by Marsha Rakestraw

As effective humane educators, part of our role is to stay informed on global ethical issues, so that we can share accurate information and inspire positive action.

But with so many global challenges, keeping up isn’t easy – especially when a lot of these issues are left out of mainstream media.

Many people turn to mainstream sources for their news. But there are a variety of “alternate” news sites that include news and commentary on issues either glossed over or ignored by corporate media sites.

Here are nine online sources for “alternate” news. (Note: As IHE is based in the U.S., most of these sites have a U.S.-centric focus.)

1.  Alternet 
“AlterNet is an award-winning news magazine and online community that creates original journalism and amplifies the best of hundreds of other independent media sources. AlterNet’s aim is to inspire action and advocacy on the environment, human rights and civil liberties, social justice, media, health care issues, and more.”

2. Common Dreams
Common Dreams is a progressive, ad-free news site, which publishes and aggregates independent news, features, and commentary.

3. Global Voices
Global Voices is an independently, mostly volunteer citizen media site. “We curate, verify and translate trending news and stories you might be missing on the Internet, from blogs, independent press and social media in 167 countries.”

4.  In These Times
In These Times is an independent, nonprofit magazine “dedicated to advancing democracy and economic justice, informing movements for a more humane world, and providing an accessible forum for debate about the policies that shape our future.”

5.  Moyers & Co
In addition to including access to Moyers’ shows,, the site includes news and commentary on a variety of issues, from climate change and the economy, to politics and science.

6.  Project Censored
Project Censored documents stories that have been neglected by the mainstream media. Their website includes an annual “Top 25 Censored Stories.”

7.  Truthout
A reader-supported news agency that covers everything from labor and politics to environment, health, and women’s issues.

8.  Truthdig
Truthdig is a “news website that provides expert coverage of current affairs as well as a variety of thoughtful, provocative content assembled from a progressive point of view.”

9.  ThinkProgress
ThinkProgress is a non-partisan news site that covers a variety of issues, from politics and the economy to health and justice.

You’ll noticed that the majority of these sites tend to have a progressive bent. As with any source, it’s important not to just accept the information offered, and to seek out accuracy and credibility, as well as to bring a critical eye.

As humane educators and thoughtful citizens it’s also important that we expose ourselves to a variety of perspectives and sources, so be sure to check out news sources that offer a different viewpoint.