The media plays a vital role in a democratic society. Because of its role as the "fourth estate," the media is carefully watched for misreporting, biases, and falsehoods. The following groups carefully follow the media:
Accuracy In Media is a conservative "non-profit, grassroots citizens watchdog of the news media that critiques botched and bungled news stories and sets the record straight on important issues that have received slanted coverage."
Accuracy in Media's mission "is to promote accuracy, fairness and balance in news reporting. AIM exposes politically motivated media bias; teaches consumers to think critically about their news sources; and holds the mainstream press accountable for its misreporting."
CMPA is "a nonpartisan research and educational organization which conducts scientific studies of news and entertainment media. CMPA's goal is to provide an empirical basis for ongoing debates over media coverage and impact through well-documented, timely, and readable studies."
"CJR.org, our Web site, delivers real-time criticism and reporting, giving CJR a vital presence in the ongoing conversation about the media. Both online and in print, Columbia Journalism Review is in conversation with a community of people who share a commitment to high journalistic standards in the U.S. and the world. "
"America's oldest journal covering the newspaper industry." Including business, newsroom, advertising, circulation, marketing, technology, online and syndicates. E&P Online offers breaking news free to all visitors in their Top Stories section. Each week, selected proprietary stories from E&P staff are made available free to all visitors, but the majority of their analysis, industry news, features, columns and trends are restricted to E&P subscribers.
The mission of the conservative Media Research Center, "America's Media Watchdog," is to bring balance to the news media. They believe that within the national news media a strident liberal bias existed that influenced the public's understanding of critical issues.
"The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1981. We promote press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal."