Sunday, January 06, 2008

AlterNet: The Mix is in the Message

AlterNet is an award-winning news magazine and online community that creates original journalism and amplifies the best of dozens of other independent media sources. AlterNet's aim is to inspire citizen action and advocacy on the environment, human rights and civil liberties, social justice, media, and health care issues. Our editorial mix underscores a commitment to fairness, equity and global stewardship, and making connections across generational, ethnic and issue lines. AlterNet serves as a reliable filter, keeping hundreds of thousands of people well-informed and engaged, helping them cope with a culture of information overload and resist the constant commercial media onslaught. Our aim is to stimulate, motivate, and engage.

My newest passion and I intend to add them to my list of awesome links! AlterNet is a great progressive on-line news magazine. They have won two Webby awards for their material as well as an NPR shout-out for their journalistic content and political writing and articles.

Engaging our readers: AlterNet's aim is to inspire citizen discussion, advocacy, and activism. We relish challenging our large community to rethink stale assumptions, while helping to provide a vision, clear values and workable ideas and strategies, all essential ingredients for engagement and the social change necessary for a healthy democracy. More than 15,000 of our readers are registered to make comments on stories, sparking sharp debates. Tens of thousands of stories are emailed by visitors to friends and colleagues every day (our record on a single article was 5,781). On more than a dozen occasions, reader-generated content has been so prolific and thoughtful that we have compiled user comments and turned them into articles in order to condense the arguments and allow further discussion on the issue.

Their aims are what I desire from my reading material and the web sites that I frequent. I know that many of you share my feelings on issues, so I hope that you will take my advice and check out AlterNet and make it a regular stop on your reading list. Knowledge and information are power.