“Why has TV /Stopped Covering Politics?”
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.
“Covering Politics Online” – from the Annenberg
Public Policy Center and RTNDF
“Legislative Issue Advertising in the 108th Congress”
$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
Reliable 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.
Tools for TV/Radio Journalists from Journalism.Org – Online Home
of the Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Committee of Concerned
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.
NewsLab: 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.
Best 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
list of stations receiving grants.
RTNDF 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
Campaign Coverage: From the Checkbook to the Ballot Box
Western Knight Center archive of seminar focused on Campaign Finance. Includes
links to useful resources and organizations.
Places Journalists Should Go for Politics by Al Tompkins, Poynter
Extensive itemization of resources and questions by broadcast expert at Poynter.
Journalism Ethics Cases Online from Indiana University School of Journalism
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.
ROUGH & 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
STUMP: Shaking things up in the media on politics….
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.