Alternative News Sources
Alphabetical List of Links by Title
Definition of "alternative news"
Societies to Promote a Particular Judicial Viewpoint
Leading Conservative and Progressive Think Tanks

9/11 Truth Movement there are too many questions unanswered about 9/11
50 Years Is Enough "We call for the immediate suspension of the policies and practices of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group which have caused widespread poverty, inequality, and suffering among the world’s peoples and damage to the world’s environment"
101 Tools for Tolerance "simple ideas for promoting equity and diversity" - see Hate in the News and Tolerance in the News
A-Infos a news service for and by anarchists
Aboriginal Multi-Media Society issues in Native communities and cultural issues and news
ACLU - American Civil Liberties Union provides information regarding issues of civil liberties
ACTIVISM page of links
Activist Librarians
AdBusters promoting campaigns like TV Turnoff Week, Boycott Brand America, 101 Ways to Jam the War, "Adbusters offers incisive philosophical articles as well as activist commentary from around the world, addressing issues ranging from genetically modified foods to media concentration. Our aim is to forge a major shift in the way we will live in the 21st century"
The Advocate leading national gay and lesbian news magazine
Advocates for Youth to educate teens about sexuality, reproduction, and sexually transmitted diseases
Albion Monitor: The News You're Missing news and commentary from both alternative and mainstream sources, primarily covering environmental, human rights, and politics
ALEC Watch American Legislative Exchange Council [is] little more than a screen for hundreds of big corporations and trade associations to advance their legislative agendas in state capitals from coast to coast -- ALEC drafts model bills and flies state legislators to posh, corporate-financed conferences to teach them how to push its agenda in statehouses across the nation... "Every time I see a really, really bad idea come through, it seems to be generated by ALEC," says embattled progressive State Assemblyman Mark Pocan of Wisonsin.
All Africa disseminates stories from African news organizations
Alliance for Community Media covers topics such as legal, community, censorship, technical, professional, advocacy - for cable access, Internet, and electronic media
Alliance for Cultural Democracy 25-year-old network of community and cultural activists working in a wide range of community arts, education, and cultural activism
Alternative Press Review publishes a wide variety of the best essays from radical zines, tabloids, books, and magazines
AlterNet a news service for the alternative press, supporting independent journalism and best known for sponsoring the Media & Democracy Congress
Alternative Tentacles Records progressive music and interviews
American Civil Liberties Union covers civil liberties; lots of information on issues of criminal justice, cyber-liberties, the death penalty, disability rights, drugs, free speech, AIDS, immigrant rights, gay rights, national security, police practices, prisons, privacy and technology, racial equality, religious liberty, reproductive rights, rights of the poor, student rights, voting rights, womens rights, workplace rights, and much more
American Friends Service Committee Quaker organization dedicated to humanitarian service, reconciliation, peace, and social justice issues
American Journalism Review monthly, national magazine that covers trends in the industry ethics and news in print, broadcast, and online journalism
American Library Association to educate librarians and the general public about the nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries
The American Prospect bimonthly; covers political, social, and cultural issues from the progressive viewpoint
American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) a membership directory, includes a list of 1,000 nonfiction freelance writer, their telephone and fax numbers
American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) discusses topics related to the current state and future of newspapers and journalism in this country
Americans for Fair Taxation
Americas Policy overarching goal is to help forge a new global affairs agenda for the U.S. government and people-one that makes the United States a more responsible global leader and partner. The primary way we do this is by producing policy reports, issue briefs, political commentary, and popular education materials offering essential information and credible, forward looking policy analysis
Amnesty International an international organization that works to ensure human rights throughout the world and opposes human rights abuses
Anarchy "an international magazine for anarchist resistance. Neither left nor right, just uncompromisingly anti-authoritarian, radically cooperative, and communitarian, ecological, and feminist"
Animal People original investigation of animal protection worldwide
AntiWar.com
Arab American News bilingual weekly serving Arab Americans
Arm Sales Monitor works for restraint in the global production and trade of weapons
Asheville Global Report weekly coverage of under-reported news
Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) committed to insuring diversity in American journalism and expressing the Asian-American perspective
AsianWeek news of Asian Americans
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) the oldest and largest association of journalism and mass communication educators and administrators at the college level
Association of Alternative Newsweeklies organization of 113 alternative newsweeklies in the U.S. and Canada
Association of American Publishers (AAP) the principal trade association of the book publishing industry
The Awful Truth, Michael Moore's humor page
The Beat Within writing and art by incarcerated youth
Beyond Media dedicated to creating alternative media for positive social change
Bill of Rights Defense Committee "DISSENT is Patriotic" bumper stickers and buttons
