Did you know that are many independent & quality alternative newspapers to read? You have to subscribe to order printed copies, or you can read them online. But they do exist. Most are paid for by subscriptions and donations, funded by those who wish for a fairer and more accurate media, that does not read press releases or base stories around political bias or advertisements. Here are some to check out. Why not switch if you read a newspaper? There are even some ‘happy newspapers’ to keep you in the loop about all the good stuff that’s going on. You don’t have to have a breakdown, in order to read the news!
- Byline Times is a monthly print or online paper, run by dedicated journalist for in-depth articles on what the papers don’t say. There are no PR companies or press barons, everything is authentic. Run by a small dedicated team of journalists, this is a platform for freelance reporters and writers to write fearless journalism, which is not found in the mainstream media. It usually goes to print during the first two weeks of each month, with most editions posted out today after. Or just subscribe for immediate access online (plenty of free articles).
- The Canary offers independent journalism, co-founded by Kerry-anne Mendoze with no financial backing or outside investment. Read by millions, it’s completely independent of advertisers, funders, companies, political organisatiosn or parties. It offers quality, well-researched journalism that holds power to account.
- Double Down News is an online newspaper that puts people, ideas, evidence and community above journalists who sit comfortably, trapped in their own bubble of privilege and power, talking to each other, rather than serving the people they are meant to inform. Find creative ways to reach, empower and engage you. The site is summed up by the aims of good journalism: ‘Comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable’.
A Newspaper to Celebrate All That’s Good
The Happy Newspaper is a beautifully designed 32-page newspaper that is published every 3 months, and sent worldwide to anyone who would like to know about the people who are helping others, and doing things of good, all over the planet. This refreshing twist on ‘the news’ is bound to leave you feeling better.
News articles are arranged monthly, with positive stories from across the globe. Each issue has an entire section dedicated to everyday heroes, that are nominated by readers to feature, as they bring a little sunshine to the world. The paper has a theme on each issue, along with various features, poems, food and showbiz, along with lovely colourful illustrations throughout.
Available also as a gift for others, you can also order a free resource pack for schools, and they send a free Happy Newspapers to schools, for every newspapers they sell. If you run a small shop, get in touch and they can also supply you. It is also supplied at a discounted rate for the NHS. You may also like Positive News (found free in many peace cafes, there is also a periodical magazine).
In the US, The Goodnewspaper is similar. This is designed to make you feel bettering after reading it, so you go out inspired to help the world.
IfThe Happy Broadcast, founded by an Italian cartoonist, who condensed all the world’s good news into fun daily cartoons!
Good News Network has lots of stories. We love this story of a rescued (still wild) tortoise chosen to walk down the aisle with the woman that saved him. Although they should only be an occasional treat, the couple lined the aisle with his favourite (strawberries) so he would walk down the path fast enough to keep up. So guests were banned from painting toenails red, in case he tried to eat them!