Media Critique Resources


Media Research (academic)

Project for Excellence in Journalism - reports on news coverage - especially check out their "news index" which quantifies exactly which topics are getting the most media coverage. Excellent resource.

PR Watch - a group that identifies spin and propaganda coming from the government.

Campaign Desk - Campaign coverage from the Columbia Journalism Review. Nonpartisan and academic.

Fact Check - From the Annenberg School of Public Policy. Checks the factual claims made by candidates and points out inaccuracies. Nonpartisan and academic. A good source for a little grounded truth amid all the partisanship.

Social Science Research Council - Media Research Hub

Center for Media and Public Affairs - Non-partisan analysis of entertainment and news media as related to public concerns.

Pew Research Center for People and the Press -respected, non-partisan, conducts surveys on media and politics.

Stats - A site that looks at statistics reported in the news and determines accuracy of reporting. From George Mason University.

Annenberg School Election Studies

American Journalism Review

Annenberg School of Journalism - for practicing journalists with reports on issues of interest


Non-Partisan sources

Spinsanity - A non-partisan "anti-spin" site - takes both parties to task for misleading the public


Campaign Ads - The American Museum of the Moving Image - an amazing storehouse of campaign commercials since the 50's

On the Media - a program broadcast on National Public Radio dealing with issues surrounding the media - can be streamed online from this site.

Media Watch Group Sites (with a point of view)

Information Clearinghouse - Bills itself as "News you won't find on CNN and FOXnews" - the stories are depressing, be seem to be accurate.  

Media Matters - Progressive Site dedicated to identifying and correcting "conservative misinformation" in the media. Founded by David Brock, a former Republican insider turned liberal.

AIM - Accuracy in Media. A conservative media watchdog group. "For Fairness, Balance, and Accuracy in News Reporting."

Media Research Center - A conservative media watch organization.


Take Back the Media - A liberal media watch site.

FAIR - Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. An anti-censorship group.

Alternet - A liberal media culture watch site.

Relevant Articles

Media ownership "the big ten" charts here.

Ad analysis technique here

Grade the News Forms (from Bay Area Stanford Sponsored site)

Infoganda considered illegal here. Here's a resource on those "video news releases."