Black Press USA a partnership of the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation (NNPAF) and Howard University; coordinates national internship, fellowship, and scholarship programs and creates innovative programs
BLK news magazine for the black lesbian and gay community
Boston Globe "Having given up, after fifty years, on the pious, pretentious, condescending, Clinton-hating, Lieberman-loving, Bush-ass-kissing, Pope-adoring, religion-riven, boring New York Times, I discovered, to my delight, the Boston Globe, with its refreshing, down-to-earth, clearly written, old-fashioned, unabashedly liberal opinions and coverage" (Letter to The Nation, 7/21/03
Boston Review a liberal political and literary journal
Boycott News and Updates from Coop America
Brad Messer local San Antonio news and views
Briar Patch Saskatchewan's independant news magazine - politics, labor, and international events
Broken Pencil "The guide to alternative culture in Canada" - reviews the best zines, books, Websites, videos and art from the underground
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists bimonthly - covers international security, military affairs, nuclear issues
Bush Watch critical views on the presidency - "a daily political internet magazine based in Austin, Texas"
Bush Family Watch Bush Family Skeletons back to 1918
Bush Whacked USA critical of Bush administration. Quote of the month: "In the Middle Ages, armies were accompanied by large numbers of prostitutes. In the Iraq war, the American and British armies are accompanied by large numbers of journalists"
California Coalition for Women Prisoners covering issues related to incarcerated women
California First Amendment Coalition
California Prison Focus provides information about control unit prisons; provides a voice for prisoners
Campaign for America's Future a think-tank devoted to revitalizing the progressive agenda
Canadian Dimension (CD) independent hard news and analysis from a left-wing perspective. Multiple winner of Project Censored's Canada award
Capitalist Punishment examines the adverse effects of private prisons on inmates related to physical and sexual abuse, health care, education, training, and rehabilitation, as corporations seek to maximize profits
CATO Institute, a libertarian think tank
CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS - moderate/liberal think tank (Frances Fitzgerald. "The Goldwater Parallel." The Nation, March 29, 2004, 18).
Center for Constitutional Rights law center news
Center for Defense Information provides independent research on the social, economic, environmental, political, and military components of global security
Center for Democracy and Technology, focuses on free speech
Center for Digital Democracy
Center for Health, Environment and Justice grassroots movement for environmental justice
Center for International Policy promotes a U.S. foreign policy that reflects democratic values
Center for Investigative Reporting
Center for Media Literacy works to help citizens, especially the young, develop critical thinking and media production skills needed to live fully in the 21st century media culture
Center for Public Integrity research reports on what is going on behind the news
Center for Third World Organizing a national racial justice movement hub
Centre for Research on Globalization an independent research and media group of progressive writers, scholars and activists committed to curbing the tide of "globalisation" and "disarming" the New World Order
Change Congress by Lessig, Lawrence: working to get corporate money out of elections
Chronicle of Higher Education number one news source for college and university faculty
CIA & Drugs - From the Wilderness "innovative analysis and groundbreaking original stories on the impact of $5-600 billion per year in drug money moving through the US economy and the illegal covert operations [of the CIA among others] which maintain control of that cash flow for US economic interests"
Citizen Works "People-powered democracy, not corporate rule, is the only way to create a sustainable and just society"; founded by Ralph Nader
Citizens for Independent Public Broadcasting coordinates a national education campaign to reform public broadcasting as a public trust, independent of government and corporate control
Citizens for Media Literacy links media literacy to the concepts and practices of citizenship
Civic Media Center "If you have realized that the news you get in the mainstream press isn't really comprehensive or even truthful, and that a lot of news and views are filtered out of the mainstream press outlets, libraries, and thus, public debate, then you've found a home" - located in Gainesville, Florida
Colorlines Magazine quarterly; focus on race, culture, and organizing within communities of color
Committee to Protect Journalists dedicated to safeguarding journalists and freedom of expression worldwide; monitors abuses of the press
Commodity Fetish Times a clear explanation of the Marxist theory of commodity as spectacle; also has updates on transnational corporate globalization and worker resistance
Common Cause "Common Cause ... has been an uncommonly successful lobby ... in terms of the depth and breadth of its efforts - in the Congress and state legislatures - there probably has never been a reform movement so active and with such a record of accomplishment." - Christian Science Monitor
Common Dreams News Center "Breaking news and views for the progressive community"
Community Media Workshop encouraging the media to tell the stories of the other Chicago, the oft-neglected neighborhoods and back streets of Chicago, where the problems are felt most deeply and where solutions are most likely to be born
Congressional Quarterly information on government, politics, and public policy
ConsortiumNews.com
Consumer Project on Technology covers intellectual property, telecommunications, privacy, and electronic commerce and antitrust enforcement and policy
Co-op America practical steps for using your consumer and investor power for social change
Corporate Crime Reporter "a vigorous investigative newsletter" (Washington Spectator)
