Alternate News Sources

Alternate News Sources

Mainstream media miss many stories.  A good journalist has to look beyond the standard sources and political views to find the unexpected, the critical, the  controversial.

See also:

The best alternative news:



Other business monitors:

  • Global Witness Nobel Peace Prize-nominated group has in depth dossiers on everything from corruption in the oil business to blood diamonds. You can download the files or hunt through their press releases
  • The Corporate Library Extensive site devoted to international corporate governance. The free services include news briefs. You can also do excellent company research on not just biographies of CEOs and board members, but also their salary, perks and sometimes even a copy of their contracts.
  • See also JNet’s Business Criticism

Global News:

  • InterPressService
  • UN Wire
  • ReliefWeb  Consolidated web site of the international humanitarian community
  • Alternet      Alternate News Wire service, including Story leads

Alternate News Sources


  • Oneworld.net
  • Oneworld.net – Themes, by country
  • Oneworld,net – News Today


  • EcoNet            Environment news and links
  • Red Cross Alertnet
  • Alternative Press Center Over 350 resources
  • Comminit.com  Excellent resource page for Information, ideas, linkages and dialogue on communication, development and change.
  • Lycos List of Alternative Media
  • Globalinfo News from Africa, Asia, Latin America and other developing regions prepared by journalists from those regions on a wide range of topics including the environment, trade, conflict, industry, human rights, gender, arts and culture.  Free for two weeks, then for a modest price.
  •  LaborStart A well-organized site for the latest in labour and trade union news. While aimed at labour activists, it’s a handy tool for journalists. You can search for news by country and there are extensive archives.


  • Alternate News SourcesFAIR 
  • TomDispatch.com A daily weblog by author Tom Engelhardt
  • Boulevard    Links to many US print alternatives
  • Inequality.org   Delightful treasure chest of startling information on income inequalities.  Includes a  news section , a list of experts and a quote gallery (“To turn $100 in $110 is work. To turn $100 million into $110 million is inevitable” from Edgar Bronfman). Produced by a network of journalists and founded by James Lardner, a writer for US News and World Report.
  • Third world traveler  Alternative view of US politics, media, trade issues.



  • UK librarians – BUBL   UK academic site with wide selection by topic or country
  • Behind the headlines  A UK academic site that provides good resources and web pages for top stories in the news. Operated by the  Resource Discovery Network,  The RDN’s 30,000 resources are selected, catalogued and described by subject and information professionals drawn from over 60 UK education institutions.





  • OneWorld.Net


  • Diplomatie Judiciare

News archives

News archives

How to find news archives:

If you cannot find the newspaper archive you are looking for on JNet’s pages listed above, try these search tools:

The best specialized tool

  • Archive.org`s Wayback machine  Its advanced search allows you to search for any web site and see — if they have it stored — what it looked like years ago. making it possible to surf more than 10 billion pages stored in the Internet Archive. You can find years-old versions of web pages — it’s hit or miss, but still always useful to see what some official site was saying before or after a key event.
  • You can also put the Wayback Machine right in your browser by simply dragging this new toolbar link to your browser toolbar. Then when you visit a page that you want to find an old version of, just click and you will be transported to any historic versions at the Wayback Machine. For more archive tools, see JNet’ Find Archives Page
  • There are also special archives for the Sept. 11 attack and the US 2001 election.  Archive.org has also started a television archive, beginning with excerpts from live broadcasts on Sept. 11.

News archives

The best for newspapers – World:

The best: – North America:

Canadian Newspapers

Canadian Newspapers

Finding Canadian Newspapers:

First try  to find the newspaper  you’re looking for in JNet’s list of many Canadian papers.
Then try these  sites to search for more:

The best tools:

  • Paperboy    Use their search feature by name or city. Use the search box above
  • Easy search – Canadian Newspaper Association     Excellent search page which supplies web addresses, emails and names of top managers  for all papers
  • Online list – Canadian Newspaper association  A list of what’s online
  • CJR’s Search Page         Put in the name, get the info
  • AJR’s Canada List        Search by province
  • Editor and Publishers Canadian newspaper list

The rest:

Canadian Newspapers

Opinion pages:

Canadian magazines:

Et en Francais: