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The Business of Television: Broadcasting & Cable
News about TV broadcasting and cable. Full-text (1999-present) available online through Business Source Premier or Communication & Mass Media Complete.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
An organization advocating for civil liberties and consumer rights in electronic media. "From the Internet to the iPod, technologies are transforming our society and empowering us as speakers, citizens, creators, and consumers. When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990 -- well before the Internet was on most people's radar -- and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights."
First Amendment and Censorship
Information and resources about the First Amendment and censorship (from the American Library Association).
Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
"The only research-based organization working within the media and entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence the need to dramatically improve, gender balance, reduce stereotyping and create diverse female characters in entertainment targeting children 11 and under."
Global Forum on Media and Gender (UNESCO)
"UNESCO and partners organized this global forum as part of broader and continuing efforts to empower women and reducing gender inequalities..."
Journalism.org: Project for Excellence in Journalism - Understanding News in the Information Age
The Project for Excellence in Journalism is a research organization that specializes in using empirical methods to evaluate and study the performance of the press. It is non partisan, non ideological and non political. News about the news industry, information for working journalists, background on issues of concern to journalists, and a detailed survey of the state of the news media, including print, broadcast, cable news, magazines, local TV, alternative media, and online news sources.
Kids' Right To Read Project - National Coalition Against Censorship
LInks to a Book Censorship Toolkit, a LGBTQ Right to Read Resource Guide, and The First Amendment in Schools.
MCS: The Media and Communications Studies Website
From the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. A well-organized, searchable collection of links to Web content on a wide variety of topics including gender and ethnicity, news media, advertising, film studies, visual images, textual analysis, media influence, and more.
Media Communications Association International
MCA-I is an international, member-driven organization that offers media professionals the connections and advanced training opportunities needed to succeed in a quickly changing and highly competitive communications environment.
MRI+ (Mediamark Research)
This database of specific magazine titles provides audited circulation figures, audience demographics, and more. Interactive features allow one to specify criteria (such as ad size and dates) to compute ad costs. Access is free, but registration is required.
Office for Intellectual Freedom
The Office for Intellectual Freedom is charged with implementing American Library Association (ALA) policies concerning the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, the Association’s basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials. The goal of the office is to educate librarians and the general public about the nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries.
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