JournalismJournalism is the practice of collecting and publishing information regarding current events. Those who practice journalism are known as journalists. It is often referred to as the "first draft of history." Even though news stories are often written in a hurried style, they should be proofread before being published. Journalists' interaction with sources frequently involves confidentiality issues.
The main activity of journalism is the reporting of events by stating the journalistic parameters of who, what, when, where, why and how and commenting on the significance of the event. Journalism exists in a number of media: newspapers, television, radio and magazines, with Internet journalism being a newcomer.
Generally, a distinction is drawn between straight reporting (just the facts), op-ed columns (opinion and editorial comment from one author), and editorials, the official opinions of the paper.
However, this distinction is often difficult to make. Journalists may intentionally or unintentionally fall prey to propaganda or disinformation. Without even committing outright fraud, journalists may give a biased account of facts by being selective in their reporting, for instance focussing on anecdote or giving partial explanation of actions. This is especially effective in foreign reporting, since few people can and do check such reports.
Periodicals will also usually contain "features" - see under heading feature style at article news style - written by journalists, many of whom specialise in the form.
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Society of Environmental Journalists
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Investigative Reporters and Editors
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Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Committee of Concerned Journalists
An initiative by journalists to clarify and raise the standards of American journalism through research and education.
An fellowship of journalists who are Christian believers working in mainstream or non-religious news organizations. Information about their activities, articles and essays about members' concerns, and links to related sites.
Colorado Association of Black Journalists
CABJ provides support for members, scholarships and access to the mainstream media for the Black community.
Central Asian and Southern Caucasus Freedom of Expression Network
News about freedom of the press from Central and South Asia.
International Federation of Journalists
Organization that aims to push governments to promote social justice and rights for journalists.
The Newspaper Society
UK organization providing national and local newspaper information, with links to national and regional press websites.
Casey Journalism Center for Children and Families
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Reporters without borders
An organization that struggles for press freedom. News, petitions and membership form.
Information for and about The Black Press in the United States.
Caucasus Journalists Network
Platform for journalists, researchers, publishers and media of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Database on professional journalistic organizations in the region.
Australian And International Freelance And Independent Press Association
The current homepage of the Association for professional freelance journalists from Australia and around the world.
Association of Israel Journalists, Haifa and the North
Information for Israeli journalists and foreign correspondents, working in Israel. Links and membership listings.
International press centre of The Netherlands. Located in The Hague.
National Union of Journalists (UK and Ireland)
Trade union for journalists in UK and Ireland, with information on pay and conditions, legal advice, membership benefits and training.
Online News Association
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Associated Press Managing Editors
"APME is the key source of information and support for editors charged with producing a newspaper day in and day out."
Council for the Advancement of Science Writing
Organization of journalists and scientists committed to improving the quality of science news reaching the general public. Information about CASW activities, careers in science writing, and grants and fellowships for students.
Scripps Howard Foundation
Supports educational programs which advance the cause of a free press through support of excellence in journalism, quality journalism education and professional development. Site highlights current projects and scholarship winners, provides foundation history and leadership, and lists employee programs and awards.
Indian Online Journalism
Tracking the development of online journalism in India. News, columns and profiles.
Foreign Correspondents Association
Foreign Correspondents Association is the professional association representing foreign journalists working in Australia and the Pacific.
Association of Christian Journalists - Christian Journalism today
Dedicated to spreading the Gospel of God and fostering an atmosphere conducive to thought for Christian journalists around the world.
International Center for Journalists
Dedicated to promoting free, indpendent press arould the world. Explores journalism ethics and other issues that face the profession.
Association of Young Journalists
An organization for journalists younger than 35.
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
Dedicated to promoting high standards in journalism education and research, and to promoting diversity of race and culture in journalism classrooms.
Center for Media Literacy
Promotes media literacy education as a framework for accessing, analyzing, evaluating and creating media content.
Garden Writers Association
An organization of over 1800 professional communicators in the lawn and garden industry.
Online News Association
Committeed to providing a community for online journalists, and to promoting fairness in online journalism.
Public Journalism Network (PJNet)
A global professional association of journalists, educators and citizens interested in exploring and strengthening the relationship between journalism and democracy. Charter declaration and weblog.
Commonwealth Journalists Association
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British Guild of Travel Writers
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International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)
A working network of investigative reporters conducting investigative reporting projects across nation-state borders. ICIJ connects them via the Internet, conferences and through an institutional support structure.
Newspaper Association of America
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American Society of Newspaper Editors
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The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free legal help to reporters and news organizations.
Society for News Design
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International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association
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South Asian Journalists Association
A professional networking group for journalists of South Asian origin based in North America. Site includes organization and membership information, events, and articles.
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American Society of Journalists and Authors
Provides a variety of services for nonfiction freelance writers, including market search, conferences, and information on contract negotiations, copyright, intellectual property, and similar issues.
American Sportscasters Association
Provides current and aspiring sportscasters with vital information, advice and support.
International Federation of Environmental Journalists
Paris-based umbrella group with 40 national member associations. Searchable archive of educational publications. Calendar of conferences, seminars and workshops; links to other resources.
RIAS Berlin Kommission
Binational organization for the promotion of German-American understanding in the field of broadcasting. Bilingual site (German and English).
Creative Television of Rhode Island
A nonprofit organization providing equipment, training, screenings, and other opportunities for film, video, and cable production enthusiasts in the Rhode Island (US) area.
Commonwealth Press Union
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The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ)
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Organization of News Ombudsmen
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Institute for Interactive Journalism
An incubator to promote interactive journalism in the 21st century using new media. Promotes innovative journalism through awards.
Radio and Television News Directors Association and Foundation
Professional journalism organization dedicated to electronic journalism. Provides networking opportunities through professional or student membership. Find chapters online.
American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors
An international network of editors dedicated to the quality of features in newspapers. AASFE supports quality feature writing with an annual convention, a writing contest, regional workshops, job bank, links, articles and publications.
National Association of Black Journalists
Has a mission to strengthen ties among African-American journalists, promote diversity in newsrooms and honor excellence in the media industry.
Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
A resource based at the University of Washington for students and working journalists seeking current information on the intersection of journalism and trauma.
Idea forum for publishing companies and suppliers to the publishing industry. Conference information, recent publications and newsletters. Also provides training services.
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A community for minority journalists that seeks to improve minority parcipitation and representation in media.
Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
Dedicated to training journalists of color and helping the news media reflect the nation's diversity in staffing, content and business operations.
International Press Association
Promotes quality story-telling through photography and writing.