Sources of Advocacy News, Nonprofit News, & Government Data

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Millions of articles, blogs, and other pieces of content are posted to the web every day. Keeping on top of the news can be tricky for advocates who need to stay on top of current events in a number of spaces. 

Advocates can get the best information about their causes by circulating between trusted news outlets, government resources, data aggregation platforms, and nonprofit websites. 

Below is a list of recommended bookmarks for advocates.

Advocacy Journalism (Media Outlets)

Advocates may want to start with some of the major advocacy journalism websites. 

Advocacy journalism is a specific type of reporting – it is intentionally and transparently biased toward a specific viewpoint or political leaning. This type of journalism remains factually grounded. It is different from media bias and propaganda as the viewpoint is made known to the audience.

Some outlets are wholly designed to present a particular political viewpoint and do so explicitly. Note that not all of these sites fall along the traditional liberal-conservative divide. Some outlets take on a perspective that is issue-driven and independent of political leanings such as anti-corruption.

Below are some good starting points for general advocacy news. Some of these outlets explicitly state their political view – conservative or liberal. While others have adopted ideologies associated with one end of the political spectrum.

We’ve also included some solid middle-of-the-road (moderate) options that may skew a little one way, but are generally reputable news sources. These organizations may not advocate for a particular viewpoint, but they are useful for advocates as they focus on politics.

The below organizations are listed as conservative, moderate, liberal, or nonpartisan in nature. The political leanings were identified by either the organization’s self-declaration or through the Ad Fontes Media Bias Chart. Note that organizations that did not self-identify with a political leaning and weren’t found on the Ad Fontes chart were listed as nonpartisan.

Readers should note that while the Ad Fontes Media Bias chart is widely circulated, there are some criticisms of the tool. Nonetheless, the chart provides a good starting point for gauging the political leanings of news agencies.

Media outlets that operate as nonprofit organizations are also noted.

Government Resources (Public Data and Archives)

Below is a list of official government databases (with an emphasis on U.S. government data sets). 

Third-Party Government Tracking Sites (Open Government Data Aggregation Platforms)

Tracking government and other official data can be difficult – even for governments. When official data sets are made publicly available, though, it allows the private sector to help sort and utilize the information.

Open government data aggregation platforms are websites created by businesses or nonprofit organizations that collect and display government information. These websites seek to make official data more accessible and easier to understand for the public.

Data aggregation websites include:

News for Nonprofit Organizations (Administration and Best Practices)

Nonprofit news is a confusing term sometimes as it can essentially mean two things – 1) news that is delivered by nonprofit organizations (more common meaning), and 2) news that is meant for nonprofit organizations.

Above we listed a few nonprofit news outlets. Below are news sources for nonprofits that can help in establishing and managing a nonprofit organization.


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Dan Jasper

Dan Jasper is the founder and primary author of Street Civics. He specializes in advocacy and international affairs.

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