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Independent Media Institute (IMI)

Self Description

October 2018: "The Independent Media Institute (IMI) is a nonprofit organization that educates the public through a diverse array of independent media projects and programs. We work with journalists and media outlets to shine a spotlight on stories that are vital to the public interest, using multiple media formats and distribution channels.

For more than three decades, the Independent Media Institute has served the public through the creation and distribution of content about political and social issues. In 1998, IMI founded AlterNet, an award-winning news website that published original reporting by independent investigative journalists, syndicated a broad range of partner publications and reached diverse audiences for more than 20 years, reaching a peak of an average of 6.5 million unique monthly visitors in 2016, and publishing 1,000 articles a month.

In early 2018, IMI transferred AlterNet to new ownership, allowing IMI to re-focus its work on creating and distributing original, thoughtful explorations of social justice and public interest issues. A selection of our current content continues to publish on AlterNet, in partnership with the new owners. Through both its own reporting and via programs and partnerships with other organizations, IMI continues its pursuit of excellence and social impact in media."

April 2003: "The Independent Media Institute (IMI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting independent and alternative journalism, and to improving the public's access to independent information sources....IMI has four editorial and service components:, a public interest online magazine; AlterNet Syndication, a news service for the independent press; WireTap, an online magazine for socially conscious youth; and The Strategic Press Information Network (SPIN), which trains grass-roots and advocacy groups in communication skills."

Third-Party Descriptions


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Alternet Source Sep 26, 2005
Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) Denise Caruso Person Apr 14, 2007
Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Chris Johnson Person
Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Ashley Nelson Person

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Jun 09, 2007 Blackwater Heavies Sue Families of Slain Employees for $10 Million in Brutal Attempt to Suppress Their Story

QUOTE: The families of four American security contractors who were burned, beaten, dragged through the streets of Fallujah and their decapitated bodies hung from a bridge over the Euphrates River on March 31, 2004, are reaching out to the American public to help protect themselves against the very company their loved ones were serving when killed, Blackwater Security Consulting. After Blackwater lost a series of appeals all the away to the U.S. Supreme Court, Blackwater has now changed its tactics and is suing the dead men’s estates for $10 million to silence the families and keep them out of court.

Aug 17, 2006 The GOP's Jim Crow Revival

QUOTE: Republican lawmakers say it's just a coincidence that Democratic voters are the ones most likely to be disenfranchised by new photo ID requirements at the voting booths.

Aug 01, 2006 COUNTERPOINT: Respect a Man's Choice, Too: It's wrong to force pregnancy on an unwilling mother; but it's equally wrong to do so to an unwilling father.

QUOTE: According to Men's Health magazine, 100,000 men each year are jailed for alleged nonpayment of child support. Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement data reveal that 70 percent of those behind on payments earn poverty level wages.

Jul 27, 2006 Women Losing Economic and Political Ground: Women's rights in the U.S. are at a low not seen since the Fifties.

QUOTE: From the first years since that vibrant second wave made so many gains - abortion rights, equal credit, pregnancy leave, anti-discrimination laws in education and employment - the backlash has continued unabated. Women in the US have now taken the proverbial two steps forward, one step back in many areas we thought were so secure a generation ago.

Jul 26, 2006 The Difference Between a Womb and a Wallet: A woman's decision to terminate a pregnancy is not the equivalent of a man's choice to financially opt out of fatherhood.

QUOTE: the National Center for Men filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Michigan last March, contending that if a woman has the legal right to abort, give up for adoption, or raise a child from an unintended pregnancy, a man should be able to choose to decline the financial responsibilities of fatherhood.

Jun 02, 2006 Librarians Defy the FBI: The FBI ordered four librarians to turn over patrons' library records and shut up about it. The librarians refused to do either.

QUOTE: Four Connecticut librarians, members of Library Connection, a not-for profit cooperative organization for resource sharing across 26 Connecticut library branches sharing a centralized computer, were served with a National Security Letter (NSL) in August of last year as part of the FBI's attempt to attain access to patron's records...The librarians, via the national and Connecticut branches of the ACLU, filed suit challenging the Patriot Act on first amendment grounds.

May 23, 2006 How Torture Became Mainstream: The once-clandestine practice of torture is now an official weapon in the War on Terror.

QUOTE: over the past 40 years, psychological torture, as practiced by US intelligence community, has proven destructive, elusive, and adaptable. Although seemingly less brutal than physical methods, this "no touch" torture is highly destructive of the human psyche, leaving searing psychological scars experts consider more crippling than physical pain. And the lack of visible physical evidence eludes detection, greatly complicating attempts at investigation, prosecution, or prohibition.

May 15, 2006 White House Blocks Investigations Into Spying: The Justice Department claims that its attempt to investigate Bush's eavesdropping programs has gone nowhere because its staff was denied security cleara

QUOTE: the New York Democrat who has been the most dogged Congressional advocate for investigation of the spying program, OPR Counsel H. Marshall Jarrett explained that he had closed the Justice Department probe on Tuesday, May 9, because his office's requests for security clearances to conduct the investigation had been denied.

Sep 27, 2005 Are Coaches the Answer to White-Collar Unemployment?

QUOTE: ...'career coaches' -- who, according to the coaching web sites, can help you discover your true occupational 'passion,'...You can declare yourself a coach without any credentials, nor are there any regulatory agencies looking over your shoulder...

Sep 26, 2005 Getting Home Before It's Gone

QUOTE: As corporations get rich, real estate developers circle and Katrina evacuees resettle far from home, grassroots organizations are shifting from relief to demanding the right of return.

Jun 26, 2003 Poverty Wages Are Toxic

QUOTE: Since [1973], workers have put in their fair day's work without getting their fair day's pay.

May 02, 2003 Female Fedayeen

QUOTE: While the views of the vast majority of Iraqi women remain a mystery, the dictator's rare generosity toward them may explain why at least some of these women are plotting to oust what they call American invaders in the name of their "liberator," Saddam Hussein.

Washington Monthly
Apr 25, 2003 The Pinking of Peace Politics

QUOTE: It is nothing but a trap to suggest that if you're female and against the war, you're upholding an archaic and patriarchal view of women as passive caretakers, not active agents.

Washington Monthly