Progressive Media Project

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The Progressive Media Project "has distributed more than 2,500 op-eds that have placed over 10,000 times in large and small newspapers around the country. The Progressive Media Project has also hosted more than 40 skills-building op-ed writing clinics for foundation grantees, nonprofit organizations, activists and community groups." [1]

"[W]e serve an indispensable role for nonprofit groups in their issue campaigns and public education efforts. Organizations we work with include: ADAPT, the AFL-CIO, Global Exchange, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, National Council of La Raza (NCLR), Native American Journalists Association, Peace Action, PRIDE, and TransAfrica Forum. For a full list of our partners click here.

"Fourth, outside of reaching newspaper readers, Progressive Media Project commentaries spark further media attention. Often times, our authors are invited to speaking events, or have radio, television, and newspaper interviews.

"Fifth, our op-eds are often reprinted for use in high school or college classes, and occasionally textbooks, as well. Progressive Media Project Funders

"The Progressive Media Project, an affiliate program of The Progressive, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization". [2]

Advisory Board (2006) [3]

  • Patricia Aufderheide - is a professor of communications at American University in Washington, D.C. She is the author of The Daily Planet: A Critic on the Capitalist Culture Beat.
  • Jeff Cohen - was one of the founders of FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) and is a frequent commentator on radio and TV.
  • Barbara Ehrenreich - is a well-known essayist and social critic. She writes for many newspapers and magazines including The Progressive, The New York Times, and The Nation. She wrote Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, and her most recent book is Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy.
  • Mike Ervin - is a Chicago-based writer and disability-rights activist with ADAPT. He is also the producer of “The Strength Coach,” a nationally syndicated radio talk show.
  • Laura Flanders - is the host of “RadioNation with Laura Flanders” on Air America Radio and community radio stations nationwide. She’s also the author of BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species, and Blue Grit.
  • Herbert Chao Gunther - is president and CEO of Public Media Center, a leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit strategic marketing, advocacy and communications agency.
  • Chester Hartman - is the director of research at the Poverty & Race Research Action Council in Washington, D.C.
  • Allen Hunter - Chair, is a senior research scholar at the International Center for Advanced Studies at NYU.
  • Sam Husseini - is communications director at the Institute for Public Accuracy.
  • Andrea Lewis - is a San Francisco-based writer and co-host of “The Morning Show” on KPFA Radio in Berkeley.
  • Manning Marable - is the director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University.
  • Elizabeth Martínez - is the author of 500 Years of Chicano History and De Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views for a Multi-Colored Century. She co-founded and directs the Institute for MultiRacial Justice, a resource center to help build alliances between peoples of color.
  • Salim Muwakkil - is a senior editor at In These Times magazine in Chicago, as well as a contributor for The Chicago Tribune.
  • Robert W. McChesney - is a professor at the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois. He is the president of Free Press, a national media reform organization. His most recent book is The Problem of the Media: U.S. Communication Politics in the Twenty-First Century.
  • Erik Ness - a freelance writer, was the founding editor of the Progressive Media Project.
  • John Nichols - is the associate editor for The Capital Times of Madison, Wisconsin, and the Washington correspondent for The Nation magazine.
  • Michael Omi - is a professor of Asian-American Studies and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Mark Anthony Rolo - is the former education director at the Native American Journalists Association. He is a guest lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Holly Sklar - is an op-ed columnist for McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. Her latest book is Raise The Floor: Wages and Policies That Work for All of Us.
  • Gar Smith - the Editor Emeritus of Earth Island Journal, currently serves as editor at the Pesticide Action Network. He edits, an online environmental newsmagazine and is co-founder and Web editor of Environmentalists Against War.
  • Denice Zeck - is the executive director of American Forum, a national clearinghouse for editorial opinion. She is the author of Op-Eds: A Cost Effective Strategy for Advocacy.



Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. About Us, Progressive Media Project, accessed February 25, 2008.
  2. 2007 Annual Report, Progressive Media Project, accessed October 15, 2009.
  3. 2006 Annual Report, Progressive Media Project, accessed February 25, 2008.