Sites for those who: work in the media, care about the media, have questions about the nature of information, are incurable news junkies, or all of the above. Contact me if you have suggestions for other, equally appropriate sites (though no promises).
Adbusters Heart (and head) of the culture jammers, ruthless deconstructionists with a sense of humor. Worth a look just for the ad parodies. Just a reminder that everything you see (outside of nature) is manufactured. For a reason.
All Things D Coverage of digital culture, largely from a business perspective (not surprising, given its parent company—The Wall Street Journal).
analyticjournalism.com The IAJ focuses on analytic journalism: using critical thinking and analysis, via a variety of intellectual methods (such as modeling and statistics) to look at government and society.
Backpack Journalism Blog “Backpack journalism” means using digital technology to operate as a self-contained media operation: writer, photographer, editor, publisher. Tied to BillGentile’s Backpack Journalism Project at AmericanUniversity’s School of Communication.
Citizen Economists News, resources, and commentary about the impact of economic changes on various professions. Not such a dismal science. Includes a discussion forum.
CNN Cable new pioneer, which brought us all news, all the time, headlines every fifteen minutes or the world ends. Thanks. I think. The site a good source for breaking news, especially with a visual angle.
Columbia Journalism Review The CJR has been around for years, exploring news issues in depth and critiquing journalists’ coverage. (Infamous back in the Seventies for dropping the ball on “new journalism” but they’ve redeemed themselves several times over.) The site includes a fine set of “must reads.” Check out “Who Owns What” to find out who’s collecting the money and paying the bills.
Committee To Protect Journalists These folks work had to project journalists and their sources around the globe, publishing alerts on world danger spots (they’re not all in war zones or emerging countries). Danger does not necessarily mean being censored or thrown in jail: danger also means dead, and CJP keeps a sobering, running total of each year’s murdered or missing journalists.
The Copy Editor The comma goes inside the quotes…or outside? (Inside, usually.) If those kind of questions give you eye headaches and/or pay your bills, this is your site. Workshops, jobs, links.
CyberJournalist.net One of CNET’s top 100 digital media sites; news and resources about digital technologies’ changes upon the media, set up like a bulletin board. A great place to check in on media trends or emerging issues.
Daily Kos A good source of underreported news stories, with a leftward slant; one of the site’s great strengths is the vast horde of citizen journalists it attracts.
Digidave DavidCohn, who’s written for Wired, the Columbia Journalism Review, and the New York Times, focuses on citizen journalism and methods for news organizations to utilize social media.
Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute Blog The Missouri School of Journalism’s overview of journalistic techniques and issues, with an emphasis on new technologies. The RJI links also provide an excellent roundup of news headlines.
Eat sleep publish A Seattle-based blog exploring the challenges facing the news business as the digital age unfolds—a running theme among many journalism sites.
Electronic Frontier Foundation Founded in 1990, the EFF recognized the potential of the Internet early, and stepped forward to protect the freedom the new technology offered. They’re still needed. They’re still doing it. The Deep Links sections plug you into free speech issues you probably didn’t know existed. At least I didn’t. (State-sponsored malware, anyone?)
FreedomInfo Dedicated to freedom of information throughout the world, with reports on actors—bad and good, legislation, censorship, and much more.
FreePress All these guys want to do is to save democracy through better reporting. Is that too much to ask? A focus on the friction points between a free press and corporate ownership.
Global Journalist News stories from around the world, with an emphasis on media developments, plus a free press watch.
Global Journalist Security A useful set of tool journalists can use to keep being becoming casualties. Handy. (Pack a flashlight.) Seriously: a recent study found one in eight journalists shows signs of PTSD.
Journalism Degrees and Programs A site providing information about journalism degrees and programs. Includes articles and links to accredited institutions. Splatterverse’s journalism resources draw heavily from their excellent 100 Best Sites for Journalists in 2012. (Full disclosure department.)
iMediaEthics Formerly StinkyJournalism.org, a media watchdog site: standards, fact checking, apologies and retractions. A good read, but you don’t want to get covered here.
International Journalists Network Blog The site builds opportunities for journalists around the world, from jobs to reportage techniques. Offered in seven languages, with users from 185 countries. The blog covers media news.
International Federation of Journalists Reportedly the world’s largest journalism organization, focusing on press freedom issues. The safety for journalists section alone is worth a look.
JimRomenesko.com Jim reports on the media. And does so with a sense of perspective and humor. What’s not to like?
Journalism Ethics for the Global Citizen Ethical issues for bloggers and citizen journalists, courtesy of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Journalism.co.uk A general-purpose site for journalists, providing information on jobs, events, awards, and training, along with commentary on the craft. Has an excellent “how to” section.
Journalism.org The PewResearchCenter’s polls and studies frequently appear in (or prompt) news stories. Here, you can go straight to the source. Plus some useful added resources for writers, students, and citizen reporters.
Journerdism Tool for the trade in the digital age. Plus a certain sense of tongue-in-cheek, as one might gather from the site name.
Mashable A source for news, information and resources, Mashable reports on digital innovation, with 20 million monthly unique visitors and 6 million social media followers.
Media Shift A good site asking some damned good questions about the Information Age. To wit: how free does speech remain if you can’t tell who’s providing the content or the platform?
Mediactive There’s a ton of information out “there”…roaming free. But how can journalists and readers tell what’s accurate, editorial, propaganda, or worse? Mediactive provides tools and approaches to sort the fresh from rotten.
Mediaite News, information, and opinions about print, online, broadcast, and entertainment media, with immediate assessments of news as it breaks. Mediaite’s “Power Grid” ranks media professionals across a dozen categories, based on their real-time relevance.
Media Matters for America Watching the (primarily) American right-wing media, because someone has to: where propaganda goes to die.
