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OER | Journalism and Mass Communications


On this webpage you will find OER Journalism and Mass Communications textbooks along with supplemental materials and a few lecture videos

The purpose of these discipline-specific pages is to display content that might be of interest to faculty who are considering adopting open educational resources for use in their classes. This list of content is by no means exhaustive.  The nature of open educational resources is very collaborative and it is in that spirit that we encourage any comments about the content featured on this page or recommendations of content that are not already listed here. 

Open Textbook Collections

BC Open Textbooks - Art, Media and Design
A collection of textbooks such as "Media Studies 101" and "Understanding Media and Culture."

BC Open Textbooks - Communication
A collection of five textbooks such "Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers", "Communication Theory", and "Writing for Strategic Communication Industries."

Data Journalism Handbook
This book is intended to be a useful resource for anyone who thinks that they might be interested in becoming a data journalist, or dabbling in data journalism.

Journalism 2.0: How to Survive and Thrive
A digital literacy guide for the information age by Mark Briggs.

Lumen Learning - Communication
Lumen Learning provides a Communication text that covers various chapters such as Public Speaking Ethics, Analyzing the Audience and Informative Speaking.

MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community.

Open Textbook Library
Browse a wide selection of textbooks on Journalism, Media Studies & Communications.

Story-Based Inquiry -UNESCO
This manual provides a guide to basic methods and techniques of investigative journalism, and it consciously fills a gap in the literature of the profession.

Verification Handbook
The Verification Handbook is a resource for journalists and aid responders, which provides step-by-step guidelines for using user-generated content (UGC) during emergencies. In a crisis situation, social networks are overloaded with situational updates, calls for relief, reports of new developments, and rescue information.

Courses and Videos

COMM 330: Basic Photography for Mass Media
This class for beginning mass media photographers and photojournalists includes illustrated exercises, practical principles, videos, readings and portfolios. Also available is a nine-part self-guided Photoshop tutorial, and downloadable photos for practice.

COMM 421: History of Journalism and Mass Media
This class-based tutorial takes you through American history through the vision of the nation's mass media. It includes videos, a gallery of photos and publications from the past, as well as readings and exercises.

Communication Courses - edX
Effective communication skills are essential for success in the digital age. Learn the principles of public speaking and the keys to creating powerful messages with online courses and MOOCs taught by leading professors at Harvard, MIT, Berkeley and other top institutions.

Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from the world’s best universities and educational institutions. Courses include recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums.

Future Learn - Communication Courses
Understand how to communicate complex information to lay audiences and develop your professional communication skills.

Future Learn - Journalism Courses
Learn about the key principles and debates in journalism and enact the role of a journalist in the context of an escalating story or gain practical skills and insights into hyper-local journalism, and use digital and social media to create your own news website.

MIT Open Courseware - Comparative Media Studies/Writing
MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing offers an innovative program that applies critical analysis, collaborative research, and design across a variety of media arts, forms, and practices.

MIT Open Courseware - Media Arts and Sciences
At MIT, the phrase Media Arts and Sciences signifies the study, invention and creative use of enabling technologies for understanding and expression by people and machines.

Additional Resources

The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) is dedicated to improving U.S. efforts to promote independent media in developing countries around the world.

DPLA - Activism in the US
The United States has a long history of activists seeking social, political, economic, and other changes to America—along with a history of other activists trying to prevent such changes.

DPLA - Golden Age of Radio in the US
The radio emerged at the turn of the twentieth century, the result of decades of scientific experimentation with the theory that information could be transmitted over long distances.

Films For Action
Films For Action is a community-powered learning library for people who want to change the world. Films For Action has cataloged over 1,500 of the best films and videos that can be watched free online. These films address social, environmental, and media-related issues.

HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

In Focus: The Evolution of the Personal Camera
Looking to the early cameras of the 1800's to today’s cell phones and social networking apps, this exhibition explores how the personal camera has shaped American consciousness and culture over the course of its development.

Internet Archive: Digital Library
Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

J-Lab: The Institute
J-Lab is a journalism catalyst. As the news and journalism space is re-imagined, J-Lab helps increase the rate and spectrum of change.

Journalism Lectures and Podcasts - Oxford
A collection of lectures such as "What's Happening to our Media?", and 
"The evolution of digital journalism and tapping into tech for story-telling."

The Media Co-op
The Media Co-op is reader-funded and member-run. This means that we rely on the participation of hundreds of people through discussions of coverage, photography, written accounts, videos and other forms of participatory journalism.

Snag Films
Snag Films has over 2,000 movies, TV show episodes, and eye-opening documentaries.

Statistics - Open Intro
A college-level textbook covering data basics, probability (optional), distributions, inference for means and proportions, and regression, including multiple and the basics of logistic regression.


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