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Connexions
Connexions compiles and disseminates information about social and economic alternatives. Established in 1975 as an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse, Connexions compiles and publishes a var...
Ulli Diemer
Comment and analysis from a libertarian perspective on topics such as censorship and freedom of speech, political correctness, double standards, identity politics, post-modernism, media bias, atheism, secularism, and archives and ...
Media Names & Numbers
Published by Sources, Media Names & Numbers is a comprehensive Canadian media directory including television and radio networks, stations, digital and specialty broadcasters, programs, cable TV; daily, weekly, and community...
The Straight Goods
Over ten years Straight Goods News has worked to become a trusted, progressive Canadian online news source. It evolved from one news website - StraightGoods.ca - to a family of them including: HarperIndex.ca, PublicValues.ca, ...
Barrie Zwicker
Author, producer and social and political activist Barrie Zwicker has specialized in media criticism since 1970. Since the events of 9/11 he has become a leader in the "9/11Truth movement." Millions of people around the world (as ...

News Releases

Connexions Archive seeks a new home
2009-11-18
Connexions Information Sharing Services
The Connexions Archive, a Toronto-based library dedicated to preserving the history of grassroots movements for social change, needs a new home.
Grassroots Archives: Preservation as subversion?
2012-10-08
Ulli Diemer of Connexions, a social justice library and archive - www.connexions.org - discusses problems facing grassroots archives at a talk sponsored by the Humanist Association of Toronto (HAT).
Leftwords Festival of Books and Ideas
2012-05-05
Leftwords
LeftWords is a free public event that celebrates and promotes the work of progressive Canadian and international writers and thinkers whose works appear in books and magazines by Canadian independent ...
Memory as Resistance: Grassroots Archives and the Battle of Memory
2012-11-02
Connexions Archive
CONNEXIONS and Beit Zatoun are spotlighting grassroots archives this November with an open house and networking event November 24, a talk and discussion November 27, and an exhibit (November 16-27).
Shifting the frame – and getting our message out
2011-09-06
Beit Zatoun
Beit Zatoun offers two workshops to help progressive communities and organizations better develop and communicate their message using the general media. Sat. Sept 24 & Sat. Oct. 29, 2011.

