Alternative Politics & Media Team — Starter Kit

This starter kit consists of an "area of focus" report (if it exists) prepared by a member of the WE1S C-Hackers team during academic year 2017-18, initial high-priority sources to collect suggested by the C-Hackers, and suggestions for initial research questions to address. For the session during Orientation Day 2 at our summer camp, each AM team should treat these starting-kit materials as initial suggestion, and then revise, fine-tune, or simplify them to create:
    • An initial collection queue of sources (can be organized as "stage 1" for immediate collection, and future stages for next to be collected)
    • An initial research question or two that the first set of collected materials can help answer--especially questions that can help guide future stages of collection (e.g., "Do we need to collect on the phrase 'liberal arts' in addition to 'humanities'?")
Other useful reference sources: Shared Google Drive folder Template for queuing requests:
keywords string :
source and or publication :
begin date :
end date :
(optional) any comments :

WE1S Workflow System Links

Shared Google Drive

Team Number: 9

Alternative Politics & Media


  • UCSB
    • Sean Gilleran
    • [Note: during academic year 2017-18, Jamal Russell on the WE1S C-Hackers team did the preliminary resarch in this area. However, because he is able to participate in the summer research camp only in the afternoons due to his teaching schedule, he is not able to be on this AM team.]
  • CSUN
    • Raymond Steding

Area of Focus Report (prepared by WE1S C-Hackers Group in 2017-18)

Initial Collection Plan Suggestion (prepared by WE1S C-Hackers Group in 2017-18)

  • Political Press (suggested by Jamal Russell from C-Hackers Group in 2017-18)
    • Stage 1: (Jamal — “As always with these, representativeness of conservative viewpoints is an issue that will need to be rectified in the future. Another issue that came up as I was making this list was availability: for sources from the Alternative Press Index, the individual listings link out to other databases or the source websites themselves if a researcher chooses to read them. Thus, we would have to manually work through some of these databases/websites if we want plain text versions of the articles. Others, like Democracy Now, are not indexed but have easily available transcripts/articles to search and are listed because of their value”)
      • In These Times
      • The American Prospect
      • Democracy Now
      • New Left Review
      • Green Left Weekly
    • Stage 2:
      • Dissent
      • This Magazine
      • Jacobin
      • Index on Censorship
      • Monthly Review
  • Alternative & Indie Press (suggested by Jamal Russell from C-Hackers Group in 2017-18) (Jamal — “I only have 5 for this section, partially because of the cross-pollination with political sources, and partially because of issues with accessibility to sources”)
    • Stage 1:
      • Utne
      • n+1
      • The Boston Review
      • The Threepenny Review
      • Sojourners
    • Stage 2:
      • [TBD]

Initial Research Questions  (suggestions)

  • What is the political and other kinds of balance among these sources?
  • What kind of overlap is there with “mainstream” news (e.g., use of newswire stories, citations or reprintings from the NY Times, coverage of same topics)
  • [Other questions TBD]