National Press Foundation Fostering better reporting through classes, grants, awards, and other services.
National Press Club A private club for journalists and communications professionals, based in D.C. and operating for over a century. Provides talks, interviews, events, news, and education.
New Media and Technology Law Blog A blog on the intersection of, yes, new media and technology, written by a cutting-edge media law firm.
New York Times Come on. It’s the New York Times, man. Consistently great. Even if they’re still trying to figure out how to make money off the Net.
Newspaper Death Watch It’s no secret that traditional print media struggle in the digital era. Per the site’s title, this lists the casualties, and blogs about the state of the industry. There’s good news as well as bad.
Newsonomics Can media outlets actually make money on the Web? This site presents strategies and best practices here. “The Digital Dozen” makes for a great read. The answer seems to be: maybe. If you’re smart. Same as it ever was.
Nieman Journalism Lab More information on the trade’s changes and future, focusing on how to make the best of the digital era.
National Public Radio Still the best ride in the car, whether going to work or coming home. (When I worked in radio, we modeled ourselves after NPR. Which made perfect sense because we were a country radio station with former rock DJs. Where could that go wrong?)
The Note ABC’s ongoing account of the day’s political events and other news.
Old Media New Tricks Articles and interviews addressing the intersection between old and new media. (How, exactly, does a newspaper use Tumblr?)
Online Journalism Blog Comment, analysis, and links addressing online journalism, citizen journalism, blogging, vlogging, photoblogging, podcasts, vodcasts, interactive storytelling, publishing, Computer Assisted Reporting, User Generated Content, and other stuff you’ve never heard of. Unless you check in, of course.
OpenSecrets.org “Follow the money” has become such a given that political battles continually rage over how to erase the fingerprints. If you want to clear the air, here’s a good place to start.
Overheard in the Newsroom Department of Truth in Headlines: this blog chronicles stuff actually overhead in newsrooms. If you’re missing the biz, wondering why you’re still doing it, or just need a laugh (i.e., you’re backed up on deadlines), here you go. Brilliant.
Pjnet A network of journalists: pro, semi-pro, citizens, and, occasionally, heroes. Some excellent links.
Poynter Institute A journalism school, Poynter’s site also serves as a great news source, a critique of the media, and a heads up on emerging trends and technologies. Plus, you know, jobs.
PR Watch It is news? Or is it PR? And why, if it’s PR, does it look like news? (And often pass for it.)
Princeton Election Consortium Providing analysis of U.S. national elections by members of the Princeton academic community. A great place to check in when the polls start contradicting each other.
ProPublica Investigative journalism produced through a non-profit, independent newsroom, focusing on exposing abuses of power and effecting change.
Recovering Journalist Another good, experienced writer covering the media. “Recovering Journalist” seems to be a running theme among these sites. Includes a great set of links.
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press For over 40 years, these folks have provided legal advice and other support for journalists. Here’s hoping you never need their aid, but be glad they’re available. Resources, reports, job listings, and more.
Reporters Without Borders Supporting reporters’ rights and safety, both on the ground and through the Internet. If anyone’s got you back, it’s these folks.
Secrecy News Focusing on government secrecy (nothing we need to be concerned about, of course), the site includes documents on the following: Congress; Controlled Unclassified Information; Selected Judicial Decisions; FOIA Documents; Information Security Oversight Office; Congressional Research Service Documents; Declassification Advisory Panels; Obama Administration Secrecy Policy; Bush Administration Secrecy Policy; Other Government Docs; Library; E-Prints. (How’s that for a service?)
Steveouting.com A futurist looks at the media. A good source on new tools and what they’ll mean for reporters.
Talking Points Memo Totally wired in D.C. news site. Everybody, apparently, takes them aside in the hallway because you’ll find out about something here ten minutes before it shows up elsewhere.
Tao of Journalism Not everything on the Net can be entirely…accurate. Or remotely true. The TAO (Transparency/Accountability/Openness) of Journalism seeks to establish best practices to build consumers’ confidence in their news sources, down to a “TAO pledge” and symbol that journalists can include on their sites. The concept shows great promise.
TechCrunch Media news, journalism articles, job leads, and more.
The Editorialiste If citizen journalists keep tabs on professional journalists, who’s keeping tabs on the citizen journalists? Yet another site trying to sort out truth, lies, and damned lies.
The Huffington Post Long-established Internet news site, with some good writers (and a certain goofiness/gossip quotient to keep those numbers up).
The Independent Journalist A blog focused on freelance journalists, looking at the profession as both a practice and a business.
The Journalist’s Toolbox A general news source, with extra resources for the trade.
The Plum Line A good, informed political opinion column in the Washington Post. Like the New York Times, the Post will only let you see a set number of articles each month before subscribing.
Vadim Lavrusik A blog about journalism and social media, written by (not surprisingly) Facebook’s journalism program manager.
VideoJournalism A veteran news camera operator reflects upon video culture and craft. CyndyGreen has a personable voice that makes this a pleasant read.
WAN-IFRA A global press organization dedicated to fostering quality journalism. A gateway to research papers, blogs, social media, and other press-related content.
Wannabe Hacks So you want to grow up to be a journalist? Are you sure? Are you really, really sure? These folks are asking the same questions.
Wonkette Delightfully snarky, inside-the-beltway gossip and a general news critique, with a take-no-prisoners/nothing is sacred attitude. And the commenters are as funny as the articles. (Who are these people, really?) When the news gets you down, as it inevitable does, the Wonkette can serve up a dose of sanity. Or at least irony, and that can be enough. One of the most consistently funny sites on the Internet, and the last thing it takes seriously is itself.
World Association of Newspaper and News Publishers A global organization of the world’s press, representing more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries.