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JOUR: Journalism: Websites

This guide will help you find information about Journalism, including historical and current perspectives on the field, as well as how-to guides for future professionals.

Journalism Organizations

Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) -- CJR’s mission is to be the intellectual leader in the rapidly changing world of journalism. It is the most respected voice on press criticism, and it shapes the ideas that make media leaders and journalists smarter about their work. Through its fast-turn analysis and deep reporting, CJR is an essential venue not just for journalists, but also for the thousands of professionals in communications, technology, academia, and other fields reliant on solid media industry knowledge. Columbia Journalism Review magazine is available through the Communication Source module of the EBSCOhost database.

National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) -- An organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide. Founded by 44 men and women on December 12, 1975, in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation. To join a local chapter, contact the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists.

National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) -- Is dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. Established in April 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for all Hispanic journalists.

National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) -- Promoting the highest standards in visual journalism, and the credibility of our profession, is the responsibility of every member of NPPA. Accuracy in our work, and integrity in our relationships with the public we serve, are essential qualities for all professional visual journalists. Members sign and adhere to the NPPA Code of Ethics, demonstrating to employers that they are committed to the utmost integrity. We vigorously promote freedom of the press in all its forms, and work tirelessly advocating to protect the First Amendment, as well as visual journalists' rights to earn a living from their work.

Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) -- The nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry through the daily work of its nearly 7,500 members; works to inspire and educate current and future journalists through professional development; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press through its advocacy efforts. The SPJ's magazine, Quill, is available through the Communication Source module of the EBSCOhost database.


Suggested Websites

The Internet provides access to a variety of information, but not all of it is accurate, reliable, current or unbiased. The websites listed below are maintained by reputable organizations and contain trustworthy information.


Government Agencies

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) -- The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Information Policy oversees the FOIA request process. The basic function of the Freedom of Information Act is to ensure informed citizens, vital to the functioning of a democratic society. This site can help you determine if filing a FOIA request is the best option for you and help you create your request when you’re ready.



First Amendment Center -- This organization is associated with the Newseum Institute in Washington, D.C. The Center serves as a forum for the study and exploration of free-expression issues, including freedom of speech, of the press and of religion, and the rights to assemble and to petition the government.