Council for a Livable World "The Council for a Livable World is among the nation's preeminent arms control organizations and focuses on halting the spread of weapons of mass destruction, opposing a national missile defense system, cutting Pentagon waste and reducing excessive arms exports. The Council is also a political lobby which endorses political candidates"
Council for Secular Humanism a quarterly magazine of secular humanism celebrating reason and humanity
Council of Canadians has Maude Below, the "Ralph Nader of Canada" - "Canada's pre-eminent citizens' watchdog organization"
Corp Watch holding corporations accountable
Corporations and Human Rights
Counterpoise Quarterly Journal of the American Library Association's Social Responsibilities Round Table; the only review journal that makes alternative points of view widely accessible to librarians, scholars, and activists
Counterpunch twice a month; muckraking with a radical attitude
Covert Action Quarterly investigative journalism exposing malfeasance and covert activities in government, corporations, and other area affecting the public
Crimes of War "Our goal is to promote understanding of international humanitarian law among journalists, policymakers, and the general public, in the belief that a wider knowledge of the legal framework governing armed conflict will lead to greater pressure to prevent breaches of the law, and to punish those who commit them" - articles and news
The Crisis Magazine WEB Du Bois founded the magazine in 1910 as the premier crusading voice for civil rights; was and still remains the official publication of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Cryptome posts documents without commentary, usually material which will embarass or annoy the powerful
Cultural Survival Quarterly focuses on the survival of indigenous people and ethnic minorities
Curve Magazine nation's best-selling lesbian magazine
Daily Kos liberal blog
Democracy NOW! "goes beyond the rhetoric and party politics offered by the mainstream media. Instead, it highlights grassroots efforts to enhance and ignite democracy in the U.S."
Democratic Left quarterly review of socialist issues and activities
Digg liberal news
Disinformation "designed to be the search service of choice for individuals looking for information on current affairs, politics, new science and the 'hidden information,' that seldom seems to slip through the cracks of the corporate-owned media conglomerates"
Dissent Magazine quarterly magazine of politics, culture, and ideas; a progressive perspective
Dollars and Sense reports on issues of social justice and economic policy. Prints articles by journalists, activists, and scholars on a broad range of topics with an economic theme
Drudge Report, specializing in politics and dirty laundry
E/The Environmental Magazine strives to educate, inspire, and empower Americans to make a difference for the environment
Earth First! reports on the radical environmental movement; publishes hard to find information about strategies to stop the destruction of the planet
Earth Island Journal international environment news
Eat the State! anti-authoritarian political opinion, research, and humor
The Ecologist monthly; the world's longest-running environmental magazine
Electronic Frontier Foundation a leading civil liberties organization devoted to maintaining the Internet as a global vehicle for free speech
Economic Policy Institute focuses on the needs of America's working people... seeks to expose the myths behind the supposed success of the neoliberal economic paradigm
Environmental News Network news seven days a week with continuous updates
Essence Magazine news and commentary for African-American women
Essential Information mostly Nader articles; includes the Multinational Monitor which tracks corporate activity, especially in the Third World
EuroNews
Exile from Moscow
FAIR: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting "national media watch group offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship"
FCC and Public Airwaves Citizens for Independent Public Broadcasting
Feminists for Free Expression (FFE) for gender equality and the individual's right to read, view, rent, or purchase media materials of their choice, free from government intervention
Filipinas Magazine covers Filipino American intersts and affairs
Filipino Reporter weekly of particular interest to Asian/Pacific Islanders
Food First action guide for ending world hunger and poverty
Foreign Policy in Focus progressive views on foreign policy
Forest Magazine published by the FSEEE, Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics
Forward Newspaper national weekly; helped generations of immigrant Jews enter American life - and still does
Freedom Clearinghouse Our Mission is to use the Olmstead decision to free all law abiding people with disabilities from institutions to live in the community
Freedom Forum dedicated to free press, free speech, and free spirit for all people
Freedom From Religion Foundation freethinkers fight the use of taxpayer money for religious purposes (recommended by The Nation as one of the best places to give your money)
Freedom Socialist radical feminism; see the Freedom Socialist Newspaper
Freethinker Thought of the Day
Friends Journal Quaker views and news
Friends of the Earth has for decades been at the forefront of high-profile efforts to create a more healthy, just world. Our members were the founders of what is now the world's largest federation of democratically elected environmental groups, Friends of the Earth International
Frontiers News Magazine for and about lesbian/gay issues and rights
Fuse Magazine focus on cultural politics and explorations of the relationship between art and social change
Gene Watch to distribute accurate information and represent the public interest on emerging issues in biotechnology
GLAAD quarterly; "GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. At GLAAD, we are in the business of changing people's hearts and minds through what they see in the media. We know that what people watch on TV or read in their newspaper shapes how they view and treat the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people around them. And we have a responsibility to make sure those images foster awareness, understanding and respect."