Sources Select Resources

Activist archiving in Toronto
Lithgow, Michael
Article
2013
Alternative Archive
People gather in Toronto to discuss what many hope will grow into a movement for archiving grassroots histories.
Alternative Media
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
Alternative Media is an Absolute Necessity!!
Zacherydtaylor
Article
2012
Open Salon
By now most people that have been paying close attention to the traditional media and made some attempt to look at other sources know that the traditional media is controlled by corporate interests an...
An alternative media list
Getting the news - and getting behind the news
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2014
Connexions
A selective list of English-language alternative media.
Antiwar.com vs. the Decline of American Journalism
Raimondo, Justin
Article
2017
Antiwar.com
What is the "alternative" media? If we look at the phrase itself, it seems to mean the media that presents itself as the alternative to what we call the "corporate media," i.e. the New York Times, the...
Authentic journalism: weapon of the people
Giordano, Al
Article
2010
openDemocracy
The path out of the crises wrought by commercial journalism opens when citizens steal back the mission that big media claimed but failed to do: Honest, coherent storytelling.
Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country
Ostergaard, Anders
Film/Video
Anders Ostergaard's award-winning documentary assembles footage smuggled out of Burma/Myanmar by an underground journalist group known as Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB). The film explores how DVB mem...
The Case for Grassroots Archives
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called "the battle of memory". People's history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden historie...
Changing Media
Public Interest Policies for the Digital Age
Turner, Derek et. all
Article
2009
Free Press
Includes groundbreaking research and analysis on achieving universal, affordable Internet access, answering the crisis in journalism and building a world-class public media system.
Citizen media
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
The term citizen media refers to forms of content produced by private citizens who are otherwise not professional journalists.
Clickbait v Political Impact: Alternative Journalism as Social Media Becomes the New News Source
Pearson, Tamara
Article
2016
Counterpunch
In first world countries, Facebook and Twitter are fast becoming the main places where people come across their news -- ahead of television and news sites. "Success" is becoming about the number of re...
Connexions Library: Arts, Media, Culture Focus
Website
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on media, culture, and art.
Connexions Library: Organizing Focus Page
Website
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Selected articles from the Connexions Online Library.
Connexions Other Voices - April 30, 2017
Affirming life, resisting war, reporting UFOs
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
Connexions
What do we do when those in power recklessly put the future of the entire planet at risk with their acts of aggression and military provocations, while they ignore the growing disaster of climate chan...
Content Magazine - Number 18
April 1972
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Content Magazine
Content Magazine - Number 19
May 1972
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Content Magazine
Content Magazine - Number 36
October 1973
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Content Magazine - Number 53
July 1975
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Could a 'mini-paper' nip at the heels of mainstream press?
Fillmore, Nick
Article
2010
Connexions
A mini-paper would be incredibly inexpensive to publish. There would be no requirement for newsprint, a huge printing plant or large delivery system.
Creation of Sustainable Free Media Would Be Huge Breakthrough
Part 4 of The Crisis in Canadian Media
Fillmore, Nick
Article
2010
Connexions
Independent media organizations would approach news differently compared to the coverage provided by corporate-owned media.
The Descent of the Left Press: From IF Stone to The Nation
Proyect, Louis
Article
2016
CounterPunch
Just about fifty years ago when I was becoming politicized around the war in Vietnam, I began searching desperately for information and analysis that could explain why this senseless war was taking pl...
Frequently Asked Questions about Sources
Article
Sources
SOURCES is a media service that connects journalists, editors, authors and researchers with the sources they need for their work. SOURCES spotlights organizations, institutions, government agencies, c...
From the Ashes of Dying Newspapers Will Come Authentic News
Giordano, Al
Article
2009
Narco News
Every time a daily newspaper of the obsolete model lays off another round of reporters, more of them come to us to study and learn the craft anew from this very different and opposite angle: from belo...
Frontier Films
Article
Frontier films Inc. was a non-profit organization formed in March 1938 out of the Worker's Film and Photo League and Nykino, meant to continue the tradition of producing films for social change in a d...
Funding for Non-profit Media or Public Interest Activities
Part 7 of 7 - Canada's Media in Crisis
Fillmore, Nick
Article
2010
Connexions Information Sharing Services
A group that launches, or even refocuses, an independent news media project - or raises money for just about any public-interest activity - will probably have success in fundraising if it does the pro...
Getting your story into the media
Article
Sources
Stories are the heart and soul of the media. Journalism is about telling stories, and good stories require sources # human contacts, the people who provide informed comment and expertise, the people w...
Helping you reach the media
How Sources can help you get more and better media coverage
Article
Sources
Media coverage is the most valuable kind of publicity there is because it is based on the news value or information value of what you do or say, and is therefore far more credible than paid publicity ...
How Alternative Media Provide The Crucial Critique Of The Mainstream
Keeble, Richard
Article
2010
Medialens
The closeness of the mainstream to dominant economic, cultural and ideological forces means that the mainstream largely functions to promote the interests of the military/industrial/political complex....
How I Became a "Recovering Documentary Filmmaker" and Learned to Reach a Wider Public
The School of Authentic Journalism Saved My Life: Your Donations Make It Possible
Berger, Gregory
Article
2012
Narco News
A look into the way that the The School of Authentic Journalism guides journalists and organizers to reach wider audiences.
I.F. Stone: A Wonderful Pariah
Zwicker, Barrie
Article
1989
Canadian Dimension
I.F. Stone's Weekly
Stone, I.F.
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1953
I.f. Stone
Weekly newsletter published by I.F. Stone from 1953 to 1971. All issues between January 17, 1953 and December 1, 1971 are online.
The Importance of Journalism and Communications to Social Movements
Sicilia, Javier
Article
2012
Narco News
Remarks of Javier Sicilia to the School of Authentic Journalism.
In Mexico, Finally, a Revolt Against the Media
Bonilla, Isadora; Giordano, Al
Article
2012
Narco News
The summer will determine if the “I Am 132” moment becomes a movement and that’s why “Mexican Spring” is a poor choice of words for it.
Independent media advocates must develop creative news sites
Fillmore, Nick
Article
2010
Connexions
We should be able to come up with two or three practical models that can be used to set up sustainable news and information production and delivery systems.
Is that an archive in your basement... or are you just hoarding?
Sources News Release
Article
2012
Connexions
Are you an 'accidental archivist'? Have you been saving the publications and documents produced by the social justice projects you've been involved in? Then Connexions would like to hear from you.
It's Not All Relative
Levinovitz, Alan Jay
Article
2017
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Can a devotion to cultural tolerance lead to the triumph of alternative facts?
Javier Sicilia Calls Out to Alternative Media as a Force for Communication
Garcia, Laura
Article
2012
Narco News
At the 2012 School of Authentic Journalism, a poet reviews the first year of the movement against the drug war that he inspired.
Liberating Thought: Toward an Independent Mass Media
Fake, Steven
Article
2010
Ideas & Action
Prospects for democracy are dependent upon the growth of an independent media with wide exposure in the general population comparable to that of the corporate press.
Liberation News Service
Connexipedia Article
Article
A leftist alternative news service in the USA from 1967 to 1981.
A Life of Challenge to the Dogma of "Objectivity"
Richard Bell Is Practiced at Juggling Journalism, Advocacy and Politics
Han, Kirsten
Article
2012
Narco News
Journalism, advocacy, politics: Are they completely different fields or aspects of the same game? Can someone actually do all three? Richard Bell has done them all and has lived to tell the tale.
The Medium is The Middleman: For a Revolution Against Media
Giordano, Al
Article
1997
Narco News
Media now controls a new economic order: one that has supplanted governments, churches and productive industry to impose a mediating tyranny over people and our Daily Lives.
Memory as Resistance: Grassroots Archives and the Battle of Memory
Preservation as subversion: Do grassroots archives have a future?
Article
2012
Connexions and Beit Zatoun
CONNEXIONS and Beit Zatoun are spotlighting grassroots archives this November with an open house and networking event November 24, a talk and discussion November 27, and an exhibit (November 16-27). G...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - November 27, 2016
Alternative Media
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Connexions
A special issue on alternative media.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - April 1, 2017
April 1 issue
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
Connexions
Other Voices always strives to present you with alternative views on important topics. This issue offers some really alternative perspectives and even some "alternative facts." As always, read critica...
Red Menace #4
Volume 3, Number 1 - Winter 1979
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1979
Libertarian Socialist Collective
A Libertarian Socialist Newsletter
Sources gives you powerful tools to help you stand out from the crowd
Article
Sources
An overview of how you can use SOURCES to amplify your message. SOURCES is a media service that connects journalists, editors, writers, producers and researchers with the sources they need for their ...
The website of I.F. Stone
Stone, I.F.
Website
Website devoted to the journalism and life of radical journalist I.F. Stone (1907-1989).
Underground press
Connexipedia Article
Article
Independently published and distributed underground papers associated with the counterculture of the late 1960s and early 1970s in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and other western nations.
Underground Press Syndicate
Connexipedia Article
Article
A network of countercultural newspapers and magazines formed in 1967 .
What Makes Alternative Media Alternative?
Albert, Michael
Article
1997
Z Magazine
Having avidly consumed and helped conceive and produce alternative media for decades, I am tired of how vague we are on these issues.
The Witch-Hunters
Raimondo, Justin
Article
2016
Antiwar.com
Washington Post pushes campaign to censor alternative media.
World Charter of Free Media
Article
2015
World Forum of Free Media
A charter for the democratization of communication.
Writings by I.F. Stone
Stone, I.F.
Website

