Welcome to the Dateline team. Not only do we want to ensure you enjoy the experience of contributing to our newspaper, but we also want to make sure you have the tools to be successful and to produce quality material while with us. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the resources below.
The SPJ’s journalist toolbox compiles links to tools and websites to facilitate research
and covers guidelines on a wide range of topics for young journalists like you.
Journalist's Toolbox - Presented by the Society of Professional Journalists
The organizations below empower college and university students like you in your journeyto becoming a media professional. Workshops, discussions and guidance by current or retired media professionals, scholarships, and networking opportunities are some of the benefits you can expect from joining these organizations.
Texas Intercollegiate Press Association
Society of Professional Journalists Houston Pro Chapter
Houston Association of Hispanic Media Professionals
Houston Association of Black Journalists
National Association of Hispanic Journalists
National Association of Black Journalists
Asian American Journalists Association
Experienced. Nonpartisan. Defending Your Rights. - FIRE (thefire.org)
The Dateline stories follow the Associated Press Style, the gold standard for news writing. We want you to become equipped, so we have listed on our Write in the Associated Press Stylebook page the AP guidelines that we use the most in Dateline stories with examples. For further guidelines and examples, The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing in Media Law , or AP Stylebook for short, is the best resource available for students wanting to learn more about news writing. The AP Stylebook is available as a print hard copy (updated biennially) and a searchable online format (updated regularly).
UHD students get free access to an array of local to major newspapers through the UHD Library.
Current Newspapers - News and Newspapers - Research Guides at University of Houston-Downtown (uhd.edu)
Non-exhaustive list of the links to some of the student newspapers representing the voice of students in universities in Houston.
Writing stories requires research. You are welcome to use these links to databases that will get you closer to finding information for your stories.
City of Houston
Health Department - Home Page (houstontx.gov)
Harris County | Texas (harriscountytx.gov)
Government Services Directory | Texas.gov
Harris County Public Health | Texas (harriscountytx.gov)
Texas Department of State Health Services
Welcome to the Texas Department of Public Safety | Department of Public Safety
Houston Police Department (houstontx.gov)
METRO | Public transit | Houston, Texas | Bus | Rail | Park & Ride (ridemetro.org)Houston - Greater Houston Transportation and Emergency Management Center
Texas Department of Transportation (txdot.gov)
Texas Education Agency
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