The goal in this class to use as much of your own amazing footage as possible. On occasion, however, you might want to supplement your pieces with outside video, audio or graphics. Here are some resources to help you get the goods.
First, a note on using other people’s material: for in-class use, anything is fair game. For broadcast purposes, get permission from the copyright owner (in writing is best). Questions? Contact Ruth.Hochberger[at]journalism.cuny.edu or Geanne.Rosenberg[at]baruch.cuny.edu.
The J-school has an account with iQ media, a database of video and audio programs from a variety of media sources. Use it to find clips and get closed-caption transcripts for programs that aren’t in Nexis or Factiva.
CNN Newsource provides access to CNN video and scripts virtually in real time.
Internet Archive TV News is a free database of video clips going back to 2009.
The Vanderbilt Television News Archive has information about newscasts on ABC, CBS and NBC dating back to 1968, as well as more recent coverage on CNN, Fox News and selected other outlets. You can order DVDs of broadcasts for a fee.
C-Span is a rich source for government and political footage, and offers transcripts as well as video.
A number of sources offer video in the public domain, including the Internet Archive Moving Image Archive and British Pathe on YouTube.
The Open Culture blog links to all manner of free stuff, including images from the world’s great art museums.
Google Images and Bing Images allow you to limit your search results to pictures that are free for commercial use. For Google, click on the gear icon on the top right, click Advanced Search, then choose Usage Rights. For Bing, pull down on the License menu.
Getty Images allows you to use embeddable images for non-commercial purchases. After searching, choose the Embed images option from the Sort and Filter menu.
New York’s Municipal Archives has hundreds of thousands of photographs of the city over the decades. You are permitted to use the watermarked versions in your pieces (credit NYC Dept. of Records/Municipal Archives); high-resolution, non-watermarked versions are available for $45.
The New York Public Library’s Digital Gallery also offers hundreds of thousands of images; check the terms and conditions page for usage information.
As for newspapers, CUNY’s ProQuest account offers images of articles from the New York Times going back to 1851. The Library of Congress’s Chronicling America database has old newspapers from around the country, and the Brooklyn Public Library has images from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle from 1841 to 1902. The Newseum has PDFs (front pages only) of the day’s newspapers as well as front pages from days of major news events. And finally, Google News has a collection of newspapers.
For magazines, check out the collection at Google Books. CUNY and the J-school offer students access to thousands of publications, many in PDF format.
The Free Music Archive and Internet Archive Audio Archive can help with audio for your pieces.
For further information, see the J-School Research Guide to Video, Graphics, & Audio for Broadcast & Multimedia.