Overview and History
The National News Council was created in 1973 upon the recommendation of an independent task force of the Twentieth Century Fund, a research foundation. It was conceived as a nonprofit organization to consider complaints brought against the media and to study possible infringements on the freedom of the press.
Among the National News Council's papers are administrative and financial records, working files formed around each case that the council considered, and reference files on topics of interest to the council. Together they document the council's internal operation, its record of deliberation on grievances brought against the media, and its involvement in a range of matters concerning journalistic ethics and practice. Major issues addressed by the National News Council include First Amendment freedoms, journalistic ethics, censorship, the balance of free press and fair trial, conflict of interest, concentration of media ownership, journalistic hoaxes, and use of confidential sources.
How to Access The Records
Contact the Social Welfare History Archives at the University of Minnesota to arrange a vist or inquire further about the collection. The collection covers the council's activities from its inception until its dissolution in 1984.
Social Welfare History Archives
Archive Description at the Social Welfare History Archives
Guides to the Collection
A Guide to the Archives of the National News Council, Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota, 1986.
Publications about the National News Council
Bailey, C. W., & Bailey, C. W. (. W. (1984). In National News Council (U.S.) (Ed.), Conflicts of interest : A matter of journalistic ethics : A report to the national news council. New York, NY: New York, NY : The Council.
Balk A. (Ed.), A free and responsive press; the twentieth century fund task force report for a National News Council (1973). New York:
Twentieth Century Fund
Brogan, P., & Brogan, P. (1985). Spiked : The short life and death of the national news council. New York: New York : Priority Press Publications.
National News Council (US) Task Force on,Editorial Responsibility, & National News Council (US) Task Force on,Editorial Responsibility. (1980). In Day J., Whitman A. (Eds.), Independent documentarians and public television. New York: New York : the Council.
National News Council (1977). An open press. New York: New York : National News Council.
National News Council (1980). Protecting two vital freedoms, fair trial and free press : A report. New York, N. Y. : The Council.
National News Council (1981). After 'jimmy's world' : Tightening up in editing ; a report. New York: New York : The Council.
National News Council (1975). In the public interest : A report by the national news council, 1973-1975. New York: The Council.
National News Council (1979). In the public interest--II : A report by the national news council, 1975-1978. New York: The Council.
National News Council (1984). In Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law (Ed.), In the public interest--III : A report by the national news council, 1979-1983, with an index of complaints, 1973-1983. New York: The Council.
Raskin, A. H. (1981). Covering crime : How much press-police cooperation? how little? : A report. New York: National News Council.
Schmidt, B. C., & Schmidt, B. C. (1976). In Aspen Institute Program on Communications and Society, National News Council (U.S.) (Eds.), Freedom of the press vs. public access. New York: Praeger.