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Background Reading

Link“Why has TV /Stopped Covering Politics?”
http://www.journalism.org/resources/ research/reports/tvpolitics/default.asp
According to a new study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism and Best Practices in Journalism, with the aid of the Pew Research Center for the People and Press, asking questions differently reveals an overwhelming interest in learning about politics. Read op-ed piece — Politics and TV Can Mix — on the research by Tom Rosenstiel and Dave Iverson from the Los Angeles Times.

Link“Covering Politics Online” – from the Annenberg Public Policy Center and RTNDF

Link“Legislative Issue Advertising in the 108th Congress”
http://www.annenbergpublicpolicycenter.org/ issueads05/Source%20Files/APPC_IssueAds108thMM.pdf
Over $404 million was spent on broadcast and print issue advocacy during the 108th Congress, with business interests outspending citizen-based advocacy groups by more than five to one. New report from Annenberg Public Policy Center addresses these findings and many more.

Web Site Resources for Covering Politics for Television

LinkReliable Resources for Broadcast Political Coverage
Reliable Resources was created to help generate conversation and ideas on improving broadcast political coverage. Headquartered at USC Annenberg School for Communications Norman Lear Center, the project seeks to design and distribute tools which would make political news enlightening, informative and exciting to local and network broadcasters.

LinkTools for TV/Radio Journalists from Journalism.Org – Online Home of the Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Committee of Concerned Journalists
The Project for Excellence in Journalism is an initiative by journalists to clarify and raise the standards of American journalism. The Project pursues the aim of clarifying standards by bringing journalists together to decide for themselves what their purpose and aims are.

LinkNewsLab: Working for Excellence in TV News
NewsLab is a non-profit resource center for television and radio newsrooms, focused on training and research. NewsLab offer workshops on writing, storytelling, ethical decision-making, and other topics. It’s goal is to help newsrooms better inform viewers and listeners about substantive and complex issues that affect their lives.

LinkBest Practices in Journalism: Fostering Innovative Campaign Coverage
Between 2000 and 2004, BPJ sponsored over 20 workshops exploring different angles in election coverage by listening to expert panelists, watching and discussing video stories, and meeting other reporters and producers around the country. Topics ranged from producing debates to writing effective truth-check stories, to covering complex issues like redistricting. Transcripts from keynote speeches can be found online. In addition, Best Practices in Journalism awarded “Demonstration Project” grants to stations interested in producing more innovative campaign coverage. See the complete list of stations receiving grants.

LinkRTNDF Political Coverage Project
The project was launched at the beginning of the 1996 presidential election. Since that launch, RTNDF has sponsored dozens of national and regional workshops, satellite briefings, written and online resources, including several Web pages dedicated to political reporting.

LinkCampaign Coverage: From the Checkbook to the Ballot Box
http://www.wkconline.org/index.php/ seminar_showcase/cc_index/
Western Knight Center archive of seminar focused on Campaign Finance. Includes links to useful resources and organizations.

LinkPlaces Journalists Should Go for Politics by Al Tompkins, Poynter
http://www.poynter.org/content/ content_view.asp?id=54350
Extensive itemization of resources and questions by broadcast expert at Poynter.

LinkJournalism Ethics Cases Online from Indiana University School of Journalism
This set of cases has been created for teachers, researchers, professional journalists and consumers of news to help them explore ethical issues in journalism. The cases raise a variety of ethical problems faced by journalists, including such issues as privacy, conflict of interest, reporter- source relationships, and the role of journalists in their communities.

LinkROUGH & TUMBLE: A Daily Snapshot of California Public Policy and Politics
A daily digest of links to stories about California public policy and politics published in 22 newspapers on the Internet. The site originated in 1997 as a way to help news managers at a local station understand the scope of the issues facing Californians every day. Rough & Tumble was designed to help add breadth to that daily decision making process in local TV news

LinkSTUMP: Shaking things up in the media on politics….
A collection of links & tips to work framed & delivered by journalists with something new in mind, organized by The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, for the 2004 Election.


What fellows have to say about past seminars:
"I'm extremely grateful for this opportunity to stop and think about the issues and stories we cover on a daily, hectic basis. I will take this back with me and share it with my colleagues in the newsroom. At a time of diminishing resources in our workplaces, this seminar and more like these are invaluable. "
- Bernadette Pardo, Noticias 23 Miami
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