Useful Associations

Dart Center Australasia
A resource centre for journalists covering violence, conflict and tragedy with an Australasian office located in Melbourne.

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
A non-profit organisation founded by the Center for Public Integrity. Made up of about 70 journalists co-operating on major projects around the world.

Investigative Reporters and Editors
This is a treasure trove for reporters looking to share information with colleagues around the world, particularly in the US. IRE publishes books, holds an annual conference and has extensive "morgues" of great investigative journalism.

The union representative body for Australian journalists.

Project for Excellence in Journalism
Another American help group that aims to elevate standards in journalism. Conducts international projects and briefings.

Reporters sans frontieres
Organisation and newsletter devoted to free press and safety of journalists worldwide.

Society of Professional Journalists
The largest organisation of journalists in America, committed to supporting the free practice of journalism and highest standards of ethical behavior. Good section on ethical issues.

The Age Independence Committee
The Age Independence Committee consists of journalists from all sections of The Age newspaper. It is supported by the entire staff. The committee’s mission is to protect the integrity, independence and quality of The Age.

The American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE)
This excellent site includes articles on Press issues and trends. Best feature is a section on editorial ideas for reporters and editors.

The Committee to Protect Journalists
This is a New York-based organisation, non-profit and non-partisan, dedicated to the global defence of press freedom. It publishes regular reports on threats to journalists and freedom of the press.

The Freedom Forum
Based in Virginia, this group is a non-partisan international foundation dedicated to free speech, freedom of the press and free sprit. It publishes conference reports, speeches and videos on media issues and journalism education.

The National Press Club of Australia
Web site of the National Press Club, based in Canberra. Provides information about future speeches, club news, and special events.

The National Press Club, Washington
The Washington-based National Press Club has an excellent site. Many of the topics are American-centric, but Australian readers will find some of the published speeches by guest speakers interesting.

The Radio-Television News Directors Association
This American-based group is the world's largest professional association for the electronic media, with more than 3000 members in 30 countries. The site has excellent material on professional, educational and ethical issues. It also publishes research papers and has a bookstore and calendar of events and conferences.


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