Global Beat: Resources for the Global Journalist Center for War, Peace, and the News Media at NY University; has the latest international news
Global Exchange promotes alternative trade for the benefit of low-income producers; helps build public awareness about human rights abuses
Go Left where progressive culture is popular
Independent Press Association "the antidote to monopoly media"
Global Info the largest distributor of Developing World news
Global Research an independent media group, in Canada, committed to curbing the tide of globalization
Government Accountability Project from George Mason University - goal is to help improve government's funding and policy decisions by making transparent the public benefits produced with citizens' resources. Full transparency brings praise and criticism of results - and, eventually, change - based upon maximizing outcomes and minimizing expenditures
Green Energy News
Green Net "supporting and promoting groups and individuals working for peace, human rights and the environment"
Green Pages a directory of thousands of responsible businesses, products, and services; published yearly
Green Party of Bexar County
Green San Antonio newsletter for environmental groups
Greenpeace International "Greenpeace exists because this fragile Earth deserves a voice. It needs solutions. It needs change. It needs action"
Greenpeace USA purpose is to create a green and peaceful world; rejects attacks on people and property; takes no political stance
Gregory Palast: Journalism and Film investigative reporter
Grist News environmental news and humor
Guerrilla News Network "an underground news organization with headquarters in New York City and production facilities in Berkeley, California. Our mission is to expose people to important global issues"
Haiti Progres alternative weekly in English, French, and Creole Haitian
Harper's Magazine provides a unique perspective on the world; essays, fictions, and reporting
High Country News "for people who care about the American West" - biweekly; reports on public lands and rural communities in the western U.S.; a respected independent source for environmental news, analysis, and commentary
Hightower Lowdown liberal newsletter
HopeDance "A 40-page bi-monthly community newspaper in California that publishes material and information on environmental activities for building an ecologically sustainable, holistic, healthy and awakened community"
Human Rights First has worked in the U.S. and abroad to create a secure and humane world by advancing justice, human dignity and respect for the rule of law
Human Rights Tribune quarterly; link to human rights Websites worldwide; job postings from human rights organizations
Human Rights Watch
The Humanist journal of the American Humanist Association; critical inquiry and social concerns
The Humanist in Canada explores contemporary issues from a humanistic viewpoint
IGC Internet progressive stories, plus links to AntiRacismNet, EcoNet, PeaceNet, and WomensNet
Impact Press "covering issues the way the media should" - aggressive bimonthly jurnalism, biting commentary, and a healthy dose of satire
In These Times independent news and views you won't find anywhere else
Independent Media Center "a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage"
Independent Progressive Politics Network
The Independent Review quarterly; devoted to excellence in the critical analysis of government policy and current affairs
Index On Censorship
Indian Country Today "The nation's leading American Indian news source" - reportedly the most influential and widely read Native American newspaper
Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) monthly newspaper of the Wobblies; contains news of the world-labor struggles, and analysis of the labor movement and economy from the Wobbly perspective
Institute for Public Accuracy
The Insurgent a newspaper in Eugene, Oregon - "We seek to provide a forum for those working towards a society free from oppression based on class, gender, sexual orientation, race, species,and free from the threat of ecological collapse, yo"
Intelligence Report from the Southern Poverty Law Center - "offers in-depth analysis of political extremism and bias crimes in the United States" - lists hate groups and patriot groups in the USA
International Action Center "Information, Activism, and Resistance to U.S. Militarism, War, and Corporate Greed"
International A.N.S.W.E.R. Act Now to Stop War and End Racism -- answers to current war propaganda
International Rivers Network the latest news on the world-wide movement to stop destructive dams, information about alternatives to large hydro projects, action alerts, book reviews, and profiles of key individuals and groups
In These Times. A fortnightly publication of independent news.
