Urban affairs & planning: News, other journalism, streaming video

Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech conducts basic and applied research on national and international development patterns, focusing on key forces shaping metropolitan growth such as demographics, environment, technology, design, and transportatio

Why journalism?

Sometimes called the "first drafts of history," journalistic sources such as newspapers and broadcast transcripts are important as primary sources for historical research and cultural analysis.  They also can be the best available sources for descriptions and interpretations of recent events, because it typically takes two years after an event for peer-reviewed publications about it to appear. Don't overlook interviews of scholars and other authorities in news stories nor commentaries by academics in editorial/opinion sections.  Deadlines mean the news reporters cannot get "all the facts" right in a single story, so look for follow-up stories and for multiple, independent sources to validate claims.  Note, too, that the convention that journalism is supposed to be objective, unbiased, and balanced is only about a century old, it is more deeply rooted in the US than elsewhere; and is contested as a professional and/or social value.

This guide identifies the VT Libraries' principal collections of recent and historical news sources, both from the US and abroad; general-purpose databases that provide significant news content alongside academic articles; directories of free online news archives; and streaming video collections, both documentary and dramatic.

Journalism collections, including historical news archives

Political news sources

 Historical news sources

Newspaper archives

Television and radio news archives

Tools for analyzing news sources

Databases offering significant news content (among other genres)

Directories of online news archives, mostly free, from around the world

Streaming media (film, broadcast, internet)

Broad-based video collections  

This list highlights streaming sources that provide content most directly related to historical and social science inquiry.  It is not an exhaustive directory to all our library's video providers.

Specialized media collections     

Though covering many things, events, and people, these collections are curated within boundaries such as topic or creator.