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Alternative media: Connexipedia Article
Media (newspapers, radio, television, movies, Internet, etc.) which are alternatives to the business or government-owned mass media.
And Then They Came For Me: Final Words from Lasantha Wickrematunge
Wickrematunge, Lasantha
An editorial by Lasantha Wickrematunge shortly before he was murdered on January 8, 2009, and published three days after his death.
Canwest latest 'media giant' to exploit news operations
Fillmore, Nick
Media corporations claim to care about quality journalism, but they've deceived Canadians for decades -- censoring news to protect their profits, pandering to the interests of the corporate world, and...
Censored: The News That Didn't Make The News - And Why: The 1995 Project Censored Yearbook
Jensen, Carl, and Project Censored. Introduction by Michael Crichton. Cartoons by Tom Tomorrow.
Documenting how the U.S. mass media does a shabby job, deliberately or negligently withholding information of vital importance.
Could a 'mini-paper' nip at the heels of mainstream press?
Fillmore, Nick
A mini-paper would be incredibly inexpensive to publish. There would be no requirement for newsprint, a huge printing plant or large delivery system.
The Dangerous Cult of the Guardian: A Thought Police for the Internet Age
Cook, Jonathan
The Guardian includes some fine reporting and occasionally insightful commentary. Possibly because it is farther from the heart of empire, it is able to provide a partial antidote to the craven covera...
The Death and Life of Great American Newspapers
McChesney, Robert W.; Nichols, John
Journalism is collapsing, and with it comes the most serious threat in our lifetimes to self-government and the rule of law as it has been understood here in the United States.
Don't Forget to Write
Diemer, Ulli
Writing letters to the editor is an effective way of getting publicity for your point of view.
Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper
Baker, Nicholson
Double Fold examines the preservation of books in United States libraries over the past 50 years. It details the libraries' "war" on books -- the alarming lack of preservation and the destruction of ...
From Politics to Profit: The Commercialization of Canadian Daily Newspapers, 1890-1920
Sotiron, Minko
Analyzes the transformation of Canadian newspapers that occurred between 1890 and 1920 when daily newspapers slowly changed from political mouthpieces to a marketable industry.
From the Ashes of Dying Newspapers Will Come Authentic News
Giordano, Al
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...
Guardian (Daily)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
British daily newspaper with a slightly liberal orientation.
The Guardian Weekly
Serial Publication (Periodical)
British liberal weekly newspaper with extensive international news and analysis.
Hanging On: Native media are surviving
Rupert, Bob
Native media are struggling to survice.
Hitler's Propaganda Machine
Rutherford, Ward
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
Herman, Edward S.; Chomsky, Noam
Contrary to the usual image of the press and cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitious in its search for truth, Herman and Chomsky depict how an underlying elite consensus largely structures all facets...
Media Names & Numbers: Your Connection to the Media
Serial Publication (Periodical)
A comprehensive directory of the Canadian news media, including television and radio stations and programs, daily, weekly, ethnic and campus newspapers, consumer and trade magazines, and academic jour...
The Missing News: Filters and Blind Spots in Canada's Press
Hackett, Robert A.; Gruneau, Richard; with Donald Gutstein, Timothy A. Gibson and Newswatch Canada
Asks a number of questions, including: How well do the news media filter reality, for what purposes, through what processes and in whose interests? How do newspapers and TV stations choose what news i...
Le Monde Diplomatique: Periodical profile
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Le Monde Diplomatique - English edition
English-language edition of the French newspaper. Some articles free on the Web site; full access requires a subscription.
News Media Stifle Ideas and Debate: Review of Democracy's Oxygen: How Corporations Control the News
Zwicker, Barrie
Far from providing democracy's oxygen, as they claim, the news media today legitimize a fundamentally undemocratic system. Instead of keeping the public informed, they manufacture public consent for p...
Newspapers and the Workers
Gramsci, Antonio
The worker must resolutely reject any solidarity with a bourgeois newspaper. And he must always, always, always remember that the bourgeois newspaper (whatever its hue) is an instrument of struggle mo...
No longer a real newspaper, new Globe betrays Canadians
Fillmore, Nick
The new tarted-up, glossy, colour Globe and Mail is many things, but it is not a real “news paper.”
Organising Things: A Guide to Successful Political Action
Ward, Sue
A comprehensive guide to practical political action, packed with information and handy checklists.
