Community Journalism Resources

Starting in the spring of 2017, USFSP faculty and students engaged in community journalism research will be sharing their publications on this page. We are also compiling hundreds of resources to help journalists and community members to report on their own communities. Below, you can find a list of resources by topic. If you would like to recommend any particular resource, please contact nnb@usfsp.edu.

Community Journalism Resources
AEJMC COMJIG

Community Journalism Interest Group - Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)

The AEJMC’s Community Journalism Interest Group focuses on the role of journalism in community, focusing primarily on small- or niche-market media outlets (what we call “The bottom of the iceberg.”)

Community Journalism

Community Journalism (journal)

Community Journalism, the official journal of the Community Journalism Interest Group at AEJMC, is a peer-reviewed online journal focusing on the present and future of journalism in smaller newsrooms and communities.

CUNY CCEM

The Center for Community and Ethnic Media

The Center for Community and Ethnic Media serves as a hub of research, training and professional support for community and ethnic publications in the New York City metropolitan region.

Texas Center for Community Journalism

TCU - The Texas Center for Community Journalism

The Texas Center for Community Journalism offers educational opportunities and other services to daily and weekly newspapers throughout the state. TCCJ focuses on workshops, seminars, and consulting services for community newspapers in Texas. A special emphasis is helping Texas community papers develop effective Web editions and working with them to develop their presence on social media.

Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues

The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues

The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues helps non-metropolitan journalists define the public agenda for their communities, and grasp the local impact of broader issues. It interprets rural issues for metropolitan news media, conducts seminars and publishes research and good examples of rural journalism. It helps journalists all over America learn about rural issues, trends and events in areas they’ve never seen but have much in common with their own. It helps rural journalists learn how to exercise editorial leadership in small markets.

Cardiff University’s Centre for Community Journalism

Cardiff University’s Centre for Community Journalism (C4CJ)

Cardiff University’s Centre for Community Journalism (C4CJ) researches into this area of journalism and offers networking, information and training for hyperlocal and community journalists building on expertise developed at the leading School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.

Journalism Data, Education and Training Resources
Poynter's News University

Poynter's News University

Poynter’s News University is one of the world’s most innovative online journalism and media training programs. We are open to journalists, bloggers, freelance writers, journalism students. Anyone who wants to improve their journalism-based skills.

Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Journalist’s Resource

Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy: Journalist’s Resource

Based at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Journalist’s Resource examines news topics through a research lens. We surface scholarship relevant to media practitioners, bloggers, educators, students and general readers. Our philosophy is that peer-reviewed research studies can, at the very least, help anchor journalists as they navigate difficult terrain and competing claims.

Pew Research Center

Pew Research Center - Journalism and Media

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. We conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research. We do not take policy positions.

Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma

Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma

The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, is dedicated to informed, innovative and ethical news reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy.

Whether the topic is street crime, family violence, natural disaster, war or human rights, effective news reporting on traumatic events demands knowledge, skill and support. The Dart Center provides journalists around the world with the resources necessary to meet this challenge, drawing on a global, interdisciplinary network of news professionals, mental health experts, educators and researchers.

The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN)

The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) - Resources for Investigative and Data Journalism

The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) is an international association of nonprofit organizations that support, promote, and produce investigative journalism. GIJN holds conferences, conducts trainings, provides resources and consulting, and encourages the creation of similar nonprofit groups. It was founded in 2003 when more than 300 journalists from around the world gathered for the second Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Copenhagen. Since then it has grown to 138 member organizations in 62 countries.

Donald. W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism

Donald. W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism has trained more than 22,000 journalists and educators since it was established in 2003 with the goal of improving the quality of media coverage of business and the economy.

The center offers training in person and online and sponsors a variety of other initiatives, including the national Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism, which recognizes the best in business reporting each year, and the annual Reynolds Business Journalism Week, which provides intensive training for journalists and professors interested in developing their business journalism skills.

Nieman Reports

Harvard's Nieman Reports

Founded in 1947, Nieman Reports is a website and quarterly print publication covering thought leadership in journalism. Its editorial mission mirrors that of the Foundation itself: “to promote and elevate the standards of journalism.” Nieman Reports is home to the Nieman Watchdog Project, which chronicles how journalists can hold those in power to account, founded by longtime Washington Post reporter and 1950 Nieman Fellow Murrey Marder.

Columbia Journalism Review

Columbia Journalism Review

CJR’s mission is to be the intellectual leader in the rapidly changing world of journalism. It is the most respected voice on press criticism, and it shapes the ideas that make media leaders and journalists smarter about their work. Through its fast-turn analysis and deep reporting, CJR is an essential venue not just for journalists, but also for the thousands of professionals in communications, technology, academia, and other fields reliant on solid media industry knowledge.

Journalism Associations
The Society of Professional Journalists

The Society of Professional Journalists

The Society of Professional Journalists 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 a well-informed citizenry through the daily work of its nearly 7,500 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.

Investigative Reporters and Editors

Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc.

Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting. 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.

IRE provides members access to thousands of reporting tip sheets and other materials through its resource center and hosts conferences and specialized training throughout the country. Programs of IRE include the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting and DocumentCloud.

Online News Association

Online News Association

The Online News Association is the world’s largest association of digital journalists. ONA’s mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public. Membership includes journalists, technologists, executives, academics and students who produce news for and support digital delivery systems. ONA also hosts the annual Online News Association conference and administers the Online Journalism Awards.

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)

RTDNA is the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTDNA members include local and network news executives, news directors, producers, reporters, photographers, editors, multimedia journalists and digital news professionals in broadcasting, cable and digital media, as well as journalism educators and students. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, RTDNA works to protect the rights of electronic journalists in the courts and legislatures throughout the country, promotes ethical standards in the industry, provides members with training and education and honors outstanding work in the profession through the Edward R. Murrow Awards. The Association’s members help shape the future of the journalism profession as we protect their interests by advocating on their behalf and lobbying in their interest. We defend the First Amendment, advocate for open government and freedom of information, and promote diversity in newsroom staffing and coverage.

The Society of Environmental Journalists

Society of Environmental Journalists

The Society of Environmental Journalists is the only North-American membership association of professional journalists dedicated to more and better coverage of environment-related issues. SEJ’s mission is to strengthen the quality, reach and viability of journalism across all media to advance public understanding of environmental issues.

The Association of Health Care Journalists

The Association of Health Care Journalists

The Association of Health Care Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. Its mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing. There are more than 1,500 members of AHCJ.

The Native American Journalists Association

The Native American Journalists Association

The Native American Journalists Association serves and empowers Native journalists through programs and actions designed to enrich journalism and promote Native cultures.

For more than 30 years, NAJA has remained committed to increasing the representation of Native journalists working in media, while encouraging both mainstream and tribal media to attain the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and responsibility.

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)

The National Association of Black Journalists (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.

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. Established in April 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for all Hispanic journalists.

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA)

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA)

AAJA offers a variety of educational, skills training and professional development programs for its student and professional members, as well as guidance on coverage of AAPI issues for the journalism industry and resources on working with the media for AAPI communities.

NLGJA - The Association of LGBTQ Journalists

NLGJA - The Association of LGBTQ Journalists

Founded in 1990, NLGJA is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students working from within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. NLGJA opposes all forms of workplace bias and provides professional development to its members.