Technology is changing most industries rapidly, but few businesses have been so shaken as that of journalism. The World Wide Web and the proliferation of digital communication tools have decimated newspaper profits and completely shifted the business model behind journalism. The tenets of storytelling remain the same, though, and some companies have used the digital revolution to grow and provide incredible multimedia reportage that was impossible or prohibitively expensive just a few years ago. The sites listed here offered some of the best journalistic content available in 2012, and for that they deserve recognition.

Journalism

  1. Below the Fold

    Below the Fold

    Gary Goldhammer, a digital communications specialist, has over two decades of experience in online marketing, advertising, public relations, and public affairs. Billing his own blog as “media commentary from a recovering journalist,” the “below the fold” reference means the news that most people don’t see, because it is hidden by the top half of a folded newspaper.

  2. All Things D

    All Things D

    This site is devoted to news, analysis, and opinion on tech, the Internet, and media…with a twist. The goal is to be “first and sassy” with news, and at the same time be accurate and sourced as a media publication offered by Dow Jones, publisher of the Wall Street Journal.

  3. Vadim Lavrusik

    Vadim Lavrusik

    Vadim is the journalist program manager at Facebook and a digital storyteller. He also teaches social media at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, backed by an impressive resume with work experience that includes PBS NewsHour, Mashable, and Poynter.

  4. VideoJournalism

    VideoJournalism

    After almost three decades behind a camera with a journalist’s slant, Cyndy Green is a little “older, slower, and meaner…” which are all great attributes for a videojournalist. She cannot live without a camera in hand, documenting communities and countries across the world.

  5. Journalism.co.uk

    Journalism Co UK

    This is a rich resource for any journalist, offering jobs, events, awards, training, and commentary for any journalist who wants to climb a ladder to success. The editors use a mix of video, photos, social media, and traditional media to show how these tools can be integrated to bring news to the next level.

  6. Global Journalist Security

    Global Journalist Security

    This organization, comprised of veteran journalists, press freedom advocates and security training professionals, offers journalists, human rights defenders, and others methods on how to stay safe on the job. Their goal is to help individuals help themselves by making informed decisions about their safety.

  7. The Journalist’s Toolbox

    Journalists Toolbox

    The Society of Professional Journalists provides this aggregate news source, which endeavors to cover categories from 9/11 terrorist attacks to writing with numbers. The topics are vast, and provide great fodder for journalists who have come to trust this resource since 2003.

  8. Newspaper Death Watch

    Newspaper Death Watch

    The format takes on the look of traditional print media newspapers as the writing takes on the death of traditional media across the U.S. The focus is on “chronicling the decline of newspapers and the rebirth of journalism,” as metro dailies decline.

  9. Nieman Journalism Lab

    Nieman Journalism Lab

    Since the onset of digital journalism, the Nieman Journalism Lab has been at the forefront with ideas on how to innovate to survive and thrive in journalism. A stellar staff leads this initiative, buoyed by readers who are engaged in the quest for the best journalism possible.

  10. FiveThirtyEight

    FiveThirtyEight

    Nate Silver, the author of The Signal and the Noise, pens this column for the New York Times, helping readers cut through data attached to politics, polling, public affairs, sports, and science and culture. This data adds to possible forecasts, which Silver willingly provides through prediction models.

  11. Citizen Economists

    Citizen Economists

    Originally launched as “Amateur Economists,” the name change occurred when the writers involved in this project felt that their input was far from amateur. The physician, registered nurse, lawyer, retired econ professor, and customer service rep who contribute to this journal provide excellent reporting and commentary on current events as they affect the economics in their prospective fields.

  12. Greg Palast – Journalism and Film

    Greg Palast Journalism and Film

    As a best-selling author, Greg Palast pulls his experience from his past as a top investigator of corporate fraud. After the Deepwater Horizon explosion, Palast embarked on a five-continent undercover investigation into BP and the oil industry. You may know him as the journalist who won the George Orwell Courage in Journalism Award for his BBC documentary, Bush Family Fortunes.

  13. Adrian Monck’s Blog

    Adrian Moncks Blog

    Adrian Monck is a former British journalism professor and is head of communications at the World Economic Forum. Recently married, his engaging story about Newtown and Sandy Hook School clearly portrays an excellent writer with no qualms about submitting to the better journalist of the day (his wife).

  14. Newsonomics

    Newsonomics

    As a leading news industry analyst, Ken Doctor provides a handbook for digital news trends. If you’ve ever wondered what’s been lost and gained through the transition from print and broadcast to digital formats, lean on this site to gain some powerful insights.

  15. Rhetorica

    Rhetorica

    This site offers analysis and commentary about — you guessed it — the rhetoric of journalism, politics, and American culture. If you’re unfamiliar with rhetoric, get your schooling here with their rhetoric primer.

  16. Knight Blog

    Knight Blog

    Most journalists have heard about the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which supports transformational ideas promoting quality journalism. This blog is written by the foundation’s staff and its online community manager, guest bloggers from other foundations, journalism organizations, and friends and projects of the foundation.

  17. Backpack Journalism Blog

    Bill Gentiles Backpack Journalism Blog

    Bill Gentile is the pioneer of “backpack journalism,” a term that describes the mapping of emerging techniques and technologies for visual storytellers. The Backpack Journalism Project at American University’s School of Communication is Gentile’s child, and he conveys a special care for this project’s integrity.

  18. Editorsweblog

    Editors Weblog

    The Editors Weblog, a World Editors Forum publication, provides a world-wide platform for the exchange of ideas, information, and experiences for readers in the news publishing industry. Various authors provide insights into news analysis, multimedia, newsrooms, journalism, and other topics regularly at this blog.

  19. Mediactive

    Mediactive

    Dan Gillmor and Josh Sprague help readers become more active and informed users of news media. Some news is deceitful or even dangerous, but consumers can become active by using the advice and tools at this site to control that output.

  20. Columbia Journalism Review

    Columbia Journalism Review

    This publication’s mission is to encourage journalism excellence in free societies across the globe. Readers can enjoy a mix of reporting, analysis, and commentary six times per year in the magazine, and daily online.

  21. Digidave

    Digidave

    David Cohn is a name familiar to readers of Wired, Seed, Columbia Journalism Review, and The New York Times…he’s written for all these publications and is a frequent speaker on new media topics. Bookmark this site to enjoy David’s perspective on the emerging practice of participatory journalism and more.

  22. The Editorialiste

    The editorialiste

    The journalism question of the year: Who is watching the citizen journalists who are watching professional journalists who, in turn, are watching those who are watching them? Find out here, as Andrew Nusca leads his readers into news through relevant commentary about both sides of the journalistic watchdog scene.

  23. Online Journalism Review

    Annenberg Online Journalism Review

    Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and presented by USC/Annenberg’s School for Communication and Journalism, this online publication focuses on the future of digital journalism. Top tags at this site include entrepreneurial journalism, social media, revenue, management, and tools…which sits right above grassroots journalism.

  24. Eat sleep publish

    eat sleep publish

    This blog is devoted to the exploration and understanding of the challenges facing newspapers, books, and magazines as they struggle to develop a new media format in the digital age. The author, Jason Preston, is a social media consultant and professional blogger at the Parnassus Group.

  25. Journalistics

    Journalistics

    If you ever wondered about the juxtaposition of public relations and journalism, this blog may help you understand where it all falls into place. From learning how to create a budget for journalism venues to mapping messages for stronger relationships, this blog has it covered.

  26. Wannabe Hacks

    Wannabe Hacks

    This site is a great resource for readers who aspire to be journalists…as all content is written by aspiring journalists who offer insight into journalism’s many roles. Enjoy in-depth commentary and discussion about all things journalism from the bottom to the top.

  27. NYU Journalism Institute

    NYU Arthur L Carter Journalism INstitute

    New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute has always been on the mission to make a difference in the world through great journalists and journalism. Students at this school study as interns in almost every major news organization in New York, and often graduate to jobs in media headquartered in NYC.

  28. World Association of Newspaper and News Publishers

    World Association of Newspapers and Publishers WAN IFRA

    WAN-IFRA is a global organization of world press with a goal to produce quality journalism and editorial integrity. Readers can enjoy online publications, research materials, information about expos and events, and awards for the best in journalistic efforts.

  29. PR Watch

    PRWatch

    Lisa Graves is the executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) and the publisher of PR Watch and other publications sponsored by the CMD. CMD is a non-profit investigative reporting group with a focus on exposing corporate spin and government propaganda.

  30. Pjnet

    pjnet

    The Public Journalism Network (PJNet), under the guidance of Leonard Witt, is a virtual global network of journalists, educators, and lay people who are interested in exploring and strengthening the relationship between journalism and democracy. This publication has evolved into a clearinghouse for both public and citizen journalism.

  31. Journalism.org

    Journalism org

    This site represents the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, and it is dedicated to understanding the information revolution. Journalist Tom Rosenstiel directs PEJ’s broadened research agenda, which includes a new series of continuing content studies of news agendas, tracking industry trends, and analysis and commentary on that trend data.

  32. Media Shift

    Mediashift

    PBS brings their MediaShift format to the screen with host Mark Glaser. This insightful program tracks how new media is changing society and culture through analysis and commentary on everything from weblogs to citizen journalism.

  33. Teaching Online Journalism

    Teaching Online Journalism

    Mindy McAdams teaches university courses about online journalism and how technology is changing communication. Her site is a gold mine for aspiring journalists who can tap into free tutorials and teaching materials, including her Journalists’ Toolkit.

  34. Talking Points Memo – Editors Blog

    Talking Points Memo Editors Blog

    TPM is a premier digital native political news organization that covers a broad range of politics, policy, and national news. While the publication contains excellent journalism, the editors also get in on the act with opinions, context, and ideas about today’s world, often linking back to stories within the TPM format.

  35. American Journalism Review

    American Journalism Review

    AJR is a national magazine that reports about all aspects of print, television, radio, and online media. Readers can enjoy strong opinions, lively articles, in-depth reporting, and industry profiles written and edited by respected journalists.

  36. analyticjournalism.com

    Analytic Journalism

    IAJ is about analytic journalism, which involves critical thinking and analysis using a variety of intellectual tools and methods including modeling and statistics. The focus is on what government and society is doing, the condition of both entities, and the plans and performance of both relative to standards and expectations.

  37. The Independent Journalist

    The Independent Journalist

    This is the Society of Professional Journalists’ blog for freelancers, providing resources, news, and a forum for brave journalists who chose to make it on their own merits and skills. Readers are welcome to ask questions, provide content, and trade ideas and promote businesses through this format.

  38. Journerdism

    Journerdism

    As the current Mobile Products Manager for the Broadcasting Board of Governors, Will Sullivan provides a youthful yet solid background that supports his other role as “resident Nerd in Chief of Journerdism.” Journerdism is all about news and commentary for journalists and nerds (or a combo of both) to kick around for idea generation and problem solving.

  39. On The Media

    On The Media

    OTM tackles sticky issues with civility and fairness, yet with a frankness and transparency that has built listeners’ trust since 2001. One of NPR’s fastest-growing programs, this show won the Edward R. Murrow Awards for feature and investigative reporting among other awards.

  40. Reportr.net

    Reportr net

    Professor Alfred Hermida is an award-winning online news pioneer and a BBC veteran journalist who writes an award-winning blog about media, technology, and society. His focus on digital media shines through on this blog, providing readers with insights unavailable anywhere else.

  41. Ryan Sholin

    Ryan Sholin

    Ryan Sholin is a corporate online news evangelist, a reporter, a bartender, motion picture lighting and rigging technician, and a self-taught web developer among other things. His belief is that if you have ink on your fingers, you might be looking in the wrong places for fast-paced current news often offered only through digital media.

  42. Save the Media

    Save The Media

    Goina Masullo Chen is on a mission. Her goal is to teach her University of Southern Mississippi students about the dynamic and changing world of journalism. Her first-hand knowledge of journalism as a newspaper reporter and editor and her PhD degree provide the foundation for her enthusiastic hope that journalism will survive its current upheaval and be even better in the future.

  43. Global Journalist

    Global Journalist

    When you think of global journalism’s origins, you might think about Washington DC or New York. However, Global Journalist is based in Missouri, providing excellent reports on the state of press freedom around the world and developments in international journalism through this site.

  44. MikeMcGuff.com

    Mike McGuff

    Mike McGuff, a native Houstonian, has been blogging since 2005, and he is a multiple Emmy Award winning web and television productor at KTRK in Houston. Although he’s a local reporter and journalist, McGuff’s reach is international through his blog, where he single-handedly pushes Houston into the limelight through his stories.

  45. International Federation of Journalists

    International Federation of Journalists

    The IFJ is the world’s largest journalist organization, representing about 600,000 members in more than 100 countries. The IFJ promotes international action to defend press freedom without subscribing to political perspectives and with full support for human rights, democracy, and pluralism.

  46. International Journalist’s Network

    International Journalists Network

    IJNet offers the latest media innovations, online journalism resources, training opportunities, and expert advice to professional and citizen journalists the world over. IJNet is offered in seven languages, and users from 185 countries visit this site to improve their skills and to further their careers.

  47. Reporters Without Borders

    Reporters without Borders

    This association has two goals — one focused on Internet Censorship and the New Media, and the other “devoted to providing material, financial and psychological assistance to journalists assigned to dangerous areas.” Divided into teams of researchers by geographical area, the U.S. Chapter seeks to raise awareness among Americans about the value of their First Amendment rights.

  48. Center for Investigative Reporting

    Center for Investigative Reporting

    CIR aims to arm the public with thoroughly reported stories that offer depth — unlike many media outlets that merely repost stories. Topics range from the environment to economics, and their reporting enables readers to demand that government, corporations, and others in power to become accountable.

  49. Committee To Protect Journalists

    Committee To Protect Journalists CPJ

    CPJ is an independent nonprofit organization that works to promote press freedom worldwide by defending journalists’ right to report news without fear of reprisal. Their advocacy has helped to ensure the free flow of news and commentary for three decades.

  50. ProPublica

    Propublica

    ProPublica produces investigative journalism at their non-profit and independent newsroom filled with 38 working journalists. Their mission is to shine a light on inappropriate practices by publicizing actions until changes occur, creating journalistic projects in the process.

  51. The National Press Club

    National Press Club

    The National Press Club has been a private club for journalists and communications professionals for over a century, providing talks, interviews, events, news, and education. It also is a world-class conference and meeting facility located in Washington, DC…known as “The Place Where News Happens.”

  52. National Press Foundation

    National Press Foundation

    The National Press Foundation exists to increase journalists’ knowledge of complex issues and to encourage excellence in journalism. Over 5,000 editors, producers, and reporters have benefited from this organization’s development opportunities since 1976.

  53. Youth Journalism International

    Youth Journalism International

    YJI works with over 200 students worldwide from ages twelve to 24 to focus on journalism and to help build bridges across cultures. Reporting from their hometowns, students learn about writing, press responsibility, and ethics from veteran journalist mentors.

  54. FreePress

    freepress

    Free Press is a nationwide movement through its members to change media and technology policies and to promote the public interest and strengthen democracy. Grassroots engagement, policy advocacy, public education, and mobilizing activists are activities that come from Massachusetts and Washington DC offices.

  55. Everyblock Blog

    EveryBlock blog

    Create an account at this blog’s parent site if you live in one of nineteen major cities throughout the U.S. A custom EveryBlock homepage is updated throughout the day, showing what’s happening near your followed places…and the blog encourages this transparency and shows you how to utilize this tool to your advantage.

  56. San Francisco Public Press Blog

    San Francisco Public Press blog

    San Francisco Public Press does for print and web journalism what public broadcasting does for radio and television. Journalists produce context-rich nonpartisan news published daily online and quarterly in their ad-free broadsheet newspaper for sale in the San Fran area.

  57. JimRomenesko.com

    Jim Romenesko Blog

    Romenesko is an American journalist based in Illinois. He plays an historic role in media aggregation, especially with journalism issues…Romensko also has an affection for odd and obscure stories and gossip, and a knack for picking stories that are hugely popular among other journalists.

  58. Recovering Journalist

    Recovering Journalist

    Mark Potts is the “recovering journalist” who currently holds the position of VP-Content at The World Company in Kansas. He spent 15 years as a print reporter and editor before becoming a lead influence in digital media beginning in the early 1990s.

  59. Fast Company

    Fast Company

    Fast Company hit the ground running in 1995, reporting on tech innovations, ethonomics (ethical economics), leadership, and design. Discarding traditional business rules, Fast Company began to chronicle how changing companies create and compete, reinventing business in the process.

  60. Common Sense Journalism

    Common Sense J

    A longtime print and broadcast reporter/editor/producer who now serves as a professor at the University of South Carolina Journalism School, provides his take on editing and writing and the challenges that editors face in a changing environment. “…anything, from ethics to some aspects of Web design, is fair game.”

  61. Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute Blog

    Downald W Reynolds Journalism Institute Blog

    RJI at the Missouri School of Journalism opened in 2008, and the facility is capable of demonstrating new technologies and experimentation with new methods to produce, design, and deliver news. This work appeals to diverse specialties, such as journalism, editorial content, advertising evolutions, innovation in management…all with the impact of new technologies.

  62. E.W. Scripps School of Journalism

    E.W. Scripps School of Journalism

    The E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University is devoted to student needs, and also to excellence and leadership in journalism education. Students learn critical thinking, writing skills, and internship experiences at this school, including the ability to adapt to new technologies.

  63. Poynter Institute

    Poynter

    Poynter Institute is a journalism school that teaches students from across the world in various venues about journalism production and credibility. Individuals can gain access to Poynter’s resources, training, and other tools through the website and in newsrooms across the globe.

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Science and Technology

A thriving community of great writers and thinkers broke some of the biggest stories in science and technology in 2012, and this branch of journalism will only grow as technological development and scientific discovery accelerates.

  1. TechCrunch

    TechCrunch

    TC covers everything there is to cover on technology and society, including hot topics such as Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, and Google. Learn about startups, gadgets, news, and more around the globe so you can stay on top of the technology that is moving and shaking the world.

  2. CyberJournalist.net

    CyberJournalist net

    This site offers premier news and resources on how digital technology is transforming media. Named a top 100 digital media site by CNET, journalists can find tips, news, and commentary about future media trends, innovations, and the art of storytelling.

  3. National Association of Science Writers

    National Association of Science Writers

    The National Association of Science Writers was established in 1934, incorporated in 1955, and has since written with the goal to inform the public about accurate information in the science field. Officers over the years have included both freelancers and major newspaper employees, and NASW today has well over 2,000 members.

  4. New Scientist

    New Scientist

    New Scientist magazine, originally launched in 1956, was established online in 1996 to provide information for members of the public interested in scientific discovery and its consequences. Today, this site holds an archive of over 76,000 articles that are easily accessible to any reader – although some articles only are available if readers register.

  5. The Wall Blog

    The Wall Blog

    This blog out of the UK helps marketing, media, and communications industries better understand how emerging technology affects the social and media climates. This site features experts within the field who explain new developments and their effects.

  6. John Batelle’s Search Blog

    John Battelle has a long history as an eJohn Batelles Search Blogntrepreneur, journalist, professor, and author who has focused on creating online conference, magazine, and other media businesses. This blog provides a platform for Bettelle to share his knowledge about search, media, technology, and other issues that intersect today.

  7. The Linchpen

    The Linchpen

    Greg Linch has a solid history of journalism experience and education that led to his current position at The Washington Post as a producer for special projects and new applications. This history also provides fodder for his blog about journalism, technology, and education.

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Web Journalism and Blogs

Blogging has come of age as the premier mode of expression for writers of every ilk. The capability to rapidly publish and spread stories on any topic to a community of interested readers makes blogging a more versatile and modern way of doing journalism, and some of the smartest people around are using this medium to share their ideas.

  1. UVM Journalism Blog

    UVM Journalism

    Chris Evans, a longtime print news reporter who teaches journalism and mass media at the University of Vermont, has taken on the revamping and advising of the campus newspaper and its radio and television stations. In all three organizations, he has led students to learn leadership skills as well as responsible journalism, allowing students to advance their knowledge and their ensuing careers.

  2. 10,000 Words

    10000 words

    10,000 Words is all about the juxtaposition of technology and journalism, providing information about writing, blogging, videos, photos, social networking, and jobs. This blog is sponsored by WebMediaBrands, which also supports Mediabistro, SemanticWeb, and Inside Network.

  3. Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

    Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

    The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has provided free legal advice and support to journalists for over 40 years. Reporters can enjoy a legal defense hotline, statements of support, resources, and rapid responses. To date, no one has paid for these services, which are sponsored by corporate, foundation and individual contributions.

  4. John Welsh’s Blog

    John Welsh's Blog

    John Welsh has spent over two decades in B2B media, with fourteen years as an editor of three different magazines and papers. With his focus on digital, Web 2.0, social media and social media marketing, as well as a variety of business topics and journalism, he provides a great resource for other writers, journalists, and publishers through his blog.

  5. Old Media New Tricks

    Old Media New Tricks

    Daniel B. Honigman is the social media manager for Sears Home Electronics, and with a background in social media for newspapers and broadcast companies. His blog focuses on hands-on advice from many resources who are challenging and being challenged by current and emerging technologies.

  6. Mediaite

    Mediaite

    Visit this site to learn everything you might want to know about print, online, and broadcast media, including news, information, and opinions. A valuable resource is this site’s “Power Grid,” which objectively ranks media professionals across a dozen categories based upon real-time relevance.

  7. Steve Yelvington’s media weblog

    Steve Yelvingtons Media Weblog

    Longtime newspaper journalist Steve Yelvington founded the Star Tribune Online in 1994 and built it into one of the top-ranked online newspaper sites in the world. Today he works with audience and content teams at the Morris Publishing Group, and offers his well-earned advice and knowledge about media and technology through his blog.

  8. Mashable

    Mashable

    Mashable has become one of the leading resources online today for news, information, and resources about technology and digital innovation. This site entertains over 20 million unique monthly visitors and six million social media followers.

  9. Online Journalism Blog

    Online Journalism Blog

    OJB provides a format for comment and analysis on developments within online journalism and news and all things Internet. Paul Bradshaw, the publisher, also offers training and strategic advice on any aspect of online journalism, including blogging, crowdsourcing, and data journalism.

  10. OpenSecrets.org

    Open Secrets org

    If you’re seeking a non-partisan site that reports on the influence of money on U.S. politics, you can stop looking — OpenSecrets’ mission is to investigate that topic, as well as how that money affects policy and citizens’ lives. Reporters for this organization have broken numerous national news stories on their blog.

  11. Overheard in the Newsroom

    Overheard in the Newsroom

    Founded in 2009, this site features quotes overheard in newsrooms around the world, often “laced with booze, blood, and sexual tension.” If you want to know whether or not you work in a “normal” newsroom, you can find out fast here.

  12. Politico

    Politico

    Politico offers readers the best in political news, including topics such as the election, congress, policy, and tipsheets that cover every subject talked about on “The Hill” and beyond. Watch yourself — this site could become addictive if you’re interested in any national political news and/or shenanigans.

  13. Techdirt

    TechDirt

    Techdirt is all about changes in government policy, technology, and legal issues that affect a company’s ability to innovate and grow. Techdirt readers (there are currently over 800,000 RSS subscribers) are a dedicated bunch, often contributing to the content and to the site’s popularity.

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Photojournalism

It is hard to communicate information, context, and emotion more efficiently than a photograph. Still and moving images are an incredibly important part of journalism, and 2012 offered some historic events that were ripe to be photographed and shared across the globe.

  1. Lens

    Lens NYT Photo

    If you want to catch a glimpse of great photography or study what makes that photojournalism so good, then head to Lens, The New York Times’ photography blog. This site also includes videos and slide shows, highlighting the work of papers, magazines, and agencies from around the world and on the web.

  2. Mark Hancock’s Photojournalism

    PhotoJournalism

    Mark Hancock, an international award-winning photojournalist, provides an excellent format to discuss photojournalism and its eccentricities. He often provides daily images, photo stories, or videos, sometimes with detailed explanations of some aspect about his profession.

  3. Mike Kane the Blog

    Mike Kane the Blog

    Now a Seattle-based freelancer, Mike Kane has a background that provides a solid foundation for his role as an editorial photographer. His blog showcases his portfolio, along with information about stories and projects that engendered his excitement for this field.

  4. dvafoto

    dvafoto

    dvafoto showcases journalistic and artistic photography from around the world, and offers interviews, contests, and other connections for photographers who want to contribute and get their images seen.

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Media Law and Ethics

As new technologies develop and gain traction with the public, the law has been slow to catch up, and freedom of speech has been tried and tested throughout 2012 as it becomes more and more difficult to control and codify the spread of information through legal pathways.

  1. Electronic Frontier Foundation

    Electronic Frontier Foundation

    While technologies are transforming society and empowering citizens, journalists, and consumers, sometimes the freedom provided by these tools come under attack. The EFF is the first in the line of defense in behalf of consumers and the general public, fighting the good fight against bad legislation.

  2. FreedomInfo

    FreedomInfo

    FreedomInfo is a one-stop portal that offers information on best practices, lessons learned, campaign strategies and tactics, and the efforts of freedom of information advocates around the world. This site is an invaluable resource for freedom of information laws.

  3. New Media and Technology Law Blog

    Proskauer New Media and Techhnology Law Blog

    Widely known as a destination practice for Internet, media and technology-related transactional matters, Proskauer offers information and advice to clients on how to use technology to develop and distribute new products and services. They were ranked as a Tier 1 practice by the U.S. News Best Law Firms 2011-2012.

  4. Tao of Journalism

    Tao of Journalism

    TAO stands for “transparency, accountability, and openness” among journalists and prominent media organizations anxious to preserve consumer trust in their news. It is up to the public to determine if TAO seal users are living up to their pledge, as this effort is an experimental work in progress.

  5. Panopticon Blog

    Panopticon

    This blog, founded in 2009, is about information law. Members of 11 KBW’s Information Law Practice Group maintain this blog and impart information about the right to know and the right to keep private and the “ever-shifting boundary between those rights.”

  6. Secrecy News

    Secrecy News

    The Federation of American Scientists publish reports on new developments in government secrecy on this site. They provide public access to resources on secrecy, intelligence, and national security policy to help the public better understand how the government functions when not adhering to transparency efforts.

  7. Journalism Ethics for the global citizen

    Journalism Ethics for the Global Citizen

    This site is a public resource for tracking and analyzing ethical issues locally and around the world, and it is the public face of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Journalism Ethics. The goal is to advance ethical standards and democratic journalism practices.

  8. FAIR: Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting

    FAIR fairness and accuracy in reporting

    This national media watch group works to invigorate the First Amendment by examining and exposing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority, and dissenting perspectives. Working with activists and journalists, FAIR believes that by dissolving dominate media conglomerates, the public would receive more accurate reporting.

  9. iMediaEthics

    iMedia Ethics

    Also known as “StinkyJournalism.org,” this award-winning site provides growing coverage of media standards and all aspects of media ethics. The general public can enjoy all the resources here, including a page for educators that allows readers to focus on stories about certain media outlets, journalists, or countries.

  10. The Kicker

    The Kicker

    The mission of the Columbia Journalism Review is to encourage journalism excellence as it monitors and supports the press across all platforms. The online magazine offers a mix if reporting, analysis and commentary, and The Kicker in particular provides a daily run of commentary for readers.

  11. Steveouting.com

    Steve Outing

    Currently the program director and instructor for the Digital News Test Kitchen, Steve Outing has been on the forefront of digital innovation from the beginning of this trend. Steve earned an EPpy award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for his service to the news industry in 2000.

  12. Knight Digital Media Center

    Knight Digital Media Center USC

    Founded originally in 2006 to help journalists and news organization succeed in the digital world, KDMC has expanded its horizons. Now, KDMC also provides a platform for community organizations and other nonprofits that seek to engage and inform their communities on critical issues by offering resources, training, and consultation services.

  13. Media Law Prof Blog

    Media Law Prof Blog

    Christine A. Corcos, an associate professor of law at Louisiana State University, provides a format to impart her knowledge on media law, entertainment law, Internet law, First Amendment rights, and other issues. She also is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law.

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