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AlterNet
'AlterNet is an award-winning news magazine and online community that creates original journalism and amplifies the best of hundreds of other independent media sources. AlterNet’s aim is to inspire action and advocacy on the environment, human rights and civil liberties, social justice, media, health care issues, and more.'

Bilderberg.org
'Research into the Power Elite's secretive Bilderberg Conferences - and related work...
Wouldn't it be satisfying if the energy being put in to help sort out our misdirected world could turn things around? It would be comforting to think so but realistically the banks, corporate media and other transnational corporations, the merger maniacal 'dark side', are extending their monopolistic control. The modern transnational corporation is an immortal, soulless collusion of greed that reduces everything it touches to a dollar value.'


Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
'One of Britain's premier centres for teaching and research, with staff who have international reputations both in practical journalism and in research and publication.'

Center for Media and Public Affairs 'The Center's goal is to provide an empirical basis for ongoing debates over media fairness and impact through well-documented, timely, and readable studies of media content.'
Center for Public Integrity 'The Center's books, studies and newsletters combine political science and investigative reporting, unfettered by the usual time and space constraints. Through its hard-earned reputation for "public service journalism," the Center aims to produce high-quality, well-documented, investigative research resulting in a better-informed citizenry that demands a higher level of accountability from its government and elected leaders. The Center also extends globally its style of watchdog journalism in the public interest through the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).'

Columbia Journalism Review 'The Columbia Journalism Review is recognized throughout the world as America's premiere media monitor-a watchdog of the press in all its forms, from newspapers and magazines to radio, television, and cable to the wire services and the Web.'
Common Dreams
' It's been said that dreams are our roadmaps to the future. If so, where are we headed? Common Dreams is a national non-profit citizens' organization working to bring progressive Americans together to promote progressive visions for America's future. Founded in 1997, we are committed to being on the cutting-edge of using the internet as a political organizing tool - and creating new models for internet activism.
We are funded exclusively by our members and supporters - no corporate money, no advertising, no hidden agendas. With a small staff and a network of volunteers, we are proud of what we've accomplished on a shoestring budget.'

Corporate Europe Observatory 'CEO is a European-based research and campaign group targeting the threats to democracy, equity, social justice and the environment posed by the economic and political power of corporations and their lobby groups.'
Corporate Watch (UK) 'Corporate Watch is a radical research and publishing group, set up in late 1996 to support activism against large corporations, particularly multinationals. While rooted in the grassroots ecological movement, it now embraces a range of issues and campaigning approaches.'
Corporate Watch (US) 'Corporate Watch is an online magazine and resource center designed to provide you - every day Internet users - activists, journalists, students, teachers and policy makers - with an array of tools that you can use to investigate and analyze corporate activity.
We are committed to exposing corporate greed by documenting the social, political, economic and environmental impacts of these transnational giants.'
CounterPunch 'Twice a month we bring our readers the stories that the corporate press never prints.'
Covert Action Quarterly 'It is part of the American myth that our major media are objective and unbiased, a mainstay of democracy. We believe, however, that the overwhelmingly dominant corporate media have become merely the voice of an increasingly unilateral and controlled empire, devoted to the indoctrination of the public in the interests of corporate, industrial, military, and ruling powers. There has been, throughout the post-World War II years, little analysis of this phenomenon, little criticism of the myth of the impartial media.'

Dissent 'Each issue features reflective articles about politics in the U.S., incisive social and cultural commentary, plus the most sophisticated coverage of European politics you'll find anywhere outside of Europe. As the Utne Reader says, "Politics, economics, and culture come together in every article, giving the entire publication a balance most political journals lack." '
Democracy Now!
'For true democracy to work, people need easy access to independent, diverse sources of news and information.
But the last two decades have seen unprecedented corporate media consolidation. The U.S. media was already fairly homogeneous in the early 1980s: some fifty media conglomerates dominated all media outlets, including television, radio, newspapers, magazines, music, publishing and film. In the year 2000, just six corporations dominated the U.S. media.
In addition, corporate media outlets in the U.S. are legally responsible to their shareholders to maximize profits.
Democracy Now! is funded entirely through contributions from listeners, viewers, and foundations. We do not accept advertisers, corporate underwriting, or government funding. This allows us to maintain our independence.'

The Ecologist 'Our subject areas are broad, our analysis radical. In an authoritative and accessible style, we cover issues both topical and general, and in doing so, open new areas of debate on everything from science and technology to the impacts of the globalisation of economic development on jobs, health and the environment.'
Ethical Consumer 'Ethical consumerism is all about empowering the consumer. Often people feel powerless in the face of global issues such as ozone depletion and third world exploitation but ethical consumerism can be a driving force for change.'
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) 'FAIR is the national media watch group that offers well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship. We seek to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press. We scrutinize media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints.
FAIR believes that independent, aggressive and critical media are essential to an informed democracy. But mainstream media are increasingly cozy with the economic and political powers they should be watchdogging. Mergers in the news industry have accelerated, further limiting the spectrum of viewpoints that have access to mass media. With U.S. media outlets overwhelmingly owned by for-profit conglomerates and supported by corporate advertisers, independent journalism is compromised.'
Free Speech Internet Television 'Free Speech Internet Television is the first audio/video hub on the web created and defined by the people who use it.
Establishment media responds to the interests of stockholders and the perspectives of the advertizers who fill its pages, airtime and coffers. Freespeech.org attempts to respond to the interests of that majority of the people whose voices are excluded or distorted in the corporate media.'
Glasgow Media Group
'The Unit has developed techniques to link the analysis of media content with the processes by which audiences receive and interpret messages.'