IOL - Independent OnLine from South Africa
IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors) Journal from the missouri School of Journalism - published six times a year; contains journalist profiles, how-to stories, reviews, investigative ideas, and backgrounding tips, and employment opportunities in the field of journalism
Jane's intelligence and military/aviation information
Jay's Leftist & Progressive Internet Resources Directory
Jobs With Justice campaign for workers' rights; covers the high tech crisis, workers' strikes, so-called free trade agreements, much more
Journal of Prisoners on Prisons commentary of prisoners and former prisoners on contemporary criminal justice issues - "This endeavour is particularly important because with few exceptions, articles on crime and punishment are written by criminologists, sociologists, journalists, and workers in the criminal justice system who often present incomplete views of the reality of imprisonment which, in turn, justify increasingly repressive and reactionary penal policies and practices"
The Konformist promotes media activism, "rebellion, conspiracy and subversion"
Labor Notes news and information for workplace activists
Labor Research Association news on labor, economics and politics for labor policymakers
Left Business Observer monthly newsletter on economics and politics
Lessig's Site news and blog on Internet and cultural freedom
Librarian Activist library and IT issues
Library Juice biweekly; news affecting the library world
Library Underground alternative library cultures
Lip Magazine progressive, independent news and issue articles
Made In Texas (link has disappeared) ACLU campaign to stop the military-industrial complex and "educate people about how Texas profits from U.S efforts to dominate the world"
Make Them Accountable progressive views and news
Maquila Solidarity Network
Media Alliance independent reviews of Bay Area media issues
Media Matters monitoring all the right wing lies
Media Reform Net watchdog group
Media Watch "challenging racism, sexism and violence in the media through education and action"
Michael Moore.com
Middle East Report an independent critical voice on the Middle East
Misleader "a daily chronicle of Bush Administration distortion" for journalists and citizens from MoveOn
Mojo News general news
Monthly Review an independent socialist magazine focusing on art
Mother Jones investigative reporting - "a legacy of raising hell"
MoveOn major peace activist site
Ms Magazine founding magazine of the feminist movement
NACLA Report on the Americas for 30 years NACLA has been the best source for alternative information and analysis on Latin America, the Caribbean, and US foreign policy in the region
The Nation magazine--"make[s] an earnest effort to

bring to the discussion of political and social questions a really critical spirit, and to wage war upon the vices of violence, exaggeration, and misrepresentation"
National Catholic Reporter an independent Catholic newsweekly covering events related to the Church
National Geographic News nature news
National Journal "one of America's most jurnalistically excavating weekly magazines" (The Washington Spectator)
National Labor Committee
National Coalition Against Censorship quarterly; covers freedom of expression issues
National Lawyers Guild dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. The Guild unites lawyers, law students, and legal workers as an effective political and social force in the service of the people
National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee
Native American Journalists Association
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) environmentalist group
NetAction focuses on "educating the public,
policymakers, and the media about technology-based social and political issues"
New California Media "over 400 print, broadcast and online ethnic media organizations.. goal is to raise the visibility of ethnic media as a major information source"
New Democracy World founded to help people in their struggle against capitalism, to shape the world with anti-capitalist values of solidarity, equity, and democracy
New Pages links to alternative information sources of all types, including independent publishers and bookstores and record labels, university presses, literary periodicals and much more
New Politics "a journal of socialist thought"
New Socialist rejects bureaucratic and authoritarian visions of socialism and looks instead to the radical tradition of socialism from below; focus is on Canada
New Work News life in the new economy
News From Indian Country national Native news and information
News India - Times serves the Asian Indians settled in the USA
News Watch -good short summaries of headlines; comments on reliability of stories.
