Independent news sources

This listing of important and trustworthy independent news sources was initially developed as a resource for college students engaged in researching Validated Independent News stories as part of Project Censored’s Campus Affiliates Program. Because people often seek advice from Project Censored about trustworthy sources of independent news reporting, this webpage makes available to a wider audience the Project’s working list of independent news sources.

Academe Blog (American Association of University Professors)

Rethinking Schools

The Hechinger Report

This listing of important and trustworthy independent news sources was initially developed as a resource for college students engaged in researching Validated Independent News stories as part of Project Censored’s Campus Affiliates Program. Because people often seek advice from Project Censored about trustworthy sources of independent news reporting, this webpage makes available to a wider audience the Project’s working list of independent news sources. 

 

The news outlets and media organizations listed here consistently live up to the Society of Professional Journalists’ four guidelines for ethical journalism by seeking the truth and reporting it, minimizing harm, acting independently, and being accountable and transparent. 

 

That noted, no single news report should be trusted exclusively on the basis of the outlet’s reputation or its inclusion in this list. The assessment of specific news reports requires the reader to engage their own critical media literacy skills to determine that particular story’s trustworthiness. 

 

This list is not exhaustive—independent news organizations not included here may also be doing exemplary work.

 

Note that few news organizations fit neatly in just one category. For example, many of the news outlets included in the categories for “Solutions Journalism,” “International Perspectives,” or “General News” cut across a number of the other categories included here.

This page also includes a list of websites focused on media literacy education. Though these media literacy oriented sites may not report news stories themselves, they do provide crucial resources for making sense of the news. They are included in a separate category at the bottom of this page for that reason.