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Campus News

file iconThe Communicator Online
 This is the online version of the Communicator, the only newspaper serving the SFCC community.

Local News

file iconThe Pacific Northwest Inlander
 The Inlander is Spokane’s alternative weekly newspaper.
The storytelling is quite a bit different from what you’ll find in the Spokesman-Review. Many young people prefer this type of publication.
file iconThe Spokesman-Review

News of the Pacific Northwest

 This is a new online paper devoted solely to news from the Pacific Northwest. This model represents what some consider the future of regional journalism: online, free, professionally-written content, and local.

Online Newspapers

file iconChicago Tribune
file iconThe Brunswick News
 Working at this little paper on the Georgia coast taught me a lot about what it means to be a journalist. Look at how they handle some small town stories with a degree of sophistication usually reserved for larger metro papers.
file iconThe Seattle Post-Intelligencer
file iconThe Seattle Times
file iconThe St. Petersburg Times
 The St. Pete Times rivals the NY Times in quality. Its editors favor a literary approach to storytelling.
file iconThe New York Times
 The New York Times is widely considered one of the best newspapers in the country. Thier website features some really interesting interactive features, as well as a good use of multimedia content to convey information in an interesting way.
file iconThe Los Angeles Times
 For years, the LA Times has struggled to overtake the NY Times as the country’s paper of record.

Professional Organizations for Journalists

file iconSociety for Professional Journalists
 The SPJ is a group of journalists dedicated to free press issues. I want you to read their Code of Ethics carefully.

Public radio

file iconNational Public Radio
 This is the website for National Public Radio -- a great place to find podcasts of national/world news, talk radio and feature stories.
file iconOn Point: A talk radio program with host Tom Ashbrook
 For my money, this is the best talk radio around.
file iconThis American Life
 This is what many consider the cutting edge of journalism and storytelling.

Story Ideas

file iconAl’s Morning Meeting
 The Poynter Institute’s Al Tompkins sends out a list of story ideas every morning to journalists. This is a gold mine for reporters, and a good way for you to see the kind of raw information that goes into a news story.

Textbook companion website

file iconInside Reporting website
 This is the companion website to your text. I expect you to use it frequently throughout the quarter.

The Cutting Edge

 This website gets its name from a now-obsolete practice of placing unsolicited manuscripts "over the transom" of a news publisher’s door in the middle of the night in hopes of getting noticed.
This is one of the most interesting, exciting things I’ve seen in recent years -- and they’re encouraging you to get involved.

The Poynter Institute for Media Studies

file iconThe Poynter Institute for Media Studies
 Every journalism student should get to know Poynter’s site by heart. They’ve recently introduced online courses for those of you wanting to learn more about any of the topics covered in this class. Excellent site!


file iconFrontline
 This is the web site for Frontline, the award-winning PBS documentary series. The entire archive is available online.
Program of note: Bob Dylan: No Direction Home.
file iconUSC Annenberg Intro to Journalism Video Series
 This is the best introduction to news writing I’ve yet found.

Writing Resources

file iconYour textbook’s companion site
 I’ll refer you to this site for practice exercises in AP style and writing help. It’s free to register.
file iconPurdue’s Online Writing Lab
 Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) is the best site I’ve found for any writing concerns you might encounter.

AP Style

file iconAP Basics
 This is an AP introduction that might help you get the hang of Associated Press style.
file iconQuick AP Style reference
Quick AP Style reference