Among of the greatest barriers to progress toward peace, justice,
and healing is the character of contemporary mainstream media in the West,
especially in the English-speaking world.
Increasingly, mainstream media reflect the interests of a smaller
and smaller corporate elite. Here are some
news sources that move in the direction of breaching that
We particularly like...
- Updated daily; both conveys information and
- Provides links to mostly mainstream sources,
but highlights stories of interest to peace advocates.
Other Sources of Alternative News
- FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Media), a national media
watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of
media bias and censorship since 1986, working to invigorate
the First Amendment by advocating greater diversity in
the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize
public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints. FAIR advocates
structural reform to break up the dominant media conglomerates.
- Independent Media Center
- A site that grew out of the WTO protests in Seattle in 1999.
Indymedia calls itself "a network of collectively run media
outlets for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate
tellings of the truth. We work out of a love and inspiration for
people who continue to work for a better world, despite
corporate media's distortions and unwillingness to
cover the efforts to free humanity."
- Reclaim the Media
- A coalition of independent journalists, media activists and
community organizers in the Pacific Northwest who promote
press freedom and community media access. This is a good
entry point to the
movement to reclaim our media system for democracy.
- From Chicago. Provides headlines, news, and
commentary "for a geographically-diverse,
politically-savvy, pro-democracy, anti-hypocrisy
web audience, reaching a million visitors a
month and growing."
- Counterpunch is an internet political newsletter maintained by
Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair.
- AlterNet.org is a project of the Independent Media Institute,
a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening and
supporting independent and alternative journalism.
- Common Dreams News
- Common Dreams is a national non-profit citizens' organization
working to bring progressive Americans together to promote
progressive visions for America's future.
- One of the Internet's best known civil rights websites.
- Mother Jones
- Published by the Foundation for National Progress, a
nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1975 to educate and
empower people through media to work toward progressive
- Salon.com is an Internet media company that produces 10
original content sites as well as two online communities -- Table
Talk and The WELL.
- Seattle Community
- Information on local Seattle happenings.
- The mission of The Progressive is to be a journalistic voice
for peace and social justice at home and abroad.
- Democracy Now!
- A national, listener-sponsored public radio and TV show, committed
to bringing the voices of the marginalized to the airwaves.
- KBCS public affairs
- Also available on your radio at 91.3 FM.
- Radio For Peace
- If you're into shortwave, this is a good resource. They
archive some shows on their website and also "broadcast on the
web" in a particularly unique way: a listener broadcasts the
current shortwave signal to the web. Best heard, like all short
and medium wave signals, at night.
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Last updated: January 2, 2014