Nexus Magazine "international bi-monthly alternative news magazine, covering the fields of - Health Alternatives; Suppressed Science; Earth's Ancient Past; UFOs & the Unexplained; and Government Cover-Ups" - Australian magazine deeply into debunking
Nieman Watchdog their motto "Questions the press should ask"... commentaries on issues that may not be receiving enough critical coverage in the media
Nonviolence.org pacifist perspective
North Bay Progressive regional biweekly
Now Toronto independent weekly
NRDC - Natural Resources Defense Council
The Nuclear Monitor networking and advocacy center concerned with nuclear power, radioactive waste, and sustainable energy
Nuke Watch exposing the nuclear industry
OMB Watch "promoting government accountability" - focuses on budgetary matters and government secrecy
On Earth from NRDC; Quarterly on the environment
One World focuses on issues of inequality and world poverty
OneWorld Radio "offers services and networking for broadcasters and civil society organisations that use radio for human rights and sustainable development"
Online Journal "building a NEW news media of, by and for the people"
OpEd News news stories and sharply smart anti-war/anti-Bush opinion pieces... a Progressive answer to the Repulsive Right
Open Democracy "a channel for knowledge, learning, participation and understanding that is not owned by a media corporation, does not serve a special interest and does not adhere to a single ideological position"
Open Secrets examines the role of money in the U.S. political system; substantive, topical articles
Our Times Canada's Independent Labour Magazine
Out There News
Pacific News Service "experimental communications hub for journalists, scholars, filmmakers, artists and young people dedicated to bringing the seldom heard, often most misunderstood or ignored voices and ideas into the public forum"
Pacifica Radio and Democracy NOW!
Palestine Monitor
Peace Center in San Antonio
Peace Magazine issues and activities of peace movements around the world
Peace Work monthly journal from AFSC
PEACENET --alerts on current issues and dissents
People's Weekly World "working-class news and opinions"
The Permaculture Activist advocates and documents ecological design of housing, landscapes, and settlements; also focuses on community empowerment and local economic self-reliance
Planet Drum biannual review on issues of ecology and the greening of cities
POGO Project on Government Oversight. "an independent nonprofit that investigates and exposes corruption and other misconduct in order to achieve a more accountable federal govenment
Poor News focus on the very low- and no-income adults and children in the San Francisco Bay area
PR Watch "Quarterly 12-page newsletter that specializes in blowing the lid off today's multi-billion dollar propaganda-for-hire industry, naming names and revealing how public relations wizards concoct and spin the news, organize phony 'grassroots' front groups, spy on citizens, and conspire with lobbyists and politicians to thwart democracy"
Prensa Escrita Spanish newspaper links sorted by country
Prison Activist Resource Center "the source for progressive and radical information on prisons and the criminal prosecution system"
Prison Legal News reports court rulings involving prisoner rights
Privacy International
Progressive Magazine -opinions, mostly Matthew Rothschild's, about current events
Progressive Populist "reports from the heartland of America on issues of interest to workers, small business owners and family farmers and ranchers"
Progressive Review Washington's most unofficial source
Project on Government Secrecy reports on new developments in government secrecy policies
Public Citizen consumer rights, safety issues, corporate and business accountability, environmental issues, citizen empowerment; founded by Ralph Nader
The Public i "investigative report of the Center for Public Integrity"
Pulse of the Twin Cities alternative weekly of Minneapolis/St. Paul and the Twin Cities area
Quill publication of the Society of Professional Journalists
Rachel's Environment & Health News timely information on toxic substances and other environmental hazards; in plain language
Rainforest Action Network
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press covers issues related to news reporting and the media, and the legal issues therein
Rethinking Schools provides an alternative to mainstream educational materials
Revolutionary Worker Online weekly newspaper of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA
Rolling Stone rock and politics at the cutting edge
Ryerson Review of Journalism progressive journalistic review from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Canada
S.O.A. Watch tracks and reports on activities at the School of the Americas
Salon Magazine, specializes in politics
San Antonio Lightning
San Francisco Bay Guardian alternative news for the Bay area
San Francisco Bay View alternative news for the Bay area
School of the Americas Watch "The US Army School of Americas (SOA), based in Fort Benning, Georgia, trains Latin American soldiers in combat, counter-insurgency, and counter-narcotics. Graduates of the SOA are responsible for some of the worst human rights abuses in Latin America"
Shelterforce National Housing Institute; trade magazine for community builders
Sierra Club grassroots advocacy
Skeptic.com -check the news area
Skeptical Inquiry from the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal
Social Anarchism "As both political philosophy and personal lifestyle, social anarchism promotes community self-reliance, direct participation in political decision-making, respect for nature, and nonviolent paths to peace and justice"
Social Criticism Review leftist-friendly articles and studies on many issues
Social Policy quarterly; about social movements; in-depth and thoughtful analysis of public policy in America
Socialist Party of Texas
Socialist Party of USA
Society of Environmental Journalists written by journalists for journalists, to provide information and guidance on covering the environmental beat
Society of Professional Journalists dedicated to improving and protecting journalism
