The Journalist’s Resource

A well-informed citizenry is essential for a healthy democracy. But are today’s news sources providing the information, analysis, and context needed to help Americans make informed decisions about candidates and policies? How can the “nutritional content” of our media diets be improved? How can reporters, increasingly overburdened by multiple demands on their time and reduced resources, provide the best possible reporting for their audiences?

The Shorenstein Center seeks to address these challenges through research that analyzes media performance while providing recommendations for improvement, through the development of resources that educate reporters on the latest evidence-based research, and through the public recognition of high-quality journalism that improves civic life.


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The Journalist’s Resource is a project of the Shorenstein Center aimed at bridging the gap between journalism and academia. Its primary goal is helping journalists improve their work by relying more often on scientific evidence and high-quality, peer-reviewed research.

The site has informed countless works of journalism and is frequently linked to and cited by news organizations large and small. About 2 million visitors used the site over the past year. Over 50,000 journalists, policy makers, educators, and others subscribe to the project’s weekly e-mail and nearly 60,000 people follow on Twitter.

Learn more and read the latest research reporting at