This guide supports the Journalism program within SMAD as well as general researchers and journalists. Learn more about SMAD's Journalism concentration.
To answer quick questions about journalism.
Associated Press Stylebook & Briefing on Media Law (Carrier REF PN 4783 .A83 2002)
Which words to use and the legal nuts and bolts.
BBC College of Journalism (Online)
BBC CoJo is a website that includes hundreds of videos, audio clips, discussion pages, interactive modules, and text pages covering every aspect of TV, radio, and online journalism.
Encyclopedia of Journalism (Online)
Comprehensive analysis of all aspects of journalism.
Also good for info on worldwide censorship. Comes out annually. Find back to 2003 in Carrier Stacks and the most recent one in Carrier Reference.
Comprehensive survey of press and electronic media for nearly 200 countries. Excellent source for censorship issues throughout the world.
Directories of Newspapers and Magazines
Historical and current directories that describe newspapers and magazines are located in two Reference areas. Most of the titles are at PN 4700 to PN 5115. Additional titles are at Z 6941. Consider browsing both locations.
These directories will tell you how many people received the publication in a particular year.
Editor & Publisher International Year Book (Carrier REF PN 4700 .E42 2004)
Volumes back to 1973 in the stacks provide historical statistics. Current issues found in Reference.
Historical circulation statistics from 1869 to 1920. Digitized newspaper directory which provides basic facts (editor name, subscription cost) as well as advertising and circulation statistics about publications from 1869 to 1920. It was published under various titles including Rowell's American Newspaper Directory, and N.W. Ayer & Son's American Newspaper Annual and Directory.
Serials Directory (Carrier REF Z 6941 .S464 1999)
Current issues only.
Bowker's News Media Directory (Carrier REF PN 4877 .B69)
Current issues only.
JMU Libraries has many books about Journalism. To get you started, here are a few possible subject headings to search in LEO and the shelf areas to browse.
Search in LEO
Browse by Call Numbers
Carrier GV 742
Carrier PN 160-162
Carrier PN 4699-5650
ECL TR 820-822
Carrier KF 4770-4775
Carrier Z 657-659
Carrier JC 594-598
Carrier KF 1262-1263
Carrier KF 1266
Carrier KF 2971-3193
Carrier Z 551-656
Search a database to find articles on specific topics.
See a list of journals, newspapers and magazines about journalism.
Mass Communication Law (SMAD 370)
Guide for researching mass communication law cases and topics. Created for SMAD 370, Mass Communication Law.
Legal Abbreviations & References
Cheat sheet for interpreting legal citations and abbreviations.
Quickly get your facts straight with these general resources.
Online reference book chronicles American events, people, and places for each decadeSearches subscribed CQ Press reference works and historical documents.Coverage: 1972 - presentNeed quick info for a current events paper? Find full-text news organized by the most current topics.Coverage: 1977 - presentEuropa World provides the latest information covering political elections, country profiles, and industry statistics....Coverage: 1996 - presentFacts and overviews of historic events and issues since 1940.Coverage: 1940 - presentFull text analysis of opposing viewpoints for more than 600 controversial topics in the news...Coverage: 1995 - present
A collection of online resources for finding images, many of which can be used in production projects. This link takes you to the Research Databases & Resources area of our website.
See JMU Librarians' top recommendations for finding statistics & datasets.
AP Images (Accuweather/AP) (1500’s to date)
This database is included in the Finding Images at JMU guide and deserves extra attention. Search and reuse photos as well as charts and graphs created by the Associated Press. Students can use these in class projects and presentations.
Includes broadcast news transcripts from ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, Fox, NBC, and more.
- Streaming video of news from CBS (1968 to date) and CNN (1995 to date) plus indexing of television network news from all the major networks, 1968 to date.
The following indexes, collections and individual newspapers are excellent primary sources if you are studying current journalism including issues of bias and audience.
Provides full-text for over 600 U.S. and over 700 international news sources.
Coverage: 1977 - presentGateway to business resources including full text periodicals, news photographs, company reports, and financial data.Full text and indexing for ethnic, minority, and international newspapers and magazines...Coverage: 1990 - PresentContains several full-text databases: current news, laws and legislation, business and company information and more...Coverage: CurrentFull page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue to about 3 years ago...Coverage: Sept 18,1851 - about 3 years agoSelected full text for U.S. and international newspapers...Coverage: 1975 - present
The following indexes, collections and individual titles provide historical news articles.
Cover-to-cover digital facsimiles of 1,000 historic newspapers from every state. [more info]Coverage: 1690 - 1922Campus/RemoteCollection of digitized American newspapers from 1860 to 1922, as well as a directory of non-digitized newspapers from 1690 to the present. [more info]Coverage: 1690 - presentInternetAccess full text historical newspapers in pdf format. JMU subscribes to select VA newspapers only (excluding coverage from 2007). Content from all other cities and states is not available. See the [more info] link for city details. Dates of coverage varies by title. [more info]Coverage: 1844 - 2009Campus/RemoteContains the full-text of the most successful Colonial American newspaper... [more info]Coverage: 1728 - 1800Campus/RemoteThis collection, based on The Warwick Guide to British Labour Periodicals, 1790–1970 (Royden Harrison, Gillian B. Woolven, and Robert Duncan, comps., 1977), comprises more than 100 periodicals, many of which are rare and or difficult to obtain. [more info]Coverage: 1800 - 1933Internet