Links - Support for journalists

The following are some useful links to groups and individuals providing professional, practical support to journalists in their work. These are some the editors of The News Manual know something about, though we do not specifically endorse any. Where text appears in quotes it is usually taken from their website itself. We show the actual URL so you know exactly where the link will take you.


Asia Pacific Journalism Centre (APJC): "The APJC is an independent, not-for-profit organisation. [It] has worked on professional development programs involving more than 500 journalists from countries in the Asia-Pacific region, ... to provide an efficient way of tapping the energy, goodwill and resources of established news media, the foundation sector, individual journalists and others to support the development of journalism in the region." Based in Melbourne.

Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ): See Links - Research Resources.

Center for Citizen Media: "A new initiative aimed at helping to enable and encourage grassroots media, especially citizen journalism, at every level." Based in California.

Center for Public Integrity (CPI): "A nonprofit organization dedicated to producing original, responsible investigative journalism on issues of public concern. The Center is non-partisan and non-advocacy. We are committed to transparent and comprehensive reporting both in the United States and around the world." Based in Washington, DC. See also International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in Links - Research Resources.

Committee of Concerned Journalists: "A consortium of journalists, publishers, owners and academics worried about the future of the profession. To secure journalism's future, the group believes that journalists from all media, geography, rank and generation must be clear about what sets our profession apart from other endeavors. To accomplish this, the group is creating a national conversation among journalists about principles." Based in Washington, DC.

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ): "An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1981. We promote press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal." Based in New York.

Communication Initiative (CI) Network: "is an online space for sharing the experiences of, and building bridges between, the people and organisations engaged in or supporting communication as a fundamental strategy for economic and social development and change." Based in Victoria, BC, Canada.

Communications Law Centre: " An independent, non-profit, public interest centre specialising in media, communications and online law and policy. ComsLaw aims to be an innovative and influential centre of  communications & media law ideas, research and community-based activity. We achieve our aims via legal information & advice, policy & law reform, education and research." Based in Melbourne.

Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma: "The Dart Center is a global network of journalists, journalism educators and health professionals dedicated to improving media coverage of trauma, conflict and tragedy. The Center also addresses the consequences of such coverage for those working in journalism." Headquarters in Seattle, USA, and regional centres in London (Europe) and Melbourne (Australasia):

Developing Asia Journalism Awards: Sponsored by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) "Awards will be based on a journalist's works (published and non-published including those in translation) during 2007-08. The best 25 submitted articles will be selected by a distinguished jury of practicing journalists and their authors will be invited to a four-day training and awards program in Tokyo in November 2008." Based in Tokyo.

The Ethical Journalism Initiative is a global campaign of programmes and activities to support and strengthen quality in media. It was adopted by the World Congress of the IFJ in Moscow in 2007 and was formally launched in 2008. Based in Belgium.

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR): "We work to invigorate the [US] First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints." Based in New York.

Freedom House: "A non-profit, nonpartisan organization, is a clear voice for democracy and freedom around the world." Conducts annual surveys on the state of media freedom around the world. Part-funded by the US Government, and based in Washington, D.C. "This is a website for and about journalists and journalism students everywhere. It offers free and unrestricted access to everyone. We carry daily news updates about what is happening in the industry as well as all the latest media jobs." Based in Derby, UK.

Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR): "IWPR programs provide intensive hands-on training, extensive reporting and publishing, and ambitious initiatives to build the capacity of local media. Supporting peace-building, development and the rule of law, IWPR gives responsible local media a voice. The Institute now exists as an international network for media development, with not for- profit divisions in Europe, the US and Africa supporting training and capacity-building programs for local journalism, with field programs in more than two dozen countries." Based in London, Johannesburg, Washington and The Hague.

International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT): "A forum for personal contact and professional development among women broadcasters worldwide. ... a non-governmental organisation (NGO) with consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Comprising women of many nationalities across the broadcast spectrum, we arrange international conferences with workshops, screenings, lectures, training and professional networking."

International Center for Journalists (ICFJ): "A non-profit, professional organization, promotes quality journalism worldwide in the belief that independent, vigorous media are crucial in improving the human condition. Since 1984, the International Center for Journalists has worked directly with more than 40,000 journalists from 176 countries. Aiming to raise the standards of journalism, ICFJ offers hands-on training, workshops, seminars, fellowships and international exchanges to reporters and media managers around the globe." Based in Washington, DC.
The ICFJ also publishes ijnet, containing some of the world's most extensive online resource for journalists, educators and students at:

International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ): A politically neutral, not-for-profit professional association for agricultural journalists in 56 countries. IFAJ members embrace freedom of the press.

International Press Institute (IPI): "the global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists, is dedicated to the furtherance and safeguarding of press freedom, the protection of freedom of opinion and expression, the promotion of the free flow of news and information, and the improvement of the practices of journalism." Based in Vienna.

