JOUR 39017: Global Journalism in the Age of New Media

About this Guide

Use this guide as a pathfinder to resources for the special topics seminar concerning: global journalism, social media, citizen journalism, media freedoms, covering human rights, natural disasters & international conflicts, and foreign reporting. 

Background Sources

  • CQ Researcher
    Comprehensive reporting and analysis on current issues in the news. Each report includes an introductory overview; background and chronology on the topic; an assessment of the current situation; tables and maps; pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions; and bibliographies of key sources.
  • Council on Foreign Relations > Publications tab > CFR Backgrounders
  • Encyclopedia of American Journalism
    REF PN4855 .E53 2008
  • Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications
    Scholarly overview of international media topics. Covers all media types (advertising, books, Internet, etc.) & media outlets (radio, television, etc.). Provides history, theory, and topical issues such as ethics, reporting of disasters, and copyright. Look at the Geopolitical Studies section.
  • Facts on File World News Digest
    Facts on File World News Digest provides Information on issues, events, and people from 1940 to the present. Features include country profiles, primary documents, key issues, newsmaker profiles, and newspaper editorials. The database incorporates World Almanac and Book of Facts.
  • Handbook of Global Communication and Media Ethics
    Chichester, West Sussex, U.K. ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. E-book (2 v. (xxi, 1002 p.)) : ill. available as one online resource.
  • Handbook of Global Media and Communication Policy
    P95.8 .H365 2011
    Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 
  • Journalist's Resource: research on today's news topics
    Provides background research to practioners, students and the public.  Compiled by the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy.
  • Political handbook of the world
    JF37 .P6
    A-Z guide of country information. The latest edition at the Reference Desk is 2008.
  • Congressional Research Service Reports
    The CRS publishes policy research reports for members of Congress.  EveryCRS report aims to compile them in one searchable place.  The University of North Texas library has collected them in its online archive.  See also: Secrecy News and Wikileaks.
  • U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets (U.S. Department of State)
  • Verification Handbook: A definitive guide to verifying digital content for emergency coverage
    Edited by Craig Siverman, The Poynter Institute; copyeditor: Merrill Pearlman, the American Copy Editors Society (ACES)

Country Guides

  • CIA World Factbook
    Provides basic history of all countries  - includes maps, population, history, politics, economics, education, communications, transportation and military data.
  • BBC News: Country Profiles
    Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions. They also include audio or video clips from BBC archives. Contain information on the different types of press available in the country.
  • Compendium: Cultural policies and trends in Europe
    From the website: The Compendium is a joint venture between the Council of Europe and the ERICarts Institute, realised with a community of practice of independent cultural policy researchers, NGOs, national governments and information partners.
  • Country Reports
    Cultural, historical, and statistical information for countries.
  • Facts on File World News Digest
    Facts on File World News Digest provides Information on issues, events, and people from 1940 to the present. Features include country profiles, primary documents, key issues, newsmaker profiles, and newspaper editorials. The database incorporates World Almanac and Book of Facts.
  • Political handbook of the world
    JF37 .P6
    A-Z guide of country information. The latest edition at the Reference Desk is 2008.
  • World Almanac and Book of Facts
    REF AY67.N5 W7
    The library retains the current 3 editions.  The current edition is behind the Reference Desk.  It is also available in Facts on File World News Digest (latest edition).
  • World Maps and Country Profiles (World Press Review)
    Search by country or region for maps and news.

