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  1. AP Ask the Editor FAQ - "Welcome to Ask the Editor, a forum on writing, style and phrasing issues that go beyond the pages of the AP Stylebook."
  2. AP Stylebook - "The Journalist's Bible."
  3. About Earthquakes - "The Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno investigates earthquakes and their effects in Nevada and eastern California. NSL faculty perform seismic research worldwide."
  4. American Copy Editors Society - ACES site that includes tips, headlines, misused and commonly confused words.
  5. The American Editor
  6. American Journalism Review
  7. American Media Columnist Index - Site provides a listing to over 500 political and editorial columnists whose work is published on the Internet. The index lists writers from Tom Abate to Mort Zuckerman, and also includes: Russell Baker, David Broder, Nat Hentoff, Molly Ivins, Thomas Oliphant , William Raspberry and Richard Reeves.
  8. AssignmentEditor.com - One stop information site for television reporters and print journalists to research and find news stories.
  9. Broadcasting & Cable
  10. Bureau of Justice Statistics
  11. Business Research Guides - Site by Rutgers University offers business research guides. This resource is divided into eighteen sections, including Business News Sources, Job Searching, Market Research, and Financing Your Business.
  12. CIA: World Factbook - The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.
  13. Census Bureau
  14. Center for Investigative Reporting - "The Center for Investigative Reporting seeks an informed citizenry and a dynamic democracy. To accomplish this, CIR conducts in-depth investigations of hidden or complex topics that impact public life, for broadcast or print in the media."
  15. Climate Change - New scientific findings released by Canada's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change indicate provide new and stronger evidence that most of the warming observed over the past 50 years is attributable to human activities.
  16. Columbia Journalism Review
  17. Copyediting: Improve your copyediting skills
  18. Copy Editor - Links to dictionaries, stylebooks and other resources for copy editors.
  19. CyberJournalist.net - Tips and talk for online writers and editors.
  20. CyberTimes Navigator: New York Times - "Navigator is the home page used by the newsroom of The New York Times for forays into the Web. Its primary intent was to give reporters and editors new to the Web a solid starting point for a wide range of journalistic functions without forcing all of them to spend time wandering around blindly to find a useful set of links of their own."
  21. DefenseLink - Dept. of Defense news and briefings
  22. DefenseLink: Fact File - The Defense Fact File is an inter-service collection of important information. The DoD Fact File was designed and edited for reporters, and to assist military public affairs offices in giving maximum access and information to the civilian media.
  23. Earthquake Information Center
  24. Editor & Publisher
  25. FedStats - U. S. Government Statistics
  26. FedWorld Information Services - U. S. Government Databases,
  27. Finding Data on the Internet
  28. The First Amendment Handbook - Online copy of their basic 1999 guidebook to all areas of media law relevant to journalists. From The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP), a nonprofit organization providing free legal help to reporters and news organizations.
  29. FOI Resource Center - comprehensive, searchable site on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was put together by the Society of Professional Journalists. It contains a state-by-state guide to access laws and contacts, sample request letters, news, the act, its history, and links to more resources on the Internet.
  30. Folio
  31. Gallup Organization, The - The highly regarded Gallup polling organization has put up a Web site which is full of information of great value to journalists, especially during the election season. From the home page, click on 'Gallup Poll' to get a detailed look at the latest polling by Gallup.
  32. The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth - Site presents the NASA Space Shuttle Earth Observations Photography database of over 500,000 images. A clickable map allows you to view landscapes, hurricanes and weather, water habitats, and other geographic features.
  33. Glossary of Stock Market Terms: Nasdaq
  34. High School Journalism - Resources presented by by American Society of Newspaper Editors.
  35. The House of Representatives
  36. Investigative Reporters and Editors - "IRE provides educational resources to reporters, editors and others interested in investigative journalism and works to maintain high professional standards."
  37. JournalismJobs.com - "The job board for media professionals."
  38. JournalismNet - links to search engines, directories, newspapers, magazines, archives and other US, Canadian, UK journalism sites.
