Independent Media

Alternative Press databases

  • Alternative Press Index
    Index to articles in alternative news sources. Use to research topics that may not be well covered in the mainstream press; 1991 to current.
  • Black Newspapers
    Black Newspapers is a collection of current newspapers providing access to news from 1989 to the present,including Afro-American Red Star, Call & Post (A&I), Chicago Defender, Houston Post (A&I), Michigan Chronicle, Muslim Journal (A&I), New Journal & Guide (A&I), New York Amsterdam News, and the Los Angeles Sentinel.
  • Discover America's Story
    Discover America's Story focuses on small-town, rural, and local articles and reports on what is happening in-town and in-county while providing a local point of view on bigger issues such as state, regional, national politics and world affairs. The product is rich with articles relevant to geographic locations often under-reported or overlooked by mainstream news coverage such as natural resources, agriculture, land use, water rights and farming. Small-town news, op-ed, business, arts, government and life in general are covered well, plus published legal notices and obituaries are included.  [description from LexisNexis]
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    Ethnic Newswatch is a full-text collection of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Contents include African American, Arab and Middle Eastern, Asian American, European, Jewish, and Native American publications, including the Spanish-language press.
  • GenderWatch
    GenderWatch is a full-text database containing 140 international publications plus reports, pamphlets, papers and conference proceedings devoted to women's and gender issues. It is a repository of materials on gender issues worldwide, the evolution of the women's movement, and the changes in gender roles over the last twenty years.
  • LGBT life with Full Text
    World's literature regarding Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender issues. (Was GLBT Life with Full Text)

News Sources (Select titles)

  • Alternative Radio : Audio energy for democracy
    Public affairs radio program that airs for free on public radio stations.  It is part of the non-profit Institute for Social and Cultural Change.
  • AlterNet
    Syndicates alternative news and creates original news stories.
  • The American Prospect  Magazine of liberal ideals founded in 1990. Find it @ IC Library
  • Buzzsaw IC's alternative publication  Find it @ IC Library
  • Association of Alternative Newsweeklies
    A diverse group of 125 alt-weekly news organizations that cover every major metropolitan area in North America. See for featured stories
  • Common Dreams is a national nonprofit, progressive, nonpartisan citizens' organization founded in 1997 by political activists Craig Brown and his late wife, Lina Newhouser. The news site aggregates reporting and analysis from independent, mainstream, and foreign news outlets.
  • Daily Kos
    Progressive community blog.
  • Democracy Now!
    Independent news program hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez.
  • Free Speech TV
    Independent and publically supported television that promotes civic engagement. More about Free Speech TV.
  • Global Voices
    Aggregates world news from a community of over 200 bloggers. 
    An independent news organization that strives to bring global issues to the masses through articles, headlines, videos, and blogs. Articles are completely original, written by GNN users or contributors. Search by countries, keyword, and/or topics.
  • Huffington Post
    Edgy leftist blog founded by Arianna Huffington.  
  • I. F. Stone's Weekly
    Copies are available from January 17, 1953 through December 1, 1971 in PDF format.  See the website for terms of use. The PCIM "Izzy Award" honors the work of I.F. Stone.
  • In These Times  Nonprofit independent news magazine that is, "opposed to the dominance of transnational corporations and the tyranny of marketplace values over human values."   Find it @ IC Library
  • Independent Media Center (imc)
    Collective site for independent media organizations.   The NYC site publishes the Indypendent
  • Independent Television Service (ITVS)
    Brings independently-produced broadcast news programs such as the [I]ndependent Lens program to the world.  Funds, presents and promotes docs on public tv & cable such as Independent Lens on PBS
  • Indie Pix Films  Their goal is to expand the audience of independent film
  • IndieWIRE  News, Information and networking site for indie films
  • Inter Press Service (IPS)
    Global news agency that commits itself to underreported stories. Global themes include: Poverty, Civil Society, Sustainable Development, Globalisation and the South, Dialogue among civilisations, and Human Rights &Gender issues. Member of the COM+ Alliance of communicators for sustainable development.
  • Intercept
    The Intercept, a publication of First Look Media,  was created by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Jeremy Scahill as a platform to report on the documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.  They produce fearless, adversarial journalism across a wide range of issues.
  •  Journalist, author and documentary filmmaker
  • The Liberator (1918-1924) Successer to the radical artistic magazine The Masses. Read the Introduction for a detailed description.
  • Link TV
    Broadcasts programs to educate and motivate viewers to become engaged in the world.  More about Link TV. TED conference video will be available.
  • Mother Jones  Magazine that contains original investigative reporting. Find It @ IC Library
  • Nation : Blogs
    The Nation magazine\'s blog site. Includes: Campaign 08, Editor\'s Cut, The Beat, Actnow!, The Dreyfuss Report, Capitolism, The Notion, And Another Thing.  Liberal perspecitve.
  • Native Networks
    Initiated by the Smithsonian\'s National Museum of the American Indian, this site is a guide to media produced by people in Hawaii and the Americas.
  • New America Media (NAM)
    Founded by Pacific News Service in 1996, NAM collaborates with over 2000 ethnic news organizations to disseminate stories. Readers can chose stories by ethnicities or by special beats.
    Organization the offers, "important but overlooked news from around the world."  News You Might Have Missed (NYMHM) covers overlooked news and underserved communities.
  • Paper Tiger Television (PTTV)
    A volunteer video collective.  Read more about the PPTV mission.
  • Pacifica Radio
    Listener supported community radio network.  Here is a station map.
  • The Progressive (since 1909) Monthly leftwing magazine that includes investigative journalism, poetry, humour, etc. Find it @ IC
  • Prometheus Radio Project
    Non-profit organization of radio activists that promotes free, diverse and democratic media.
  • Propublica  Independent non-profit newsroom that produces investigative reports
  • Talking Points Memo (TPM)
    Josh Marshall's political blog.
  • TNR Blogs
    The New Republic: A Journal of Politics and the Art magazine (TNR) hosts the following blogs: The Plank, The Stump, The Spine, The Flack, and The Vine.
  • Truthdig
    Progressive web magazine covering current affairs. It includes a mixture of original reporting and aggregated content.
  • truthout
    Progressive news site that is dovoted to issues of equality, democracy, human rights, accountability and social justice.  Reporters use independent voices and foces on undercovered issues.  Included some aggregated news sources.
  • UTNE
    Digest of the new ideas and perspectives in arts, culture, politics, and spirituality.
  • WikiLeaks
    "WikiLeaks is a non-profit media organization dedicated to bringing important news and information to the public."
  • World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC)
    International non-governmental association serving the community radio movement.
  • Z Magazine  Progressive monthly magazine. Find it @ IC Library


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