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Where Did the Freedom Go? Fight for the Accessible Information Continues

Evgeniya Melnikova | Posted 08.31.2014 | Media
Evgeniya Melnikova

You might think the times of oppression had passed, you might think we've got plenty of free choices on our hands. I might think just the opposite. G...

Dave Jamieson

After 37 Years, Venerable Lefty Magazine Finally Unionizes

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.25.2014 | Media

WASHINGTON -- The staff of the progressive independent magazine In These Times joined the Communications Workers of America on Monday, formally making...

WATCH: Dresden Dolls Singer Gives Advice To Indie Artists

Posted 01.16.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

The creators of "South Park," Andrew Sullivan and comedian Louis C.K. defied conventions by going solo with their own media companies. But what does i...

TV Worth Watching: Link TV Expands Your World View One Program at a Time

Joel Brokaw | Posted 01.01.2013 | Media
Joel Brokaw

Filling a void by bringing to light societal issues rarely covered by mainstream media is a major reason why Link TV has not only thrived but is expanding. It is perhaps the only television channel in the world that measures its success not in ratings, but in getting people off their sofas into engagement and action.

The Perennial Underachiever

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 09.30.2012 | World
Tarun Sakhrani

It started with the Time magazine cover which pictures Manmohan Singh with the caption "underachiever." No big deal, right? I mean, it is an independent press doing what it is supposed to do -- expressing it's independent opinion.

Should Elected Leaders Talk to All Journalists, Even Rabid Ones?

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.21.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

With the major media in decline, and more small outlets lining up along ideological lines, many people are less likely to hear from elected officials they disagree with.

Switch Off the TV

Ben Cohen | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics
Ben Cohen

I stopped watching television about 8 months ago, partly because the bill was so high but mostly because I could not bear to watch the corporate news a second longer.

The F Word: Media Miss the Al Jazeera Story

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Laura Flanders

One of the biggest stories of the past few weeks has been the story of Americans discovering Al Jazeera English. It shouldn't have been so hard. As ...

Can Indy Web TV Survive the Comcast/NBC Merger?

Maxine Goldenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Maxine Goldenson

If the the Comcast/NBCU merger does indeed lead to unprecedented consolidation and a tiered Internet, then there are still several ways an independent content company can stay competitive.

WikiLeaks: Time to Celebrate, Time to Mourn

Jeff Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Cohen

Today, the "most dangerous man in the world" may be Julian Assange of WikiLeaks. But as a stateless and office-less news organization operating in cyberspace, WikiLeaks is almost untouchable.

Festivals and Theaters Are Not for All Indie Films -- And That's Fine

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

I still may submit to some festivals. The exposure certainly wouldn't hurt. They're just not the main route to travel down with this project now. At least, that's what my gut's telling me.

Strengthening Democracy Means Funding Independent Media

Rory O'Connor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rory O'Connor

The amount of resources devoted to the public interest pales when compared to what for-profit players are still pouring into more commercial endeavors.

Can Crowd Funding Help "Seize the Power"?

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Abe Schwartz

Crowd funding is a tremendous marketing tool, but that's really what it is: a tool. If we go in with any sense of entitlement, lack of follow-through, or weakness, crowd funding will probably not enable us to "seize the power."

Broadcasting Women's Voices in Haiti's Reconstruction: Women's Community Radio

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Beverly Bell

Haitian women have been increasingly vocal and active in social, political, and economic issues since the fall of the Duvalier dictatorship in 1986. T...

The New York Times Gets It Wrong

Praveen Madan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Praveen Madan

Our view is that Beatrice and Virgil is a beautifully written, unconventional and intriguing book that should be read and discussed broadly. It would be a real shame for readers to summarily dismiss this book because it disappointed a few critics.

Looking For Journalism In All The Wrong Places

Tracy Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tracy Rosenberg

The news is full of the lack of news. Everywhere pundits, commentators, and academics mourn the death of the crusading journalism of the fourth estate...

Anyone Can Be a Producer: Part 1

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

You can shoot top-quality HD video on a DSLR camera. What does this mean for people looking to make careers out of producing video content?

The Empire Toppler: Gorbachev and the Power of Glasnost

Elise Crane | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Elise Crane

Arguably, Russia needs another Mikhail Gorbachev. The events of 1989 showed the transformative power of facts in vivid detail and substantiated the maxim "information is power."

The Small Press Poetry Revolution

Travis Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Travis Nichols

More often than not the bright-eyed ardor of small press youth fizzles into baleful middle age and retreat. It's sad, but not unexpected given the economic and social realities of the literary world.

The F Word: Pledge to Save Journalism

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

It's pledge time at many noncommercial, listener and viewer-supported television and radio stations and you may already be feeling irritated by the p...

Waxman Attacks Winograd on Israel; Ignites a Political Firestorm

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Milazzo

That Rep. Waxman and Rep. Harman stress her devotion to Israel as the catalyst for her re-election underscores to what extent their policies focus on the welfare of Israelis and not Americans.

Why All the Fuss About "Independent" Bookstores?

Praveen Madan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Praveen Madan

We started writing this week about why independent bookstores have to reinvent themselves, but then it occurred to us that we ought to step back and first discuss what an independent bookstore is.

Oh No, Not Another Film About Climate Change

Franny Armstrong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Franny Armstrong

If you have a burning idea you need to communicate -- uncensored -- with maximum possible emotional punch and a potential audience of tens of millions, a doc's the way to go.

Just in Time: Youth Journalists Take On Climate with 'Project Survival Media'

Celia Alario | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Celia Alario

The youth reporters are focusing on the voices of those who are already being disproportionately impacted, and those who have found successful global and local solutions for a better future.

The Age of Stupid Gives a Coin-Flip Chance of Avoiding Climate Catastrophe

Franny Armstrong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Franny Armstrong

We are the most intelligent creature ever to evolve and yet we are about to make the stupidest mistake in all of geological time