Excellent Resources for Criminal Justice Reporting
Jun. 6, 2008
Crime & Courts Coverage Bibliography
By David Shedden
Library Director, Poynter Institute

More in this series

ONLINE RESOURCES

Poynter Online / NewsU

Asking the Right Questions on the Crime Beat
http://poynter.org/column.asp?id=101&aid=144791

(Rebecca Catalanello, June 6, 2008)

On the Beat: Covering Cops and Crime
http://www.newsu.org/

(News University)

A Reporter’s Cold Case File: Justice for Linda
http://poynter.org/column.asp?id=52&aid=95072

(Chip Scanlan, January 24, 2006)

Leaving Fingerprints: Inside the Police Beat
http://poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=92447

(Meg Martin, November 19, 2005)

Smarter Crime Coverage
http://poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=65264

(Al Tompkins, May 7, 2004)

Crime Story Resources
http://poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=65270

(Al Tompkins, May 7, 2004)

Court Data Online
http://poynter.org/column.asp?id=32&aid=51371

(Jonathan Dube, October 16, 2003)

Setting Priorities in Trial Coverage
http://poynter.org/column.asp?id=36&aid=46835

(Bob Steele, September 4, 2003)

Online Crime Stats Better Than Sourcebooks
http://poynter.org/column.asp?id=32&aid=12005

(Jonathan Dube, December 5, 2002)

Tips for Covering Cops
http://poynter.org/column.asp?id=52&aid=11804

(Chip Scanlan, December 3, 2002)

Crime Stats
http://poynter.org/column.asp?id=32&aid=11597

(Sree Sreenivasan, December 2, 2002)

Handle with Care: The Victim’s Perspective
http://poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=5582

(Bob Steele, May 18, 1996)

First Amendment / FOI Bibliography
http://poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=77627

(Poynter Online, 2005)

Additional Resources
Beat Guide: Courts & the Law
http://www.knightcenter.umd.edu/beatguide/courtsandthelaw

Knight Center for Specialized Journalism

Bureau of Justice Statistics
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/

Courts (Federal Law Materials – Judicial Opinions) (LII)
http://www.law.cornell.edu/federal/opinions.html

Courts (State) (LII)
http://www.law.cornell.edu/opinions.html

Covering Crime and Justice: A Guide for Journalists (CJJ)
http://www.justicejournalism.org/crimeguide/

CJJ: Criminal Justice Journalists
http://www.reporters.net/cjj/

Crime and Justice News (CJJ)
http://cjj.mn-8.net/

Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
http://www.dartcenter.org/

Department of Justice
http://www.usdoj.gov/

Federal Bureau of Investigation
http://www.fbi.gov/

The Federal Judiciary
http://www.uscourts.gov/

FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports
http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm

FindLaw Legal News: Crime
http://news.findlaw.com/legalnews/crime/

Institute for Justice and Journalism (USC Annenberg)
http://www.justicejournalism.org/

Justice Research and Statistics Association
http://www.jrsainfo.org/

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/NACJD/index.html

National Criminal Justice Reference Service
http://www.ncjrs.org/

News University (Poynter/Knight Foundation)
http://www.newsu.org/

Training for Journalists. Anytime. Anywhere.

Office of Justice Programs
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
http://www.ojjdp.ncjrs.org/

Office for Victims of Crime
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/

Officer.com
http://www.officer.com/

The Smoking Gun
http://www.thesmokinggun.com

Social Statistics Briefing Room: Crime (White House)
http://www.whitehouse.gov/fsbr/crime.html

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/

UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention
http://www.odccp.org/crime_cicp_sitemap.html

Victims and the Media Program (Michigan State University)
http://victims.jrn.msu.edu/

World Factbook of Criminal Justice Systems
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/wfcj.htm

BOOKS

Alexander, S.L. Covering the Courts:
A Handbook for Journalists.
Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003.

Buchanan, Edna. The Corpse Had a Familiar Face:
Covering Miami, America’s Hottest Beat.
New York: Random House, 1987.

Chermak, Steven M. Victims in the News:
Crime and the American News Media.
Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1995.

Denniston, Lyle W. The Reporter and the Law:
Techniques of Covering the Courts.
New York: Columbia University Press, 1992.

Ericson, Richard, ed. Crime and the Media.
Brookfield, VT: Dartmouth Publishing, 1995.

Ericson, Richard, Patricia Baranek and Janet Chan.
Representing Order:
Crime, Law, and Justice in the News Media.
Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1991.

Freedman, Warren. Press and Media Access
to the Criminal Courtroom.
New York: Quorum Books, 1988.

Gelman, Mitch. Crime Scene:
On the Streets with a Rookie Police Reporter.
New York: Times Books, 1992.