Best Bets: Databases

Organizations & Associations

Highlighted Reports: Organizations and Associations:
  • Amnesty International
    Advocates for human rights around the world. Search the library page to find AI reports.
  • Association de la Presse Internationale - International Press Association (API-IPA)
    Organization of foreign journalists established in 1975 and based in Belgium.
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    Think tank founded in 1910 that promotes peace between nations. Maintains programs on: China, Democracy & the Rule of Law, the Middle East, Nonproliferation, Russia &Eurasia, South Asia, & Trade, Equity & Development.
  • Committee of Concerned Journalists (CCJ)
    Consortium of journalists, publishers, owners, and academics that are concerned with the future of the journalism profession.
  • Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
    International organization that promotes press freedom. 
  • Council of Europe
    The Council of Europe, founded in 1949, seeks to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights. There is a Human Rights tab on the website.
  • Country Reports on Terrorism
    Annual report by the Secretary of State that examines terrorism around the world, terrorist safe havens, terrorist organizations, state sponsors of terrorism, WMDs, etc.
  • Environmental Performance Index
    The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks countries' performance on high-priority environmental issues in two areas: protection of human health and protection of ecosystems.
  • Eurobarometer
    Public opinion data from the European Commission. Data has been gathered since 1973.
  • Freedom House
    Organization that monitors freedom, democracy and human rights worldwide.  They publish the following reports: Freedom in the World, Freedom on the Net, Freedom of the Press, Nations in Transit,  Countries at the Crossroads,  and Women's Rights in the Middle East and North Africa, 
  • Human Development Reports
    From the UNDP, the Human Development Reports is a annual publication that examines global progress. Includes data and statistics.
  • Human Rights Watch (HRW)
    Advocacy group defending human rights around the world. Site can be searched by country or by issue area. Many free documents can be accessed under the publications page. An annual film festival is held.
  • HuriSearch
    Human Rights search engine that searches across websites. 
  • Inter Press Service (IPS)
    Global news agency that commits itself to underreported stories. Global themes include: Poverty, Civil Society, Sustainable Development, Globalisation and the South, Dialogue among civilisations, and Human Rights &Gender issues. Member of the COM+ Alliance of communicators for sustainable development.
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
    The ICRC, established in 1863, works worldwide to provide humanitarian help for people affected by conflict and armed violence and to promote the laws that protect victims of war.
  • International Criminal Court
    Website of the court, an international organization seated in The Hague,  governed by the Rome Statute.  It was established to convict crimes of concern to the international community such as the Criminal tribunals for Yugoslavia and Rwanda. They have a YouTube channel and a Twitter feed.
  • International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX)
    Founded in 1968 IREX is a nonprofit organization that provides leadership and programs that improve education, independent media and foster civil society development.  Reports such as the Media Sustainability Index are posted to their website.
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE)
    Offers training, holds conferences, gives awards, and provides resources for investigative journalists. The Resource Center is particularly useful for practitioners.
  • Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR)
    Worldwide journalism organization that, "gives voice to people at the frontlines of conflict, crisis, and change"
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
  • ReliefWeb
    A project of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) it provides news, statistics, reports and other information related to humanitarian relief, including updates to crisis situations, refugee camps, and other relief efforts.
  • Reporters without Borders
    Advocacy organization that defends journalists, fights against censorship, and works to improve the safety of journalists worldwide. They publish the Press Freedom Index.
  • Social Progress Imperative
    Organization that values social progress in addition to economic prosperity when measuring development. They publish the Social Progress Index.
  • Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics. and Public Policy
    The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy is a Harvard University research center dedicated to exploring and illuminating the intersection of press, politics and public policy in theory and practice.
  • United Nations Development Programme
    UNDP works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. They produce the Human Development Index (HDI)
  • United Nations
  • USAID Development Experience Clearinghouse
    Provides reports on USAID efforts in developing countries. Most topics of the files are related to public health, environmental, and development issues.
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  • World Public Opinion
    Articles present major public opinion survey results for specific nations as well as global patterns of world public opinion.  Includes links to topics, including development, globalization, trade, human rights, and countries/continents.

News Portals on the Internet

News:  Directories
  • Eufeeds
    News feeds from 300 European newspapers, organized by country
  • Newslink
    Portal to newspapers, radio and t.v. stations, magazines, and international news. Can browse by state or search by city.
  • Newspaper Map
    The "world's largest newspaper site" allows users to browse a world map of news.  Use a search box to focus on a location.  There is a language feature for translations.
  • Online Newspapers news portal
News: Global Outlets News: Wires and Digests (some are also available via LexisNexis)

Statistics & Analysis

  • Statista
    A statistics portal that provides data on over 80,000 topics from more than 10,000 different sources.  The content is purely aggregated statistics, geared towards business and marketing statistical needs, with a focus on current awareness.  Easy-to-use infographics and tables are available for download as images to insert into presentations.
  • Eurobarometer
    Public opinion data from the European Commission. Data has been gathered since 1973.
  • Eurostat
    Statistical data for European Union members.
  • Media Cloud
    Data tool from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard that visualizes the flow of the media.
  • Pew Global Attitudes Survey
    Gauges public attitudes toward globalization, democracy, and other issues. Users can view all of these reports on the site and also see the datasets used to craft each report.
  • European Media Monitor  Includes breaking news (NewsBrief), news analysis and summaries NewsExplorer, etc. for European news
  • NationMaster
    A central data source and handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD.  Use the search form to generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics. Click the "Countries A-Z" tab, pick a country, then choose "media"
  • UNdata
    UNdata pools major UN databases and those of several international organizations - browse, search and download data from a large number of statistical databases. Data categories include: agriculture, education, employment, energy, environment, health, human development, industry, information and communication technology, national accounts, population, refugees, trade, and tourism.
  • World Values Survey
    Data on the the values and beliefs of over 80 societies worldwide since 1981. Representative national samples of each society’s public are interviewed, using a standardized questionnaire that measures changing values concerning religion, gender roles, work motivations, democracy, good governance, social capital, political participation, tolerance of other groups, environmental protection and subjective wellbeing.

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Podcast: Tech in Global Activism

(2016, October 4). Zeynep Tufekci: Technology in Global Activism, Uprisings and Social Movements. Retrieved from http://shorensteincenter.org/zeynep-tufekci/

Guides to Press Freedom

  • Freedom House
    Organization that monitors freedom, democracy and human rights worldwide.  They publish the following reports: Freedom in the World, Freedom on the Net, Freedom of the Press, Nations in Transit,  Countries at the Crossroads,  and Women's Rights in the Middle East and North Africa, 
  • Reporters without Borders
    Advocacy organization that defends journalists, fights against censorship, and works to improve the safety of journalists worldwide. They publish the Press Freedom Index.

Books

Hachten, W. A. (2011). The World News Prism Challenges of Digital Communication. (8th ed..). Hoboken: Wiley.  Ebook.  Netpass required.

