TITLE: American Press Institute

Access: http://www.americanpressinstitute.org

Founded by a group of newspaper publishers in 1946, the American Press Institute (API) is an organization that provides training and professional development opportunities for news industry professionals and journalism educators. Despite this seemingly narrow focus, the site should prove useful to a broader audience.

Tabbed links at the top of the main page provide easy access to the five separate areas of the site. "The Learning Newsroom" and "The Media Center" will be of interest primarily to journalists, journalism students and journalism educators since they emphasize news and events in the media industry or the institute itself. Although the obvious emphasis throughout the site is on journalistic research, "Journalists' Toolbox," "BusinessJournalism.org," and "CyberJournalist.net," provide tools and links that facilitate Web searching and add real value to the site for researchers in other disciplines.

"Journalists' Toolbox" is one of the most functional features of the site. Links to topical resources in subject areas ranging from agriculture to medical/health resources to womens issues are available via a pull-down menu, through featured links listed on the page, or by using the keyword search box.

"BusinessJournalism.org" is a recent addition to the site and, as the name implies, features business news and resources. Some of the notable resources include links to business resources and organizations on the Web, an extensive glossary of business terminology, a company research tool, current business headlines/news, stock market data, and a bibliography of books on various business topics.

"CyberJournalist.net" focuses on the ways the Internet and other new technologies impact journalism and news delivery. Edited and published by award-winning journalist Jonathan Dube, the site features the "CyberJournalist SuperSearch," an innovative and useful tool that allows searching of dozens of Internet search tools and resources from a single interface. Also included here is extensive information for anyone with an interest in weblogs or online news, including "The Weblog Blog."

Despite the size of the site, and the number of discrete sections described above, the site is well designed, which makes navigation fairly intuitive. It should be considered a must see resource for journalism students or faculty and for librarians supporting journalism and mass communication programs. The impressive list of topical links and the various search tools available also make it worth a visit for anyone using the Internet for research.

Patrick Reakes
University of Florida
pjr@mail.uflib.ufl.edu


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