While this post is intended for the Year 12 Core TOK class, the information is relevant to anyone who wants to look for alternatives to news which comes from media organizations supported by major corporations.
Last class, we each chose a current event to follow and selected one story from a traditional news source (newspaper, television news show, radio news). This class, you will
- find out who owns that news source using Columbia Journalism Review’s Who Owns What resource.
- find an alternative news source story on the same current event
- compare and contrast the traditional and alternative news stories on your current event. Think about tone, style, and content.
You may use one of the alternative news sources below or choose one of your own.
Guides to Alternative News Sources
- Simon Fraser University Library – Alternative News Sources
- Mount Allison University – Alternative Media Guide – This one has an interesting discussion of what “alternative media” means.
Alternative News Sources (a Small Sampling)
- New Internationalist
- The Raw Story
- Mother Jones
- Media Research Center
- Accuracy in the Media
- Common Dreams
Please post your comparison as a comment to this blog post. Include the links to both news stories in your response.
Do you have an alternative news source you like? Share it in the comments below!