The Organizer's Manual
O.M. Collective
Practical suggestions for small-group and grassroots organizing, political self-e4ducation, mass education and communications, alternate community services, mass actions, legal and medical self-defens...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - January 30, 2016: Conflict of interest
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
This issue of Other Voices shines a light on the murky world of conflict of interest, the hidden reality that often underlies appearances of neutrality, objectivity, and due process. Conflicts of inte...
Problems of Everyday Life: And Other Writings On Culture & Science
Trotsky, Leon
The focus of this book is the impact of the Russian Revolution of the culture life of the country -- and conversely, the effect of the country's cultural backwardness on the course of the revolution. ...
Propaganda and Consciousness: The Future of Big Flame Newspaper
A political dicussion of the strategy and practice of Big Flame, written in the early 1970s.
Radical Newspapers
Diemer, Ulli
A radical newspaper succeeds to the extent that in engages in dialogue with its readers and community, rather than in preaching.
Red Menace #4: Volume 3, Number 1 - Winter 1979
Serial Publication (Periodical)
A Libertarian Socialist Newsletter
Seven News
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Seven News (7 News) was a community newspaper published in the area of Toronto east of downtown which at the time was known as Ward 7. Seven News was published from 1970 to 1985. Seven News is no long...
Spinwars: Politics and New Media
Fox, Bill
An examination of media manipulation in late 20th Century North American politics.
Synthesis: A review of events reported in the Canadian press - October 1977: Volume V Number 8
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Synthesis is the journal of the Canadian News Synthesis Project. Previously known as the Canadian News Synthesis Project (1974 - 1976), Synthesis analyzes and presents current news coverage of the mos...
Tabloids do not represent the working class
Thompson, Matt
It should come as little surprise that media owned and run by unscrupulous billionaires like Rupert Murdoch and Richard Desmond should be more concerned with protecting the party of big business than ...
Uncovering the Sixties: Life and Times of the Undergound Press
Peck, Abe
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...
Underground Times
Verzuh, Ron
The story of Canadian 'underground' newspapers of the 1960s.
Yesterday's News: Why Canada's Daily Newspapers are Failing Us
Miller John
Illuminates the decline of print journalism, suggests reasons for this decline and proposes solutions to reverse this downward trend.

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Canadian Association of Labour Media
A network of union publications and editors that provides labour-friendly stories and graphics and training for labour communicators.
Media Names and Numbers
Published by Sources, Media Names & Numbers is a comprehensive directory of the Canadian news media, including television and radio stations and programs, daily, weekly, ethnic and campus newspapers, ...
RAP 21
RAP 21 is an electronic network for the African press that exists to facilitate the exchange of innovative ideas and the latest information about the business of newspapers, issues related to press fr...
Union of Ontario Indians
We serve the Anishinabek Nation as a political advocate and secretariat organization serving 43 First Nation communities. From the north shore of Lake Superior, around Lake Nipigon, Lake Huron, throug...

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The British Library
The British Library (BL) is the national library of the United Kingdom. It is based in London and is one of the world's largest research libraries, holding over 150 million items in all known languages and formats: books, journals...
Deutsches Historisches Museum
The Deutsches Historisches Museum (DHM, German Historical Museum) was founded in 1987 by the chancellor of Germany, Helmut Kohl, and the mayor of Berlin, Eberhard Diepgen, on the occasion of the 750th anniversary of the founding o...
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...
National Print Museum
The National Print Museum collects, documents, preserves, exhibits, interprets and makes accessible the material evidence of printing craft and fosters associated skills of the craft in Ireland.
Northstar Compass
Northstar Compass was a monthly magazine containing the latest news and views of the struggles of the Soviet peoples against the capitalist regime which took power after the fall of the Soviet Union. An archive of back issues from...
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 ...

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Alternative Media
Introduction to the November 27, 2016 issue of Other Voices
Diemer, Ulli
It's no wonder that the mainstream media are widely distrusted, and even held in contempt, by many people. They are seen, rightly, as part of the neoliberal system people are increasingly rejecting. O...
Behind the Headlines
A History of Investigative Journalism in Canada
Rosner, Cecil
Presents the exciting history of investigative journalism in Canada, an account spanning from the nation's earliest newspapers through to the present day.
Canadian Newspaper Ownership in the Era of Convergence
Soderlund, Walter C., Hildebrandt, Kit (eds>)
An academic text aimed at scholars and students.
