PANNA: Resource Pointer #314 (Independent US Media in Wartime)


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Resource Pointer #314 (Independent US Media in Wartime)
March 24, 2003

For copies of the following resources, please contact the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.

*Independent Media Center* http://www.indymedia.org/ Network of collectively run alternative media outlets for radical, passionate news coverage, using a democratic, open-publishing system. Online clearinghouse of information includes reports, email news lists, photos, audio and video footage. Provides news on the global peace movement and front-line impacts of war. Network spans six continents with dozens of centers worldwide. There is no central office; contact information for most centers is available at: http://www.indymedia.org/contact.php3.

*Democracy Now!* http://www.democracynow.org/ A U.S. national, listener-sponsored public radio, TV and online news show. Committed to bringing the voices of the marginalized to the airwaves on issues ranging from the global to the local. Highlights grassroots efforts to promote democracy, justice, diversity, equality and peace. Offers in-depth, alternative coverage on the war in Iraq. Contact Democracy Now! phone (212) 431-9090; email mail@democracynow.org; Web site http://www.democracynow.org/.

*Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting* http://www.fair.org/ FAIR, the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. Advocates for greater diversity in the press and scrutinizes media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints. Exposes neglected news stories and defends working journalists when they are muzzled. Works to establish independent public broadcasting and promote strong non-profit sources of information. Publishes Extra! magazine and email Action Alerts; produces the weekly radio program CounterSpin. Contact FAIR, 112 W. 27th Street, New York, NY 10001; phone (212) 633-6700; fax (212) 727-7668; email fair@fair.org; Web site http://www.fair.org/.

*Disinfopedia* http://www.disinfopedia.org/ Launched January 15, 2003 by PR Watch. Free online encyclopedia of propaganda--written and edited collaboratively by site visitors. Serves as an example alternative to conventional, mass-media journalism, breaking down the artificial dichotomy between "broadcaster" and "audience." All articles (380 and growing) are covered by the GNU Free Documentation License, to ensure that they can remain freely available forever. Contact PR Watch / Center for Media & Democracy, 520 University Ave., Suite 310, Madison, WI 53703; phone (608) 260-9713; email editor@prwatch.org; Web site http://www.prwatch.org/.

*Alternative Press Index* Quarterly publication. Alternative Press Center. Indexes over 250 alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines; also includes book, speech, film and fine arts reviews. Launched in 1969 to provide access to the practices and theories of radical social change. International and interdisciplinary, spans the social sciences and humanities; topics include peace movements, ecology, democracy, labor, indigenous peoples, gays/lesbians, feminism, and the practice and theory of socialism. Quarterly issues are approximately 160 pages. US$350 for libraries and institutions, US$75 for individuals and high schools, reduced rates available for social movement groups. Contact Alternative Press Center, P.O. Box 33109, Baltimore, MD 21218; phone (410) 243-2471; fax (410) 235-5325; email altpress@altpress.org; Web site http://www.altpress.org/.

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