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For those of you interested in digging deeper into the world of media criticism, we've provided thumbnail guides to some of the more well-known academic, institutional and watchdog sites:
Accuracy in Media (AIM) Accuracy In Media is a non-profit, grassroots citizens watchdog of the news media that critiques botched and bungled news stories and sets the record straight on important issues that have received slanted coverage.
American Journalism Review (AJR) is published 10 times a year by the University of Maryland School of Journalism. AJR's site contains full text versions of selected articles from the magazine and links to thousands of newspapers, magazines, and other U.S. media sites.
The Annenberg Public Policy Center, part of the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, researches media and communications policy issues. In 1998, the Center's Campaign Quality Project scrutinized political discourse with the aim of discouraging negative campaign tactics. Its site offers updates on the Center's research programs, conferences and other activities.
Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom (UK) The Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom is an independent voice for media reform working to promote policies for a diverse, democratic and accountable media.
The Center for Media and Democracy The nonprofit Center for Media and Democracy strengthens participatory democracy by investigating and exposing public relations spin and propaganda, and by promoting media literacy and citizen journalism, media "of, by and for the people".
Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) was founded in 1961 "to assess the performance of journalism in all its forms; to call attention to its shortcomings and strengths; to help define and redefine the standards of honest, responsible service; to help stimulate continuing improvement in the profession; and to speak out for what is right, fair and decent." It's published bimonthly by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Selected articles are available on their site.
Editor & Publisher is a weekly magazine covering all aspects of the North American newspaper industry. Its website, Editor & Publisher Interactive, is updated on a daily basis with news items and regular columns.
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) argues that the "mainstream media are increasingly cozy with the economic and political powers they should be watchdogging." In response, FAIR criticizes pro-establishment media bias and media practices that they feel marginalize minority or dissenting viewpoints. FAIR's Web site offers activist alerts, stories from its bi-monthly magazine, EXTRA!, an audio-only archive of its Counterspin radio show and an archive of Norman Solomon's weekly Media Beat column including the annual P.U.-litzer awards for the year's worst journalism.
The Free Expression Policy Project The Free Expression Policy Project (FEPP), founded in 2000, provides research and advocacy on free speech, copyright, and media democracy issues. In May 2004, FEPP became part of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.
Free Press Free Press is a national nonpartisan organization working to increase informed public participation in crucial media policy debates, and to generate policies that will produce a more competitive and public interest-oriented media system with a strong nonprofit and noncommercial sector.
Grade the News Grade the News is a special project of KTEH, public television for Silicon Valley, and it is affiliated with Stanford University's Graduate Program in Journalism. It is funded by a grant from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation in San Francisco.
The Media Center at the American Press Institute is funded by a grant from the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation with the aim of helping the newspaper industry adapt to the new technological environment created by the Internet. Its Web site offers summaries of Media Center conferences, and its Issues & Answers page provides frequently updated summaries of the top issues facing newspapers in the Information Age.
MediaChannel is a nonprofit, public interest Web site dedicated to global media issues. MediaChannel offers news, reports and commentary from its international network of media-issues organizations and publications, as well as original features from contributors and staff. Executive editor, Danny Schechter, posts columns on the site's Web log every day, and invites everyone to get into the conversation.
The Nieman Foundation at Harvard funds fellowships for 24 journalists to pursue 10 months of independent study at Harvard University. Their site provides information about the program, plus a quarterly journal about the debates affecting the news industry.
Online Journalism Review (OJR), is published weekly by the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. It evaluates online journalism and emphasizes the application of journalistic standards to the Internet. OJR offers a free e-mail newsletter for subscribers.
Pew Center for Civic Journalism is funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts to encourage print and broadcast news organizations to directly engage citizens "in dialogues that lead to problem solving." They provide grants to news organizations to encourage them to practice civic journalism. Their site contains studies and updates on a host of ongoing civic journalism projects, aimed at working journalists, researchers, educators and civic groups. The Center is not affiliated with the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press (formerly the Times Mirror Center for the People, the Press and Politics) is an independent group that examines public attitudes toward on the media, politics, and public policy issues. It is funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, but is not affiliated with the Pew Center for Civic Journalism. The Pew Research Center regularly conducts national surveys measuring public attentiveness to major news stories and social and political trends. Their website provides reports and data from surveys conducted since 1996 (which you can download for free), and a library of older reports available for a moderate fee.
The Poynter Institute is a school for journalists, future journalists, and teachers of journalists. No matter what their job title may be, journalists come to Poynter in a search for excellence.
The Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) is an initiative by journalists to clarify and raise the standards of American journalism, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Their site details the PEJ's projects on local TV news and the state of the American newspaper, and hosts reports from the Committee of Concerned Journalists, a panel convened jointly with the Nieman Foundation.
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