Gerald, J. Edward. News of Crime:
Courts and Press in Conflict.
Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1984.

Graber, Doris A. Crime News and the Public.
New York: Praeger, 1980.

Gregory, Peter. Court Reporting in Australia.
Cambridge [England]: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Hinton, Derek. The Criminal Records Manual.
Tempe, AZ: Facts on Demand Press, 2004.

Jewkes, Yvonne. Media and Crime.
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2004.

Kelly, Patricia A., ed. Police and the Media.
Springfield, IL: Thomas Books, 1987.

Krajicek, David J. Scooped!
New York: Columbia University Press, 1999.

Lipschultz, Jeremy H. and Michael L. Hilt.
Crime and Local Television News.
Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2002.

Lotz, Edward, Roy. Crime and the American Press.
New York: Praeger, 1991.

Martin, Fenton S. and Robert Goehlert.
How to Research the Supreme Court.
Washington, DC: CQ Press, 1992.

Potter, Gary W. and Victor E. Kappeler.
Constructing Crime.
Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press, 1998.

Silver, Kurt. Understanding Crime Statistics:
A Reporter’s Guide.
Columbia, MO: IRE, 2001.

Simpson, Roger and William Cote.
Covering Violence. 2nd edition.
New York: Columbia University Press, 2006.

Society of Professional Journalists.
Covering Campus Crime.
Arlington, VA: Student Press Law Center, 1996.

Surette, Ray, ed. Justice and the Media.
Springfield, IL: Thomas Books, 1984.

—-. Media, Crime, and Criminal Justice.
Belmont, CA, 1992.

Surowiecki, James.
Best Business Crime Writing of the Year.
New York: Anchor Books, 2002.

Wingate, Anne. Scene of the Crime:
A Writer’s Guide to Crime-Scene Investigations.
Cincinnati, OH: Writer’s Digest Books, 1992.

Wykes, Maggie. News, Crime and Culture.
Sterling, VA: Pluto Press, 2001.

Crucial resources for all areas of broadcast media
http://www.poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=1166

Jan. 27, 2009
Broadcast Journalism Bibliography
By David Shedden
Library Director, Poynter Institute

More in this series

ONLINE RESOURCES

Al’s Morning Meeting (Poynter Online)
http://poynter.org/column.asp?id=2

Story ideas and links for journalists.

Archive of American Television
http://tvinterviewsarchive.blogspot.com/
search/label/Genre%3A%20News

B Roll Online
http://www.b-roll.net/

B Roll Online is devoted to TV news photography.

BEA: The Broadcast Education Association
http://www.beaweb.org/

BEA is a professional development organization for academics and professionals involved in electronic media.

Current Online
http://www.current.org/

This web service reports on public TV and public radio.

Encyclopedia of Television
http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/

Museum of Broadcast Communications, 1997.

Ethics Guide for Public Radio Journalism (CPB)
http://www.cpb.org/stations/radioethicsguide/

European Broadcasting Union
http://www.ebu.ch/en/

FCC: Federal Communications Commission
http://www.fcc.gov/

This website includes news and announcements from the FCC.

Historical Periods in Television Technology (FCC)
http://www.fcc.gov/omd/history/tv/

Industry Leaders: 50 Years of Murrow (RTNDA)
http://www.rtnda.org/pages/media_items/50-years-of-murrow990.php?id=990

Investigative Reporters and Editors
http://www.ire.org/

Library of American Broadcasting
http://www.lib.umd.edu/UMCP/LAB/

The library is located on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park.
Lost Remote
http://www.lostremote.com/

Broadcast journalism Weblog founded by Cory Bergman.

Media Job Pod
http://www.mediajobpod.org/

“For university students anywhere about to hit the job-hunt trail for broadcast/online news and production jobs. Kent State University.

Mervin Block
http://www.mervinblock.com

Museum of Broadcast Communications
http://www.museum.tv/

“The MBC examines popular culture and contemporary American history through the sights and sounds of television and radio.”

NAB (National Association of Broadcasters)
http://www.nab.org

National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications
http://www.namic.com/

NAMIC welcomes existing and aspiring cable professionals.

NPPA (National Press Photographers Association)
http://www.nppa.org/

NPPA is dedicated to the advancement of photographic journalism.

