Untangling the Web -- A Guide
Journalistic Resources on the 'Net
By Dean Tudor
In one of my last articles about convergence, I mentioned the "converging
communications" research going on at Ryerson's School of Radio
and Television Arts. In March 2001, Ryerson's Faculty of Communication
and Design (where RTA is located) received a $2.5 million research
endowment from CTV as a result of a deal that smoothed a takeover
of the television network last year, and that ultimately led to
a Bell Globemedia converger of Bell, CTV and the Globe and Mail.
The Bell Globemedia Chair in Convergence and the Creative Use of
Advanced Technology will involve such things as digital television
and Internet broadcasting. York, Laval and UBC also got some funding.
With convergence now on its merry way, now would be a good time
to list and comment on the better journalism (non-publication specific)
Web sites on the Internet.
WWW Virtual Library Journalism <www.trainer.com/vlj.html>
has been around since at least 1995. Founded by journalism ace trainer
John Makulowich, the site contains what he calls "awesome lists"
to finding things fast, with hundreds of links. Some of the more
journalism-related ones include associations, news bureaus, awards
and grants, conferences and papers, research, and news services.
Good Canadian sources include Julian Sher's JournalismNet <www.journalismnet.com>,
noted for its strong television and radio content (plus their archives!).
Here you can find people, find quick facts fast, find jobs, and
find beats. He notes the leading search tools, especially for video
and audio sources. Hal Doran's Internet Resources for Journalists
and Broadcasters <www.synapse.net/~radio/welcome.html> also
has a hefty chunk of good journalism sources in Canada. Robin Rowland's
Homepage <robinrowland.com> deals with the problems of the
Canadian approach to the Internet vis-a-vis journalism, with notes
on search engines and strategies. Kirk LaPointe's J-Home <members.tripod.com/~klapointe/>,
Pierre Bourque <www.bourque.com>, and my own MegaSources <www.ryerson.ca/~dtudor/megasources.htm>
are useful beginning points, since they are mainly one line lists
with URLs. One strategy would be to simply download the source document
for LaPointe, Bourque or Tudor, and make it a bookmark file on your
hard drive. Do this once a month so you'd pick up any changes made
by the creators. Strangely, all of these webmasters (except me)
are currently in broadcasting!
Academic sites usually provide copious materials about journalism,
as well as links for their students to pursue. Ryerson, King's and
Carleton generally do the best job in this situation, but you have
to visit the American campus in order to get a wider scope. Journalist's
Compass <www.scat.temple.edu/jcompass> is from Temple University's
j-program. It has over 3500 global links to journalism sites, think
tanks, writing sites, research sources, and online journalism.
Another academic site is Journalism Resources from the University
of Iowa's j-program <bailiwick.lib.uiowa.edu/journalism/>
with much data and links to sites dealing with diversity, media
law, teaching resources, online newsletters, citation guides, discussion
groups. It is mostly American. The WWW Library of Communications
and Telecommunications Resources is at <www.uky.edu/Subject/communication.html>;
the WWW Library of Broadcasting and Media Resources is at <www.uky.edu/Subject/broadcasting.html>.
The Poynter Institute for Media Studies <www.poynter.org>
is a non-profit media think tank, with courses and resources. There
are plenty of links here to online journalism, news resources, media
concerns, journalism organizations, and courses.
Some good American "beat" sources are Barbara Shapiro's
News Researcher Graffiti Pages <www.gate.net/~barbara/index.html>
based in Florida, and James Derk's Cybersleuth <scoop.evansville.net>
from the Evansville, Indiana, Courier.
A massive site is Power Reporting <powerreporting.com>, award-winning
reporter Bill Dedman's work. It has many lists of top sites, beats,
people finders, company research, government information, and a
reference shelf of quick resource tools.
A good place to begin looking for indexes/gateways to journalism
sites is through the Journalism and Research Web Ring <www.mav.net/guidelines/webring.html>
a device that hooks up many personal pages of journalists, as well
as academic sites, sources, employment news, industry gossip, writing
links, publications. Known as "Hacks", the webring puts
you in contact with over 40 sites including the Online Journalism
site at the Amsterdam School of Communications Research, The Working
Reporter (from Los Angeles TV reporter Ron Olsen), FACSNET, Needle
in a CyberStack, Disability-Related News Sources. Personal pages
include Basil's Bookmarks, Finley's Newsstand, Franson's Research
Page, Newell's Internet News Room. Sites can be in any language,
including Portuguese, Spanish, French, and German. "Hacks"
is now hosted by Yahoo, where you can find similar circles of sites
for other topics <dir.webring.yahoo.com>
A new site is <headlinespot.com> one of a series of sites
called the StartSpot Network, specializing in news and links. Others
are <bookspot.com>, <cinemaspot.com>, <libraryspot.com>,
<museumspot.com>, <peoplespot.com> and at least a dozen
more. Headlinespot, in addition to headlines, has category links
to beats -- environment, finance, food, sports, travel, etc. --
as well as opinion pages, columnists, critics, op-ed, polls and
letters to editor. Of value are the links to media associations,
awards, watchdogs, resources for journalists (such as photojournalism,
investigative, copy editor), job banks, j-schools, media commentary
publications, and at <libraryspot.com> some fast fact sources.
There are also many sites that will give you URLs for publications.
MetaGrid is a newspaper and magazine locator <www.metagrid.com>
arranged by subject. But my first pick here is the Library of Congress's
lists of newspapers, periodicals, and news resources online <lcweb.loc.gov/rr/news/lists.html>
with all links constantly being updated by librarians and researchers.
Deeper research is available from the Newspaper Division of the
Special Libraries Association, with its citations and links for
US newspaper archives on the web <sunsite.unc.edu/slanews/internet/archives.html>.