Content Magazine - Number 44
August/ September 1974
The Cultural Industries in Canada
Problems, Policies and Prospects
Dorland, Michael (ed.)
Dorland discusses policy problems specific to the Canadian cultural industries that produce cultural commodities, such as books, films and television programs.
Don't forget to write
Diemer, Ulli
Writing letters to the editor is an effective way of getting publicity for your point of view.
Double Fold (Wikipedia article about the book by Nicholson Baker)
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper is a non-fiction book by Nicholson Baker that was published in April, 2001.
The Form of News
A History
Barnhurst, Kevin G.; Nrone, John
A history of newspaper design in the USA, the ways of writing, how papers are organized, presentation values of typography, space and pictures, and the impact of changing technology
Have new social media made 'traditional' media obsolete?
New media provide additional channels for getting messages out, but they don't make older media obsolete. The task is of public relations is to reach people through the media they use. In an increasin...
IFJ Condemns Bleak Manifesto of Newspaper Publishers in Face of Crisis
Sources News Release
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns a call from newspaper publishers for more job losses in journalism across the globe.
In The News
The Practice of Media Relations in Canada
Carney, William Wray
Carney gives everyone, from student to seasoned practitioner, a thorough understanding of who the media are, how they work and how to approach them with stories.
International Multimedia News Lab Launched in Prague
Sources News Release
Representatives of World Association of Newspapers (WAN) and PPF Group have launched the International Multimedia News Lab in Prague. The training and educational centre, combined with the editorial h...
Journalism of Outrage
Investigative Reporting and Agenda Building in America
Protess, David L.; Cook, Fay Lomax; Doppelt, Jack C.; Ettema, James S.; Gordon, Margaret T.
Examines the myths and misconceptions of investigative journalism and presents empirical research to support a model that challenges the classical theory.
Journalism: Truth or Dare?
Hargreaves, Ian
Ian Hargreaves discusses the history, development, future and ethics of journalism and describes journalists' relationship with the public. He focuses on the increase in journalism's influence and the...
A labour newspaper: Pipe dream or possibility?
Livesey, Bruce
Discusses the possibility of Canada's labour movement having its own newspaper. Support for the project from union leaders; concerns about the expense and resource requirements of an independent labou...
Losing the News
The Uncertain Future of the News That Feeds Democracy
Jones, Alex S.
Looks at the epochal changes sweeping the media, which are eroding the core news that has been the essential food supply of our democracy.
Moving 750 million pages of print archive to a new home
For 82 years, researchers have made the journey to Colindale in north London, the home of the British Newspaper Library, a vast collection of almost every British newspaper published in the last 300 y...
Native advertising: What is it, and why now?
Call it a breakthrough or sellout, native advertising has ushered in a new era of customer-centric advertising defined by unlimited bandwidt
Gray, Steve
Native advertising is the act of placing ads in the middle of an article. It has become far more common these days. This article outlines why.
New Website for International Association of Sports Newspapers
Sources News Release
The International Association of Sports Newspapers (IASN) has launched a new website,, to highlight its work in the promotion of the interests and freedom of the sports press.
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Newspaper revenue experiment throwdown: Crowdfunding versus underwriting
Crowdfunded beats might not work, but there are good reasons for newspapers to give them a try
Hutchins, Corey
Article weighing the pros and cons of acquiring funding through crowdfunding versus underwiting for newspapers.
Newspapers in Canada versus USA
Newspapers Canada has released a one-page Fact Sheet outlining some of the key differences between the Canadian and U.S. markets.
Postmedia and Torstar deal results in "largest closure of newspapers on single day in Canadian History
Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned by the deal between Canada's two largest newspaper publishers, Postmedia and Torstar, which have decided to swap more than forty local newspapers with each...
10 Steps to Saving Newspapers in the Digital Age
Mark Glaser, Executive editor of PBS MediaShift, sent out 10 great tweets over the weekend, from his hospital bed, about ways to save newspapers.
Which is more important - what to sell or where to sell it?
Fleigner, Jim
Recent research sought to determine which variable determined the greatest circulation results: frequency, zip code, or offer price.

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A web portal featuring resources about media and the media industry, with articles, documents, books, websites, and experts and spokespersons. The home page features a selection of recent and importan...
The Straight Goods
Canadians Informing Canadians
Serial Publication (Periodical)
A daily Internet news and feature publication featuring investigative reports, columns, and a variety of features. Ceased publication 2013.