Journalism

Best Bets: Databases

Note:  The "Article QuickSearch" in the dashboard (see right column) searches across all EBSCO scholarly datbases including:  CMMC, BSP, ERIC, Professional Development Collection, SocIndex, PsycInfo, and Academic Search Premier.  I reccommend it as a starting place.  For more search control using field codes and databases thesaurus, search the databases one at a time.

News
  1. LexisNexis Academic  International and national news, wires, and transcripts.
  2. Gannett Newsstand Complete (ProQuest, includes the Ithaca Journal)
  3. National Newspapers Premier (ProQuest)
  4. InfoTrac Newsstand (GALE)
  5. New York State Newspapers  (GALE, does not include the Ithaca Journal)
  6. Newspaper Source  (EBSCO)
  7. AP Images  Photojournalism database.
  8. Alternative Press Index  (Alternative Press Center)
General
Any of the databases below are good to search on any topic.
  1. Academic Search Premier   (EBSCO) Multidisciplinary database on an 
  2. ProQuest Research Library  (ProQuest) Multidisciplinary database.
  3. Academic OneFile (GALE) Multidisciplinary database that focuses on academic research.
  4. General OneFile (GALE)  Multidisciplinary database that focuses on top newspapers and magazines articles.
  5. ebrary   Multidisciplinary database of full-text ebooks.
Communications
  1. Communication and Mass Media Complete (CMMC)   Top index to the field of communications. Trade and scholarly.  EBSCO interface.
  2. Communication Studies: a SAGE Full-Text Collection  Twelve fulltext journals in the field of communications by the publisher SAGE
Business
  1. Business Source Premier (Original Interface)  (BSP) Top index to business information. Trade and scholary.  EBSCO interface.
  2. ABI/INFORM Complete   Also a good index to business information.  ProQuest interface.
  3. ScienceDirect   Mainly science information but contains some strong public relations titles.
  4. Business Insights: Essentials   Good for searching company and industry information.  Compares to the Company Dossier in LexisNexis.
  5. Social Science Research Network (SSRN)  Working papers in business, law, economics, etc. Some fulltext.

Background & Fact Checking

Online:
  • CQ Weekly
    Weekly info on Congress: reports on upcoming issues, wrap up of news, status of bills, behind-the-scenes action, committee and floor activity, debates and all roll-call votes.
  • Current Biography
    Objective articles on people who are prominent in the news, in national and international affairs, the sciences, the arts, labor and industry.  Click "Search within this Publication" in the upper right.  Indexes the print volumes found in Reference at CT100 .C8.
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
    Source for general information, short videos and video clips that can be downloaded, World Data Analyst (statistical information on countries), interactive world atlas, Dictionary of Quotations, and Webster's Dictionary & Thesaurus.
  • FactCheck.org
    Annenberg Political fact check site.
  • Facts.com: Editorial Cartoons
    Browse editorial cartoons by subject: Arts, Entertainment &the Media; Business, Labor &the Economy; Crime & Terrorism; Education; Environment; Families and Family Life; Human & Civil Rights; International Affairs; Judiciary; Medicine & Health Care; Minorities & Race Relations; Politics & Political Reform; Religion; Science and Technology; Sports; Wars, Weaponry & Military Forces; & Women
  • Full Fact
    A British fact checking organisation. Motto: "Promoting Accuracy in Public Debate."
  • Marist Poll
    The Marist Institute for Public Opinion (MIPO) is a survey research center at Marist college in Pougkeepsie, New York.
  • NationMaster
    A central data source and handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD.  Use the search form to generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics.
  • New York State Data Center
    Economic, demographic and statistical information from various state agencies.
  • Statemaster.com
    Compilation of data from several sources. Users can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of state statistics and comparisons.
  • Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
    Site includes the following databases: Facts on International Relations and Security Trends; Multilateral Peace Operations; Data on Military Expenditure; Data on Arms Transfers; Data on Arms Production; Database on National Export Control Systems
  • U.S. Census Bureau
    Social, demographic and economic information. Includes the American FactFinder resource. USA Counties is a subdvision that contains over 6,500 data items. ; American FactFinder
    Current population, housing, economic, and geographic data from the US Census Bureau.  Includes the Annual Survey of Manufactures, Economic Census, Current Population Estimates, Business Patterns, and American Community Surveys.  The Guided Search walks you through each step in picking the data and/or geographies you want to download.
  • UNdata
    UNdata pools major UN databases and those of several international organizations - browse, search and download data from a large number of statistical databases. Data categories include: agriculture, education, employment, energy, environment, health, human development, industry, information and communication technology, national accounts, population, refugees, trade, and tourism.
Print Amanacs, Directories and Yearbooks:
  • ‚ÄčAlmanac of American Politics
    From the National Journal Group, this annual directory covers biographies of Congress & state governors; it also includes election results. Current ed. is at the Reference Desk. 1972+ General Stacks
  • Bacon's Internet Media Directory
    REF P91.28 .B33
    Comprehensive list of web sites providing media news and editorial content.
  • Bacon's Magazine Directory
    REF Z286.P4 B33
    Lists magazine titles by a market classification scheme outlined at the start of the volume. Information for each title includes advertising costs and lead times, a short profile, circulation, publisher and contacts.
  • Bacon's Newspaper Directory
    REF Z286.N48 B33
    Lists newspaper titles by geography, circulation, intended audience, and various other classifications. Information for each title includes advertising costs and lead times, circulation, publisher and contacts.
  • BBC News: Country Profiles
    Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions. They also include audio or video clips from BBC archives. Contain information on the different types of press available in the country.
  • Congressional Directory (U.S. Congress)
    Presents short biographies of each member of the Senate and House, listed by state or district, and additional data, such as committee memberships, terms of service, administrative assistants and/or secretaries, and room and telephone numbers. It also lists officials of the courts, military establishments, and other Federal departments and agencies, including D.C. government officials, governors of states and territories, foreign diplomats, and members of the press, radio, and television galleries.
  • CQ's Politics in America
    REF DESK JK1012 .P64 http://phoebe.ithaca.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=316159
    Published annually, it contains in-depth profiles of members of Congress. Current ed. at the Reference Desk. Prior 4 years are in the General Stacks.
  • Dickman Directory: Ithaca and Tompkins County
    A criss-cross directory searchable by local street address or by phone number. Includes persons residing at that address and estimated median income levels.
  • Editor & Publisher International Year Book
    PN4700 .E42
    Encyclopedia of the newspaper industry with listings for all dailies worldwide and all community and special interest U.S. and Canadian weeklies. Tables profile newspaper ad trends, circulation size by population groups, rankings by circulation size and more.
  • Editorials on File REF AP2 .E2
    Loose-leaf volumes that compile editorials of the day. Also a source to find political cartoons. Library has from 1995-2004. Continued by Facts.com
  • Europa world year book REF DESK JA 51 E85
    Gives descriptive information and overviews on countries around the world. Includes history, politics, economics, education, media (magazines, television, radio, newspapers), etc. Latest at REF DESK. Older editions in General Stacks.
  • New York Red Book
    Annual directory of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of New York government. The current edition is behind the reference desk. Most prior editions from 1897+ are in general stacks.
  • New York State Statistical Yearbook
    REF DESK HA544 .A2
    Annual publication from The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government that covers demographic and population information such as: births, deaths and household characteristics by county and selected cities, economic information, elections, government finances, employment, health, human services, housing, education, criminal justice, agriculture and the environment among others.
  • World Almanac and Book of Facts
    REF AY67.N5 W7
    The library retains the current 3 editions.  The current edition is behind the Reference Desk.  It is also available in Facts on File World News Digest (latest edition).