NPPA: The Best of Television Photojournalism 2003
Poynter Online, March 2003
http://poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=22553

NPPA: The Best of Television Photojournalism 2004
Poynter Online, March 2004
http://poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=62291

NPPA: The Best of Television Photojournalism 2005
Poynter Online, March 2005
http://poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=79970

NPPA: The Best of Television Photojournalism 2006
Poynter Online, March 2006
http://www.poynterextra.org/NPPA2006/

NPPA: The Best of Television Photojournalism 2007
Poynter Online, March 2007
http://www.nasites.net/projects/1296/

NPPA: The Best of Television Photojournalism 2008
Poynter Online, March 2008

NPPA: The Best of Television Photojournalism 2009
Poynter Online, Feb. 2009

NPPA Code of Ethics
http://www.nppa.org/professional_development/
business_practices/ethics.html

National Public Broadcasting Archives
http://www.lib.umd.edu/NPBA/

News University (Poynter/Knight Foundation)
http://www.newsu.org/

News Videographer
http://newsvideographer.com/

For journalists who produce online news video.

NewsLab
http://www.NewsLab.org

NewsLab is a non-profit resource center for television and radio newsrooms, focused on training and research.

Paley Center for Media
http://www.paleycenter.org/

Formerly the Museum of Television and Radio

Poynter Online’s Broadcast Resources
http://www.poynteronline.org/subject.asp?id=8

Poynter Online’s
“Early TV Anchors: A History of Network Evening News”
http://poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=99440

Poynter Online’s “Leading Lines” column
http://poynteronline.org/column.asp?id=34

Coaching and management advice from Poynter’s leadership faculty.

Poynter Online’s TV / Radio Tip Sheets
http://poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=31904

PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Incorporated)
http://www.prndi.org/

PRNDI encourages the professional development and training of public radio journalists.

Radio Pioneers & Core Technologies (FCC)
http://www.fcc.gov/omd/history/radio/

RTNDA (Radio-Television News Directors Association)
http://www.rtnda.org/

RTNDA represents local and network news executives in broadcast, cable and other electronic media.

RTNDA — Edward R. Murrow Awards
http://www.rtnda.org/pages/awards.php?g=67

Shoptalk
http://www.tvspy.com/shoptalk.cfm

Shoptalk is a daily newsletter about the television industry.

Television History – The First 75 Years
http://www.tvhistory.tv

TV Rundown
http://www.tvrundown.com/

The TV Rundown reports on local television news and programming.

TelevisionWeek
http://www.tvweek.com/

TVNewser
http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/

Tyndall Report
http://www.tyndallreport.com/

Vanderbilt Television News Archive
http://tvnews.vanderbilt.edu/

The Television News Archive collection is at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee

Additional readings: Interviewing Skills & Ethics as “journalism’s underpants”
Additional reading on ethics and interviewing for this week:

http://www.concernedjournalists.org/ethics-journalisms-underpants

Interviewing:
http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=36&aid=37661

Jan. 17, 2008

The Art of the Interview
http://poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=9572

Neal Conan, Poynter Online, July 2002.

The Art of Interviewing
http://poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=5165

Gregory Favre, Poynter Online, October 2001.

The Bare Facts of Interviewing
http://www.poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=60317

Jim Alexander, Poynter Online, March 2004

Rules to Interview By
http://poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=4565

Leslie Rubinkowski, Poynter Online, August 2000.

Shut Up and Listen: The Key to Good Interviewing
http://poynteronline.org/column.asp?id=1&aid=2267

Dr. Ink, Poynter Online, July 2002.

Some Useful Interview Techniques
http://www.poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=60320

Joe Hamelin, Poynter Online, March 2004.

Step-By-Step E-mail Interviewing Tips
http://poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=50462

Sandeep Junnarkar, Poynter Online, October 2003.

Tips for the Interviewing Process
http://www.notrain-nogain.org/Train/Res/Report/inter.asp

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN PURSUING THEM:

Interviewing Bibliography
By David Shedden
Library Director, Poynter Institute

Best Newspaper Writing Award Winners on Interviewing
http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=52&aid=39890

Chip Scanlan, Poynter Online, July 2003.

Bob Schieffer: The Meta-Interview
http://www.poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=60047

Matt Thompson, Poynter Online, March 2004.

Crisis Reporting and Respectful Interviewing
http://poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=5879

Bob Steele, Poynter Online, September 2001.

Getting the Most from Your Interviews
http://www.notrain-nogain.org/train/res/reparc/interv.asp

Steve Buttry, No Train, No Gain website.
The Good Interview
http://www.notrain-nogain.org/Train/Res/Report/intv.asp

Laurie Hertzel, No Train, No Gain website.

Guidelines for Interviewing Confidential Sources:
Who, When, and Why?
http://www.poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=4361

Al Tompkins, Poynter Online, March 2000.

Guidelines for Interviewing Juveniles
http://poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=4571

Al Tompkins, Poynter Online, May 1999.

Help with Emotional Interviews
Chip Scanlan, Poynter Online, February 23, 2005.

