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Library Collections: By Format: Newspapers

Principles of Journalism

1. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth

2. Its first loyalty is to citizens

3. Its essence is a discipline of verification

4. Its practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover

5. It must serve as an independent monitor of power

6. It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise

7. It must strive to make the significant interesting and relevant

8. It must keep the news comprehensive and proportional

9. Its practitioners must be allowed to exercise their personal conscience

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Articles from newspapers held Murray Library can be found in Primo Newspaper Search. This includes a search of millions of individual articles from several news databases.

  • Global Newstream (Proquest)
    Provides full-text for over 1300 U.S. and international newspapers.
  • Newspaper Source (EBSCO)
    Provides selected full text for nearly 30 national (U.S.) and international newspapers. Also contains full-text television & radio news transcripts, and selected full text for more than 200 regional (U.S.) newspapers.
       • Coverage dates: 1990's-present

Specific newspapers

The following list of news outlets isn't without absolute bias, but they are recognized for their attempt to remain impartial.

1. The Associated Press

2. Wall Street Journal

3. Reuters

4. BBC

Websites of U.S. and World Newspapers

Misleading information published as news is not new to the 21st century.  In the late 19th century we called it "yellow journalism," and its practitioners used sensational headlines and outright fraudulent stories to increase sales.

Today, with increasing reliance on both digital news outlets and social media for news, sifting through the messages for non-biased sources requires attention, and possibly reviewing multiple sources--including seeking out a reliable original source. has a Media Bias chart. This web site promotes getting news from outside your usual bubble of news.

Internationally, the World Press Freedom Index put out by the Reporters Without Borders group indicates governmental or ruling power control of the media. This does not rank by left or right leaning or bias.

Fact-Checking Websites

BBC NewsFeed

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