Praise for the September 11th Collection

“We are delighted that the Archives have captured and preserved an astonishing range of both websites and broadcast TV feeds from around the world ... your material will provide the basis of an excellent interactive display at the [Smithsonian Institution's] National Museum of American History.

“...[W]e believe your organization is performing a critical national service. Much of the most valuable historical information of our time is being communicated over the Internet and broadcast channels. By developing a systematic and cost effective way to preserve this information in a central repository, you are building an invaluable collection that will serve scholars and the general public for years to come.“

-- excerpt of letter from David K. Allison, chair and curator, Information Technology & Society, National Museum of American History, Behring Center, Smithsonian Institution



Links and resources

The Television Archive encourages its users to investigate the sites shown on this page, which represent a variety of scholarly, journalistic and advocacy-oriented perspectives on television news. There are also links to independent media organizations and other television archives. This is a curated rather than a complete list.

Television news archives

CNN World Report Archive at Texas Tech University
Holds complete video holdings for the weekend CNN World Report from its inception in 1987 to present.
Online searchable database of stock footage available for commercial licensing (but generally not accessible for research or educational use). Includes libraries from ABC News, Associated Press TV News, CNN, and NBC News.

The Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division
One of the largest repositories of television programming in the United States.

Museum of Television & Radio
Offers onsite public access to its collections at its museums in New York and Los Angeles.

National Archives and Records Administration, Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Unit
Collections (in College Park, Maryland and at the various Presidential libraries) include nearly 300,000 reels of motion picture film and more than 200,000 sound and video recordings.

UCLA Film & Television Archive
Large television collection documenting broadcast history from its beginnings.

Vanderbilt University Television News Archive
"World's most extensive and complete archive of television news." Holds more than 30,000 individual network evening news broadcasts and more than 9,000 hours of special news-related programming (1968-present). Indexes and abstracts are searchable on the web. Individuals throughout the world may make video tape loan requests for reference, study, classroom instruction, and research.

Video Monitoring Services of America, L.P.
Commercial television newsclipping service recording and monitoring "thousands of hours of TV and radio broadcast news in over 100 top U.S. and international markets everyday."

Public Motion Picture Research Centers and Film Archives
Links to many archives, some holding TV news collections (at the National Film Preservation Board site)

Television Resources
Links to broadcasters, cablecasters and TV archives (at the National Film Preservation Board site)

Independent media organizations

Free Speech TV
Not-for-profit site providing "an internet venue for producers and directors of progressive film, video and audio." Curated archive of 600 documentary programs.

Independent Media Center
"Collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage.... a democratic media outlet for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of truth." Home site links to 62 local media centers and many other projects.
Searchable database of documentaries on contemporary social issues, most expressing a progressive viewpoint.

Paper Tiger Television
"Open, non-profit, volunteer video collective" established 1981, working "to challenge and expose the corporate control of mainstream media." Programs "analyze and critique issues involving media, culture and politics."

The Video Activist Network
"Informal association of activists and politically conscious artists using video to support social, economic and environmental justice campaigns." Excellent links to many groups and resources in the fields of video activism, independent media, news research, and video archives.

Perspectives on television news

Center for Media & Public Affairs
Research and educational organization which conducts scientific studies of the news and entertainment media, generally from a conservative perspective.

Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma at the University of Washington
"Resource center and program developer for students, educators, journalists and news organizations interested in the intersection of journalism and trauma issues."

FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting)
Progressive "national media watch group" that criticizes "media bias and censorship." Offers a issue page on terrorism.

Media Research Center
"Bringing political balance and responsibility to the media" by exposing and countering "liberal media bias in the mainstream press." Contains critiques and studies of television news coverage and offers an extensive collection of "media bias videos".
"The first media and democracy supersite on the World Wide Web," whose mission is to "provide information and diverse perspectives and inspire debate, collaboration, action and citizen engagement." Their World in Crisis, Media in Conflict page offers commentary, analysis, and guides and resources for journalists.

The Newseum, a project of the Freedom Forum
Interactive museum of news located in Arlington, Virginia.

Perspectives on September 11th

"On-line resource and study guide, designed to spark discussions and reflections about the media's role in covering the events of 11 September 2001 and their aftermath." Written and built by students, staff, faculty, and friends of MIT's Program in Comparative Media Studies. With analysis of worldwide news coverage, articles on the construction of meaning through television, resources for educators, and much more.

Urban Legends Reference Page: Rumors of War
"Discussing the various rumors to come out of the September 11 terrorist attack on the United States of America."

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