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Mass Communication: Websites


American Society of News Editors (ASNE)

Primarily an organization for editors of America's daily newspapers, ASNE offers resources on the First Amendment, diversity, credibility and other subjects. Has done studies of employment of minorities in America's newspapers.

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) is a nonprofit, educational association of journalism and mass communication educators, students and media professionals. The Association's mission is to promote the highest possible standards for journalism and mass communication education, to cultivate the widest possible range of communication research, to encourage the implementation of a multi-cultural society in the classroom and curriculum, and to defend and maintain freedom of communication in an effort to achieve better professional practice and a better informed public.

Association for Women in Communications

The Association for Women in Communications is a professional organization that champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era.

Committee to Protect Journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1981. It promotes press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal.

First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University and the Newseum (The Freedom Forum)

Founded in 1991 by The Freedom Forum, the Center surveys the status of the First Amendment and provides extensive information about the Amendment and the freedoms it guarantees. Gene Policinski, who speaks at Winthrop annually, is executive director of the center.

First Amendment Project

Resources regarding the First Amendment, censorship, confidential sources, protecting unpublished information and related subjects.

Investigative Reporters and Editors

Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting.

IRE was formed in 1975 to create a forum in which journalists throughout the world could help each other by sharing story ideas, news-gathering techniques and news sources.

National Association of Black Journalists

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide.

National Association of Hispanic Journalists

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. Established in April 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for all Hispanic journalists.


Located in Washington, D.C., this museum covers five centuries of news history.

The Poynter Institute

The organization that trains professional journalists and college professors has an extensive collection of up-to-date information on writing and editing as well as daily emails about current developments in journalism, which you can subscribe to receive by email. Valuable information on  a number of topics.

Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)

RTDNA is the world's largest professional organization exclusively serving the electronic news profession, consisting of more than 3,000 news directors, news associates, educators and students.  First Vernon Stone and then Bob Papper did studies of minority employment in broadcast newsrooms for this broadcast organization. Other information also is available on this website.

Society of Professional Journalists

The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty.

SPJ offers resources on diversity, freedom of information, international journalists and other subjects.