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Updated March 10, 2017

Internet Links for Chapter 6: The Media

Chapter 6 describes how the media informs citizens about government and politics and how the media have change within the lifetime of the book's authors from being dominated by printed sources, then television, and now personal electronic devices. As expected, the Internet has many links to relevant sources. Here, we've organized them into categories: Media Monitors, Broadcast, Television, National Newspapers, News Magazines, Regional and International Newspapers, Internet News Sites, and even Photos on the web.

Media Monitors
The Freedom Forum
"The Freedom Forum, based in Washington, D.C., is a nonpartisan foundation that champions the First Amendment as a cornerstone of democracy. The Freedom Forum is the main funder of the operations of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., the First Amendment Center and the Diversity Institute."
Project for Excellence in Journalism
"The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism is dedicated to trying to understand the information revolution. We specialize in using empirical methods to evaluate and study the performance of the press, particularly content analysis. We are non partisan, non ideological and non political."
Center for Media and Public Affairs-Home of Media Analysis
"The Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA) is a nonpartisan research and educational organization which conducts scientific studies of news and entertainment media. CMPA's goal is to provide an empirical basis for ongoing debates over media coverage and impact through well-documented, timely, and readable studies."
An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Political Broadsides
"An American Time Capsule, the online presentation of the Printed Ephemera collection, comprises 17,000 of the 28,000 physical items. More are scheduled to be digitized in the future. While the broadside format represents the bulk of the collection, there are a significant number of leaflets and some pamphlets. Rich in variety, the collection includes proclamations, advertisements, blank forms, programs, election tickets, catalogs, clippings, timetables, and menus. They capture the everyday activities of ordinary people who participated in the events of nation-building and experienced the growth of the nation from the American Revolution through the Industrial Revolution up to present day."
The Pulitzer Prizes
The site for the most prestigious awards in journalism.
Media Research Center
"As "America's Media Watchdog," the MRC seeks to bring balance to the news media. Leaders of America's conservative movement have long believed that within the national news media a strident liberal bias existed that influenced the public's understanding of critical issues. On October 1, 1987, a group of young determined conservatives set out to not only prove -- through sound scientific research -- that liberal bias in the media does exist and undermines traditional American values, but also to neutralize its impact on the American political scene. What they launched that fall is the now acclaimed -- Media Research Center (MRC)."
Wisconsin Advertising Group
"Since 1998, the Wisconsin Advertising Project (WiscAds) has undertaken research initiatives to document how candidates, political parties and special interest groups communicate with voters."
American Journalism Review
"American Journalism Review is a national magazine that covers all aspects of print, television, radio and online media. The magazine, which is published six times a year, examines how the media cover specific stories and broader coverage trends. AJR analyzes ethical dilemmas in the field and monitors the impact of technology on how journalism is practiced and on the final product."
Broadcast Media
ABC News - BBC News - CBS News - CNN News - Fox News - MSNBC
PBS NewsHour - NPR Online
Major National and Metropolitan Newspapers
Chicago Tribune - Los Angeles Times - USA TODAY - Wall Street Journal - WSJ-Editorial Page
WashingtonPost - World Press Review - New York Times
News Magazines and Links
The Economist
Published in Britain, and outstanding news weekly, which publishes in depth analyses of economic, social, and political events.
Governing Magazine
Bills itself as the magazine for "connecting America's leaders."
Forum: Applied Research and Public Policy
"Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy is a quarterly policy journal that focuses on energy, the environment, economic development, and science and technology issues. It aims to make the work of policy researchers more accessible to officials in the public and private sectors."
Yahoo UK News
Lists topics alphabetically. Very comprehensive, including social and business news.
Regional and International Newspapers
Provides a comprehenshive set of links to state, regional, national, and international newspapers and magazines.
Editor & Publisher Home Page
A trade journal for the print industry.
Headline Spot: Top News by Media Type
Extraordinary source of links to news by city, by state, by country, by media type, and by subject.
Newspaper Association of America
A trade journal for the newspaper industry.
10,000 Newspapers says it puts "thousands of world newspapers at your fingertips."
UK Guardian Unlimited
Offers news from a British point of view.
Internet News Sites and Links
Drudge Report
Often breaks sensational stories based on "inside tips." Regarded as a conservative source.
Breitbart News
This is the controversial "alt-right" website co-founded by Steve Bannon, cief strategist to President Trump.
Al Jazeera English Site
An Arab television network owned by the state of Qatar through the Qatar Media Corporation and headquartered in Doha, Qatar. Al Jazeera has since expanded into a network with several outlets, including the Internet and specialty TV channels in multiple languages.
Pathe Digital News Archive
"The world's finest news and entertainment video film archive. You can view and buy films and still photographs from the entire archive of 90,000 videos covering newsreel, sports footage, social history documentaries, entertainment and music stories from 1896 to 1976."
Google News Search
Yes, Google has a special service for searching news.
Photos on the Internet
AP World Wide Photos
This site is limited to photos taken for the Associated Press.
World Photos
"The World News (WN) Network was founded in 1995 and launched online in 1998, with the primary objective of being the most comprehensive, one-stop news resource on the Internet. Today, World News has over 75 million pages indexed covering Film, Sport, Entertainment, Science, Business, Health and every City on earth."