Last week, PEN Center USA asked our online community to tell us which nonprofit news organizations, newspapers, websites, publications, journals, and advocacy groups they subscribe and/or make donations to. We’ve collected their responses below for people who are worried about freedom of the press and want to support journalism. Two suggestions that we heard over and over again:
- Start local. subscribe to your local newspaper and support journalists investigating issues and events in your area.
- Read outside of your comfort zone. Understanding and progress are not created in an echo chamber.
The list that follows is by no means complete, but it’s a start, and one that you can add to.
LGBTQ news. Commentary, arts & entertainment, health, parenting, and politics.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
Center for Public Integrity (CPI)
One of the country's oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. CPI is revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.
An independent organization of leading scientists and journalists researching and reporting the facts about our changing climate and its impact on the public.
Colorlines is a daily news site where race matters, featuring award-winning investigative reporting and news analysis.
Columbia Journalism Review (CJR)
Publication serving as a watchdog of the press in all its forms.
Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
An independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to the global defense of press freedom.
Daily independent news program hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, airing on over 800 stations.
Freedom of the Press Foundation
Freedom of the Press Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping support and defend public-interest journalism focused on exposing mismanagement, corruption, and law-breaking in government.
Harper’s Magazine, the oldest general-interest monthly in America, explores the issues that drive our national conversation, through long-form narrative journalism and essays, and such celebrated features as the iconic Harper’s Index.
High Country News
A bi-weekly newspaper that reports on the West's natural resources, public lands, and changing communities.
LA Review of Books
The Los Angeles Review of Books is a nonprofit literary and cultural arts organization that combines the great tradition of the book review with the evolving technologies of the web.
A nonprofit news organization covering the U.S. criminal justice system.
Mother Jones is a reader-supported nonprofit news organization featuring investigative and breaking news reporting on politics, the environment, human rights, and more.
NPR delivers breaking national and world news, as well as top stories from business, politics, health, science, technology, music, arts and culture.
Political news about campaigns, Congress, lobbyists and issues.
ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
PBS and member stations are America’s largest classroom, the nation’s largest stage for the arts and a trusted window to the world.
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
Founded in 1971, SPLC is a nonprofit organization that combats hate, intolerance, and discrimination through education and litigation.
The American Prospect
Monthly magazine covering politics, culture, and policy from a liberal perspective. Includes well-maintained archives.
The Atlantic covers news and analysis on politics, business, culture, and technology, as well as national and international news.
The Economic Hardship Reporting Project
The Economic Hardship Reporting Project aims to change the national conversation around both poverty and economic insecurity. This nonprofit journalism project was founded by Barbara Ehrenreich.
The Economist offers authoritative insight into and opinion on international news, politics, business, finance, science, technology, and the connections between them.
The Fund for Authentic Journalism
When it comes to social movements and community organizing, most media outlets get the story wrong. We teach journalists how movements work, and how to get the story right.
The Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Times is a leading source of breaking news, entertainment, sports, politics, and more for Southern California and the world.
The National Review
Up-to-the-minute conservative commentary on politics, news, and culture.
The New York Times
Find breaking news, multimedia, reviews & opinion on Washington, business, sports, movies, travel, books, jobs, education, real estate, and more.
The New Yorker
Reporting, profiles, daily news, cultural coverage, podcasts, videos, and cartoons.
The Washington Post
Breaking news and analysis on politics, business, world national news, entertainment, and more.
Voice of OC (California)
Voice of OC is a nonprofit investigative news agency focused on daily coverage of Orange County’s city halls and government agencies, with an eye toward providing real-time information that allows people to make a difference.
Voice of San Diego (California)
Voice of San Diego is a member-based nonprofit investigative news organization that gives citizens the tools they need to engage in important conversations.
Compiled by Michelle Franke for PEN Center USA, with thanks to Amy Wallen, Brandi Neal, David Rocklin, David Ulin, Erika Schickel, Grey Talkington-Summa, Hilary Watchler, Hunter Liguore, Jamie Schaffner, Joanna Spilker, Joe Donnelly, Mary Guterson, Samantha Dunn, Tomas Mournian, Zach Roop, as well as PEN Center USA’s Facebook and Twitter followers.