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COMM 103 - Journalism and Democracy - Prof. Passariello: Media Watchdogs

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Media Watchdogs

  • American Journalism Review (AJR)​ -  Examines how the media cover specific stories and broader coverage trends. AJR analyzes ethical dilemmas in the field and monitors the impact of technology on how journalism is practiced and on the final product.

  • Center for Media and Democracy  - A nonprofit liberal watchdog and advocacy organization based in Madison, Wisconsin.

  • CorpWatch - Non-profit investigative research and journalism to expose corporate malfeasance and to advocate for multinational corporate accountability and transparency. CorpWatch works to foster global justice, independent media activism, and democratic control over corporations.

  • ​​F.A.I.R. (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting) - Founded in 1986 and based in New York City, national media watch group FAIR, describes itself as "a progressive media criticism organization".

  •  Factcheck.org - Factcheck.org is a non-profit project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. Their stated mission is "to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics".

  • Media Matters for America - From the website: "Media Matters for America is a . . . progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media".

  • Pew Research Center - The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan "fact tank" that provides reports and statistics on the issues, attitudes and social trends shaping America and the world.

  • PolitiFact​ - Pulitzer Prize winning PolitiFact is an independent fact-checking journalism website.

  • PR Watch​ - A consumer watchdog group that focuses on: investigating and countering P.R. campaigns and spin by corporations, industries, and government agencies; reporting that promotes informed decision-making about products and policies; advancing transparency and media literacy; and promoting "open content" media that enable people from all walks of life to "be the media."

  • SNOPES​ - Founded by David David Mikkelson, the snopes.com website is (and always has been) a completely independent, self-sufficient entity wholly owned by its operators and funded through advertising revenues. Neither the site nor its operators has ever received monies from (or been engaged in any business or editorial relationship with), any sponsor, investor, partner, political party, religious group, business organization, government agency, or any other outside group or organization.