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Alternative / Independent Press & Media

Pittsburgh Region

  • Pittsburgh City Paper
    Free alternative entertainment and news weekly. Now includes an archive of previous articles.
  • PublicSource
    PublicSource is an independent, non-profit news group that focuses on original investigative reporting about critical issues facing Pittsburgh and the Western Pennsylvania region. It was launched to undertake in-depth reporting in the public interest.

United States - Directories

  • Alternative Press Center
    The Alternative Press Center (APC) is a non-profit collective dedicated to providing access to and increasing public awareness of the alternative press.
  • Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (ANN)
    The trade organization for alternative newspapers in North America, AAN is a diverse group of 119 non-daily publications, most of which are free-circulation papers. There is at least one AAN member in every major metropolitan area, and many others publish in smaller markets.
  • Indymedia (Independent Media Center)
    Indymedia is a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage. Indymedia was born of the attempt to cover the protests against the World Trade Organization in its meeting in Seattle in 1999. It considers itself "a democratic media outlet for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of truth". There are currently about over fifty autonomous Independent Media Centers around the world.
  • Good Reading Starts Here
    News, information and guides to independent bookstores, independent publishers, literary magazines, alternative periodicals, independent record labels, alternative newsweeklies and more.
  • Utne Reader Independent Press Awards 2011
    The Utne Reader is a great compiler of alternative news articles and news resources.


  • AlterNet sees itself as an "alternative to the corporate conglomerates that dominate the media marketplace." From the Independent Media Institute.
  • Handbook of Independent Journalism
    This brochure, written by Deborah Potter, executive director of NewsLab (, "offers a brief introduction to the fundamentals of journalism as it is practiced in democratic systems a journalism that attempts to base itself on fact and not opinion."
  • Arts and Letters Daily
    Go here for an academic review of books, news, articles, and research on the web.
  • Common Dreams
    "Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community". "Common Dreams is a national non-profit citizens' organization working to bring progressive Americans together to promote progressive visions for America's future." Their news center selects stories printed in news & media publications around the world.
  • Global Voices
    Global Voices is a community of more than 300 bloggers and translators around the world who work together to bring you reports from blogs and citizen media everywhere, with emphasis on voices that are not ordinarily heard in international mainstream media.
  • Mother Earth News
    "The orginal guide to living wisely." A great source for alternative and sustainable lifestyles.
  • Mother Jones
    This is the online version (founded in 1993) of the classic alternative magazine, Mother Jones (founded in 1976), named after Mary Harris Jones (1830-1930), a pioneer labor organizer.
  • New America Media
    Founded by the nonprofit Pacific News Service in 1996, New America Media is the country's first and largest national collaboration and advocate of 2000 ethnic news organizations.
  • Project Censored
    "Revealing the stories behind the Iron Curtain of Corporate Media."
  • ProPublica
    ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.
  • Utne Reader
    The online version of the print Utne Reader. "Founded in 1984 by Eric Utne, UTNE READER reprints the best articles from over 2,000 alternative media sources bringing you the latest ideas and trends emerging in our culture." You can sign up for their electronic newsletters in Environment, Spirituality, Politics, Arts, Media, Science & Technology, and Great Writing.