Freelance Journalist Resources

As a benefit to freelance journalists, Ebyline has compiled this database of journalist associations; resources and tools; centers, think-tanks and institutes; and government agencies. We hope you can find resources for professional development and organizations that can help you take your career to the next level. Please let us know if there are any other associations or resources that should be included by emailing us at Thanks!


American Society of Journalists and Authors
American Society of Media Photographers
Asian American Journalists Association
Association for Women in Communications
Association for Women in Sports Media
Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors
Association of Food Journalists
Association of Health Care Journalists
Center for Investigative Reporting
Committee of Concerned Journalists
Criminal Justice Journalists
Education Writers Association
Football Writers Association of America
Garden Writers Association of America
International Center for Journalists
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association
Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc.
Journalism & Women Symposium
National Association of Black Journalists
National Association of Hispanic Journalists
National Association of Science Writers
National Book Critics Circle
National College Baseball Writers Association
National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association
National Press Club
National Press Foundation
National Press Photographers Association Inc.
National Society of Newspaper Columnists
National Writers Union
Native American Journalists Association
Newswomen’s Club of New York, Inc.
North American Agricultural Journalists
Online News Association
Regional Reporters Association
Society of American Travel Writers
Society of Environmental Journalists
Society of Professional Journalists
U.S. Basketball Writers Association


Resources and Tools

Acronym FinderFind out the difference between NRA, NEA, & OPP
Currency Converter - Making change
Who Owns What – A guide to what media companies own
Help A Reporter Out
- Need a contact or a source? HARO can help.
Transom: A Showcase and Workshop for New Public Radio – Gear reviews and tips for radio journalists
Covering Poverty: A Tool Kit for Journalists- A Web site for journalists who want to improve coverage of poverty on any beat.
CrimeMapping - An Interactive map culling reported crimes in North American Cities
Newspaper Map – Locates and translates newspapers from around the world
The Name Engine – Pronoucer of newsmaking names
Twitter for Newsrooms – Provides ideas for how newsrooms can integrate Twitter into their coverage Mobile Apps
– List of government agencies have mobile apps and mobile Web sites
Inflation Calculator
Directory of All Congressional Twitter Handles
Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
Internet/Web Country Domain Codes
Time Zone Converter

Media Jobs  – For college students and new journalists looking for internships and media jobs, curated by journalism instructors at Kent State University.

Centers, Think-tanks and Institutes:

Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
Institute for Analytic Journalism
National Public Broadcasting Archives
Journalism Education Association
Journalism and Library Organizations (Poynter Institute)
National Public Broadcasting Archives

National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting
Nieman Foundation for Journalism (Harvard)

The Pew Center for Civic Journalism
Reporters Without Borders

Government Agencies

American Law Sources Online (ALSO)
TRAC On-Line

Complied from SPJ’sJournalist Toolbox