National Partnership for Reinventing Government

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Chapter 7


Chapter Six
Tools of the Trade/Resources

"Seek not, my soul, the life of the immortals; but enjoy to the full the resources that are within thy reach."

- Pindar, 518-438 B.C.


ACE (Agricultural Communicators in Education):

Federal Communicators Network:

International Association of Business Communicators:

National Association of Government Communicators:
Public Relations Society of America:

United States Distance Learning Association:


Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity, (Neilsen, J) Indianapolis: New Riders

Guidebook: Communication Public Risks and Benefits, (Pat Melgares) Kansas State Research and Extension.

On Writing Well, William Zinsser, HarperCollins

The Associated Press Broadcast News Handbook: Incorporating the AP Libel Manual, Brad Kalbfeld, AP

The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law, Norm Goldstein, Editor, AP

The Chicago Manual of Style, 14th Edition, University of Chicago Press

The Elements of Style, William Strunk, Jr., and E.B. White, MacMillan Publishing Co.

The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage, Allan M. Siegal and William G. Connolly, Revised and Expanded Edition, Times Books, Random House

The Word, An Associated Press Guide to Good News Writing, Rene J. Cappon, AP

UPI Stylebook: The Authoritative Handbook for Writers, Editors & News Directors, UPI

Writing News for Broadcast, Edward Bliss, John M. Patterson, Columbia University Press

Internet Clipping Services: These are only a few of the many clipping services now available on the Internet:

Bacon's Clipping Bureau,




Dow Jones Interactive:


NewsEdge's newsPage:

Hoover's Online:


Web Sites by Subject: Web sites seem to change on an almost daily basis. These Web sites were active when we went to press:

Access America E-Gov E-Zine:

Accessibility:,,, and

Accountability data (gathering):

Agricultural Communications Documentation Center:

Copy Editors' Site:

Choosing Fonts:

Crisis Communications:

Distance Education:
see also The Distance Education Handbook: A Guide for University Faculty (Telg, R.W. & Irani, T.).

Federal Press Releases:

Good Documents:

Government-Wide Information:

How People Read Web News:

Instructional Design and Teaching Strategies for Online Course Development:


Jeff Kagan's weekly column:

Marketing online:

Measuring effectiveness: Journal of Extension Web site. or Journal of Applied Communications Web site

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press:

Plain Language:

Public Service Advertising Research Center:

Risk Communications:, (click on "Center for Environmental Communication," then click on"publications.")

Successful Online Student Profile:

Testing Web Sites with 5 Users:

Usable Web:

Web Authoring Tools:

Web Design and Usability:

Web Writing (evaluating): and click on "Summary of Data Collection Methods and Procedures."

Web Writing:

Writer's Page:

Yale Style Manual for Website Design:

Media Directories:

Bacon's Media Directories,

Burrelle's Media Directory,

Finderbender Media Directories,

Gebbie Press,

The Capital Source, National Journal, Washington, DC

Media Web Sites:



Atlanta Journal Constitution:




Federal Times:


Government Executive Magazine:

Los Angeles Times:





New York Times:

Salon Magazine:

Time Magazine:

USA Today:

U.S. News & World Report:

Wall Street Journal:

Washington Post:

All resources are for information and do not imply endorsement.

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