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Journalism: Web Resources

originally posted at blaugh.com (sharing policy)

Before you look at a web page, remember that on the Internet nobody knows you're a dog.  Anyone can write anything on the Internet and it doesn't have to be true.  There are a couple of tools for assessing the quality of websites, one of which is the CRAAP test: a list of criteria that you can use to assess the credibility of a source.  If you're doing research on the Internet, consider the following:

Currency:  when was the information posted, has it been revised or updated, does it reflect current knowledge, do the links work?

Relevance: who is the page aimed at, is the information at an appropriate level, how does it compare to other sources on the same topic, would you be happy to use this a source if you were writing an assignment/dissertation?

Authority: who wrote the page, do they have any qualifications & and are they relevant to the topic, is there contact information, what is the top level domain e.g .com (companies) .gov (government), .org (non-profit organisation), .edu/.ac (educational )?

Accuracy, what the source of the information, is it evidence-based, what kind of language is used, what is the tone of the page, is it free from grammatical or spelling errors, can you verify any of the information independently?

Purpose: why does the page exist, is the author trying to inform, persuade, entertain or sell you something, are the intentions clear, is it objective, Are there political, cultural or other biases?

Some good Journalism related websites. Please note that this page will no longer updated. Last revised 12/09/2018

Advice, information, research and training on media ethics

links (with a US bias)which are helpful to bloggers, professional reporters, students and teachers.

a collection of codes of journalism ethics from most European countries

Provides links by catagories designed to enhance the journalist's use of the internet (with a US bias)

What does a journalist need to know? What defines “competence” in journalism? Find out in this essay!

A large list of journalism resources on the web

Site for UK journalists. Contains news, resources and jobs

evaluating and studying the performance of the press, particularly content analysis

A collaborative database of ethical codes of conduct for journalists

The IFJ promotes international action to defend press freedom and social justice through strong, free and independent trade unions of journalists;

UK non-profit organisation working to improve public access to official information and ensure that the Freedom of Information Act is implemented effectively.

The independent regulator of most of the UK’s newspapers and magazines

a non-profit, professional organization promoting quality journalism worldwide

the voice for journalists and journalism in UK and Ireland

a nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization that conducts investigative research and reporting on public policy issues in the United States and around the world.

Organisation that fights for press freedom

conducts research that addresses the most significant issues facing journalists and media organisations

Perhaps the best known news agency, and the oldest

The English language site for the Arabic-language TV channel

World news from the BBC

An international news agency

a nonpartisan magazine whose mission is to foster the international exchange of perspectives and information

‘public-benefit organisation for development cooperation™, open to journalists, professional communicators and bodies active in the fields of information and communication

news magazine and online community that creates original journalism and amplifies the best of hundreds of other independent media sources.

The readers' digest of alternative media

multimedia content provider and national news agency

publishes high quality news analysis, debates and blogs about the world

a network of independent collectively run media outlets for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of the truth

Volumes 7-10 of the Irish Communications Review

1911 book detailing the reminiscences of an Irish newspaper correspondent available to read online

safeguarding and promoting professional and ethical standards in Irish newspapers and periodicals

Documentaries and podcast archive

Classic reference guide

concerned with deviations from the standard use of English as judged by sophisticated users such as professional writers, editors, teachers

a comprehensive and freely available online English resource. Here, students and instructors will find lessons on everything from punctuation guidelines to essay-writing strategies

A simple and very useful guide to reading health and health related articles published in newspapers

encouraging and improving scholarly research and education in literary journalism (or literary reportage)

This is the guide to writing, editing and English usage followed by journalists at the Guardian, Observer and theguardian.com.

Website of the Sunday Business Post newspaper

Website of the Irish Examiner newspaper

The website of the Irish Times newspaper

Website of the Irish Independent

Website of the British daily newspaper

Website of the - now online only - British daily newspaper

Directory of thousands of world newspapers

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