Video, Graphics, & Audio for Broadcast & Multimedia

See Also Jack Styczynski’s Finding Video and Graphical Resources

PLEASE READ: You can use most of these resources for in-class projects if you are not going to post them publicly (although you can use AP Images on CUNY websites and student blogs per our license). To post them publicly or use them for commercial purposes, you must obtain copyright clearance from the owner. If you have any questions contact or

See also: Set of Principles in Fair Use for Journalism from the Center for Social Media, School of Communication at American University


Video Resources
Current News

CNN Newsource (J-School Database)
See our secure logins page for access information and user guide. Searchable video database from CNN’s worldwide resources, including 800 Newsource affiliates.

Critical Mention (J-School Database)
Search for video in the past month by keyword, network, market or category, and download clips.

News Archives

Vanderbilt Television News Archives (J-School Database)
Search and view video segments of CNN (1980-present) and NBC (1968- present) news archives. Other major news networks are searchable but not streaming, and for those, a DVD can be requested for a fee.

Internet Archive’s TV News Archive
The collection dates from 2009 to the present and contains news programs from national U.S. networks and stations in San Francisco and Washington D.C. New content will be added 24 hours after the programs have aired. You can search the broadcasts’ closed caption transcripts by keyword.

C-SPAN Video Library (1987 – Current)
Searchable database of all of C-Span programming, search for clips by topic, keyword, person etc.

The Open Video Project
A shared digital video collection, for research and educational purposes.

Internet Archive Moving Image Archive
Thousands of digital movies, many for free download.
“The Stock, Archival and News Footage Search Engine”

Graphics Resources

AP Images (J-School Database)
Students and faculty are permitted to use AP Imageson the school-affiliated CUNY J-School website, including class and student blogs, as long as AP is properly credited and they are not resold in any fashion or used on sites such as YouTube.

PDF images of the Historical New York Times, New York Tribune, Village Voice, Amsterdam News (J-School Database via ProQuest)
Pulldown the menu of databases to see all publications available.

EBSCO’s MasterFILE Premier and Academic Search Complete offer PDFs of some magazines and journals.

Google’s Searchable Magazines Collection
Search for page images of many magazines.

New York Public Library Digital Gallery
Free access to over 800,000 images from NYPL’s collection.

Social Media

“Remember that images on social media hold the same copyright as other images!”

Search for images in Twitter using the phrase:

Remember what Jennifer Preston of The New York Times’ Lede Blog said about using stuff from social media:

1. Do you have the legal right to use that tweet, photo, status update? Not if it is on instagram or a twitpic. Ask permission.
2. Be wary of wedding, professional shots that people post, but don’t own.

Twitter’s Guidelines for Use of Tweets in Broadcast or Other Offline Media
Some guidelines for proper attribution of tweets.

Flickr Users with work under Creative Common license
Which as you will see denotes, attribution required, and for noncommercial use.

The 5 Best Free Tools For Making Slick Infographics from Fast Company

Audio Resources

AP Images (J-School Database)
Find audio files on More Media pulldown, choose Soundbank. Students and faculty are permitted to use AP Images on the school affiliated CUNY J-School website, including class and student blogs, as long as AP is properly credited and they are not resold in any fashion or used in sites such as YouTube.

Internet Archive, Audio Archive
Thousands of free digital recordings you can download.