Sources Bookshelf

Alternative and Activist New Media
Lievrouw, Leah A.
Book
2011
An overview of the ways in which activists, artists, and citizen groups around the world use new media and information technologies to gain visibility and voice, present alternative or marginal views,...
Alternative Press Index
An index to alternative and radical periodicals
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1996
An index to alternative and radical publications, published quarterly in print and also available on CD-ROM.
The Barefoot Channel
Community Television as a Tool for Social Change
Goldberg, Kim
Book
1990
How you or you group can use local community TV station to get your message out.
Beyond the Echo Chamber
Reshaping Politics Through Networked Progressive Media
Clark, Jessica; Van Slyke, Tracy
Book
2010
According to the authors, a new breed of networked progressive media are informing and engaging millions. By harnessing a participatory media environment, they have succeeded in influencing political ...
Communication for and Against Democracy
Raboy, Marc and Bruck, Peter A. (ed.)
Book
1989
This anthology explores the circumstances in which communication serves at times as an instrument of repression and domination, and at others as a support for human emancipation.
Content Magazine - Number 18
April 1972
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Content Magazine - Number 19
May 1972
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Content Magazine - Number 36
October 1973
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Content Magazine - Number 53
July 1975
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Democracy's Oxygen
How Corporations Control the News
Winter, James
Book
1997
Winter shows that far from providing "democracy's oxygen," the news media legitimize a fundamentally undemocratic system. Instead of keeping the public informated, news organizations manufacture publi...
Getting the Goods
Information in BC How to Find It, How to Use It
Oustonm, Rick
Book
1990
A guide to the basic sources of information -- the tools of the trade -- that all reporters, researchers and investigators rely on.
Inventing Reality
The Politics of News Media
Parenti, Michael
Book
1993
Parenti sets out to demonstrate how the news media distort important aspects of social and political life and why they do.
Smoking Typewriters
The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America
McMillian, John
Book
2011
Describes the emergence of an underground press in the 1960s. Writers and participants reflected the spirit of cultural and political protest and encouraged the development of the New Left's highly de...
Uncovering the Sixties
Life and Times of the Undergound Press
Peck, Abe
Book
1985
A book about the Sixties and how they were recorded by radical participants. It traces how movements and communities convinced that their news did not fit into the agenda of mainstream media covered t...

Media

Blackfly Magazine
Ontario's progressive voice.
Broken Pencil
The magazine of zine culture and the independent arts.
The Canadian Progressive
The Canadian Progressive is an activism-oriented progressive political blog. Relentless action is required to effect progressive change, to make Canada and the world a better place. It encourages Cana...


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