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Journalism: Open Educational Resources

What Are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

"Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge."  ~ William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

Search Tips!

In addition to using the search engines and repositories linked on this guide, you can also use advanced search features when searching Google, YouTube or Flickr, to find and locate OER. You will still need to confirm the individual license of the object you select to assure it meets the appropriate CC license.

Google - Use the Advanced Search. Under Usage Rights select to limit your results to resources which are free to use, modify or share. More from Google on Usage Rights.

YouTube - After searching by keyword in YouTube, use the Filters feature to filter your results to videos with a Creative Commons License. Looking for more videos? View the Images, Audio & Video tab!

Flickr - After searching by keyword in Flickr, use the Any License filter feature to filter your results to the appropriate usage license which best suits your usage of the work. Looking for more images?  View the Images, Audio & Video tab!

Open Educational Resources For Journalism

Listed below is a sample of several OER Journalism-related materials. Additional OER in your subject may be found by searching the resources listed on the ACC Libraries primary Open Educational Resources Guide.


Media, Society, Culture, and You- is an approachable introductory Mass Communication text that covers major mass communication terms and concepts including "digital culture." It discusses various media platforms and how they are evolving as Information and Communication Technologies change. This book has been peer-reviewed by 6 subject experts and is now available for adoption or adaptation. If you plan to adopt or adapt this open textbook, please let us know by filling out our adoption form.

Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship - This is the first edition of a modular open textbook designed for entrepreneurial journalism, media innovation, and related courses. This book has been undergoing student and faculty testing and open review in fall 2017. Feedback has been implemented in Version 1.0 and will continue to be implemented in Version 2.0 (ETA spring 2018). An accompanying handbook will include additional activities, ancillary materials and faculty resources on media innovation for instructors.

Writing for Strategic Communication Industries- Good writing skills are important in today's competitive work environment. This is especially the case for communication-related professions such as public relations, brand communication, journalism, and marketing. Writing for Strategic Communication Industries emphasizes practical application of academic inquiry to help readers improve their writing skills. This book gives readers: Straightforward chapters that use real-world examples to illustrate key points. Discussion of different writing styles and techniques. Examples of communication materials such as press releases, creative briefs, feature articles, and more. Embedded videos of insights from communication professionals. Tips on pitching to the media. A collection of popular sources for further explanation.

Understanding Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication- According to the author, the world did not need another introductory text in mass communication. But the world did need another kind of introductory text in mass communication, and that is how Understanding Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication was birthed.


edX: Journalism - edX offers several journalism courses that cover the process of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information. Browse online Journalism courses.

MIT Open Courseware: This course provides a critical analysis of mass media in our culture. Various types of media such as books, films, video games, and online interactions will be discussed and reviewed. This course will also evaluate how information and ideas travel between people on a large scale.

Saylor Academy - Principles of Human Communication - This course will introduce you to communication principles, common communication practices, and a selection of theories to better understand the communication transactions that you experience in your daily life.

Checkology: News Literacy Project - These lessons have Journalism-aligned content, such as Practicing Quality Journalism, The First Amendment, Be the Editor, Democracy's Watchdog, What is News? and Understanding Bias.

The 5Rs

"5Rs image" by David Wiley, Lumen Learning is licensed under CC BY 4.0

OER Repositories

Bloomsbury Open Access Collections - filtered for Journalism

OER Commons - filtered for Journalism

Oapen- filtered for Journalism

Open Textbook Library - filtered for Journalism

OASIS - filtered for Journalism

MERLOT - filtered for Journalism

LibreTexts - filtered for Journalism

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