  39. Journalist's Toolbox: Online Resources for Reporters and Editors - features more than 15,000 web sites helpful to the media and anyone else doing research.
  40. Journalist's Guide to Gun Policy Scholars and 2nd Amendment Scholars - Featuring experts -- liberals, moderates, and conservatives -- whose research has led them to be skeptical of gun control.
  41. Journalism Resources - useful Internet resources for journalists assembled by Karla Tonella at the University of Iowa. There are 30 pages of links to such things as news sources, journalism magazines and media law resources.
  42. Media Associations
  43. Media Awards
  44. Media Museums
  45. The Media Channel - "On Media Channel, you will find original news, opinions and reports. You will also have access to hundreds of media issues organizations from all points on the globe. These include media watch groups, university journalism departments, professional organizations, anti-censorship monitors, and trade publications."
  46. Media Research Center - "Bringing Political Balance and Responsibility to the Media"
  47. NIH Health Information - Gateway to a complete index of health information for researchers, healthcare professionals, public and patients, educators and the media. Excellent ready reference covers virtually all healthcare topics and conditions.
  48. Nasdaq Newsroom, The - Main sections of this site are: Nasdaq News, Viewpoint, Indexes & Statistics, All About Nasdaq, Company Finder, and New Listings.
  49. National Archives and Records Administration
  50. National Hurricane Center
  51. Newspaper Association of America - links to newspapers, Presslink, TechNews, new media, Digital Edge, vendors, seminars & reports.
  52. NewsLink
  53. Newspaper Archives - U.S. and International Newspaper Archives on the Internet.
  54. Newsroom for Students - an inside look at journalism including tips for conducting research, Internet scavenger hunts, and more.
  55. NewsWatch - "NewsWatch's mission is to watch the media watchdog on behalf of news consumers, and to give a voice to consumers who want to talk back to the media."
  56. The Online Writing Lab: Purdue University - U.S. and International Newspaper Archives on the Internet annotated and updated daily, is well-organized. Web links cover government information, people finders, company research, nonprofit research, general reference, and more.
  57. Poynter.org - "Everything you need to be a better journalist."
  58. Price's Lists of Lists
  59. Project for Excellence in Journalism - An initiative for journalists concerned about the standards of the news media.
  60. Public Agenda Online: Public Opinion and Public Policy - Subtitled "the journalist's inside source for public opinion and policy analysis," this site addresses controversial issues such as: abortion, America's global role, crime, the economy, education, the government, the family, the federal budget, gambling, health care, illegal drugs, immigration, Internet speech/privacy, Medicare, race, right to die, social security, and welfare.
  61. Pulitzer Prizes, The - Provides listings of Pulitzer Prize winners in all categories from 1917 to the present. Also has a history of the prize, plus links to resources on the Pulitzer.
  62. Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press - a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free legal help to journalists and news organizations.
  63. Revising Prose - site describes twelve basic principles of good prose style and illustrates most of these principles with examples.
  64. The Senate
  65. The SLOT: A Spot for Copy Editors - Information on copy editing with tips, rules, and explanations on the less understandable parts of the English language.
  66. Society of Professional Journalists - "A complete resource for journalists including FOIA contacts and information, professional development, and journalism awards."
  67. Sree.net - "Journalism professor specializing in training journalists to speak the different media "languages" of print, new media & broadcast; freelance technology writer; Web site critiquer; networking nut."
  68. 'Statistics Every Writer Should Know,'
  69. Stateline.org - News, information and statistics on all 50 states written by journalists for journalists, policy makers and engaged citizens. A joint project of the University of Richmond and the Pew Charitable Trusts.
  70. USUS: The Usually Useful Internet Guide for Journalists - "USUS is a comprehensive Internet guide for journalists. It was created for those who want to have a better understanding of the Internet and its potential as a journalistic research tool."
  71. Vanderbilt University's TV Archives - "The Television News Archive collection at Vanderbilt University is the world's most extensive and complete archive of television news. The collection holds more than 30,000 individual network evening news broadcasts and more than 9,000 hours of special news-related programming."
  72. Who's Alive and Who's Dead

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