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Learn About Journalism in the Blogosphere: 10 Top Journalism Blogs

Jan 31, 2011

The blogosphere is a natural outlet for journalists, whose mission is to share information about news and events around the world. These 10 essential blogs provide news analysis, media criticism and journalism resources for the digital age.

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1. Society of Professional Journalists

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) runs its own blog network, and the sites are too good to choose just one. Visit the link above to find blogs on independent journalism, journalistic ethics, journalism education, news analysis, press freedom, international journalism, digital journalism and a whole lot more.

2. Public Journalism Network

The Public Journalism Network, or PJNet, is a global network of educators, journalists and lay people that hopes to 'strengthen the relationship between journalism and democracy.' The site's chief blogger is a communications professor at Kennesaw State University, and he analyzes citizen journalism and how the public's voice can be heard.

3. PR Watch

The Center for Media and Democracy publishes PR Watch, a savvy blog that tracks media-related news and events, exposes shoddy journalism and works to keep readers genuinely informed.

4. International Journalists' Network

Available in seven different languages, the International Journalists' Network (IJNet) is designed to offer training, networking and professional development opportunities for journalists worldwide. The group's blog is written by editors and journalists from IJNet and covers contemporary issues in news media - from efforts to engage women in other countries to essential web applications for reporters.

5. The Nonprofit Road

This blog examines nonprofit journalism, an emerging business model designed to help the practice thrive in a world where charging for content is becoming more and more difficult.

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6. KDMC Info

The Knight Digital Media Center (KDMC) at the UC Berkeley School of Journalism offers a blog exploring many different topics in the world of journalism, from news events to industry analysis and citizen journalism. The blog is part of a larger website bursting with useful - and free! - tools and tutorials for budding journalists.

7. Beat Blogging

This site is an initiative of NewAssignment.net, a research project based at the NYU Journalism Institute. Beat Blogging examines how journalists can best use social media and the Web to improve the practice of beat reporting.

8. Media Shift

'Hosted' by Mark Glaser, this PBS blog bills itself as 'your guide to the digital media revolution.' The blog tracks the latest news in journalism and mass media from around the world, with a special focus on digital issues ranging from WikiLeaks to television reporting on Hulu.

9. Online Journalism Review

OJR, or the Online Journalism Review, examines 'the future of digital journalism.' The site offers sharp analysis of issues like the death of syndication, special challenges posed by Web journalism and the constant demand for fresh content.

10. Nieman Lab

The Nieman Journalism Lab is a project of the Harvard Nieman Foundation dedicated to highlighting innovations in journalism and analyzing the nature - and future - of the discipline in the 21st century. Posts cover current news topics and events, with a focus on how technology is affecting the journalistic world.

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