10 Alternative news sources on the web

Once upon a time, the newspaper came once or twice a day.  Now, you probably fire up your web browser when you want to know what's going on, and you're not limited to your hometown paper. But maybe you're still stuck in a rut, going to the same old websites again and again. 
If you need to refresh your perspective, the 10 sites below are great places to start.

Top 10 sites for news junkies craving something different
Slate Despite being owned by The Washington Post Company, Slate is a decidedly off-kilter voice among news sites. In addition to its influential political coverage, the site's "Explainer" columns take on sometimes amusing questions ("Do Parrots Have Any Idea What They're Talking About?") and its "Dear Prudence" advice columns don't shy away from provocative issues.

Alternet In addition to providing original reporting and news analysis, Alternet aggregates compelling content from around the Internet, from sources such as ProPublica and TruthOut. Alternet is committed to creating an activist online community, and boasts more than 30,000 registered commenters.

Jezebel Wondering why Kim Kardashian was snubbed by Anna Wintour? Like the headline "Is a Secret Celebrity Tattletale Actually Robert Downey Jr."? Then click through to Jezebel for woman-centered but man-friendly news.

Mashable You've probably read syndicated Mashable stories on such mainstream news sites as ABC and CNN, but for an entertaining mega-dose of alternative news stories, go to the source. The Mashable website focuses on digital culture and social media trends and was ranked by social media analytics service Klout as the web's most influential media site.

Buzzfeed Nowadays, the Internet isn't just a place to read the news. The Internet makes the news. From viral videos to outrageous tweets, Buzzfeed will keep you in the loop.

TMZ When Justin Bieber protested the arrest of his manager in 2010, TMZ was there to get the video. When Sheryl Crow forgot the lyrics to one her own songs, TMZ reported the concert flub. When quarterback Tom Brady stepped out with a new hairdo, TMZ snapped the pics. It's been expertly blurring the line between celebrity gossip and entertainment news since 2005.

Current Founded in 2005 by Joel Hyatt and Al Gore, Current is a TV network and website that has served as a platform for progressive voices like former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.

Buzznet Part social network, part culture news one-stop, users supply the content for this site, which is the flagship website for Buzz Media. In total, Buzz Media's brands -- including Buzznet, Celebuzz and JustJared -- reach more than 100 million people worldwide.

Mediabistro The media is the message on this site, which doubles as a community gathering place for media pros and a media news hub. Here, you can find videos of luminaries like Frank Rich and Dan Rather discussing their careers, and the site hosts a number of blogs dedicated to different facets of the media landscape.

Twitter These days, when you say a little bird told you something, everyone knows what you mean. You heard it on Twitter. You can choose to follow your favorite news sources and reporters, to get 140-character bursts of news and commentary all day long.

About the Author:

Featured Schools

Searching Searching ...

Matching School Ads
2 Program(s) Found
  • Ranked among the top 20 Regional Universities in the West in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Listed as one of America’s Best Colleges by Forbes Magazine in 2013.
  • Designated as a 2015 College of Distinction.
  • Accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), with accreditation for The College of Business Administration by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Show more [+]
  • Online Courses
5 Program(s) Found
  • Providing accredited online courses and degree programs since 1987.
  • A military-friendly school, it ensures that service members, their spouses and veterans can maximize their military education benefits.
  • Students can customize monthly payments to fit their budgets and lifestyle.
  • Program and course tuition is all-inclusive: textbooks, learning materials, and academic support are covered in the cost.
  • Alumni can enroll in any future program at a reduced rate.
Show more [+]
  • Online Courses
5 Program(s) Found
  • Among the top 15% of military-friendly colleges, universities, & trade schools in the nation. 
  • A Service Members Opportunities College.
  • Accepts employer tuition assistance. 
  • Recognized by The Princeton Review Guide to 311 Green Colleges as one of 311 institutions of higher education that demonstrates notable commitments to sustainability.  
  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc. (NEASC).
Show more [+]
  • Online Courses
3 Program(s) Found
  • Founded in Southern California in 1998 by dog training expert Steven Appelbaum.
  • The largest independent dog training company in the United States.
  • Programs are 11-stage courses that feature an in-home study component along with a hands-on training module.
  • Is part of the MyCAA Financial Assistance program, which offers eligible military spouses up to $4,000 of tuition assistance that can be used towards any course offered by Animal Behavior College.
Show more [+]
  • Online Courses
5 Program(s) Found
  • Phoenix Career Services™ help students find careers that match their interests & map out a personalized career plan.
  • Mentorships & networking opportunities available through Alumni Association of 800,000+ graduates.
  • Flexible start date and class schedules.
  • 100+ locations and online options.
  • Offers special military rates and special advisors who have a military background.
  • Students can earn credits for applicable military training and education.
Show more [+]
  • Online Courses
5 Program(s) Found
  • Features 43 degree programs and more than 142 specializations.
  • Offers several ways to save on tuition, including multiple grant and scholarship opportunities, low-cost credits, accelerated programs, and more.
  • Reduced tuition, transfer credits, and other benefits are available for all military service members and veterans.
  • Allows students to preview a free, one-week mini course to give an accurate impression of the student experience.
  • Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
Show more [+]
  • Online Courses
2 Program(s) Found
  • A private, co-ed college founded in 1821 and located in downtown Washington, D.C.
  • Was ranked 52 in U.S News’ 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities.
  • Student-faculty ratio is 13:1, and 55.1% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • Distinguished alumni include Senator Harry Reid, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and actress Courteney Cox.
Show more [+]
  • Online Courses