Inbox Journalism: The e-mail interview
http://ajr.org/Article.asp?id=4005

Kim Hart, AJR, Dec./Jan. 2006.

The Interview As a Free-Form Art
http://www.poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=59003

Jim Short, Poynter Online, March 2004.

Interview Techniques
http://poynter.org/column.asp?id=36&aid=38681

Bob Steele, Poynter Online, June 2003.

Interviewing: The Ignored Skill
http://poynter.org/column.asp?id=36&aid=37661

Bob Steele, Poynter Online, June 2003.
Interviewing Juveniles
http://www.rtndf.org/ethics/juvi.shtml

RTNDF Journalism Ethics Project.

Interviewing the President
Chip Scanlan, Poynter Online, May 11, 2005.

Loosening Lips — The Art of the Interview
http://www.notrain-nogain.org/train/res/reparc/lips.asp

Eric Nalder, No Train, No Gain website.

News University (Poynter/Knight Foundation)
http://www.newsu.org/

Training for Journalists. Anytime. Anywhere.

News University: The Interview
Instructor: Chip Scanlan, 2004.

Power of Listening
http://poynter.org/column.asp?id=52&aid=39887

Chip Scanlan, Poynter Online, July 2003.
Redeeming Your Interviews
http://poynteronline.org/column.asp?id=38&aid=9332

Chip Scanlan, Poynter Online, September 2002.

The Question Man
http://www.ajr.org/Article.asp?id=676

Susan Paterno, AJR, Oct. 2000.

Andy Alexander and Reagan Walker, No Train, No Gain website.
Tools of the Trade
http://poynteronline.org/content/content_view.asp?id=5075

Chip Scanlan, Poynter Online, October 2001.

Yakety-Yak: The Lost Art of Interviewing
http://backissues.cjrarchives.org/year/95/1/interviewing.asp

Tom Rosenstiel, CJR, Feb. 2005.

The Zen of Interviewing
http://www.poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=60311

Dan Weber, Poynter Online, March 2004.

BOOKS

Adams, Sally. Interviewing for Journalists.
New York: Routledge, 2001.

Anderson, Rob and Killenberg, George M.
Interviewing:
Speaking, Listening and Learning for Professional Life.
Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing, 1999.

Beaman, Jim. Interviewing for Radio.
New York: Routledge, 2000.

Biagi, Shirley. Interviews that Work:
A Practical Guide for Journalists.
Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 1992.

Brady, John Joseph. The Craft of Interviewing.
New York: Vintage Books, 1977.

Clayman, Steven and John Heritage.
The News Interview: Journalists and Public Figures on the Air.
New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Cohen, Akiba A. The Television News Interview.
Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 1987.

Donaghy, William. The Interview: Skills and Applications.
Glenview, IL: Scott, Foresman, 1990.

Douglas, Jack D. Creative Interviewing.
Beverly Hills: Sage Publications, 1985.

Dreifus, Claudia. Interview.
New York: Seven Stories Press, 1997.

Gordon, Raymond L. Interviewing:
Strategy, Techniques and Tactics.
Homewood, Il: The Dorsey Press, 1987.

Gottlieb, Marvin R. Interview.
New York: Longman, 1998.

Huber, Jack, and Dean Diggins.
Interviewing the World’s Top Interviewers.
New York: S.P.I. Books, 1992.

Jucker, Andreas H. News Interviews:
A Pragmalinguistic Analysis.
Philadelphia: J. Benjamins, 1986.

Killenberg, George M., and Rob Anderson. Before the Story:
Interviewing and Communication Skills for Journalists.
New York: St.Martin’s Press, 1989.

Presson, Hazel. The Student Journalist and Interviewing.
New York: R. Rosen Press, 1979.

McLaughlin, Paul. How to Interview:
The Art of the Media Interview.
North Vancouver, BC: International Self-Counsel Press, 1990.

Metzler, Ken. Creative Interviewing.
Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1997.

Rafe, Stephen C. Mastering the News Media Interview:
How to Do Successful Television, Radio & Print Interviews.
New York: Harper, 1991.

Siegel, Robert, ed. The NPR Interviews. (Volumes 1994-1996)
Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1994-1996.

Silvester, Christopher, ed. The Norton Book of Interviews:
An Anthology from 1859 to the Present Day.
London: W.W. Norton Company, 1996.

Skopec, Eric W. Situational Interviewing.
New York: Harper & Row, 1986.

Stein, M.L. and Susan Paterno.
Talk Straight, Listen Carefully: The Art of Interviewing.
Ames: Iowa State University Press, 2001.

Stewart, Charles J., and William B. Cash.
Interviewing: Principles and Practices.
Dubuque, IA: W.C. Brown, 1999.

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