Not all change in the media is driven by reader or viewer habits. There are hundreds of groups and organizations in the world dedicated to improving and extending journalism as a craft, art and practice. While the mission and focus of each group varies, every single one believes in improving journalism for today and tomorrow.
Since I only knew about a handful of these groups when I started writing this blog, I figured there might be a few you haven’t heard of either. On the following page, I’ve included a list of 30 associations, organizations and groups dedicated to journalism activities across a lot of different areas. I hope you enjoy the list.
American Press Institute – founded by newspaper publishers in 1946, the American Press Institute is the oldest and largest center devoted solely to training and professional development for the news industry and journalism educators. The Institute conducts more than 30 residential seminars a year for journalists, sales, marketing and management professionals in print, broadcast and digital media companies.
American Society of News Editors – The American Society of News Editors is a membership organization for daily news editors, people who serve the editorial needs of daily newspapers and certain distinguished individuals who have worked on behalf of editors through the years.
BeatBlogging.org – an initiative of NewsAssignment.net, BeatBlogging.org looks at how journalists can use social networks and other Web tools to improve beat reporting, with an emphasis on “pushing the practice” and spotlighting innovation.
Center for Media and Democracy – The Center for Media and Democracy was founded in 1993 as an independent non-profit, non-partisan, public interest organization. CMD’s mission is to promote transparency and an informed debate by exposing corporate spin and government propaganda and by engaging the public in collaborative, fair and accurate reporting.
CyberJournalist – CyberJournalist.net is a news and resource site that focuses on how the Internet, convergence and new technologies are changing the media. The site offers tips, news and commentary about online journalism, citizen journalism, and digital storytelling.
Editor & Publisher – E&P is America’s oldest journal covering the newspaper industry. The journal covers all aspects of the North American newspaper industry, including business, newsroom, advertising, circulation, marketing, technology, online and syndicates.
IJNet – International Center for Journalists – IJNet is an online service for journalists, media managers, media assistance professionals, journalism trainers and educators, or anyone else with an interest in news media around the world.
Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) – IRE is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of investigative journalism. IRE was formed in 1975 to create a forum in which journalists throughout the world could help each other by sharing story ideas, newsgathering techniques and news sources. The mission of IRE is to foster excellence in investigative journalism, which is essential to a free society.
Knight Digital Media Center – OJR – The Knight Digital Media Center is a partnership of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and the University of California at Berkely Graduate School of Journalism. The Center was launched in April 2006 to focus on helping journalists succeed in the rapidly changing media landscape.
MediaBistro – MediaBistro.com is dedicated to anyone who creates or works with content, or who is a non-creative professional working in a content/creative industry. MediaBistro’s mission is to provide opportunities to meet, share resources, become informed of job opportunities and interesting projects and news, improve career skills and showcase your work.
Media Research Center – founded in 1987, the Media Research Center is dedicated to monitoring the liberal bias of media through scientific research. The organization’s goal is to combat bias in the media, striving for balance in the press.
National Association of Black Journalists – the NABJ is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to, and advocates on behalf of, black journalists worldwide. Founded in 1975, NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation.
National Center for Business Journalism – the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is dedicated to improving the quality of business journalism through ongoing educational programs.
National Newspaper Publisher Association – The NNPA, also known as the Black Press of America, is a 67-year-old federation of more than 200 Black community newspapers from across the United States. The organization serves as the industry’s news service. In 2001, in association with the NNPA Foundation, it began building the BlackPressUSA Network, the nation’s premier network of local Black community news and information portals.
National Press Club – The National Press Club has been a part of Washington life for nearly 100 years. The Club was founded in 1908 to promote social enjoyment among the members, to cultivate literary taste, to encourage friendly intercourse among newspaper people, and those with whom they were thrown in contact in the pursuit of their vocation. Today, the National Press Club is one of most recognized journalism organizations in the world.
National Writers Union – The National Writers Union is a free trade union of freelance and contract writers (journalists, book authors, business and technical writers, Web content providers, and poets). The union consists of nearly 2,000 members in 16 chapters nationwide. The Union works to defend the rights and improve the economic and working conditions of all writers.
NewsAssignment.net – NewsAssignment.net is a research project based at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and directed by professor Jay Rosen. Its mission is to spark innovation in “open platform” journalism, distributed reporting and what’s now called crowdsourcing. These are forms made possible by the Web and by the falling costs for large numbers of people to locate each other, share information and collaborate across distance.
Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard – established in 1938, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard administers the oldest midcareer fellowship program for journalists in the world. More than 1,300 journalists of accomplishment from 88 countries have received Nieman Fellowships and benefited from a year of study and exploration at Harvard University. In 2008, the foundation established the Nieman Journalism Lab, which aims to identify best practices in journalism and emerging business models at a time when the industry is experiencing rapid change.
Online Journalism Blog – OJB publishes comment and analysis on developments in online journalism and online news, citizen journalism, blogging, vlogging, photoblogging, podcasting, interactive storytelling, publishing, computer assisted reporting, user generated content, online communities, mobile phone journalism and social media.
The Poynter Institute – The Poynter Institute is a school for journalists, future journalists and teachers of journalism. The school is dedicated to teaching and inspiring journalists and media leaders. It promotes excellence and integrity in the practice of craft and in the practical leadership of successful businesses. It stands for a journalism that informs citizens and enlightens public discourse.
Project for Excellence in Journalism – The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism is dedicated to trying to understand the information revolution. It specializes in using empirical methods to evaluate and study the performance of press, particularly content analysis. The Center’s goal is to help both the journalists who produce the news, and the citizens who consume it, develop a better understanding of what the press is delivering, how the media is changing, and what forces are shaping those changes.
Public Journalism Network – The Public Journalism Network is a virtual, global network of journalists, educators and lay people interested in exploring and strengthening the relationship between journalism and democracy. The site has evolved from a public journalism site to an information clearinghouse for both public and citizen journalism.
Reclaim the Media – a nonprofit dedicated to pursuing a more than just society by transforming our media system and expanding communications rights of ordinary people.
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of Press – The Reporters Committee for Freedom of Press was created in 1970 at a time when the nation’s news media faced a wave of government subpoenas asking reporters to name confidential sources. In recent years, the Committee has taken the lead in building coalitions with other media-related organizations to protect reporters’ rights to keep sources confidential and to keep an eye on legislative efforts that impact the public’s right to know.
Society of American Business Editors and Writers – members of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) have joined together in the common pursuit of the highest standards of economic journalism, through both individual and collective efforts. The Society’s mission as an independent, not-for-profit organization is to encourage comprehensive reporting of economic events without fear of favoritism, and to upgrade skills and knowledge through continuous educational efforts.
Society for News Design – The Society of News Design encourages high standards of journalism through design. The SND is an international professional organization with more than 2,600 members in the U.S., Canada and more than 50 other countries, comprised of editors, designers, graphic artists, publishers and other media professionals.
Society of Professional Journalists – the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to well-informed citizenry through the daily work of its nearly 10,000 members; works to inspire and educate current and future journalists through professional development; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press through its advocacy efforts.
Suburban Newspapers of America – SNA is the only non-profit, professional trade association specifically serving the suburban and community newspaper industry.
Wired Journalists – a Ning social network for journalists who want to build their skills, serve their communities, and advance their careers.
World Press Institute – The World Press Institute (WPI) is a private, nonprofit organization supported by a wide range of foundations, local and national media, multinational U.S. corporations, and individuals from all over the world.
Should there be a 31st on this list? Let me know if there’s an organization you find particularly useful.
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