reports, story idea list, reporting tips and archive of good projects.

Quality Schools Now
This site allows people to share information about public schools and school staff who are either exceptionally helpful, or exceptional duds. It initially focusing on Genesee County, Mich., but it will be expanded until it acts as a gateway site to similar material for all of the United States.
This site has a section dedicated to the new SAT (new in 2004) that features stories, tips and answers questions about the exam.

The Internet in Public Schools
The National Center for Education Statistics has survey results measuring Internet access in U.S. public schools from 1994 to 2000.

SelectSurf Education Links
Links to several great education sites.

Education Index Report Card
Non-profit Washington D.C. think tank allows you to locate resources by state and compare public and private schools.
Privately run site covers mostly Arizona and California; may expand to other states.

School Wise Press
Compare California schools by using variables such as test scores and demographics.

MIT's World College and University Links

Galaxy Directions Education Site

Title I/Compensatory Education Programs
Offers studies and stats on teacher shortages nationwide.

NEA: National Teacher Shortage
Offers studies and stats.

Schoolwide IDEA Book

National Assessment of Educational Progress

Casey Journalism Center for Children and Families
A center for journalists who cover issues that affect children and families in America.

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) Home Page

Office of Research and Improvement (OERI)

Class Size Reduction

Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration Program

Association of School Business Officials

National Association of Secondary School Principals

National Association of Elementary School Principals

Generation YES: Youth and Educators Succeeding
Several cool projects, including a youth technology mentorship program.

Education Publications

Curriculum Services

Council of Chief State School Officers

Council of the Great City Schools

Title I Report Study Tools
Great for back-to-school stories, this is a list of study tools for school kids.

National Education Goals Panel

Institute for Educational Leadership

Roll Call Online
Find helpful sites for research.

Universities List

USA Colleges Research Resources
Has links on the 9-11 tragedy and other information.

Socratic Tutor
This service requires a fee, but it coaches you on the Socratic method of asking questions.

National Commission on the Senior Year
An education research and watchdog group on education standards.

Special Ed News
Focuses on special education and student/teaching needs.

Learning Exchange
News updates, education links and more.
Awards non-profit and philanthropy grants. Site has a publications, newsletters, research and sources page that could be helpful to journalists.

Schools to Watch
Organization promoting middle-grades school reform. Good place to find sources to speak on the topic.

Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning
A good links/resource page, state resources and more.
A state-by-state breakdown of cybercheating, based on papers tested through's program.
This is an information and resource site for high school athletes who want to apply for college athletic scholarships. Teaches students basic communication skills.

The Youth Free Expression Network (Y-FEN)
An anti-censorship coalition to challenge Internet filters, v-chips, abstinence-only education, etc.

America's Alumni Directory
Features an alumni directory and more.

Bullying Online
A UK journalist shares this site, which is based in England but deals with school bullying issues from all over the world. Many reference and tips for parents, administrators, kids, etc.

Scholastic Research Tools: Women's History

American Alumni Directory

American Universities
Search this database of colleges from the University of Florida.

Colleges E-Mail Finder

UK: Friends Reunited
A database of thousands of UK schools and colleges. Also search for workplace alums.

College Campus Phone Book Server
Look through nearly 350 campus phone books.
Nearly 5,000 listings of colleges, universities.

Five College Archives Digital Access Project

Women In World History Curriculum

American Women's History: A Research Guide

Internet Women's History Sourcebook
A children's reading website, where kids (ages 7-10) can go online everyday (except Friday and Saturday), and read a short story which begins every Sunday and continues with the same plot through the following Thursday.

Alliance for Catholic Education
Run by Notre Dame, this site offers news, resources, etc.

School Nutrition Association
Many helpful resources, including food safety, legislative action, newsroom, recipes, nutritional facts, studies, etc.

No Child Left Behind Reauthorization Database George Lucas Educational Foundation
Video library, teacher training, development tools and more.

Teacher Planet
Lesson plans, research, calendar of events and other resources for teachers. Includes some current events and journalism teaching resources.

Who, What, When Database
Great for quick fact-checking. A database of "key people and events from 1000 A.D. to the present." Create graphic timelines of periods in history and of the lives of individuals.

WorldClock Time Zones
sTrack your time zone from any other city/zone in the world.


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