Covering Specific Issues

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Ethics and Responsibility

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Help with Technology

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Professional Networking


Developing the Craft: Professional Networking

This section provides resources for journalists to find sources, meet other professionals, and build their own support network.

Please let the Institute know about links that do not work, or about sources we should add. If a resource here helped you in covering a story, please let us know by emailing al.cross@uky.edu.


Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, http://www.snpa.org/

Newspaper Association of America, http://www.naa.org/

Council of National Journalists Organizations, http://www.journalismassociations.com/

American Society of Newspaper Editors, http://www.asne.org/


National Press Photographers' Association, http://www.nppa.org/


National Federation of Community Broadcasters, http://www.nfcb.org/index.jsp

National Association of Broadcasters, http://www.nab.org/

Prometheus Radio Project, http://www.prometheusradio.org/

Radio and Television News Directors Association, http://www.rtnda.org/


International Association of Crime Analysts, http://www.iaca.net/

Education Writers' Association, http://www.ewa.org/


Asian American Journalists Association, http://www.aaja.org

National Association of Black Journalists, http://www.nabj.org

National Association of Hispanic Journalists, http://www.nahj.org

Native American Journalists Association, http://www.naja.com

Social Networking for Journalists, http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=32&aid=91496

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