International newspapers can be accessed through <www.mediainfo.com/edpub/
e-papers.links.html>. A newer site is <www.magomania.com/english>
dealing with just Canadian magazines.
Writing? Try <www.humberc.on.ca/~coleman/cw-ref.html> for
references and resources for writers and multimedia for writers.
Jack Lynch has his excellent grammar and style notes as part of
an extensive list of online writers' resources <andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing>.
A good index/listing to all the online writing labs on the Internet
can be found at <owl.english.purdue.edu/lab/index.html>. Karla's
guide to citation style guides is at <bailiwick.lib.uiowa.edu/journalism/cite.html>.
An alternative source to MLA and APA electronic citation formats
is at <www.cc.emory.edu/WHSCL/citation.formats.html>.
For "online" journalism, these are the better ones to
begin with --
- December's Information Sources <www.december.com/cmc/info/>
is the prime site to go to, in order to find much information
about "Computer-Mediated Communications" and online
- The CAR-CARR Page deals with computer-assisted reporting and
research <www.ryerson.ca/~dtudor/mega11.htm> mainly in a
Canadian context, with links to monster Internet sites, software
programs, CAR programs and syllabi, and examples of articles using
spreadsheets and databases.
- Online Journalism Review <www.ojr.org> is more than just
an ezine; it is a well-developed site concerned with the whole
realm of online journalism. It is at the Annenberg j-school, in
the University of Southern California.
- Some other interesting online data sites, including newsletters,
are the New Media Curriculum Web Page <commfaculty.fullerton.edu/lester/curriculum/newmedia.html>
from Paul Lester (with its links to syllabi), the Digital Edge
newsletter from the Newspaper Association of America <www.digitaledge.org>,
the Digital Journalist <digitaljournalist.org>, and Content
Exchange from Steve Outing <www.content-exchange.com>, a
page for newsletters and training sessions, conferences and workshops,
sources and resources.
Other obvious Web sites would include:
- * Investigative Reporters and Editors <www.ire.org>
* National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting <www.nicar.org>
* Journalism Schools Around the World <www.markovits.com/journalism/jschools.shtml>
* Journalism Organizations <www.poynter.org/research/jsites/je_jsites1.htm>
* Columbia Journalism Review <www.clj.org>
* American Journalism Review <ajr.newslink.org>
* Canadian Association of Journalists <www.caj.ca>
* Editors' Association of Canada <www.editors.ca>
* Periodical Writers Association of Canada <www.pwac.ca>
* Canadian Newspaper Association <www.cna-acj.ca>
* Canadian Magazine Publishers Association <www.cmpa.ca>
* Center for New Media (Columbia) <www.cnm.columbia.edu>
* Freedom Forum Online <www.eff.org>
* Online News Association <www.onlinenewsassociation.org>
A good example of using the Internet for journalistic matters is
checking out the latest jobs, whether you are actively looking or
not... Here are some Web sites that have job boards for journalists.
The easiest way to find out what exists is to go to google.com,
and type in a search query with the words (no quotes) "jobs"
"journalism" "Canada" Here I got 186,000 hits.
But Google ranks them, and the top ten were enough to produce the
This is an index (or gateway) to other sites, arranged by journalism
stream. Under broadcasting and wire services, there is CBC, CTV,
Bloomberg, Reuters, Jobs@Rogers. Under newspapers, there are links
to Canadian Newspaper Association, Canadian Community Newspaper
Association, Canadian Magazine Publishers' Association. Other links
are to the University of Western Ontario job board, the Canadian
Association of Journalists, Concordia University job board, New
Media BC, Canadian Media Guild, various PR and communications societies,
governments, Internet, and a great section on journalism jobs outside
of Canada. Forty strong links in all...
Another portal, this time to mainly U.S. jobs, through American
Journalism Review/Newslink's JobLink (largest j-job list on the
Internet, searchable, instant E-mail notification of new ads, free
for journalists to post); Editor and Publisher Classifieds (mostly
print journalism jobs, free to search); Jobsearch.about.com (communications
and media section); Newspaper Association of America's Employlink;
National Diversity Newspaper Job Bank (requires a password).
This is the home of J-JOBS Digest, a free source for posting and
searching, and available weekly. It covers jobs, internships, Internet
opportunities, and freelance work. You must go to the site every
Monday AM for the material, but it also posted on JOURNET (see below).
Of particular value at this site is the link for "Journalism
Job Banks on the Internet", through which you can get almost
100 names and links of other sites, such as all the major U.S. media
conglomerates, reporter societies (eg. IRE), Online Journalism Review,
Knight Ridder, plus a variety of internships and freelance.
These offer a good search engine by topic and country, allowing
you to post your resume. JournalismJobs.com is through the Columbia
Journalism Review, free to post and search, and also includes
a list of upcoming media conferences so you can see where the employers
I even found a story from Editor & Publisher, Oct 20,
1999, which describes the *WORST* jobs in journalism: mid-level
managers caught in a tug-of-war between their subordinates and top
editors. Why? Middle managers are stuck in survival mode, focusing
on putting out fires instead of seeking ways to reduce their overall
burden. Sounds like the sandwich generation...
Three E-mail sources include the J-JOBS digest from JOURNET (subscribe
listserv@ cmich.edu), the caj-list from CAJ (subscribe email@example.com)
which posts immediate jobs, and ShopTalk (subscribe firstname.lastname@example.org)
which posts North American broadcasting jobs daily.
Next I searched Google for "general job boards" "Canada",
and got a list of 210,000 hits, all ranked. These included
Many, but not all, have some added value in presenting resume writing
advice, experts, relocating tips, salary surveys and calculators,
networking opportunities, training and testing tools.
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