Ethics

Reference:
  • The handbook of communication ethics
    P94 .H353 2011
     Cheney, May & Munshi. New York: Routledge, 2011.
Codes of Ethics for Journalists (a select list): Plagairism: Copyright - Fair Use:
  • Set of Principles in Fair Use for Journalism
    "This Set of Principles reduces risk of copyright infringement by clarifying professional community standards. It identifies seven situations in which journalists routinely employ fair use, and what its limitations are: Incidental capture; proof; use in cultural journalism; illustration; historical reference; to foster public discussion and advancing the story."
  • iCopyright
    "The copyright licensing system for digital content worldwide"
  • NewsCred
    License and curates articles, photos and video for newspapers and magazines.

Historical News

Databases:
Reference:
  • Ayer's American Newspaper Annual and Directory
    Digitized directories of American newspapers (1869-1922) in image format with both low and high-quality images in PDF format. Geo. P. Rowell and Co.'s American Newspaper Directory was first published in 1869. In the 1880's it dropped the Rowell portion of the name. In the early 1900s, it  was absorbed into Ayer's American Newspaper Annual.
  • International Coalition of Newspapers (ICON)
    From the Center for Research Libraries, this databases describes international newspapers.
  • NewspaperCat
    Created by the Digital Library Center of the University of Florida, NewspaperCat is a catalog of digital historical newspapers providing links to over 1,000 full-text online newspapers in the United States and the Carribean.
Websites:
  • AFRO Black History Archives
    AFRO-American Newspapers partnered with Google to provide this archive which covers over 100 years. The archive includes:  Baltimore AFRO American, Washington AFRO American, and The AFRO American.
  • AP Images
    A database of over 160 years of history as witnessed by The Associated Press. Photos: more than 3.6 million photographs from 1825 to today, with about 3,000 new photos added every day.  Graphics: more than one hundred thousand graphics, including maps, timelines, logos and graphs.  Audio: over 4,500 hours of audio clips from the 1920s forward.  Links to hourly newscasts on the home page under the audio tab. Note: This database may be used for educational purposes only. Images may not be posted on the Web or otherwise made available electronically to anyone outside the Ithaca College community. These images may not be republished or distributed in newspapers, newsletters, magazines, brochures, catalogs, yearbooks, calendars, posters, or similar materials.
  • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
    A Library of Congress and National Endowment for the Humanities site containing more than 226,000 pages of public-domain newspapers from California, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Utah, Virginia and the District of Columbia published between 1900 and 1910.
  • Facts on File World News Digest
    Facts on File World News Digest provides Information on issues, events, and people from 1940 to the present. Features include country profiles, primary documents, key issues, newsmaker profiles, and newspaper editorials. The database incorporates World Almanac and Book of Facts.
  • Historic Mexican & Mexican American Press
    A digital collection from The University of Arizona Libraries, this database includes publications from Tucson, El Paso, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sonora, Mexico from the mid-1800s to the 1970s.
  • I. F. Stone's Weekly
    Copies are available from January 17, 1953 through December 1, 1971 in PDF format.  See the website for terms of use.
  • Internet Archive Includes the CNN Transcript Collection and a News and Public Affairs collection (see also listed as the "Prelinger Archives" below)
  • National Public Broadcasting Archives (NPBA) and the Library of American Broadcasting (LAB)
    The Mass Media & Culture special collection at the University of Maryland Libraries is an archival collection of audio-video recordings, broadcast transcripts, pamphlets, periodicals, photos and other materials focusing on the history of broadcasting. 
  • List of online newspaper archives (Wikipedia)
    Lists online newspaper archive projects by nation and by state. Distinguishes free collections from fee-based ones.
  • Media History Digital Library
    A non-profit initiative dedicated to digitizing collections of classic media periodicals about cinema, broadcasting, and recorded sound. Collections feature extensive runs of several important trade papers and fan magazines.  
  • Mike Wallace Interview
    Collection of broadcasts from the the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. Interviews from the the early 1960s broadcast features leading senators, artists, and politicians from the period.
  • National Security Archive (at George Washington University)