Wilson Follett. (1966). Modern American usage; a guide. Edited and completed by Jacques Barzun in collaboration with Carlos Baker [and others. (1st ed.].). New York: Hill & Wang. Reference book, ask at the Research Help desk.

Hart, J. (2011). Storycraft: the complete guide to writing narrative nonfiction / Jack Hart. Chicago ; London: University of Chicago Press. Reference book, ask at the Research Help desk.

Robertson, A. (2014). Global news: reporting conflicts and cosmopolitanism / Alexa Robertson. New York: Peter Lang.

Simon, J. (2014). The New Censorship Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom. New York: Columbia University Press.  Ebook.  Netpass required.

Yusuf. Kalyango editor, David H Mould (David Harley) editor, & Palgrave Connect. (2014). Global journalism practice and new media performance [edited by] Yusuf Kalyango, Jr., Ohio University, USA ; David H. Mould, Ohio University, USA. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.  Ebook.  Netpass required. Single user access (one person at a time can access)

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LexisNexis Help: News searching

LexisNexis maintains a wiki of help screens to their product.  The library subscribes to an Academic product for colleges and universities. There are other professional and subscription products sold to practitioners; the content may differ based on what is licensed.

You may need to limit your results using boolean search operators or searching specific sections of a document:
  • Boolean searching  This page lists and defines proximity operators such as w/p (words within the same paragraph), w/s (words within the same sentence), atleast (you can say you want a word to appear atleast5 -- at least 5 times in the article which increases the relevancy), etc.
  • Advanced Search: Build your own search.  If you want to search by headline, byline, city, company geographic region, person, publication, etc. you may have build a search using segments.  This page explains what segments are and how to build a search.
These are wiki pages that define specific searchs in LexisNexis Academic:

Communication Tools

SM Aggregators / Search engines Social Networks / Sharing Tools Photo and Video Sharing Professional Networks Smartphones Tablets Blogs / Content Management Systems / Social websites

Think Tanks

  • List of Think Tanks (Wikipedia)
    An international listing by country of think tanks. For the United States, there is also a list by political or economic leanings. 
  • Annenberg Public Policy Center
    University of Pennsylvania public policy center that provides expert analysis on political communication, information & society, media & children, health communication, and adolescent risk.
  • Aspen Institute
    Public policy institute that promotes values-based leadership.
  • Bill of Rights Institute
    The Bill of Rights Institute provides resources for educating the public about founding documents
  • Brennan Center for Justice (NYU)
    New York University School of Law. Think tank that addresses problems of democracy and justice. Site covers the following issue areas: Access to Justice; Campaign Finance Reform; Courts &Government; Immigrant Rights; Liberty & National Security; Criminal Justice Reform; Voting Rights &Elections; and Wages, Jobs &Economy.
  • Brookings Institution
    Public policy think tank that supports research in a wide array of areas including: education, Asian policy, children, socio-economics, health care, Middle East policy, taxation, etc.
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    Think tank founded in 1910 that promotes peace between nations. Maintains programs on: China, Democracy & the Rule of Law, the Middle East, Nonproliferation, Russia &Eurasia, South Asia, & Trade, Equity & Development.
  • CATO Institute
    Libertarian think tank founded in 1977 that provide research in the following areas: Bioethics, Education &Child Policy, Government &Politics, Immigration &Labor, Law &Civil Liberties, Regulatory Studies, National Security &Foreign Policy, Budget &Tax Policy, Energy &Environment, Health &Welfare, International Economics, Political Philosophy, and Telecom, Internet & Information Policy.
  • Center for a New American Security (CNAS)
    Think tank on national security policy.
  • Council on Foreign Relations
    Foreign policy think tank. Publishes the journal Foreign Affairs.
  • Harvard Kennedy School
    Public policy research from Harvard. Information can be accessed under the Research & Publications tab.
  • Heritage Foundation
    Research institute promoting conservative public policy.
  • Institute for Economics and Peace
    The Institute for Economics and Peace is the world’s leading think tank dedicated to developing metrics to analyze peace and to quantify its economic value. (from the website).  They publish the Global Peace Index, the Global Terrorism Index and others.
  • Institute for Policy Studies
    Founded in 1963, IPS is a progressive think tank dedicated to social justice.
  • National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Working Papers
  • National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA)
    Nonpartisan policy research organization that advocates for alternatives to government regulation in favor of self-regulation of the private sector.
  • PolicyArchive
    Digital library of public policy research with more than 12,000 policy documents from about 220 think tanks and research groups.
  • RAND Corporation
    Think tank that publishes reports in the following issue areas: Arts, Child Policy, Civil Justice, Education, Energy &Environment, Health &Health Care, International Affairs, National Security, Population & Aging, Public Safety, Science &Technology, Substance Abuse, Terrorism &Homeland Security, Transportation & Infrastructure, &Workforce &Workplace.
  • Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
    Site includes the following databases: Facts on International Relations and Security Trends; Multilateral Peace Operations; Data on Military Expenditure; Data on Arms Transfers; Data on Arms Production; Database on National Export Control Systems

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