Here you’ll find a list of resources that may (or may not) be useful for your day to day work as a journalist. If you know of any other please email us with details and I’ll try and add them in.
Editorial guides/Codes of conduct
- Mail&Guardian Editorial Code of Ethics
- BBC’s Editorial Guidelines
- New York Times’ Ethics in Journalism guide
- Reuters’ Handbook
- Guardian’s Editorial Code
- Boston Globe’s Journalism Ethics Policy
- The Roanoke Times News Standards and Policies
Social media policies
- BBC Guidelines for social networking and third party sites
- BBC Social Media Guidance (PDF – specific guidance on using SM)
- Associated Press’ Social Media Policy (updated November 2011 here)
- Reuters’ Reporting from the Internet guide
- Bloomberg’s Social Media Guidelines
- NPR’s Social Media Guidelines
- Los Angeles Times’ Social Media Guidelines
- New York Times web pages and web logs policy
- Guardian’s guide for journalists
- Washington Post’s Newsroom Guidelines for Use of Facebook, Twitter and Other Online Social Networks
- ESPN’s social media policy (PDF)
- Mail & Guardian’s social media policy
- A List Apart – Short, concise guide from the experts at online design and publishing.
- The Economist – The online version of this magazine’s excellent style guide.
- BBC News – A downloadable copy of the BBC’s short but useful style guide.
- Guardian – The Guardian’s style guide.
- Survival Glossary for Digital Journalists – Hacks/Hackers’ useful reference on technical terminology.
- Southern African media law handbook, by Justine Limpitlaw.
- Statistical terms used in research studies: a media primer – Useful guide to statistical terminology for journalists.
- Climate change in Africa: a guidebook for journalists – UNESCO guide on covering climate change in Africa
- 10 Best Practices for Social Media by ASNE (American Society of News Editors).
- Social Media Handbook by the National Center for Media Engagement.
Data Journalism, Visualising Data
- Mining of Massive Datasets, a free download for a Stanford course.
- Scraping for Journalists – And excellent introduction to scraping data from websites by Paul Bradshaw.
- Getting Started with Data Journalism – Practical introduction by Claire Miller
- Visualising Information for Advocacy – A Tactical Technology Collective publication.
- Data Journalism Resources – An excellent and evolving list.
- Investigative Journalism Manuals (Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung)
State of Journalism
- Post-Industrial Journalism – C.W. Anderson, Emily Bell & Clay Shirky. An excellent read on the changes affecting our industry.
[This is still being worked on. If you have any contributions please email us.]