Media and Democracy

This Pathfinder under construction, 1 December 2011

Web Sites

Common Cause Media and Democracy Consolidation - Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest. 

Free Press Media Consolidation - Free Press is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to reform the media. Through education, organizing and advocacy, they promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, quality journalism and universal access to communications.

Save the, a project of Free Press, is leading the search for new public policies to promote a robust free press in America.

Magazines and Newspapers

In These Times - In These Times is a nonprofit and independent newsmagazine committed to political and economic democracy and opposed to the dominance of transnational corporations and the tyranny of marketplace values over human values. In These Times is dedicated to reporting the news with the highest journalistic standards; to informing and analyzing movements for social, environmental and economic justice; and to providing an accessible forum for debate about the policies that shape our future.

Mother JonesMother Jones is a nonprofit news organization that specializes in investigative, political, and social justice reporting.

The NationThe Nation is the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the United States. The periodical, devoted to politics and culture, is self-described as "the flagship of the left." Founded on July 6, 1865, It is published by The Nation Company. [Wikipedia]

The ProgressiveThe Progressive is a monthly leftwing magazine of investigative reporting, political commentary, cultural coverage, activism, interviews, poetry, and humor. It steadfastly stands against militarism, the concentration of power in corporate hands, and the disenfranchisement of the citizenry. It champions peace, social and economic justice, civil rights, civil liberties, human rights, a preserved environment, and a reinvigorated democracy. Its bedrock values are nonviolence and freedom of speech.

The Utne ReaderFor more than 20 years, Utne has functioned as a guide to the alternative and independent press. 

Independent News Organizations

Alternative InsightAlternative Insight presents articles on world issues, with these objectives - original, well-researched, informative, interesting, and still relevant after many years. Written with a unique perspective, the reports are not alternative insights, but insights that are alternatives to conventionally recorded news and opinions. By selecting facts and slanting reports to advance agendas, the narrowly focused conventional media is actually alternative to truth and actuality.

AlternetAlterNet 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.

The American ProspectThe Prospect is a monthly print and online political magazine based in Washington, D.C.

Democracy Now! - Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program.

World - News and Views From Around the World.

International News Coverage

BBC World Service - BBC World Service is
the world's leading international broadcaster providing programmes and content for radio, television, online and mobile phones in English and 27 other languages.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation - Canadian regional news and coverage of world issues.

Deutsche Welle - International news and broadcasting service based in Germany.

Guardian Unlimited - International world news from the United Kingdom UK.

National Public Radio - Includes news, audio archives, and transcripts.