Media Resources

Lesson Plan: Challenge the Media

A fun group activity that can be done with youth and adults of any age that empowers participants to identify gender stereotypes in the media and examine their effects. Grades 6-12. 

Lesson Plan: Beyond Pink and Blue: The Impact of Gender Stereotypes
Students will learn about how gender stereotypes affect them and explore how gender is portrayed in the media. Grades 3-7. 

Lesson Plan: Migrants in the Media
Students will learn about the rights of migrants and the fulfillment of those rights in the United States.  They will be asked to critically assess news coverage of migrant rights' issues to gain an understanding of the barriers faced by migrants in the United States. Grades 9-12.


Media Links

Ad Busters
A global network of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs who want to advance the new social activist movement of the information age.

Alliance for Democracy
The Alliance is a new Populist movement, not a political party, setting forth to end the domination of our economy, our government, our culture, our media and the environment by large corporations.

Alternative Press Center
A non-profit collective dedicated to providing access to and increasing public awareness of the alternative press.

An award-winning news magazine and online community that creates original journalism and amplifies the best of dozens of other independent media sources. AlterNet's aim is to inspire citizen action and advocacy on the environment, human rights and civil liberties, social justice, media, and health care issues.

Democracy Now!
A national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 140 stations in North America. Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., Democracy Now! is broadcast on Pacifica, community, and National Public Radio stations, public access cable television stations, and satellite television.

Essential Action
Is involved in a variety of projects to encourage citizens to become active and engaged in their communities. They provide provocative information to the public on important topics neglected by the mass media and policy makers.

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)
National media watch group that offers well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship. Works to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that                    marginalize  public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints. Exposes neglected news stories and defends working journalists.  FAIR believes that structural reform is ultimately needed to break up the dominant media conglomerates, establish independent public broadcasting and promote strong non-profit sources of information.

Free Speech
A publicly-supported, independent, non-profit TV channel available on DISH Satellite Network and community access cable stations.  Uses the power of television to expand social consciousness and fuels the movement for progressive social, economic, and political transformation.  Exposes the public to perspectives excluded from the corporate-owned media, empowers citizens to fight injustices, to revitalize democracy, and to build a more compassionate world.

Indy Media
A network of collectively run media outlets for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of the truth. They work out of a love and inspiration for people who continue to work for a better world, despite corporate media's distortions and unwillingness to cover the efforts to free humanity.

The Nation
America's oldest and most widely read weekly journal of progressive political and cultural news, opinion and analysis.

A private, non-profit media enterprise owned and operated by the nation's 350 public television stations. A trusted community resource, PBS uses the power of noncommercial television, the Internet and other media to enrich the lives of all Americans through quality programs and education services that inform, inspire and delight. PBS serves nearly 100 million people each week.

Miss Representation
Social action campaign based on the award-winning documentary film about the downplaying of strong, smart women in the media.

World Press Review
Illuminates issues often not seen in the mainstream U.S. press. The Review translates, reprints, analyzes and contextualizes the best of the international press.