Welcome to the official website for the
Independent Media Association
Dedicated to the Recognition and Promotion of Accountable, Responsible Journalism

The role of a journalist is to accurately and truthfully report about news that affects society, while acting as a
Fourth Estate watchdog over it, safeguarding it against those who would violate the sanctity of its welfare.

Mission Statement

Given the current state of the US mainstream media at large, with its deep allegiance to corporate ownership, undue government influence, and a significant membership within the CFR, it is the independent journalist/broadcaster, who is oftentimes able to reach deeper for a story, due to the lack of binding ties, which in the corporate media, most always leads to censorship in some form or another.

The Independent Media Association (IMA) is an organization to help recognize and support those international journalists and broadcasters who operate without entangling alliances and restrictive influence, seeking the truth without fear of censorship. It also offers a well deserved public pat on the bat, not just for a job well done in reporting a story, but for a job done well in the research and investigation of it, as well as the courage, tenacity, devotion and passion for developing it.

A future goal of the IMA is to support independent media members by providing assistance with specific event accreditation, and IMA press credentials to those members in need. Publishing assistance is another beneficial service being considered.

The primary goal of the IMA is not only to help identify and support those independent journalists/broadcasters who exemplify the standards of reporting integrity and sound journalism within the independent media, but also to perpetuate and promote these necessary ideals, and to encourage and teach others to embrace and support them.

Helpful Guides & Useful Tools
13 Writing Rules 15 Newswriting Rules for Beginning Journalism Students
Title Capitalization 25 Rules for Writing Crazy Good Sentences
The Guide to Grammar and Writing Reporting and Writing Basics (Reuters)
The Characteristics of Good Writing The Handbook of Journalism (Reuters)
Journalism ethics and standards Writing Effective, Enticing Headlines
Journalist Job Description Center for Journalism Ethics
Fact-Checking Resources Global Media Ethics
Journalism Essentials
SMU Journalism Tools SPJ Code of Ethics
Data Journalism Tools Mobile Journalism Tools
Journalism Tools Pinterest Journalism Tools
Articles on Journalism
Keep It Real: The Five Golden Rules of Quality Journalism
Online Journalism Ethics: Guidelines from the Conference
Journalism - Five Easy Rules For Successful Newspaper Writing
10 Journalism Rules That Can Teach You Everything You Need to Know About Content Marketing

Journalism Research Studies

What's Next For Non-Profit Journalism?  (Pew Research Center)
Crowdfunded Journalism: A Small but Growing Addition to Publicly Driven Journalism  (Pew Research Center)
Mobile Devices and News Consumption: Some Good Signs for Journalism  (Pew Research Center)
The Revenue Picture for American Journalism and How It Is Changing  (Pew Research Center)
How Investigative Journalists View Surveillance and Digital Security  (Pew Research Center)
Digital News — Audience: Fact Sheet  (Pew Research Center)
Millennials and Political News  (Pew Research Center)
Journalism and the Media  (Pew Research Center)

Informational Links

American Copy Editors Society (ACES) International Center for Journalists
American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) Investigative Reporters and Editors
Broadcast Education Association Online News Association
Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Organization of News Ombudsman
Council on Foundations: Non-Profit Media Reporter's Committee for Freedom of the Press
Editorial Freelancers Association Reporters Without Borders
National Press Photographers Association Society of Environmental Journalists
Institute for Public Accuracy Society of Professional Journalists
Inter American Press Association World Journalism Education Council

George Orwell’s Six Simple Rules for Writing

(1) Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.

(2) Never use a long word where a short one will do.

(3) If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

(4) Never use the passive where you can use the active.

(5) Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

(6) Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

The Basic Rules of Journalism

Recommended Websites That Embody Excellence in Independent Reporting



Please bookmark this page and check back later


Copyright © 2016 IndependentMediaAssociation.com