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Freedom of the Press

Reporters Without Borders
Working to reduce censorship and improve the safety of journalists, particularly in war zones, the Reporters Without Borders site keeps track of journalists who have been imprisoned, released or killed in the line of duty. Read the Worldwide Press Freedom Index to see where the U.S. ranks internationally.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
Get up-to-date information on journalist abductions, work-related deaths, legislation, trials and more, from CPJ, a nonprofit dedicated to defending press freedom worldwide.

Coalition of Journalists for Open Government
Access federal public records and learn how increasing secrecy in the U.S. government is affecting news coverage and get links and resources used by journalists in search of accessible news.

First Amendment Center
Delve into current freedom of information issues such as national security, digital media, journalist access, blogging and more at this site dedicated to first amendment topics.

Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT)
Through law, technology and policy, CDT works toward solutions to enhance freedom of expression and the “right of individuals to communicate, publish and obtain information” in a digital age. Get the latest news, legislation, articles and reports on the organization’s site.

Calling itself the “world's first interactive museum of news,” Newseum’s mission is to educate the public on “the vital role a free press plays in a free society.” Explore the extensive site and find Pulitzer prize-winning photographs, historic broadcasts, essays, tributes and more.

PBS TeacherSource: Media Literacy
Through this site, PBS offers several programs and Web site activities that can help teachers explore media issues with their students.

Media on the Media

Columbia Journalism Review
Explore monthly issues of the Review, which calls itself “America’s Premier Media Monitor.” Get information and insights about current journalism related topics and legislation. Also, read an in-depth article that focuses on how the media handled and covered detainee abuse in Afghanistan and Abu Ghraib, featuring Carlotta Gall and Dana Priest.

American Journalism Review
Find a broad spectrum of articles and information on everything from the future of digital news to the struggle for free press in regions around the world from this publication that examines how the media covers specific stories and broader trends. The Bush Rule of Journalism
This 2005 article from The Consortium for Independent Journalism discusses several instances where journalists have tried to expose presidential wrongdoings only to be reprimanded for their attempts.


Corporate Ownership

Columbia Journalism Review: Who Owns What
Get up-to-date information with CJR's online guide to which major media companies own what, including corporate timelines, articles and detailed lists. Online NewsHour: The New Age Of Journalism
Read an interview with historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Michael Beschloss, journalist and author Haynes Johnson and Michael Kinsley, editor of the Microsoft-owned online magazine, as they discuss the effects of mergers and consolidations on the media.

Media Reform Information Center
Read about media reform initiatives and the effects of media monopolies. Also, access listings of resources for staying informed.


Citizen Journalism MediaShift
Peruse the blog of Mark Glaser, and track how new media—from weblogs to podcasts to citizen journalism—is changing society and culture.
View citizen video reports from the front lines of some of the most dangerous regions of the world, hosted on the site of this international human rights organization.

Current TV
Keep in touch with what’s going on around the world from the citizen perspective, with viewer created stories covering politics, trends, news and people.

Media Bloggers Association
Get educated on the current issues, trends and opportunities related to citizen media from this organization supporting the “explosion of citizen media.”

The Media Center at The American Press Institute
Visit the online home of this nonprofit think tank committed to building a better-informed society in a connected world. Check out a listing of resources including blogs, books and tools on participatory journalism.



The Future of Media: Resistance and Reform in the 21st Century
by Robert W. McChesney (editor), Russell Newman (editor), Ben Scott (editor)
(Seven Stories Press, 2005)

Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press
by Kristina Borjesson (editor)
(Prometheus Books, 2002)

The Journalism of Outrage: Investigative Reporting and Agenda Building in America
by David L. Protess, Fay Lomax Cook, Jack C. Doppelt, James S. Ettema, Margaret T. Gordon, Donna R. Leff, Peter Miller
(The Guilford Press, 1992)

Journalists in Peril
by Nancy Woodhull and Robert Snyder
(Transaction Publishers, 1998)

The Mission: Journalism, Ethics and the World
by Joseph B. Atkins (editor)
(Iowa State Press, 2002)

People's Witness: The Journalist in Modern Politics
by Fred Inglis

(Yale University Press, 2002)

The Problem of the Media: U.S. Communication Politics in the Twenty-First Century
by Robert W. McChesney

(Monthly Review Press, 2004)

Reflections on Courage: United States Nieman Reports
Vol. 60, No. 2, Summer 2006

(The Nieman Foundation for Journalism, 2006)

Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times
by Robert W. McChesney
(New Press, 2000)

Shaking the Foundations: 200 Years of Investigative Journalism in America
by Bruce Shapiro (editor)
(Thunder's Mouth Press, 2003)

Words of Fire: Independent Journalists Who Challenge Dictators, Drug Lords, and Other Enemies of a Free Press
by Anthony Collings

(New York University Press, 2001)


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