Sojourners Magazine grassroots network for personal, community, and political transformation rooted in prophetic biblical tradition
Solidarity official magazine of the United Auto Workers
Southern Exposure award-winning magazine focused on fighting for a better South; heavily focused on work force matters and corporations
Spin magazine news, issues, and profiles in alternative music
Spirit of Crazy Horse bi-monthly newspaper focuses on the Leonard Peltier case and on native sovereignty and some prison issues
Stop Big Media
St. Louis Journalism Review the only local journalism review in the U.S.; primarily critiques what is covered or ignored by the local media
Street Librarian for activist librarians
Student Press Law Center "an advocate for student free-press rights, and provides information, advice, and legal assistance at no charge to students and the educators who work with them"
Sunlight Foundation seeking transparency in government
Survival International -tribal peoples
Synthesis/Regeneration triannual magazine focusing on the social aspects of environmentalism
Teamster Magazinie focuses on the rights of working families in North America
Telemedium, The Journal of Media Literacy promotes media literacy education with a positive, non-judgmental philosophy
Temp Slave amusing zine documenting the often unpleasant and bitter experiences of temp workers
Terrain Magazine environmental issues; quarterly
Texas Freedom Network "a mainstream voice to counter the religious right"
Texas Observer covers issues ignored or under-reported by the mainstream press; promotes democratic participation and open government
TFF - Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research "TFF's mission is peace: learning to handle conflicts with ever less violence against other human beings, other cultures and Nature" - based in Lund, Sweden
Third World Resurgence from Malaysia, addressing the rights and needs of people in the Third World
Third World Traveler -"magazine articles and book excerpts that inform citizens about the impact of the policies of transnational corporations, international financial institutions, and the United States government and its national security establishment on democracy, human rights, and social and economic justice in the Third World, and in the United States"
THIS Magazine one of Canada's longest-publishing alternative journals; focuses on Canadian politics, literature and culture
Tikkun topics of interest to the Jewish community
Tolerance.org latest stories on tolerance issues
Tom Dispatch: A Regular Antidote To the Mainstream Media a daily weblog for anyone in despair over post-September 11 US mainstream-media coverage of our world and ourselves
Tom Dispatch "for anyone in despair over post-September 11th US mainstream media coverage of our world and ourselves"
Tom Paine.com/mon sense "seeks to enrich the national debate on controversial public issues by featuring the ideas, opinions, and analyses too often overlooked by the mainstream media"
Toward Freedom progressive international news; opposes all forms of domination
True Democracy aims to restore true democracy to the world; provides research on the Trilateral Commission
True Majority TrueMajority was founded by Ben Cohen, Co-founder, Ben and Jerry’s. It is a grassroots education and advocacy project; Once you register, you can go to our "Take Action" section and send faxes on on the issues we all care about to members of Congress and national leaders
Truth Out
TruthDig drilling beneath the headlines
Turning the Tide journal of anti-racist activism, research and education... exposes the strategies of organized white supremacists and their roots in U.S. political, social and economic structures
TV, How Much Do You Know About? According to child development specialists, the average child is 6-8 years old before he or she is able to understand that the purpose of advertising is to sell a product... So why is PBS peddling products on pre-school shows like Barnie and Sesame Street?... besides children, the quiz also covers the TV media business
Tyndall Weekly Report monitors the television networks' nightly newscasts
Unabashed Librarian newsletter; overriding commitment to "serve the user" (paper format only)
UnderNews progressive commentary on the news - "Inside the Beltway, out of the loop, and ahead of the curve"
United for a Fair Economy (UFE) raises awareness that concentrated wealth and power undermine the economy, corrupt democracy, deepen the racial divide, and tear communities apart. We support and help build social movements for greater equality
United for Peace & Justice news source about peace efforts
Upside Down World news from Latin America
Urban Ecology quarterly; dedicated to creating ecologically and socially healthy communities
Urgent Action Network urgent calls for action from Amnesty International
Utne Reader a digest of alternative ideas and material reprinted from alternative and independent media sources
Veterans Against the Iraq War "While other Americans pontificate and theorize about war, we know about its cruel reality. The present Administration is led by men and women who chose not to serve in the military and today have little understanding of war and no comprehension of its consequences"
Veterans for Peace "We know the consequences of American foreign policy because once, at a time in our lives, so many of us carried it out. We find it sad that war seems so delightful, so often, to those that have no knowledge of it"
Veterans for Common Sense "In an age when the majority of public servants [read "politicians"] have never served in uniform" veterans wish to be heard on questions of national security
Vibe news and features about urban culture
Village Voice weekly newspaper covering events from the New York perspective
Voices in the Wilderness camaign to end the economic sanctions against the people of Iraq
Voices That Must Be Heard NY City ethnic presses
War and Peace Digest anti-nuclear publication promoting peace, social justice, and media reform
War Profiteers from Corp Watch
War Resisters League
War Tax Resistance "What would you do if someone came to your door with a cup in hand asking for a contribution to help buy guns to kill a group of people they didn't like?"
