Alternative News on the Web 

Directories | Alternative News Sites | News Search Engines | Mailing Lists | Weblogs | RSS



Directories
The news section of the Google Web Directory is a great place to start for links to news sites, alternative or otherwise. 
Examples:
Google Web Directory - News
VPL Links: News Search Tools
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Alternative News Sites
Examples are limited to sites that provide the kind of regularly updated content news seekers expect to find from conventional Web-based news sources.
Resources:
The Wired Left Awakens

Examples:
AlterNet
Alternet Search: Searches the archived contents of 19 independent news organizations
Common Dreams News Center
Common Dreams Progressive Newswire: Press releases from over 120 organizations
rabble.ca: Canadian alternative news source
Independent Media Center
Vancouver Independent Media Center
OneWorld: global non-profit news service
OneWorld Canada
globalinfo.org: a non-profit distributor of Developing World news services
Inter Press Service : a non-profit provider of content on global issues focusing on the south
AllAfrica.com: Over 100 content partners and a 400,000 story archive

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News Search Engines

News search engines crawl the Internet as frequently as every 15 minutes and index only news sites. Some contain content from alternative news sources such as Independent Media Center, AlterNet, Common Dreams,  Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International,  AllAfrica.com, NoLogo.org, CorpWatch.org, or Oneworld.
Resources:
VPL Links - News Search Engines
Examples:
Google News
AltaVista News
Daypop
NewsNow
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Mailing Lists

The following alternative news sites make some or all their content available in the form of mailing lists.
Examples:
AlterNet
Common Dreams News Center
rabble.ca
Independent Media Center
globalinfo.org
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Weblogs
Pages that offer regularly updated annotated links to websites of interest to the page's creator and, ideally, to people with similar interests. Weblogs serve as an easy way for individuals to share their opinions with the world and for this reason have been put forward as a new form of journalism. Many blogs offer readers the opportunity to post their own comments. 
Resources:
Weblogs and the News: Great set of links to articles about blogging and news related blogs
The Lefty Directory
Bear Left Weblogs

Tools:
Daypop: A news and blog search engine
Daypop Top 40 Links
Blodex

Examples:
Counterspin Central 
Guardian Unlimited  Weblog
Editor: Myself
Talking Points Memo
Cursor

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RSS
An XML format for automating the distribution of news headlines and other dynamic web content. Web or Windows based applications use RSS to aggregate content from many sources and display that content in a single location. With some simple code, RSS based news headlines can be integrated into your existing web pages.
Resources:
RSS For Non-Techie Librarians
RSS Workshop

Windows-Based Aggregators:
AmphetaDesk
Newzcrawler

Web-Based Aggregators:
Newsisfree: Try my demo page 
fyuze
Mark's Alternative News: See what you can do with a few lines of code. 

Finding RSS feeds
AmphetaDesk Finding More Channels
Newsisfree
Moreover RSS Feeds
Syndic8.com

Alternative sites with RSS feeds:
AlterNet
Common Dreams News Center
Common Dreams Progressive Newswire
Independent Media Center
globalinfo.org
AllAfrica.com
Bear Left

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