Publications, Networks, Publishers, ListServs

  •  Al Jazeera seeks to engage Americans with “fact-based, in-depth news.”
  • The British Broadcasting System, if only because its origins, and current forms still, clearly stem from public broadcasting that seeks fairness and balance more often than not, remains a noteworthy media force for believers in unions and social progress, its imperialistic imprimatur and neoliberal tendencies notwithstanding.
  • The Columbia Journalism Picture 20Review not only reports constantly on issues critical to all writers of non-fiction, but it also covers media-literacy and media-access and related issues that are important to all writers.
  • Common Dreams is yet another Democratic Party/’left-liberal’ nexus, full of plenty of ideas and analysis and data that seems often to revert to avoiding Republicans.
  •  Counterpunch uncovers a cohort of writers and thinkers with deep roots in community empowerment and action, covering the entire country and the broadest conceptualization of these varied issues of the current moment.
  • Daily Kos’s labor column pushes the Democratic Party to keep its promises, at the same time examining the practical exigencies of organizing unions and working for a living in the here and now.
  •  Democracy Now! serves up a multi-media smorgasbord, occasionally perhaps in far too ‘balanced’ and cautious a fashion, but undoubtedly in a useful and rigorous way.
  • Demos, a powerful voice from the Democratic Party ‘left’ and similar locales, provides large amounts of data, analysis, and networking potential.
  • Free Speech Radio News is both a place where writers can ‘find their voices’ and a source of vast amounts of grassroots reporting from around our fair Earth.
  • Harper’s provides the utter best of ‘liberal’ voices, tinged with radicalism, willing to see the warts and band-aids for what they are.
  • An Institute for Southern Studies portal to the resources and connections available through this Duke-University-affiliated program, few other locales give as much potential as this for studying and understanding the South.
  •  In These Times’ labor and economic justice section, a gem from this Chicago publication’s structure, in which the writer or searcher can always find much of value, independently and, in general, openly reported.
  • “A Magazine of Culture & Polemic,” Jacobin purveys that ever-elusive mix of sober analysis and enlightening fact that is much more often than not difficult to combine with graceful style and calm voice.
  •  Given that a French ‘liberal’ is like a radical ‘leftist’ here, Le Monde Diplomatique’s English language edition will be too much for some but ‘just right’ for plenty of others, while providing award-winning reporting and analysis that often appears nowhere else.
  • In terms of data-driven and reality-based analysis, few publications can surpass The Monthly Review, its archives in particular a goldmine resource.
  • Mother Jones Magazine all too often contextualizes matters in a fashion that ends up being antithetical to ‘progressive’ development, but in general proffers a solid proclivity to investigate and capacity to enlighten.
  •  Nation Magazine, while not as eclectic as Mother Jones, also eschews the sorts of analysis that threaten to wander into unwelcome ideological thickets, which one may view as either a strength or a weakness.
  •  Nation of Change, at least as much as Nation or Mother Jones embraces what the Democratic Party and its minions at such virtual communities as and so forth want to purvey as ‘left politics,’ which generally ends up being informative and useful at the cost of being analytically over-cautious about presenting, or even downright unwilling to present, radical or social democratic or Marxist viewpoints.
  •  New York Review of Books, which may be caving in finally to utter ‘neo-liberal’ hegemony, nevertheless covers such a wide range of knowledge and investigation that its archives and current assessments are well worth attending.pacifica
  •  Pacifica Radio gathers together awild-and-wooly hodgepodge of community radio and radical media and social-activist voices, in such affiliated stations as WRFG in Atlanta and KPFT in Houston, one of its five ‘flagship’ affiliates.
  • Progressive Magazine has, for more than a century, offered soulful, curmudgeonly, philosophical assessments of the current American way.
  •  Salon, another ‘liberal’ periodical, primarily/exclusively operates in the virtual arena.
  •  This project of the Nation Institute calls itself a “regular antidote to the mainstream media,” perhaps alluding to monopoly networks that ‘manufacture consent.’
  • TruthOut provides a wide-ranging, if generally ‘left-center’ reporting and analysis of current events, issues, and perspectives.
  •  Z-Magazine fulfills the prophecy that ‘the last shall be first,’ offering a model that seeks comprehensively to demonstrate the potential to combine research-and-analysis with networking and democratic action.

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