Links - Research Resources

The following are some links to sites and publications journalists and journalism students may find especially useful in research. These are some the editors of The News Manual know something about, though we do not specifically endorse any. Where text appears in quotes it is usually taken from their website itself. We show the actual URL so you know exactly where the link will take you.


American Journalism Review (AJR): "A national magazine that covers all aspects of print, television, radio and online media." Focuses mainly on the US media. Has a useful list of links to journalism organisations in the US. Based at the University of Maryland.

Asian Legal Information Institute (AsianLII): "is a non-profit and free access website for legal information from all 27 countries and territories in Asia located from Japan in the east to Pakistan in the west, and from Mongolia in the north to Timor Leste in the south." Hosted by AustLII.

Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ): "Aims to stimulate the production of high quality journalism, especially investigative journalism; to conduct and support research into journalism and the media; to contribute to scholarly debate and research about journalism; and to promote community discussion about the relationship of journalism to political, social and cultural democracy. The Centre is a non-profit organisation based at the University of Technology, Sydney."

Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII): "provides free internet access to Australasian legal materials ... with over 2 million searchable documents. AustLII publishes public legal information - that is, primary legal materials (legislation, treaties and decisions of courts and tribunals); and secondary legal materials created by public bodies for purposes of public access (law reform and royal commission reports for example) and a substantial collection of law journals." Based in Sydney.

Australian Newspapers Online: A resource of the National Library of Australia providing links to hundreds of online editions of Australian newspapers. Searchable by title, state or town.

Commonwealth Legal Information Institute (CommonLII): "aims to provide one central Internet location from which it is possible to search - for free - core legal information from all Commonwealth countries." Hosted by AustLII.

Computer Assisted Research (CAR): "contains more than 1000 research links to computer-assisted reporting and freedom of information resources around the world. It was built as a service to journalists, journalism educators, journalism students, and other online researchers." Based in Queensland. "A news and resource site that focuses on how the Internet, convergence and new technologies are changing the media. The site offers tips, news and commentary about online journalism, citizen’s media, digital storytelling, converged news operations and using the Internet as a reporting tool." American-based.

Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma: "A resource center and global network of journalists, journalism educators and health professionals dedicated to improving media coverage of trauma, conflict and tragedy. It is a project of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, with international satellite offices in London and Melbourne."

Electronic Frontiers Australia: "a non-profit national organisation representing Internet users concerned with on-line freedoms and rights. EFA is independent of government and commerce and is funded by membership subscriptions and donations from individuals and organisations with an altruistic interest in promoting online civil liberties." Based in Sydney and Adelaide.
There are similar Electronic Frontier organisations around the world, such as the the Electronic Frontier Foundation based in the USA and Electronic Frontier Canada.

European Digital Rights (EDRI): "was founded in June 2002. Currently 28 privacy and civil rights organisations have EDRI membership [and have] joined forces to defend civil rights in the information society." Based in Brussels. "This site is a one-stop portal that describes best practices, consolidates lessons learned, explains campaign strategies and tactics, and links the efforts of freedom of information advocates around the world. It contains crucial information on freedom of information laws and how they were drafted and implemented, including how various provisions have worked in practice." Based in Washington, DC.

Institute for Cultural Diversity: "a non-government organisation established to promote the value of cultural diversity for a democratic, creative and productive Australia." Based in Sydney.

Interactive Telecommunications Program: "The first graduate education program in alternative media, ITP has grown into a living community of technologists, theorists, engineers, designers, and artists uniquely dedicated to pushing the boundaries of interactivity in the real and digital worlds." Based at New York University.

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ): "a collaboration of the world's preeminent investigative reporters. Launched in 1997 as a project of the Center for Public Integrity, ICIJ globally extends the Center's style of watchdog journalism, working with 100 journalists in 50 countries to produce long-term, transnational investigations." Based in Washington, DC.

Internet Tutorials: A site which gives simple but by no means simplistic advice on how to find information on the Internet. It includes explanations of many of the terms used when speaking about the Internet and has links to some useful sites.

Mediascape: "has been designed as an information clearinghouse for New Zealand media information and research. This site specialises in sharing information, research and views about the media in New Zealand. Mediascape intends to become an archive of best practice that can inform creative linkages between the government, media industry, ITC agencies, media researchers, families and young people. Based in the New Zealand Broadcasting School at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Mindframe: "Supports safe media reporting, portrayal and communication about suicide, mental ill-health, alcohol and other drugs." Based in Newcastle, Australia.

New Zealand Legal Information Institute (NZLII): "is a joint project of the University of Otago Faculty of Law, the Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law and the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII)." It provides a free online database of, and access to, New Zealand legislation.

Online Journalism Review (OJR): "OJR is a community of online journalists and news consumers, examining together ways to improve the accuracy, relevance, appeal and viability of news online." Based at the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School for Communication, USA. Thousands of newspapers around the world. Searchable by region and country.

Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute (PacLII): "in partnership with the University of the South Pacific School of Law, promotes free access to South Pacific laws and material (case law, legislation, treaties, Law Reform Commission documents, etc.) via the Internet. [See also the Australian Legal Information Institute AustLII.] Based in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Pacific Journalism Review: Founded at the University of Papua New Guinea in 1994, PJR is a peer-reviewed journal covering media issues and communication in the South Pacific, Asia-Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. It is now published by the Pacific Media Centre, AUT University, New Zealand (see below).
There is a full text PJR database at Informit (RMIT in Australia):;res=IELHSS;issn=1023-9499

Pacific Media Centre: "TE AMOKURA - is the only media research and community resource centre of its kind in Aotearoa/New Zealand and has a strategic focus on Māori, Pasifika and diversity media and community development. It was established by AUT University's Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies in 2007." Based in Auckland, New Zealand.

Parliament of Australia Library: Provides communications and media law related links to a range of websites on laws and key legislation, court and tribunal decisions, law reports, key national bodies and publications and to other Australian and overseas websites, including directories. Based in Canberra.

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press:"The Center is an independent opinion research group that studies attitudes toward the press, politics and public policy issues. We are best known for regular national surveys that measure public attentiveness to major news stories, and for our polling that charts trends in values and fundamental political and social attitudes." Based in Washington, DC.

Press Release Centre: "This site provides information on press releases, how to write press releases, and how to get your press release distributed. We include Australian media listings, we're a clearing house for the latest press release industry news, and we provide an Australian PR news monitor."

Project for Excellence in Journalism: "A research organization that specializes in using empirical methods to evaluate and study the performance of the press. It is non partisan, non ideological and non political. Our goal is to help both the journalists who produce the news and the citizens who consume it develop a better understanding of what the press is delivering." Based at the Pew Research Centre, Washington, DC.

Reporting Diversity and Integration Project: "Seeks to build on the outcomes of the Journalism in Multicultural Australia project by further developing the ‘toolkit’ of project resources, by undertaking a number of additional related research projects and by facilitating a series of meetings with key stakeholders within the Australian journalism community."

Sources: "International Guide to Expert Sources & Media Spokespersons". Based in Toronto, Canada.

World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII): "is a free, independent and non-profit global legal research facility developed collaboratively by the following Legal Information Institutes and other organisations:"
Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII)
British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII)
Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII)
Hong Kong Legal Information Institute (HKLII)
Legal Information Institute (Cornell) (LII (Cornell))
Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute (PacLII)
Wits University School of Law (Wits Law School)

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