30 Organizations Dedicated to Keeping Journalism Great

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.

e-and-pEditor & 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_logoMediaBistro – 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.

niemanNieman 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.

pjnetPublic 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.

spjSociety 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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Jeremy Porter has been passionate about the intersection of public relations and journalism since studying both Public Relations and Journalism at Utica College of Syracuse University in the late 90s. Porter launched Journalistics in 2009 to share his ideas and insights around both professions and how trends and developments in modern day marketing, communications, and technology impact those working in these fields. Porter also values the traditions and history of both professions and regularly shares his perspective in these areas - and related topics geared toward the next generation of journalism and public relations professionals.


  1. Thanks for this great list. I just want to point out that the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) publishes IJNet.org – the resource you describe above. But it is just one of our many programs. We also have fellowships, workshops, online courses, seminars and more for journalists around the world, including our flagship Knight International Journalism Fellowships (http://www.knight.icfj.org). This year we are celebrating our 25th anniversary and estimate in that time we’ve worked with more than 55,000 journalists, media managers, students, citizen journalists and media professionals in almost every country around the world.

  2. I came across your Web site while browsing the net for sites on progressive journalism and the future of journalists. I particularly enjoyed this article on organizations involved with the betterment of news as a whole.

    As a graduate from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, these topics are of interest to me. I am currently working at an Internet start-up called Newsy.com, which is partnered with the Journalism school in order to provide students with an opportunity to work with a new format for news coverage.

    Basically, Newsy.com creates videos that analyze and synthesize news coverage of important global issues from multiple sources. Its unique method of presenting how different media outlets around the world are covering a story lends itself well to understanding the complexities of political issues, among many other topics. I think Newsy’s unique approach would appeal to you.

    Below is an example of a recent video on Nancy Pelosi and the controversies surrounding her accusations, taking perspectives from multiple news outlets to present an unbiased story. Please let me know what you think.


    Feel free to contact me: jessi@newsy.com

  3. The Center for Investigative Reporting deserves to be on your list. For 32 years since a small group of us founded it, the non-profit Center has been keeping the honorable tradition of muckraking alive and well. You can visit its website at: http://centerforinvestigativereporting.org/
    I doubt there is any journalism organization with more awards across all platforms — newspaper, magazine and online articles, radio and television documentaries, books, and one of the best intern programs in the country.

  4. The Reynolds Journalism Institute (rjionline.org) opened it’s doors last September and our programs are aimed at improving journalism in the service of democracy. Current projects: devising the business model to sustain journalism http://budurl.com/c3ng ; a network for entrepreneurial journalists http://www.rjicollaboratory.org/; the industry authority on digital alternatives to ink on paper http://rji.missouri.edu/technology-journalism/index.php; competition where J-School students helped create successful iPhone apps http://rji.missouri.edu/projects/student-competitions/index.php and some 55 other initiatives.

  5. Over here at WikiEducator, (http://www.wikieducator.org) we would like to invite journalists and educators from around the world, to help build a free and open version of the journalism curriculum (called “Open Education Resources” (OERs) , so that these valuable skills and knowledge can be of importance to all. Our wiki project spans 110 countries and 11,000+ educators. We would love to collaborate with journalism schools and organizations. Please contact me directly,

    – Randy

  6. There must be a real organization for the journalists of Tharparkar, Our district is backward by every sight of civilization.

  7. i m doing msc mass communication,i m new student
    i m finding a answer of this question plz anyone give the answer of this question in detail…

    Q=discuss in detail the importance of 5ws and one h for a news story,illustrate through examples the use of 5ws and one h in news stories

    • For me, the “5Ws and one H” are essential elements to news story construction. In an age where much online content is written stream-of-consciousness (I’m guilty), The 5Ws/1H serve as a useful reminder for what should be addressed in a news story (and are helpful to avoid gaps in the story). For me, they’re building blocks. It doesn’t get more important than that. If you leave any one of them out, you’re missing something (with the exception of “why” – you don’t always need that). Thanks for reading.

        • Not sure the problem is the answer, but more the question. Can you clarify your question more? I’m not going to do your homework for you, but I would be happy to elaborate on my perspective regarding the 5 Ws and 1 H. Email me (see contact page). Thanks.

  8. I am studentof Master of Journalism & Mass communication. I am also Secretary of Progressive journalists forum of Udaipur unit,Rajasthan,India. Pl.let me know the latest developments so that I can share among my journalists.

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