    Declassified documents pertaining to national security obtained by FOIA requests.  Contains collections such as the Torture Archive (primary sources related to the detention and interrogation of individuals by the United States).

  • New York State Historical Newspapers
    The Old Fulton NY Post Card website includes a database that searches New York Historical papers (prior to 1922) including ones from Ithaca. Note: the design of the site is curious...
  • Newseum
    Front pages from US newspapers and international newspapers are posted daily. Geographic and alphabetical by title searching is available. 
  • Small Town Papers
    Over 250 small town newspapers can be browsed and searched. Scanned newspaper archive from 1865 up to the current edition for some titles.
  • UCLA News and Public Affairs (NAPA) Collection  The UCLA Film & Television Archive’s News and Public Affairs (NAPA) Collection consists of over 100,000 news programs and broadcasts taped off air from 1979 to 2003. Titles from the collection can be made available for research viewing on the UCLA campus in the Instructional Media Lab (IML), located in room 270 of the Powell Library. Viewing requests must be made in advance through the Archive Research and Study Center (ARSC).
  • UCLA Library Broadcast NewsScape (2005-present).  Contains streaming news content to the UCLA community.  Streaming of current news programming from major networks will be embargoed for 30 days.  
Archival Coverage of Special Events
  • Superstorm Sandy  National Association of Broadcasters released these mini-docs, "highlighting the role of local radio and TV stations during Superstorm Sandy...The videos were produced by the University of Oklahoma and University of Alabama..."
  • Understanding 9/11 : A Television news archive From the Internet Archive this is, "a library of news coverate of the events of 9/11/2001 and thier aftermath as presented by U.S. and international broadcasters. "
  • 9/11 : The College Press Responds  Available in PDF format from the Associated Collegiate Press.
  • NOLA.com  : Hurricane Katrina. "Latest news, photos, videos and complete archives of storm, struggle and recovery"
  • Shots of War: Photojournalism during the Spanish Civil War
    Contains photos of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) from the Mandeville Special Collections Library at UC San Diego.

Independent / Alternative News

Library:
  • Alternatives Library
    A library on the campus of Cornell University devoted to contempoary issue oriented  resources that are not typically found in research and public libraries.  It was dedicated to Anne Carry Durland in 1974.  It is open to all.
Databases:
  • Alternative Press Index
    Index to articles in alternative news sources. Use to research topics that may not be well covered in the mainstream press; 1991 to current.
  • Black Newspapers
    Black Newspapers is a collection of current newspapers providing access to news from 1989 to the present,including Afro-American Red Star, Call & Post (A&I), Chicago Defender, Houston Post (A&I), Michigan Chronicle, Muslim Journal (A&I), New Journal & Guide (A&I), New York Amsterdam News, and the Los Angeles Sentinel.
  • Ethnic Newswatch
    Ethnic Newswatch is a full-text collection of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Contents include African American, Arab and Middle Eastern, Asian American, European, Jewish, and Native American publications, including the Spanish-language press.
  • GenderWatch
    GenderWatch is a full-text database containing 140 international publications plus reports, pamphlets, papers and conference proceedings devoted to women's and gender issues. It is a repository of materials on gender issues worldwide, the evolution of the women's movement, and the changes in gender roles over the last twenty years.
Websites (a selection):
  • AFRO Black History Archives
    AFRO-American Newspapers partnered with Google to provide this archive which covers over 100 years. The archive includes:  Baltimore AFRO American, Washington AFRO American, and The AFRO American.
  • AlterNet
    Syndicates alternative news and creates original news stories.
  • Alternative Press Center Online Directory
    Links to alternative press publication listings.
  • Common Dreams
    CommonDreams.org is a national nonprofit, progressive, nonpartisan citizens' organization founded in 1997 by political activists Craig Brown and his late wife, Lina Newhouser. The news site aggregates reporting and analysis from independent, mainstream, and foreign news outlets.
  • Democracy Now!
    Independent news program hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez.
  • Guerrillanews.com
    An independent news organization that strives to bring global issues to the masses through articles, headlines, videos, and blogs. Articles are completely original, written by GNN users or contributors. Search by countries, keyword, and/or topics.
  • I. F. Stone's Weekly
    Copies are available from January 17, 1953 through December 1, 1971 in PDF format.  See the website for terms of use.
  • Independent Media Center (imc)
    Collective site for independent media organizations.
  • Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA)
    Founded in 1997 by Norman Solomon, the IPA assists progressive & grassroots organizations get coverage in mainstream media.
  • New America Media (NAM)
    Founded by Pacific News Service in 1996, NAM collaborates with over 2000 ethnic news organizations to disseminate stories. Readers can chose stories by ethnicities or by special beats.
  • Truthdig
    Progressive web magazine covering current affairs. It includes a mixture of original reporting and aggregated content.
  • truthout
    Progressive news site that is dovoted to issues of equality, democracy, human rights, accountability and social justice.  Reporters use independent voices and foces on undercovered issues.  Included some aggregated news sources.
  • WikiLeaks
    "WikiLeaks is a non-profit media organization dedicated to bringing important news and information to the public."

