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Journalist's Guide

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The mission of Journalist’s Resource is to bridge the gap between the worlds of reporting and scholarly research. In our high-speed, information-saturated world, having the time to wade through academic studies might seem an unaffordable luxury, but we’re in the business of condensing state-of-knowledge research. We hope you’ll find the site “deadline friendly” — a portal to type in keywords and rapidly determine if there are facts, insights or context that can help improve your story. The American Library Association named Journalist’s Resource a “Best Free Reference Web Site 2013.”

The site is designed to be an efficient tool for quick searches of studies and reports on important topics. On each study, you’ll see recent related posts in the same general category; and you can also click through tag words at the top of each study and find related research strings on topics such as inequality, Twitter dynamics, human rights and higher education.

We’re trying to make the vast world of deeper knowledge — facts and context that can supercharge stories — easy to navigate for journalists. Establishing and promoting the concept of “knowledge-based reporting” animates the project. To understand our goals and philosophy, we recommend that you read our primer: “Introduction to Studies and Academic Research: How It Works and Why Journalists Should Care.”

Journalist’s Resource has two main categories of material relevant to professionals:

  • The Studies section provide links to reliable, timely research in the categories of environment, economics, society, government, politics and international. Each study is accompanied by a brief overview summarizing its findings, teaching notes and links to other relevant material. Studies are selected by the Shorenstein Center research team, with tips and suggestions from a network of scholars and media members. To be included, research should be empirically based, peer-reviewed, published and the product of a major university, government body or nonpartisan research organization. See more on criteria for inclusion. Reporters can use studies to give their stories greater depth and authority on a wide range of topics, including the environment, economics, society and government. They can also serve as a source for new story ideas, angles and context.
  • The Skills section offers information on core journalism skills, including interviewing, style, ethics and more, as well as links to online tutorials. We also feature our own “research chat” interviews with leading journalists and scholars.

When making attributions to material on our website, we encourage you to cite the academic/government/research institution from which the information originally comes and/or the scholarly journal named. All other material should be credited to Journalist’s Resource. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please contact us.