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AlterNet's Mission

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. Since its inception in 1998, has grown dramatically to keep pace with the public demand for independent news. We provide free online content to millions of readers, serving as a reliable filter, keeping our vast audience well-informed and engaged, helping them to navigate a culture of information overload and providing an alternative to the commercial media onslaught.

Strong Content

AlterNet publishes grassroots success stories and inspirational narratives alongside hard-hitting critiques of policies, investigative reports and expert analysis. We emphasize workable solutions to persistent social problems. Our editorial mix underscores a commitment to fairness, equality and global stewardship, and to making connections across generational, ethnic and issue lines.

Huge Readership and Reach

AlterNet receives more than one million unique monthly visitors and more than seven million monthly page views. AlterNet's readers comprise a strong base, who help virally spread AlterNet content to their networks by forwarding stories and emailing links. Many of AlterNet's readers come from search engines (like Google) and news aggregator sites (such as Flipboard), a testament to the fact that AlterNet reaches beyond the typical "choir" of progressive readers.

Building a Strong Community and Influence on the Web

AlterNet is successful at building community, as well as influence. Over 30,000 commenters are registered on the site, and many of our stories receive hundreds of comments from these dedicated readers.


AlterNet has developed a unique model of journalism to confront the failures of corporate media, as well as the vitriol and disinformation of right wing media, especially "hate talk" media. Not only do we keep our readers highly informed on a wide array of topics, from hundreds of experts and sources, but we also provide laser focus on the most compelling issues of the day. We offer our readers comprehensive information, a positive vision for the future, and concrete action steps towards change. AlterNet believes that media must have a higher purpose beyond the essential goal of keeping people informed. We insist on playing an active role in helping our community funnel its energy into change.


Please contact AlterNet Publisher, Roxanne Cooper, at 202-538-0274 or at


AlterNet considers submissions from writers and journalists. Due to the large volume of submissions we receive we are able to respond to only those that interest us. We do not publish poetry or fiction. Before sending your article, please familiarize yourself with the type of stories AlterNet publishes. If you feel your submission would suit our editorial interests, please consider the following:

  • We like new ideas and investigations. Tell us a story we haven't heard from the mainstream press.
  • Since we are a national online magazine, we publish articles that appeal to readers from Seattle to Miami and anywhere in between.
  • We have a small editorial staff, so we cannot spend an enormous amount of time editing submissions. Please send us final drafts of your work.
  • We will publish stories that have appeared in other publications with their permission or if the author currently holds the rights to the story.

Please send all stories as plain text in the body of an email — no attachments, please — to with the word "submission" in the subject line. Include your name, contact information and a brief bio. We read all submissions and will contact you within five business days if we are going to publish your article.

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

AlterNet and our parent organization, AlterNet Media, respect your privacy and are committed to protecting it through our compliance with this policy. This policy describes the types of information we may collect from you or that you may provide when you visit our website, and our practices for collecting, using, maintaining, protecting, and disclosing that information. When you use our website, we share information that we collect from you, such as your email (in hashed form), IP address or information about your browser or operating system, with our partner/service provider, LiveRamp Inc. LiveRamp returns an online identification code that we may store in our first-party cookie for our use in online and cross-channel advertising and it may be shared with advertising companies to enable interest-based and targeted advertising. To opt out of this use, please click here (

Traffic Data

When you visit AlterNet, our systems collect basic information about your computer, including: IP address (your computer's unique signature), operating system, browser software (e.g. Chrome, Firefox, Safari), and internet service provider (e.g., Comcast, AT&T, etc.). We also collect information about what you view on the site to help us optimize content.


We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use aggregated information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here:

Use of Cookies

AlterNet employs cookies—small text files placed on your computer's hard drive—to track the type of content and sites to which our users link, the length of time they spend at any particular site and the AlterNet services they use. Cookies also help us diagnose problems with our server.

For more on cookies, please click here.

Email Newsletters and "Send a Friend" Feature

After signing up online, users will receive email newsletters and other occasional announcements from AlterNet. In order to distribute our email, we collect subscribers' email addresses. We do not share addresses with other companies or partners. Users can unsubscribe from email newsletters at any time.

AlterNet offers a "send this story to a friend" feature, which allows our users to inform others about an article they might be interested in. For this feature to function, we ask for email addresses from the sender and for the recipient. We do not store or save these addresses and you will not receive any communication from AlterNet or its partners as a result of having used this feature.

Discussion Forums

AlterNet makes comment feedback forums available to its users. Please remember any information disclosed in these areas becomes publicly available, and therefore you should exercise caution when disclosing personal information.

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From time to time AlterNet will conduct voluntary surveys of site visitors to obtain aggregate demographic information about them. This information may be compiled and shared in the aggregate with third parties, but no personal details will be traceable or associated with specific individuals.

Linking to Other Sites

AlterNet contains links to other sites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.

Children's Guidelines

Protecting the rights of children is important to us. As a result, we do not collect or maintain any information from individuals we know to be under 13 years old, and no part of AlterNet is intended to attract anyone under 13.

Unsubscribe, Data Removal and Data Modification Policies

AlterNet allows users to opt out of receiving communications from us and to modify or remove their information from our system. The following options are available to do so:

Disclosure of Personal Information

AlterNet will not use or disclose your personal information, except (i) as described in this privacy policy, (ii) as required by law, court order or as requested by other government or law enforcement authority, or (iii) to a buyer or other successor in the event of a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, or other sale or transfer of some or all of AlterNet Media's assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, dissolution, liquidation, or similar proceeding, in which personal information held by AlterNet Media about our website users is among the assets transferred. In case of disclosure of personal information in the event of a sale or transfer of some or all of AlterNet Media's assets, you may direct us not to transfer your personal information at any time by contacting us at the address below or by sending an email to This policy does not protect information you post to any online bulletin board or other public forum within our website.

Contacting AlterNet

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site or your dealings with this website, you can contact: AlterNet Media, PO Box 21040, Washington, DC 20009 and AlterNet Media reserves the right to amend this Privacy Statement at any time without notice, and only the current Privacy Statement may be deemed effective.

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AlterNet is an award-winning, progressive news portal that combines original investigative reporting, breaking news culled from around the web, and smart analysis from America's most influential progressive voices. Since its founding in 1998, AlterNet has grown to serve more than 2 million unique visitors.

During the last few years AlterNet's audience has exploded, enabling us to attract major brands interested in connecting with highly-engaged readers ready to "take action" — including Amnesty International, You Tube, IFC –the Independent Film Channel, Comedy Central, Current TV, Alliance for Climate Protection, PBS,, the U.N. Foundation and CREDO Mobile.

For information on how we've helped brands large and small connect with our readers, and how we may be able to help you, please call Associate Publisher Roxanne Cooper at 202-538-0274.


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