International News

Database:
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Full-text access to continuously updated news, law, and business information. Highlights: News: newswires, transcripts, regional, national/international news, & Gallup Polls; Legal: law review articles, federal case law, and federal/state codes; Business: company profiles, country profiles, and SEC filings; People: directories from the entertainment industry, elected officials, executives, politicians, and obituaries.  Also has a section that includes full-text of several health newsletters and abstracts of articles in major medical journals.
  • Sports Network
    The Sports Network collects sports information from around the world and distributes it throughout the United States and Canada. LexisNexis file from 1994-current.
Wires: Websites:
  • Current TV (Al Jazeera)
    Established in 2005, Current TV is a leading cable and satelite television network.  News and information programming is produced and programed by its youth audience.  In January 2013, it was sold by from co-founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt to Al Jazeera who plans to use it to distribute news in the United States. ; Al Jazeera: Creative Commons Repository
    Footage released by Al Jazeera network under a Creative Commons license. As of October 2009 the repository contains Arabic and English video footage from the war on Gaza.
  • BBC News (BBC)
    Worldwide public service broadcaster funded by license fees paid by households in the United Kingdom. The BBC broadcasts radio, television and on the Internet.  Here is the search form.
  • Eufeeds
    News feeds from 300 European newspapers, organized by country
  • Foreign Language News and Magazines
    Links to electronic newspapers, journals, and magazines from around the world. Compiled by MIT Libraries.
  • GlobalPost
    Headquartered in Boston, GlobalPost has over 65 correspondents in 50 countries.  They produce orignal daily reporting internationally. There are almost 20 partners that syndicate the stories.
  • Global Voices
    Aggregates world news from a community of over 200 bloggers. 
  • Imooty
    European news navigator
  • Kidon Media Link
    Links to newspapers, television and radio news stations, and magazines about news and current affairs from around the world.
  • News Services via Yahoo
    Links to news services from around the world.
  • Newslink
    Portal to newspapers, radio and t.v. stations, magazines, and international news. Can browse by state or search by city.
  • Newspaper Map
    The "world's largest newspaper site" allows users to browse a world map of news.  Use a search box to focus on a location.  There is a language feature for translations.
  • Newspapers from around the world from World Press.org
    Links to newspapers by country. Gives information on political slant or leaning of the paper if there is one.
  • World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)
    International organization located in France that supports the ideals of newspaper reporters and publishers worldwide.

