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  • "Accuracy In Media is a non-profit, grassroots citizens watchdog of the news media that critiques botched and bungled news stories and sets the record straight on important issues that have received slanted coverage." -From the website.
  • "American Journalism Review is a national magazine that covers all aspects of print, television, radio and online media. The magazine, which is published six times a year, examines how the media cover specific stories and broader coverage trends. AJR analyzes ethical dilemmas in the field and monitors the impact of technology on how journalism is practiced and on the final product." -From the website.
  • "We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding." -From the website.
  • "The Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA) is a nonpartisan research and educational organization which conducts scientific studies of the news and entertainment media. ... The Center's goal is to provide an empirical basis for ongoing debates over media fairness and impact through well-documented, timely, and readable studies of media content." -From the website.
  • "Columbia Journalism Review is recognized throughout the world as America's premiere media monitora watchdog of the press in all its forms, from newspapers and magazines to radio, television, and cable to the wire services and the Web." Useful online features include the Language Corner, the Inflation Counter, the Media Finder, and a "Who Owns What" section helpful in determining media consolidations.
  • "FAIR, the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. ... As a progressive group, FAIR believes that structural reform is ultimately needed to break up the dominant media conglomerates, establish independent public broadcasting, and promote strong non-profit sources of information." -From the website.

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