- Investigative Reporters and Editors
IRE provides educational services to reporters, editors and others interested in investigative journalism and works to maintain high professional standards. Links are maintained to NICAR National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting databases.
- The People & The Press
The People & The Press is an independent opinion research group, sponsored by The Pew Charitable Trusts, that studies public attitudes toward the press, politics and public policy issues.
The Poynter Institute for Media Studies presents Poynter.org to help journalists do their jobs better and to serve their communities. Updated daily, it provides journalists with reliable information, useful tools, and provocative suggestions. The site advances the goals of The Poynter Institute by making accessible worldwide its teaching, expertise, and research.
- UNESCO CI
UNESCO's Communication and Information Sector (CI) was established in its present form in 1990. Its programmes are rooted in UNESCO’s Constitution, which requires the Organization to promote the “free flow of ideas by word and image.”
- The Brookings Institution
This Washington, D.C. think tank provides policy briefs on various issues, including tax cuts, social security, telecommunications, telephone deregulation, the Euro, military preparedness and many more. The Brookings Institution functions as an independent analyst and critic, committed to publishing its findings for the information of the public.
- The U.S. Department of Justice's FOIA page
A good starting point for learning more about the Freedom of Information Act. This link includes instructions on how to file an FOIA request and lists of federal agencies' FOIA offices.
- ACRL list of resources
The Association of College & Research Libraries maintains this wiki with links to scholarly resources.
From the site: "The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism is dedicated to trying to understand the information revolution. We specialize in using empirical methods to evaluate and study the performance of the press, particularly content analysis. We are non partisan, non ideological and non political.
"ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest." Their mission is to "expose abuses of power and betrayals of the public trust by government, business, and other institutions, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing."
- Freedom Forum
The Freedom Forum, based in Washington, D.C., is a nonpartisan foundation that champions the First Amendment as a cornerstone of democracy. The site includes the First Amendment Center where users can find news articles, surveys, and other information about the First Amendment.
- Knight Foundation
The Knight Foundation funds transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities, and foster the arts. They believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.
- The American Press Institute
The American Press Institute conducts research, training, convenes thought leaders, and creates tools to help chart a path ahead for journalism in the 21st century.
The Press Institute is an educational non-advocacy, nonprofit organization affiliated with the Newspaper Association of America. It aims to help the news media, especially local publishers and newspaper media, advance in the digital age.
- The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists is a global network of more than 190 investigative journalists in more than 65 countries who collaborate on in-depth investigative stories.
Founded in 1997 by the respected American journalist Chuck Lewis, ICIJ was launched as a project of the Center for Public Integrity to extend the Center’s style of watchdog journalism, focusing on issues that do not stop at national frontiers: cross-border crime, corruption, and the accountability of power. Backed by the Center and its computer-assisted reporting specialists, public records experts, fact-checkers and lawyers, ICIJ reporters and editors provide real-time resources and state-of-the-art tools and techniques to journalists around the world.
- Reporters Without Borders
Based in Paris, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is an independent nongovernmental organization with consultative status with the United Nations, UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF). Its foreign sections, its bureaus in ten cities, including Brussels, Washington, Berlin, Tunis, Rio de Janeiro and Stockholm, and its network of correspondents in 130 countries give RSF the ability to mobilize support, challenge governments and wield influence both on the ground and in the ministries and precincts where media and Internet standards and legislation are drafted. The site includes articles about issues surrounding global information access.
Mashable is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content for its dedicated and influential audience around the globe.
MediaShift provides insight and analysis at the intersection of media and technology. The MediaShift network includes the sites MediaShift, Idea Lab and EducationShift, as well as workshops and weekend hackathons, email newsletters, a weekly podcast and a series of DigitalEd online trainings.
MediaShift tells stories of how the shifting media landscape is changing the way we get our news and information. MediaShift correspondents explain how traditional media such as newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, music and movies are dealing with digital disruption and adapting their business models for a more mobile, networked world.
- The Journalist’s Resource Project
Based at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, the Journalist’s Resource project examines news topics through a research lens. The site provides scholarly materials that may be relevant to media practitioners, bloggers, educators, students and general readers.
The weekly email and Twitter feed serve to highlight the latest studies from academia that can inform public discourse. The searchable database contains top academic and governmental research. The project strives to translate complex statistics into clear data points and reformulate the terminology of academic specialists into more accessible language, without sacrificing rigor or nuance.
- Nieman Reports
Nieman Reports is a website and quarterly print publication covering thought leadership in journalism. Its editorial mission mirrors that of the Foundation itself: “to promote and elevate the standards of journalism.” Nieman Reports is home to the Nieman Watchdog Project, which chronicles how journalists can hold those in power to account.