Hidden Agendas - the films and writings of John Pilger
'It is not enough for journalists to see themselves as mere messengers without understanding the hidden agendas of the message and myths that surround it.'

INK
'INK is the trade association of the radical and alternative press in the UK. As well as this website, INK is involved in a number of other projects that aim to raise awareness of the alternative media.'

Infoshop.org 'Your online anarchist community.'
In These Times 'In These Times is an independent political newsmagazine. Our purpose is to challenge the ideological conformity of the corporate media, and to make sense of the news bites and disembodied stories we are fed in the daily press and on television.'
Independent Media Center
'The Independent Media Center is a network of collectively run media outlets for the creation of radical, objective, and passionate tellings of the truth. We work out of a love and inspiration for people to who continue to work for a better world, despite corporate media's distortions and unwillingness to cover the efforts to free humanity.'
Lobster Magazine 'The Journal of Parapolitics... Lobster has included features on: Stalker, Lockerbie, Northern Ireland and Colin Wallace, British trade unions, Shooting the Pope, espionage, disinformation, Right-wing Terrorists, anti-Labour forgeries, the fifth Man, KAL 007, the Fiji coup, MI5's plots to smear British politicians, "Wilson, MI5 and the Rise of Thatcher", Counter-insurgency, Watergate, Falklands conspiracy theories, JFK, DEA, Oliver North, SAS, Combat 18, MI5, CIA, DoD, conspiracies, British nuke deployments, "Cyberspace, Secrecy and Spooks", British Fascism, the Communist threat, US Army Intelligence LSD testing, and much more.'
McSpotlight 'Created by the McInformation Network, an independent group of volunteers working from, at the last count, 22 countries on 4 continents.
The McInformation Network is dedicated to compiling and disseminating factual, accurate, up-to-date information - and encouraging debate - about the workings, policies and practices of the McDonald's Corporation and all they stand for. The Network also highlights opposition to McDonald's and other transnational companies.
McDonald's spends over $2 billion a year broadcasting their glossy image to the world. This is a small space for alternatives to be heard.'
The Media Foundation (Adbusters) 'The mission of our non-profit society is to transform our commercial media culture and direct it towards ecological and social awareness. Our mass media, our business culture constantly urges us to consume more and more, yet we know that our planet cannot survive this onslaught, with regards to pollution, biodiversity, resource depletion and climate change. This consumption machine, image making factory is what we want to bring to a grinding halt. We want to create a new media culture that does not have commercialism as its heart and soul. The Media Foundation publishes Adbusters magazine, created this site, and runs Powershift Advocacy Agency.'
MediaChannel
'MediaChannel is a media issues supersite, featuring criticism, breaking news, and investigative reporting from hundreds of organizations worldwide. As the media watch the world, we watch the media.'

MediaLens
Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media
'MediaLens is our response to the unwillingness, or inability, of the mainstream media to tell the truth about the real causes and extent of many of the problems facing us, such as human rights abuses, poverty, pollution and climate change.
Because much modern suffering is rooted in the unlimited greed of corporate profit-maximising - in the subordination of people and planet to profit - it seems to us to be a genuine tragedy that society has for so long been forced to rely on the corporate media for 'accurate' information.'

Le Monde diplomatique 'Le Monde diplomatique is the place you go when you want to know what’s really happening. This is a major international paper that is truly independent, that sees the world in fresh ways, that focuses on places no other publications reach. We offer a clear, considered view of the conflicting interests and complexities of a modern global world.'

The MoJo Wire 'Mother Jones is a magazine of investigation and ideas for independent thinkers. Provocative and unexpected articles inform readers and inspire action toward positive social change. Colorful and personal, Mother Jones challenges conventional wisdom, exposes abuses of power, helps redefine stubborn problems and offers fresh solutions.'
Multinational Monitor 'Tracks corporate activity, especially in the Third World, focusing on the export of hazardous substances, worker health and safety, labor union issues and the environment.'
The Nation ' "The Nation will not be the organ of any party, sect, or body. It will, on the contrary, make 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 by which so much of the political writing of the day is marred." -- from The Nation's founding prospectus, 1865.'
New Internationalist
NI 'exists to report on issues of world poverty and inequality; to focus attention on the unjust relationship between the powerful and the powerless in both rich and poor nations; to debate and campaign for the radical changes necessary if the basic material and spiritual needs of all are to be met.'

