An alternative press, often called an independent press, "is a small entity which is not controlled by corporations that dominate the publishing industry... Alternative press publications often address important social issues and publish innovative and experimental works largely ignored or covered superficially in the mainstream press." (ODLIS, the Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science)
The Alternative Press Center (APC) is a non-profit collective dedicated to providing access to and increasing public awareness of the alternative press. It creates the Alternative Press Index
Conservative News Outlets from the Center for Media and Democracy
Liberal News Outlets from the Center for Media and Democracy
"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." A project of the Independent Media Institute.
"Since 1986, Deep Dish has been a laboratory for new, democratic and empowering ways to make and distribute video.... The network has produced and distributed over 300 hours of television series that challenge the suppression of awareness, the corruption of language, and the perversion of logic that characterizes so much of corporate media."
"Dissent is a quarterly magazine of politics and culture edited by Michael Kazin and Michael Walzer. A magazine of the left, Dissent is also one of independent minds and strong opinions"
"The premier online gathering place for independent, grass-roots conservatism on the web."
"Free Speech TV is an independent, publicly-supported, non-profit TV multi-platform digital media pioneer. Using both television and the Internet, Free Speech TV inspires viewers to become civically engaged to build a more just, equitable, and sustainable society.
Independent Media Center (Indymedia: with branches in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Italy, France, Israel, and elsewhere)
"Indymedia is a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage. Indymedia is a democratic media outlet for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of truth"
"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."
"We pioneer internet and mobile phone applications, which the world's poorest people can use to improve their life opportunities, and which help people everywhere understand global problems - and do something about them."
"The Pacifica Foundation was founded in 1949 as a visionary alternative to commercialy-driven media. We pioneered listener-sponsored, community radio and have been a beacon for noncommercial, free media."
"Paper Tiger has been creating fun, funky, hard-hitting, investigative, compelling and truly alternative media since 1981! The programs produced at PTTV have inspired media-savvy community productions and activism around the world."
"The Progressive Review began in 1964 with the Idler, a strong critic of the Johnson administration and the Vietnam War and a supporter of the civil rights movement." The full run is available at its website.
Winner of the Utne Independent Press Award in 2011, "Red Pepper is a bi-monthly magazine and website of left politics and culture." It is based in the UK.
"Reno's independent alternative news & entertainment resource"
"Townhall.com is the #1 conservative website. Townhall.com pulls together political commentary and analysis from over 100 leading columnists and opinion leaders, research from 100 partner organizations, conservative talk-radio and a community of millions of grassroots conservatives."
"Utne Reader and Utne.com are digests of independent ideas and alternative culture. Not right, not left, but forward thinking. We're most interested in creating a conversation about everything from the environment to the economy, politics to pop culture."
Adapted from: Yale University Library Alternative News Sources by Todd Gilman, PhD, MLS