Selected US Independent Media

This list does not purport to include all independent U.S. outlets worth highlighting, but it does illustrate the rich and varied landscape in the independent (non-conglomerate) media sector.



  • – news and entertainment website with original investigative stories, breaking news, essays, blogs


  • Fair ObserverNonprofit outlet that “aims to inform and educate global citizens of today and tomorrow”


  • Alternet – “online community with original journalism” plus “the best of hundreds of other independent media sources”
  • The American Prospect– print/online magazine offering “liberal intelligence”
  • The American Independent News Network –  “impact journalism that not only covers the news but    shapes it”
  • CommonDreams – “breaking news and views for the progressive community”
  • CounterPunch – “radical muckracking” web and print newsletter
  • Dissident Voice – “in the struggle for peace and social justice”
  • Payday Report – “small crowdfunded labor publication based in Pittsburgh, PA”
  • Mother Jones – “investigative, political, and social justice reporting”
  • The Nation – “a really critical spirit” since 1865
  • The Progressive – “peace and social justice since 1909”
  • ShadowProof – “journalism, analysis and commentary relentlessly focused on . . . pervasive injustices [and] inappropriate control exerted by institutions of power”
  • Talking Points Memo – “original reporting on government and politics”
  • Toward Freedom – online magazine that “advances movements for human rights, peace, justice and enlightenment”
  • Truthdig – “drilling beneath the headlines”
  • Truthout – “independent voices, under-covered issues”
  • The Uptake– “Will journalism be done by you or to you?” 
  • Washington Monthly– “what really matters in Washington”
  • Z Magazine / ZNet –  “dedicated to resisting injustice”


  • The American Conservative – opinion magazine cofounded by Patrick Buchanan
  • National Review – “America’s most widely read and influential magazine and web site for Republican/conservative news, commentary”


  • Brave New Films – “championing social justice issues; moving images to . . . empower viewers to take action” 
  • Democracy Now! – daily TV/radio news program hosted by Amy Goodman/Juan Gonzalez on 850+ stations, “largest public media collaboration in US”
  • Free Speech TV – “progressive and independent TV/multimedia network” 
  • The Laura Flanders Show – “in-depth interviews, field reports, and commentary distributed weekly” (syndicated) 
  • Link TV – “television without borders” TV channel 
  • Real News Network – viewer-sponsored reporting on national/global issues 
  • The Young Turks (TYT Network) – online news show covering politics, economics, pop culture, social trends and lifestyle 


  • Alternative Radio – weekly one-hour progressive show featuring speeches and in-depth interviews
  • CounterSpin – weekly half-hour media-watch program from FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting; full disclosure: FAIR was founded by PCIM director Jeff Cohen) 
  • Free Speech Radio News – “daily half-hour progressive newscast owned and managed by news reporters” 
  • Hightower Commentary – populist Jim Hightower’s daily two-minute commentaries
  • Inquiring Minds – free podcast offering weekly “in-depth exploration of the place where science, politics, and society collide”
  • Making Contact – weekly half-hour documentary-style public affairs program  
  • Pacifica – “listener-supported community radio network” owning 5 stations
  • Thom Hartmann Program – daily “news, opinion, debate”  

INDY PRINT (newspapers, magazines, newsletters; also online)

  • Adbusters – “journal of the mental environment”
  • Dissent magazine – “quarterly magazine of politics and ideas” 
  • Harper’s magazine – the nation’s “oldest general interest monthly” on politics, society, environment, culture
  • Hightower Lowdown – monthly populist newsletter from Texan Jim Hightower  
  • The Indypendent – “a free paper for free people”
  • In These Times – “newsmagazine committed to political and economic democracy” 
  • Ode magazine – “positive news about the people and ideas that are changing our world”
  • The Sun – “personal, political, provocative, ad-free” monthly with long interview, nonfiction, fiction, poetry, photographs and reader-submitted thematic writing
  • Washington Spectator – biweekly bulletin offering “behind the scenes insight”
  • Yes! magazine – “solution-oriented journalism covering peace, justice and sustainability” 


  • Black Agenda Report – “news, analylsis, and commentary from the Black left”
  • New America Media is “a nationwide association of over 3,000 ethnic media organizations,” mostly independent, including
  • Colorlines – “journalism in service to racial justice” 
  • News Taco – “the Latino daily”
  • Voices of NY – “best of the community and ethnic media”



  • America Blog – “a blog about gay politics in the USA and the world”
  • Bitch magazine – feminist “commentary on our media-driven world”
  • Feminist Magazine – “news, views, politics, culture . . . with a feminist perspective”
  • – “young feminists blogging, organizing, kicking ass” 
  • 51 Percent – public radio show on “women’s issues” and “topics that concern us all”
  • Ms. Magazine – “more than a magazine — a movement” 
  • Women’s eNews – “nonprofit daily Internet-based news service”


  • Florida Phoenix –  free, nonprofit news site to “lift up emerging innovative ideas”


  • Columbia Journalism Review – “encourages and stimulates excellence in journalism in the service of a free society”
  • FAIR/Extra!, “offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship” (full disclosure: founded by PCIM’s founding director Jeff Cohen)


  • Audubon magazine – “where nature enthusiasts, outdoor adventurers and socially conscious consumers can discover, connect with and be inspired by the natural world”
  • Circle of Blue WaterNews – “reporting the global water crisis”
  • DeSmogBlog – “clearing the PR pollution that clouds climate science”
  • E, the Environmental Magazine  – bimonthly with news and resources for people concerned about the environment 
  • Earth Island Journal  –  “hard-hitting exposés and inspiring stories of grassroots movements” 
  • EcoWatch  – “uniting all shades of green” to “drive fundamental change”
  • Grist – “a beacon in the smog; environmental news and commentary with a wry twist” 
  • High Country News – “informs and inspires people, through in-depth journalism, to act on behalf of the West’s diverse natural and human communities”
  • Inside Climate News – “covers clean energy, carbon energy, nuclear energy and environmental science—plus the territory in between where law, policy and public opinion are shaped”
  • Kaiser Health News – “in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics,” largely funded by the Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Living on Earth – weekly environmental news radio program
  • Orion magazine – inspiring “a cultural force for healing nature and community” 
  • Radio Ecoshock – show/audiocast hosted by Alex Smith covering “science and issues of climate change, oceans, forests, pollution, Peak Oil, the economy, and peace.”
  • Sea Change Radio – “weekly show covering the shifts to social, environmental and economic sustainability”; syndicated and podcast
  • SkyTruth – providing “remote sensing (satellite images) and mapping for environmental conservation: If you can see it, you can change it”

  See more at Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting’s (FAIR) Resource list.