The Universal Journalist Homepage
What follows here is the tip of a vast iceberg. These links are a selection of those I have found most useful.
General Journalism Links
Virtual Library: Journalism
The finest collection of journalism links. Contains sections on all aspects of the industry, plus link to discussion groups.
o Journalism World Wide Web Resources
Good highly selective collection of links.
o American Journalism Review Newslink
Superb archive of articles on journalism.
o The Journalistic Resources Page
Best collection of links to journalism schools.
o Journalism Links
Collection of links that is particlarly strong on sites for journalist organisations.
o Poynter Online: Research Center Index
Site of the famous Poynter Institute for the study of journalism. Has good links section, small online bookshop, and information about courses.
o U of Iowa: Journalism and Mass Communication Resources
Has especially good links to online journalism, journalists' resources, journalism teaching resources and, best of all, links of leading journalism lists.
o National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting
Vast database accessible for a $50 a year membership ($55 for non-US journalists). Highly recommended.
Archived articles from the Columbia Journalism Review, the world's leading journal of the trade, going back to 1991.
The best site for copy/sub editors on the web. Has the superb Curmudgeon's style book (in the authentic voice of the nit-picking, but wise, old revise editor), topical points and a super little bookshop. A must visit.
o Journalism Ethics Cases
Wonderful database of ethics cases involing the press. Covers privacy, politics, crime, handling sources and sensitive stories and much more.
o The Computer-Assisted Reporting Links
Superb collection of links to all aspects of modern reporting. Especially good on how to use the Internet for reporting and use statistics.
Site of the famous, and sometimes, whacky, Media Lab at MIT. Great guide to what may, repeat may, be the media of the future.
America's Newspaper Corrections Connection
The best guide to newspaper corrections. Includes links to corrections pages of major papers.
Great web service which is tailored for each major country. Worth a visit, if only for the guide to news archives.
Research aids for journalists
This lists a good range of sites for journalists, concentrating particularly on those which give good research resources.
Lists a few journalism-related email lists, plus links to their subscription pages. These email lists allow you to plug into a circle of like-minded journalists and feed on the useful online resources they pick up, or join in their discussions.
Includes background information on many issues, tools for taming the Net, and other aids for researching stories and understanding public policy issues. Strong US slant but useful to journalists outside America as well.
Current News & Media Search Tools
Good, quick and pretty. Gives links to major news and journalism sites via clickable logos.
Particularly good. Includes guide to best reference sites, plus many other useful places such as people finders, roadmaps, city guides, email addresses of the famous, telephone directories on the Net, history links etc.
o Awesome Lists
Still one of the best selections of good quality, vetted reference sites. Extensive but well-catalogued.
Collection of approximately 1000 search engines, directories and indices from all over the world, organized into categories such as General Searchers, Reviewed Sites/What's New, Software, Reference, Education, Art and Graphics, Social/Environmental/Political Concerns, and Consumer Medicine.
o Journalism and Research Resources
Excellent collection of research resources for journalists.
Very limited, but quick, guide to basic research sites. Especially good for distance calculator, currency converter and measure converter sites.
o CIA World Factbook
Whatever skullduggery they may get up to, the CIA also systematically collects data. This site is gives country by country information on a grand scale - data, background information and the latest trends in each country.
o Essential Links
This claims to be the Search Engine for Search Engines, and is not far off that. You can search for a search engine by subject, keyword or country.
The UN's guide to detailed data for every member state. Includes everything from the basic economic figures to death rates, car ownership etc.
Extensive store of data, reports and a particularly good guide to world media.
Directory of search engines, with brief descriptions and search forms which allow you to search sveral sites from one page.
In A Cyberstack
Silly title it may have, but this is the best single online research site. Gives links to main reference sites, plus hundreds of others, such as all electronic journals, a FAQ Finder, worldwide phone books, world museum guide, the best people finder etc.
A constantly updating guide to what is available to researchers.
Useful list of search engines by country.
One of the best services. Has search which leads you to listing of experts, including full contact details and some indication of their credentials.
Ask An Expert
One of the more famous expert resources online. Has web site links, e-mail addresses and descriptions of over 300 experts willing to answer questions.
o Journalism skills
University of Miami Computer Assisted Reporting site
An extraordinary resource giving detailed tutorials on many new skills.
Superb collection of resources for journalists with especially strong guides to online research.
Excellent guide to journalism organisations.
of News Ombudsmen
Excellent resource for ethics cases.
Website of the Committee to Protect Journalists. Hs details of censorship and suppression and persecution of journalists. Excellent country reports.
International Freedom of Expression Exchange site with news from around the world of censorship and victories against it.
o Thomson Foundation
Guide to the organisation that trains journalists all over the world.
The best and quickest general news sites are:
This is the famous net news site that broke several key stories in the Monica Lewinsky cycle. Its front page is a good selection of the best news wire services around. Not the most comprehensive, but the fastest and easiest to use.
The best news archive by far. Search any topic and it lists hundreds of the most recent stories from wires and papers around the world.
o BBC News UK
Probably the best and certainly the most regularly updated of all UK online news sources.
o Press Association
Useful guide to breaking stories in the UK. Now suffering a little too much from the relentless dumbing-down of PA.
The Universal Journalist Homepage