War Times being produced to help broaden and deepen the fight against the Bush program by compiling information and analysis, and putting them into the hands of large numbers of readers
Washington Monthly national opinion magazine covering politics, media, and government
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs published 10 times per year; focuses on news and analysis from and about the Middle East and U.S. policy in that region
Washingtonian "the magazine Washington lives by"
WebActive News --covers 4 liberal radio stations
WEDO (Women's Environment and Development Organization founded by Bella Abzug ("A woman's place is in the house: the House of Representatives")
Welfare Warriors provides a voice for mothers and children in poverty
Wellstone Action trains people in progressive politics; focuses on universal healthcare, economic justice issues, and ending domestic violence
What Really Happened "the history the government hopes you DON'T learn" - lots of alternative news and articles
Where Your Taxes REALLY Go War Resisters League
Whole Earth Magazine provides access to tools, ideas, and practices to help people help themselves
Why Magazine quarterly; challenges the existence of hunger and poverty
Wider War Watch: The "War on Terrorism" and the Impetus to Widen It progressive news articles about the war
Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press deceptive title -- it is primarily a directory of media owned and operated by women; includes women's radio groups, news services, film and video groups, and bookstores; coverage of international titles is exceptionally strong
WOMENSNET --alerts on latest news worldwide
Working For Change "resources for people with progressive values"
WorldNetDaily right wing news & views
World Policy Journal quarterly; covers international affairs in the United States
World Radio Network -carries live audio newscast streams in RealAudio, Netshow and StreamWorks 24 hours a day from 25 of the world's leading public and international broadcasters. You can also hear a live relay of WRN1 in English, WRN2 in various languages and WRN3 in German... also carries video files of broadcasts from around the world.
World Socialist Web Site provides analysis of major world events, comments on political, cultural, historical, and philosophical issues from the viewpoint of the socialist movement
World View Magazine quarterly magazine of news and commentary about the developing world, the only magazine dedicated to bringing the events and people of the less-developed places in this world to U.S. readers
World Watch bi-monthly; about the damage done by the world economy to its environmental support system
Yes! A Journal of Positive Futures highlights ways that people are working for a just, sustainable, and compassionate future
YO! (Youth Outlook) a weekly newsletter of writing and art by incarcerated youth
Z Magazine an independent political magazine of critical thinking on political, cultural, social, and economic life in the United States
Z Net a huge website updated many times daily; offers information through diverse watch areas and sub-sites, translations, archives, links to other progressive sites, a daily commentary program, and much more

Leading Conservative Think Tanks:

Heritage Foundation
American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
Cato Institute

Leading Progressive Think Tanks:

Center for Policy Alternatives State Action.org
Institute for Policy Studies
Center for Budget and Policy Priorities
Economic Policy Institute

The Center for Policy Alternatives drew a clear fiscal picture in 2002: "The major conservative think-tanks in Washington -- American Enterprise Institute, American Legislative Exchange Council, the Cato Institute -- had a combined budget of $45.9 million, while the major progressive think-tanks -- the Center for Policy Alternatives, the Institute for Policy Studies, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute -- had a combined budget of only $10.2 million.

The Heritage Foundation, the most influential conservative think-tank, runs on more than $25 million a year; the Economic Policy Institute, the premier think-tank of progressives, gets by on less than $6 million annually

(above comments quoted from Campaign for America's Future a think-tank devoted to revitalizing the progressive agenda).

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Societies to Promote a Particular Judicial Viewpoint, particularly in students before they enter the law profession:

The Federalist Society a feeder system for young ultraconservatives; their focus is on theory; has been around for about 20 years; states that the current dominant vision of American law is a narrow liberal vision

American Constitution Society promotes a progressive/liberal vision of the law; focus is on the human consequences of judicial decision-making; founded in 2001; states that the current dominant vision of American law is a narrow conservative vision


Note: The term "alternative news" is defined on this page as news which does not come from major corporate news providers. Corporate providers, like CNN, CBS, NBC, etc., are easily accessed--in fact, hard to avoid--and so are not listed here. Many mainstream news sources can be accessed at News and Newspapers, a collection of links.


Please send comments to: Colby Glass, MLIS