AlterNet leads a resurgence of progressive news sites
This column appeared July 12, 2001, in the Online Journalism Review. Here’s the version on the OJR site.
Will a handful of big corporations control virtually all the news published on the Internet? On some days it certainly appears that way, especially in light of the report last month that four companies control half of all the traffic on the Web.
The prospects for independent content sites seem grim today, what with Salon running low on cash and the zines Feed and Suck closing up shop.
But one voice of grassroots independent journalism has recently begun to thrive. More surprising still, its point of view offers a decidedly left-of-center tilt.