OneWorld 'OneWorld is dedicated to promoting human rights and sustainable development by harnessing the democratic potential of the Internet.
Like most of our readers, we are acutely aware of the injustices and unnecessary suffering in the world. Our aim is to bear witness to this injustice and to help people shed whatever light they can on it.
Cruelty and injustice flourish most freely in the dark - or in the ambiguous twilight of 'open secrets'. Bringing issues into the light, we believe, is a first step towards positive change.'

openDemocracy 'Independent, public interest, not-for-profit; a counter to the corporate media.'

Organization of News Ombudsmen (ONO)
'Why should a newspaper or broadcaster have an ombudsman?
- To improve the quality of news reporting by monitoring accuracy, fairness and balance.
- To help his or her news provider to become more accessible and accountable to readers or audience members and, thus, to become more credible.
- To increase the awareness of its news professionals about the public's concerns.
- To save time for publishers and senior editors, or broadcasters and news directors, by channeling complaints and other inquiries to one responsible individual.
- To resolve some complaints that might otherwise be sent to attorneys and become costly lawsuits.'

Peace News
'Welcome to Peace News, the newspaper for the UK grassroots peace and justice movement. We seek to oppose all forms of violence, and to create positive change based on cooperation and responsibility.'

Positive News 'Positive News is the world's first positive newspaper. We report on positive developments from across the world and take a solution-focused perspective on the challenges facing society.
We aim to inform, inspire and empower our readers, while helping create a more balanced and constructive media.'

Power and Interest News Report (PINR) 'PINR is an independent organization that utilizes open source intelligence to provide conflict analysis services in the context of international relations. PINR approaches a subject based upon the powers and interests involved, leaving the moral judgments to the reader.'

PR Watch (Center for Media & Democracy) 'A nonprofit, public interest organization funded by individuals and nonprofit foundations and dedicated to investigative reporting on the public relations industry. The Center serves citizens, journalists and researchers seeking to recognize and combat manipulative and misleading PR practices.
Whether the issue is health, consumer safety, environmental preservation or democracy and world peace, citizens today find themselves confronted by a bewildering array of hired propagandists paid to convince the public that junk food is nutritious, pollution is harmless, and that what's good for big business and big government is good for the rest of us.
Unlike advertising, public relations is often hard to recognize. "The best PR is invisible," say industry insiders. To spin the news in favor of their clients, PR firms specialize in setting up phony citizens' groups and scientific "experts" who spin out contrived research using junk science.'

Red Pepper 'An independent magazine of news, debate and culture for the left.'
SchNEWS 'The weekly newsletter from Justice? - Brighton's Direct Action collective.'
Social Criticism Review "I believe that, for the rest of the world contemporary America is an almost symbolic concentration of all the good and the bad of our civilization - ranging from the fantastic development of science and technology generating more welfare and the profundity of civil liberty and strength of democratic institutions, to the blind cult of perpetual economic growth and never-ending consumption, no matter how detrimental to the environment, the dictates of materialism, consumerism and advertising, the voiding of human uniqueness and its replacement by the uniformity of the round-the-clock noise of TV banality.
Who thinks today about future generations? Who is concerned about what people will eat, drink, breathe in one hundred years, where they will get energy when there are twice as many people living on this planet as today? Only an idealist, a dreamer, a genuinely spiritual person who, they say, is not modern enough.
These dreamers, who are often at the margin of society, will find their way to the place they belong, among the politicians, only if the very spirit of politics changes towards deeper responsibility for the world." Václav Havel, 1997

Statewatch 'Monitoring the state and civil liberties in the European Union.'
Stop the War Coalition - News
'Stop the War was founded in September 2001, in the weeks following 9/11 when George W. Bush announced the "war on terror". '

Transparency International TI is 'a non-governmental organisation dedicated to increasing government accountability and curbing both international and national corruption.
Our movement has multiple concerns:
humanitarian, as corruption undermines and distorts development and leads to increasing levels of human rights abuse;
democratic, as corruption undermines democracies and in particular the achievements of many developing countries and countries in transition;
ethical, as corruption undermines a society's integrity; and practical, as corruption distorts the operations of markets and deprives ordinary people of the benefits which should flow from them.'
Undercurrents 'A non-profit organisation set up since 1993 to carve a space for alternative media within the mainstream. We distribute the award winning Undercurrents alternative news video, containing features on environmental and social justice direct action. Our aim is to challenge the mainstreams definition of news and its elitist method of news reporting. We also aim to inspire and educate and empower people, from a broad and diverse range of communities, to take personal responsibility to bring about positive social and environmental change. The organisation is dedicated to creating a historical video archive of grassroots dissent.'

 

Utne Reader Online 'Bi-weekly, web periodical facilitating thought and discussion about new ideas and the emerging electronic culture. Where ideas and community intersect.'
ZNet 'ZNet intends to become a community of mutually supportive actors in the struggle to make the world a better place for human beings and other living things.'
'...a wide range of specifically online articles and resources on current struggle and crises, in-depth sections focusing on matters of race, gender, class, international relations, ecology, youth, gay liberation, etc., alternative media coverage, activism tools and coverage...'
Includes the Chomsky Archive .


 
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