International Women's Media Foundation: "Founded in 1990, the International Women’s Media Foundation is a vibrant global network dedicated to strengthening the role of women in the news media worldwide as a means to further freedom of the press." Based in Washington, DC. A commercial marketplace for mainly British media people, though with useful news forums, international links and blogs. Has information about and links to companies advertising media jobs and services. Based in Brighton, UK. "This site is a project of the Graduate Journalism Programme at the University of the Witwatersrand and the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism. It has been built and is run by staff and students, though many of the contributions come from other journalists and correspondents. The site is intended both as a resource for working journalists in southern Africa and a teaching tool for the university programme."Based in Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Judith Nielson Institute: "supports and celebrates quality journalism and storytelling around the world. Our grants and education programs equip journalists with the resources they need to produce outstanding work. Our events are forums to discuss the issues shaping the world." Based in Sydney.

Media Helping Media: "has been set up to provide a platform for those involved in the media in transition states, post-conflict countries and areas where freedom of expression and media freedom is under threat. The aim is to bring together a variety of training resources available for all to use and to create a wiki of shared knowledge for the benefit of anyone working in the media in difficult circumstances. And all free of charge."

Media Information and Communication Centre of India (MICCI): "A non-profit registered trust committed to spearhead the development of media and dissemination of information in Asia within the broad framework of economic, social and cultural milieu. It is mainly devoted to organizing seminars, conferences, workshops, research and publications in the field of media, with a national and international focus." Based in New Delhi.

Pacific Media Watch: "An independent, non-profit, non-government organisation comprising journalists, editors, researchers, lawyers and other media workers, supporting media freedom, and examining issues of ethics, accountability, censorship, media freedom and media ownership in the Pacific region." Based in the Pacific Media Centre, Auckland, New Zealand.

Poynter Institute: "The Poynter Institute is a school 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. As a financially independent, nonprofit organization, The Poynter Institute is beholden to no interest except its own mission: to help journalists seek and achieve excellence."

Press Gazette: A weekly magazine for journalists - with an online digital edition. Aimed especially at those working in the UK, the Press Gazette covers issues of interest to journalists throughout the world. It is also Britain's main shop window for journalism jobs. Based in London.

Printcasting: "Our basic concept is to make it possible for anyone to create a local, self-updating, printable newspaper, magazine or newsletter that carries local advertising – all for free. This will be accomplished by letting people pull together online content from existing sources, such as blogs, and combining it with local advertising that matches the content." Based at The Bakersfield Californian, in Kern County, California.

Project for Excellence in Journalism: "A research organization that specializes in using empirical methods to evaluate and study the performance of the press. It is non partisan, non ideological and non political. Our 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." Based at the Pew Research Centre, Washington, DC.

ProPublica: "An independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. We strive to foster change through exposing exploitation of the weak by the strong and the failures of those with power to vindicate the trust placed in them." Based in New York.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP): "A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free legal assistance to journalists." Works mainly in the US defending media freedoms and the First Amendment. Based in Arlington, Virginia.

Reporters Without Borders/Reporters sans frontières (RSF): "Defends journalists and media assistants imprisoned or persecuted for doing their job and exposes the mistreatment and torture of them in many countries; fights against censorship and laws that undermine press freedom; gives financial aid each year to 100 or so journalists or media outlets in difficulty (to pay for lawyers, medical care and equipment) as well to the families of imprisoned journalists; works to improve the safety of journalists, especially those reporting in war zones." Based in Paris.

Reuters Foundation: "Created in 1982 to support journalists from developing countries, the Foundation today embraces a wide range of educational, humanitarian and environmental causes and projects."

Timor-Leste Media Development Center (TLMDC): "The mission of the TLMDC is to support building an open media in the national territory of Timor Leste towards a democratic and steady society by establishing conditions for the existence of the free, independent and pluralistic media outlets. [It] offers a wide range of training options in print and broadcast journalism skills, technical support, media law, policy development, finance and administrative management." Based in Dili.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO): "The Communication and Information Sector (CI) was established in its present form in 1990. Its programmes are rooted in UNESCO’s Constitution, which requires the Organization to promote the “free flow of ideas by word and image.” Besides its staff at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, the CI Sector is represented in 27 UNESCO field offices." Based in Paris.

Upstart: "A project of La Trobe's Journalism, Media Studies and Cinema Studies programs. The site showcases the writing of emerging journalists, while providing a platform for new adventures in journalism." Based in Melbourne. "was created with self-motivated, eager-to-learn reporters, editors, executives, students and faculty in mind. Our goal is to help journalists who have few resources on hand other than their own desire to make a difference and help journalism grow into its new 21st Century role." Based in Palo Alto, California.

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