Category Archives: Broadcast Journalism

Internet Archive TV News Collection

The Internet Archive TV News now contains an online collection of all tv news since 2009 from national U.S. networks.  The collection contains 350,000 news programs and transcripts collected over 3 years and is updated with new broadcasts 24 hours after they are aired.  Search from selected topics, or customize a search by keyword, network, station, and program title!  Try it, and let me know what you think!

C-SPAN Video Library

Did you know that C-SPAN placed its entire archive of footage dating back to 1987 online earlier this year? Over 160,000 hours of programming can be viewed in its entirety at the C-SPAN Video Library. From Congressional Medal of Honor ceremonies to President Clinton’s press conference in reaction to the 1994 midterm elections, if it happened on C-SPAN in the last 23 years, you can find it online. Even your favorite installment of Book TV is available!

C-SPAN Video Library Logo

The archive features a rich index which allows you to find relevant video based on a number of criteria, including subject, speaker names, titles, affiliations, sponsors, committees, categories, formats, policy groups, keywords and location. The amount of content available feels almost limitless, and as C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb told the New York Times earlier this year, “Journalists can feast on it.” Dig in!

News On-the-Go

Picture 17Own a mobile device?  Check out the following mobile editions of your favorite broadcast news sources to watch your news on-the-go:

What’s a Swish Pan? (Film Language Glossary)

Check out the Film Language Glossary (access restricted to current Columbia affiliates, you must be on campus to connect), brought to you by the folks at Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning and Columbia’s School of the Arts. Each term is illustrated with a film clip that demonstrates the technique.

A Comic Book That Teaches About Fair Use

The Duke University Center for the Study of the Public Domain has produced a comic book that explains how copyright restrictions and the principle of fair use apply to documentary filmmakers.  The information is presented in an entertaining format, with clear and easy to follow examples.  You can view the comic book online, download it, order hard copies on Amazon.  Academic users can also order in bulk at a reduced price (see website for details).

Broadcast Journalism Links

Master’s projects:

To locate broadcast Master’s projects from prior years, visit the index, available online at:

TV projects are available to borrow from the Journalism Library (ask at the Circulation Desk for project title and year it was completed). Radio projects are also available at the Journalism Library, and online at:

Stock footage sources (tips from Prof. June Cross)

National Archives website:

Library of Congress (make sure to check copyright status before using!):

Local museums and historical societies
Historical societies:

Other resources of interest

AccuNet/AP multimedia archive : photos, text, audio, graphics
(access restricted to current Columbia affiliates) This resource has AP photographs back to the mid-19th century, as well as audio content.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers
(access restricted to current Columbia affiliates) This database contains full historical archives of the Atlanta Constitution, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post. It is an entire run of newspapers on microfilm, retrievable on your computer!

Television News Archive (access restricted to current Columbia affiliates) The TVNA has been taping the nightly network news since 1968. While very limited broadcast content (from CNN) is available streaming on the TVNA site, the searchable archive enables you to see how each network covered events on a given day, how long the segments were, and even what advertisements were shown.