Journalism Practice

Print:
  • Associated Press (AP) stylebook and briefing on media law
    REF DESK PN4783 .A83 2011
    Journalism style manual that includes basic media law information.
  • Broadcast News handbook : Writing, Reporting & Producing in a Converging Media World REF PN4784 .T4 T76 2007
    (3rd ed. 2007). This handbook covers news writing, interviewing, story forms, TV production, convergence issues, etc.
  • Computer-assisted research : information strategies and tools for journalists
    PN4784 .E5 P38 2007
    Columbia, MO : Investigative Reporters and Editors, 2007.
  • Investigative Reporter's Handbook: a guide to Documents, Databases and Techniques
    PN4781 .I578 2009
    Primer on how to investigate the government, businesses, nonprofits, health care, and various other information sectors. Includes tips on writing techniques and ethics.
  • Understanding crime statistics : revisiting the divergence of the NCVS and UCR
    HV6787 .U52 2007
    New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Online Toolbox:
  • American FactFinder
    Current population, housing, economic, and geographic data from the US Census Bureau.  Includes the Annual Survey of Manufactures, Economic Census, Current Population Estimates, Business Patterns, and American Community Surveys.  The Guided Search walks you through each step in picking the data and/or geographies you want to download.
  • Business Journalism.org : tutorials
    Combination of web & audio files provides a primer to a variety of topics such as how to cover: the Business of Health Care, Private Companies, the Business of Sports, S.E.C. filings, Financial Statements, use & interpretation of numbers and the Economy, etc.
  • Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing REF Z286 .E43 C65 2003
  • Digital Publishing Guidelines (Washington Post)
    Extensive Guidlines for digital publishing from the Washington Post.  Pages include: Sourcing, Attribution, Self-Publishing, Taste and Tone, Social Media, Third-Party Content, Corrections, and Clarifications.
  • Follow the Money (National Institute on Money in State Politics
    Organization that tracks campain money in state-level elections. 
  • Help a Reporter Out (HARO)
    Resource that connects professional journalists on deadline to sources.  Users must register as a source or a reporter. 
  • Journalist's Resource: Knowledge-based reporting
    This resources is a project of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education and run by the Harvard Kennedy School's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.  The mission is to, "promote knowledge-based reporting and curate scholarship relevant to journalism".  Tabs provide resources to three groups: Journalists and Instructors.
  • NationMaster
    A central data source and handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD.  Use the search form to generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics.
  • News Writing
    Video instructional series hosted at Learner.org. Teaches writing, reporting, editing and communicating. Produced by Peter Berkow in association with KHSL-TV/Chico, CA, 1995. Users must register at the site before viewing on demand.
  • Newswise : Contact Directory
    Newswise is a service for reporters. Helpful resources on their website include a Contact Directory that identifies media contacts at colleges and organizations and lists of awards and grants for journalists.
  • NewsTrust : Your guide to good journalism
    Part of the Poynter Institute, this is a nonprofit news service that, "helps people find and share good journalism online, so they can make more informed decisions as citizens."
  • Nieman Watchdog
    Defines questions the press should ask.  From the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.
  • Opensecrets.org (Center for Responsive Politics)
    This site by the Center for Responsive Politics eports on PACs, donors, soft money and lobbyists in U.S. elections.
  • Polling the Nations
    A compilation of public opinion surveys, containing the full text of questions and responses from 14,000 surveys from 1986 to the present in the United States and more than 80 other countries. Each record includes the polling organization responsible for the poll, the sample size and the date the poll was released.
  • Pollster (HuffPost)
    HuffPost Pollster, formerly known as Pollster.com, publishes a comprehensive listing of all pre-election poll results combined into uniquely interactive charts. The Pollster blog provides a daily running commentary and analysis that explains, demystifies and critiques political polling.  
  • Reverse Lookup Directories
    Reverse lookup directories allow you to find from where a phone number originates and owner of the number (if listed).  Yahoo! put together this list of online reverse lookup directories.  Try starting with AnyWhoSee also:  the print Dickman Directory behind the Reference Desk in the library.  In addition to being able to look up the owner and location of phone number, this print directory lists the neighbors on each street in Tompkins County as well as wealth codes (the general income of the residents of that street).  It is also called a "criss cross" directory.
  • Statemaster.com
    Compilation of data from several sources. Users can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of state statistics and comparisons.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States
    The authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. The final edition from the US Census is the 2012 edition.  The 2013 edition forward are available at the IC reference desk in print.
  • Straight Statistics
    The site is, "a campaign established by journalists and statisticians to improve the understanding and use of statistics by government, politicians, companies, advertisers and the mass media."
  • Verification Handbook: A definitive guide to verifying digital content for emergency coverage
    Edited by Craig Siverman, The Poynter Institute; copyeditor: Merrill Pearlman, the American Copy Editors Society (ACES)
Publishing Outlets:
  • Serials Directory
    Bibliographic information and current pricing of popular magazines, journals and other periodicals. It contains a listing of over 178,000 U.S. and international titles, including newspapers. Historical data is included for an additional 20,000 titles. Pertinent information for over 85,000 serial publishers worldwide is available, including in some cases email and web addresses.
  • Bacon's Newspaper Directory
    REF Z286.N48 B33
  • Editor & Publisher International Year Book
    PN4700 .E42
    Encyclopedia of the newspaper industry with listings for all dailies worldwide and all community and special interest U.S. and Canadian weeklies. Tables profile newspaper ad trends, circulation size by population groups, rankings by circulation size and more.
  • Writer's Market
  • SRDS Media Solutions
    Access to publications with information about advertising rates and deadlines, editorial or programming content, circulation, links to online media kits, Web sites, audit statements, and other basic information for a variety of advertising media: radio, business magazines, consumer magazines, direct mailings, out-of-home (billboards, airports, etc.) and interactive (Internet). This source is designed for the media buyer, but also is helpful for identifying target audiences.  The Digital Media listings contain website metrics by Compete, Doubleclick Ad Planner (Google) and Nielsen NetView when available.

Journalism Studies

Database: Reference: Data: Labs:
  • MediaShift | Knight Projects:  Idea Lab: Media Innovation and Startups   "Launched in 2007, Idea Lab is a group blog by innovative thinkers and entrepreneurs who are reinventing media in the digital age."
  • J-LAB : The Institute for Interactive Journalism
    Incubator for innovate news using new technology.
  • MoJo (Knight-Mozilla News Technology Partnership)
    A three year collaboration between the Knight Foundation and Mozilla the plans to promote innovation, train people, create software, and assist through leadership fellows.  The goal is, "to advance the best values of both journalism and the open web by continuous innovation. Working together, technologists and journalists can accomplish great things."
  • Reese News Lab (UNC School of Journalism and Mass Comm)  Develops and tests new ideas in the media industry.
  • NewsLab
    Non-profit site includes guides for student journalists on: photographer's rights, teamwork, directing the news, teaching, and legal issues, etc.
  • Nieman Journalism Lab
    A project of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University that explores the future of journalism in the digital age.
News: Blogs:
  • Teaching Online Journalism
    Mindy McAdams, professor of online journalism, discusses issues of online journalism practice from an educator's perspective.

