Mass Communications Pathfinder

& Yearbooks

Databases, Directories & Locators

Government Agencies


Scholarly Associations &

Statistical Sources 

Trade Associations &

Web Pages & Sites









Almanacs & Yearbooks

Entertainment Almanac\
Includes television ratings and schedules, radio and television network listings as well as various other entertainment-related news and information.


Databases, Directories & Locators


Google Books




Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
Large database of movies and television shows.




Google News


ipl2 (Internet Public Library) Newspapers & Magazines
Provides links to newspapers worldwide. Links are arranged by geographic region and title.



Radio Stations


Search engine dedicated exclusively to radio station Web pages and audio streams from the United States and around the world.

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Journals, Magazines & Newsletters

Editor & Publisher

Editor & Publisher is” a “journal covering all aspects of the newspaper industry, including business, newsroom, advertising, circulation, marketing, technology, online and syndicates” (“About Us,”

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Government Resources

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Home Page
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent agency of the United States government that regulates the following communication-related areas: radio and television broadcasting; telegraph, and cable television operation; two-way radio and radio operators; and satellite communication.

Federal Election Commission (FEC) Home Page
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is an independent agency of the United States government with duties comprising the disclosure of campaign finance information, enforcement of limits and prohibitions on political contributions for federal elections and oversight of the public funding of presidential elections.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Home Page
The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) primary functions include the administration and enforcement of various federal antitrust and consumer protection laws.

National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
"The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is the Executive Branch's principal voice on domestic and international telecommunications and information technology issues."

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Scholarly Associations & Organizations

American Communication Association (ACA)
The American Communication Association (ACA) promotes "... academic and professional research, criticism, teaching, practical use, and exchange of principles and theories of human communication" (About ACA,

International Communication Association (ICA)
Founded in 1950, the ICA's membership includes scholars, government officials and other individuals from around the world who share an interest in the study of human communication.

National Communication Association (NCA)

Note: Until 1997, known as Speech Association of America
Founded in 1914, The National Communication Association (NCA) is the oldest and largest national organization to promote communication scholarship and education. The purpose of the Association is to promote study, criticism, research, teaching, and application of the artistic, humanistic, and scientific principles of communication.


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Trade Associations & Organizations

Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) acts as a representative of the American motion picture, home video and television industries in the United States.

National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is a trade association of the radio and television industries. The Association represents these industries before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and various other federal agencies.

National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
"The National Cable and Telecommunications Association, formerly the National Cable Television Association, is the principal trade association of the cable television industry in the United States. Founded in 1952, NCTA's primary mission is to provide its members with a strong national presence by providing a single, unified voice on issues affecting the cable and telecommunications industry" (About NCTA,

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is a trade association representing the United States recording industry. The Association's stated mission is "to foster a business and legal climate that supports and promotes our members' creative and financial vitality." top of page


Directors Guild of America (DGA)
The Directors Guild of America (DGA) seeks to protect US directorial teams' legal and artistic rights, contend for their creative freedom, and strengthen their ability to develop meaningful and credible careers" (J. Shea quoted in Welcome to the Directors Guild of America).


Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) represents film and television performers.


Writers Guild of America (WGA)

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) represents writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable and new media industries (WGA Home Page).


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Statistical Sources

The Pennsylvania State Data Center (PaSDC)

The Pennsylvania State Data Center (PaSDC) is the official source for demographic and economic data for Pennsylvania.

U.S. Census Bureau
The U.S. Census Bureau is the primary source of statistical information on the American population. Statistics on state and local governments, manufacturers, and a variety of other topics are also collected by the Bureau and offered at the site.

Statistics Every Writer Should Know
This page offers a brief overview of some basic statistical concepts.


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Web Pages & Sites

A website published by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.


Poynter Institute
Website provides news and “how-to’s” related to journalism.

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