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  • "Accuracy In Media is a non-profit, grassroots citizens watchdog of the news media that critiques botched and bungled news stories and sets the record straight on important issues that have received slanted coverage." -From the website.

  • A website and magazine, Adbusters challenges the values projected by the media with art and criticism.

  • A gateway alternative media resources, the site includes links to articles on a variety of topics. Alternative Media Watch is a part of Z Net, the online website of _Z Magazine_, an independent monthly.

  • A website featuring original articles about a variety of subjects, as well as commentary by several bloggers and columnists. Includes multimedia and a forum for discussion.

  • "American Journalism Review is a national magazine that covers all aspects of print, television, radio and online media. The magazine, which is published six times a year, examines how the media cover specific stories and broader coverage trends. AJR analyzes ethical dilemmas in the field and monitors the impact of technology on how journalism is practiced and on the final product." -From the website.

  • "We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding." -From the website.

  • Searchable digital library of more than 10 billion archived web pages and other cultural artifacts dating back to 1996. The archive also includes texts, movies, live music, and other audio.

  • "The Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA) is a nonpartisan research and educational organization which conducts scientific studies of the news and entertainment media. ... The Center's goal is to provide an empirical basis for ongoing debates over media fairness and impact through well-documented, timely, and readable studies of media content." -From the website.

  • "Columbia Journalism Review is recognized throughout the world as America's premiere media monitora watchdog of the press in all its forms, from newspapers and magazines to radio, television, and cable to the wire services and the Web." Useful online features include the Language Corner, the Inflation Counter, the Media Finder, and a "Who Owns What" section helpful in determining media consolidations.

  • A website devoted to investigative reporting of current political events by top journalists.

  • Criticism.com is a media theory gateway featuring information about important theoretical works, book reviews, essays, and links.

  • A Minneapolis/St. Paul based blog with links to news and links to alternative media perspectives.

  • Part of the Online News Association's website, Cyberjournalist.net is a blog, news, and resource site for online journalists.

  • "FAIR, the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. ... As a progressive group, FAIR believes that structural reform is ultimately needed to break up the dominant media conglomerates, establish independent public broadcasting, and promote strong non-profit sources of information." -From the website.

  • The main website for Indymedia, a collective of independent media organizations and journalists offering non-corporate coverage, with links to local Indymedia websites.

  • A digital collection of archived websites, moving images, audio, and texts. This site also provides access to the Prelinger Archive of ephemeral films shot between 1927 and 1983.

  • The Wayback Machine provides 'snapshots' of older versions of 85 billion webpages

  • The American Journalism Review's list of journalism organizations.

  • A portal for news, information and guides to independent bookstores, independent publishers, literary periodicals, alternative periodicals, independent record labels, and alternative newsweeklies.

  • News reference site listing "hundreds of news resources from around the world in a variety of languages that offer freeaccess to current, general interest, full-text news."

  • Library of Congress' list of online newpaper archives, indexes and databases, with links to both free and subscription services.

  • Presenting guidelines for citing from electronic resources from the Modern Language Association (MLA), the American Psychological Association (APA), the Chicago Manual of Style, and the Council of Biology editors (CBE).

  • Since 1968 (as the DC Gazette), writer, activist and social critic Sam Smith has produced this alternative to the established Press. Includes links to free presses and other progressive online resources about government, law, and society.

  • A global activist organist which "defends journalists and other media contributors and professionals who have been imprisoned or persecuted for doing their work." In English, French, or Spanish.

  • The newspaper of the New York Indymedia Center, with mostly local coverage.

  • Contains links to national and international newspaper archives and indexes available over theInternet.

  • "WatchingAmerica makes available in English articles written about the U.S. by foreigners, often for foreign audiences, and often in other languages. Since WatchingAmerica offers its own translations, regular users of our site will enjoy articles not available in English anywhere else. We are a unique window into world opinion." -From the website.

  • The Columbia Journalism Review's alphabetical list of media companies and the subsidiaries they own, including publishers and broadcast media companies.

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