Local News & Information

Databases:
  • Discover America's Story
    Discover America's Story focuses on small-town, rural, and local articles and reports on what is happening in-town and in-county while providing a local point of view on bigger issues such as state, regional, national politics and world affairs. The product is rich with articles relevant to geographic locations often under-reported or overlooked by mainstream news coverage such as natural resources, agriculture, land use, water rights and farming. Small-town news, op-ed, business, arts, government and life in general are covered well, plus published legal notices and obituaries are included.  [description from LexisNexis]
  • Gannett Newsstand Complete
    Contains over 85 Gannett newspapers, 6 of which are New York newspapers. These include the Ithaca Journal (Full-text for 2002 - present), Poughkeepsie Journal, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Journal News (White Plains), Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton) and Star-Gazette (Elmira).
  • New York State Newspapers
    A database of several newspapers published in the state of New York, including the Buffalo News, Herald American (Syracuse), Indian Country Today (Oneida), New York Daily News, New York Observer (NY), New York Post (NY), New York Times, Newsday (Melville), Post-Standard (Syracuse), Post-Star (Glens Falls), Times Herald-Record (Middletown), Times Union (Albany), and the Watertown Daily Times.
  • New York State Historical Newspapers
    The Old Fulton NY Post Card website includes a database that searches New York Historical papers (prior to 1922) including ones from Ithaca. Note: the design of the site is curious...
Websites:
  • Capitol Bureau, The
    Program on WCNY (Syracuse PBS) hosted by Susan Arbetter that covers New York state government and politics. You can stream the video programs or listen to podcasts.
  • Capital Tonight
    Program on YNN network hosted by Liz Benjamin that covers New York State politics.
  • Cornell Daily Sun
    Founded in 1880, this is the daily (M-F) college newspaper of Cornell University.  For historical news, try searching the Digital Archive for the paper.
  • History Center in Tompkins County
    Home of the Tompkins County Museum and many primary sources relating to Ithaca and Tompkins County.
  • Ithaca Times
    The online edition of Ithaca's weekly paper. Current issue only.
  • Ithacan (Ithaca College Student Newspaper)
    Historical issues of the Ithaca College student newspaper (1926-2002). Searchable by word for every article, photograph caption, and advertisement from the newspaper.  View recent issues at The Ithacan Online.
  • Little. City. Big.
    Art, culture and news for Ithaca, NY.
  • Marist Poll
    The Marist Institute for Public Opinion (MIPO) is a survey research center at Marist college in Pougkeepsie, New York.
  • New York Heritage Digital Collections
    A research portal to hundreds of digital collections about New York State's people, places, and institutions. Search the digital collections from libraries, museum, and archives.
  • New York State Data Center
    Economic, demographic and statistical information from various state agencies.
  • Quinnipiac University : Polls : NY State
    Polling data for NY.
  • Small Town Papers
    Over 250 small town newspapers can be browsed and searched. Scanned newspaper archive from 1865 up to the current edition for some titles.
  • SeeThroughNY
    Sponsored by the Empire Center for New York State Policy, SeeThroughNY allows taxpayers to access, share, compare and analyze data from county, city, town, and village government across the state. Includes salaries for NY state employees.
  • Siena Research Institute
    Survey institute founded in 1980 at Siena College, New York. In addition to national and state-wide polls, SRI conducts the Siena New York Poll that focuses on New York voter's sentiments.
  • Statemaster.com
    Compilation of data from several sources. Users can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of state statistics and comparisons.
  • Survey Research Institute (SRI) (Cornell University)
    Provides survey research, data and analysis. Publishes the annual Cornell National Social Survey and the Empire State Poll.
  • Tompkins County (NY) Newspapers
    A listing of libraries and historical societies that provide access to newspapers published in Tompkins County, New York, beginning in 1817.  Detailed holdings for paper, photocopy, and microfilm/microfiche formats for individual newspapers are provided.  
  • Tompkins Weekly
    Free weekly news about Tompkins County, New York.  Issues are available as pdf files.
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National / Mainstream / Traditional Med

Aggregated Databases:
  • National Newspaper Index
    National Newspaper Index provides quick access to the indexing of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.
  • National Newspapers Premier
    This database's detailed indexing will help you quickly find the news information you need. Each issue of each newspaper is indexed thoroughly, so researchers have access to not only top news stories but also the information contained on the various sections of the papers. The indexing covers not only complete bibliographic information but also companies, people, products, etc.
  • Newspaper Source
    Provides access to both national and international newspapers, and contains abstracts and indexing from the following papers (cover to cover): the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, and USA Today. Abstracting and indexing for all titles and full text for the Christian Science Monitor begins 1/1/95. Coverage includes everything except obituaries (exclusive of famous people), sports tables, ads/classifieds, stock prices, and weather. Additional data provided by Knight-Ridder/Tribune Business News: full text articles from 105 contributor newspapers. Additional data also provided by Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service: full text articles from 40 contributor newspapers. Total coverage includes over 500,000 articles.
National Outlets: Aggregated Online:
 

