Journalistic Resources

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We are living in a critical time for journalism. It is more important than ever to equip yourself with the right tools to do the job.

The Society of Professional Journalists is always ready to help journalists from any field, of any experience level. This is a list of useful resources from SPJ, as well as from some other sources:

SPJ Code of Ethics:
At the most basic level, it is always helpful to refer to the SPJ Code of Ethics if you are ever concerned about your journalistic approach.

The Code of Ethics is based around four main tenets:

  • Seek Truth and Report It
  • Minimize Harm
  • Act Independently
  • Be Accountable and Transparent

It’s a useful guide for responsible journalism, regardless of medium.

SPJ Legal Defense Fund:
SPJ’s Legal Defense Fund provides journalists with legal and financial assistance in defense of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and FOIA. The fund primarily initiates and supports litigation that enforces public access to government records.

The Journalism Toolbox:
SPJ’s Journalism Toolbox is a great resource, full of information and advice on covering almost every topic imaginable. If you don’t know where to start, check it out. It offers example stories, how each journalist found what they did as well as what they wish they had done differently (often to save time).

Blog Posts:
SPJ’s blog is updated often, with useful information about the organization, current events, and journalism in general.

Here is a great post about media blackouts on the part of government agencies, and here is one about the importance of verifying breaking news.

Other Resources:

Muckrock has an excellent newsletter that explains everything you need to know about requesting and using public records.

Here is a post from Poynter detailing a Slack channel in which journalists discuss the best ways to cover the Trump Administration.

Here is a story on PressThink, written by journalism scholar Jay Rosen, that describes the atmosphere that will potentially surround journalism as a result of Trump’s presidency.

 

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