Journalist’s Resource – Research On Todays News Topic
Based at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, the Journalist’s Resource project examines news topics through a research lens. They surface scholarly materials that may be relevant to media practitioners, bloggers, educators, students and general readers. Their philosophy is that peer-reviewed research studies can, at the very least, help anchor journalists as they navigate difficult terrain and competing claims. In 2013 the American Library Association named them one of the best free reference Web sites. Their weekly email and Twitter feed serve to highlight the latest studies from academia that can inform public discourse. Given the deluge of research output every day, they aim to be a useful curator. Their searchable database contains top academic and governmental research that they have selected and synthesized. They strive to translate complex statistics into clear data points and reformulate the terminology of academic specialists into more accessible language, without sacrificing rigor or nuance. While they can’t provide access to the full text of every study, they try to provide at least a point of entry and highlight key points — and they encourage media members to contact the authors of the research directly. They invite all those interested in policy and public affairs to use the site’s materials, in particular instructors, students and journalists. No registration is required; the materials are free and are under a Creative Commons license. This will be added to Journalism Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Reference Resources Subject Tracer™. This has been added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.