News Literacy

  • Bag News Notes
    Progressive blog by Michael Shaw, clinical psychologist, that analyzes news images.
  • Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)
    A national media watch group that monitors media bias and censorship.
  • Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA)
    Founded in 1997 by Norman Solomon, the IPA assists progressive & grassroots organizations get coverage in mainstream media.
  • Journalism that Matters
    Community of media innovators that gather to discuss the changing ecology of news production and dissemination.
  • Media Cloud
    Data tool from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard that visulizes the flow of the media.
  • Media Matters for America
    Progressive news monitoring organization.
  • Muckety
    A news site that charts relationships among prominent people and events. Search on a name to see connections on an interactive graph. Categories for News & Politics, Business & Media, and Celebrities provide automatically generated relationship maps. See relationships among companies or individuals; then find links to related news articles below the chart.  Flash is required for the graphs.
  • Newsdesk.org
    Organization the offers, "important but overlooked news from around the world."  News You Might Have Missed (NYMHM) covers overlooked news and underserved communities.
  • Newsy: Multisource video news
    According to the About page, Newsy is the, "only video news service that allows users to compare bias by highlighting nuances in reporting."
  • On the Media
    On the Media is a National Public Radio Program that reflects on how the media covered events in the weekly news. It also discusses issues in the media such as freedom of information.
  • Regret the Error : Mistakes happen
    Website by Craig Silverman that reports on media corrections, retractions, apologies, and clarifications.  His book by the same name can be found in the library.
  • TVEyes: UK television and radio transcripts
    October 26, 2012- present. "TVEyes' provides real-time coverage of all terrestial & sattelite TV and radio broadcasters in all regions of United Kingdom. It provides a time-efficient and economical way to find out what is being said about any issue, any subject or any person through video and audio files including transcripts." -LexisNexis source information

Organizations & Associations

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Public Records & Gov Docs

Portals to public records: Local & State
  • City of Ithaca
    Local government information.
  • History Center in Tompkins County
    Home of the Tompkins County Museum and many primary sources relating to Ithaca and Tompkins County.
  • NY Open Government
    NY State Office of the Attorney General's portal to NY State information.
  • New York Redistricting (Interactive Feature, NYTimes.com)
    Published March 20, 2012 in the New York Times, this interactive map of Congressional Districts allows users to compare old and new districts by enterring a zip code. By Jeremy White, Ford Fessenden and Matthew Ericson.
  • New York State (online)
    Links to departments and agencies and all three branches of New York State government.
  • New York State Digital Collections: catalog
    Contains over 65,000 documents relating to New York State. Three main collections include: 1. New York State Government Publications (Regents exams from 1957 to current), 2. New York State Scanned Documents Collection (broadsides, maps, manuscripts, and special collections) and 3. Education Laws and Policy documents
  • New York State Unified Court System
  • NYPL Digital Library
    Images digitized from the collections of the New York Public Library, includes illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, and illustrated books. Images may be downloaded 'for a wide range of educational, creative, and research purposes'.  High resolution images may be obtained for personal or commercial if permission is obtained from the NYPL Photographic Services and Permissions division.
  • Tompkins County, NY
    Online resource for Tompkins County government. Includes an online maps page.
National:
  • FDsys (GPO's Federal Digital System)
    The Government Printing Office's (GPO) Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides public access to government information submitted by Congress and Federal agencies. Search or browse  for documents and publications.  Use the Advance Search form to search by date or specific publication title (Congressional Record, Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, Bills, Hearings, the United States Code, etc.). Fulltext primary source documents are available in both PDF (downloadable) and XML formats.
  • Thomas - Legislative Information
    Database of United States legislative information including: bills, resolutions, the Congressional Record, treaties, Committee Reports, Public Laws, Roll Call Votes, etc.
  • American Presidency Project
    A digital archive of the Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States from Hoover to Obama (1929 to present); see also IC Library stacks at: J80 .A283. The site also includes: inaugural addresses, radio addresses, fireside chats, debates, convention speeches, and party platforms.
  • C-SPAN
    Non-profit corporation funded by cable and satellite affiliates that provides public access to daily political events such as congressional debates.  See also: C-SPAN's Video Library (programs from 1987+) ; C-SPAN Video Library
    A digital archive of C-SPAN's extensive video coverage. The site provides access to 98% of all C-SPAN programs aired since 1987.  Search by speakers, subjects, sponsors, keyword, words spoken or date. The Congressional Chronicle feature is a chronological organization of all speakers and actions on the floor of the U.S. House and Senate. Each speaker's appearance is linked to the remarks as printed in the Congressional Record and to the related video clip. The Flash video player allows for clipping, posting, and mailing of individual speeches.
  • Compilation of Presidential Documents
    The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents and the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents are the official publications of materials released by the White House Press Secretary.
  • Congressional Budget Office (US)
    Website with a current Monthly Budget Review, Budget Projections, Economic Projections, Status of Discretionary Appropriations, Historical Budget Data Spreadsheets for Selected Estimates and Projections, and a Glossary of Budgetary and Economic Terms.
  • Congressional Hearings
    A hearing is a meeting or session of a Senate, House, Joint, or Special Committee of Congress, usually open to the public, to obtain information and opinions on proposed legislation, conduct an investigation, or evaluate/oversee the activities of a government department or the implementation of a Federal law. In addition, hearings may also be purely exploratory in nature, providing testimony and data about topics of current interest. Most Congressional hearings are published two months to two years after they are held. Only hearings released to GPO from the committees are made available on GPO Access. Coverage from 1985 - present.
  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
    U.S. government agency that regulates radio, television, wire, satellite and cable communications. The site includes: headline news, links to bureaus and offices (such as the Office of General Counsel / Court Filings), Public Comments page, an online Complaint form, a Consumer Center, Rules and Regulations (CFR title 47), etc.  Most recently, the FCC links to Broadband.gov, a separate page addressing the National Broadband Plan and FFC.gov/data (an online clearinghouse for data sets).
  • Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) 1861-1960
    Digital facsimile of these government documents. Covers 1861-1960 with some gaps. Also available in print and microfiche at JX233.A3rn
  • Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) 1961-1975
    Digital facsimile of these government documents See also IC Library stacks & microfiche at: JX233 .A3 for earlier volumes
  • Government Accountability Office (GAO)
    The GAO investigates and reports on the use of government funds for Congress. Full text copies of the reports are available by searching the site.
  • Military Education Research Library Network (MERLN)
    Database of defense-related U.S. policy statements.
  • National Conference of State Legislatures
    This website offers research and policy information on multi-state legislation. Particularly helpful is the Issues & Research tab.
  • Open CRS: Congressional Research Report for the People
    Congressional Research Service (CRS) provides background reports to Congress yet they were not distributed to government document collections. Citizens had to write their Congressional representatives to obtain copies. The Open CRS site has indexed and posted copies of these valuable documents.
  • Oyez : U.S. Supreme Court Multimedia
    User friendly website that contains biographies of Supreme Court justices, case decisions, and some audio transcripts of select cases.
  • National Security Archive (at George Washington University)

    Declassified documents pertaining to national security obtained by FOIA requests.  Contains collections such as the Torture Archive (primary sources related to the detention and interrogation of individuals by the United States).

  • Supreme Court of the United States
    The official website of the Supreme Court provides recent and pending case opinions, the current calendar, oral argument transcripts and a docket database. Go to Oral Arguments > Argument Transcripts for transcripts. Go to Opinions > Bound Volumes to browse the U.S. Reports. Slip opinions are also available.
International:
  • African Union (AU)
    Organization that promotes integration of African countries that promotes Africa's role in the global economy while addressing social, economic and political problems that come from globalization.
  • Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
    Multi-national organization that aims to accelerate economic growth, social progress, and cultural development in the region, as well as justice and the rule of law as per the UN Charter.
  • Europa : European Union On-Line
    Gateway to European Union. It provides up-to-date coverage of European Union affairs and essential information on European integration. Go to the Documents tab to connect to EUR-LEX (E.U. Law), the Bulletin of the E.U., and other agency materials.
  • Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
    Member countries are committed to democracy and the market economy.  There is an OECD iLibrary that contains books, papers, and statistics of the OECD.  It is a mixture of free and fee-based information.
  • Organization of American States (OAS)
    Multi-national organization of Western nations committed to democracy, and other social justice issues such as: poverty, terrorism, illegal drugs, corruption, etc.
  • United Nations
    Portal to International Law  and Human Rights from the United Nations.  Includes links to international courts and tribunals such as the ICTY and the ICTR. ; Official Documents of the United Nations (ODS)

    Full text UN documents from 1993+; General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, & Trusteeship Council from 1946+

Visual Journalism

Covers: Photojournalism, Editorial Cartoons, Documentaries, Online Journalism

Books: Databases:
  • AP Images
    A database of over 160 years of history as witnessed by The Associated Press. Photos: more than 3.6 million photographs from 1825 to today, with about 3,000 new photos added every day.  Graphics: more than one hundred thousand graphics, including maps, timelines, logos and graphs.  Audio: over 4,500 hours of audio clips from the 1920s forward.  Links to hourly newscasts on the home page under the audio tab. Note: This database may be used for educational purposes only. Images may not be posted on the Web or otherwise made available electronically to anyone outside the Ithaca College community. These images may not be republished or distributed in newspapers, newsletters, magazines, brochures, catalogs, yearbooks, calendars, posters, or similar materials.
  • Facts.com: Editorial Cartoons
    Browse editorial cartoons by subject: Arts, Entertainment &the Media; Business, Labor &the Economy; Crime & Terrorism; Education; Environment; Families and Family Life; Human & Civil Rights; International Affairs; Judiciary; Medicine & Health Care; Minorities & Race Relations; Politics & Political Reform; Religion; Science and Technology; Sports; Wars, Weaponry & Military Forces; & Women
  • Image Collection
    Search for articles with images across EBSCO databases using the Image Search interface.  Thumbnails will display in the results list when using this interface.
  • NYPL Digital Library
    Images digitized from the collections of the New York Public Library, includes illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, and illustrated books. Images may be downloaded 'for a wide range of educational, creative, and research purposes'.  High resolution images may be obtained for personal or commercial if permission is obtained from the NYPL Photographic Services and Permissions division.
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