The Northwest Alliance for Alternative Media and Education (NAAME) was solely the organization for the Portland Alliance newspaper. The Portland Alliance continues to have an online prescence (www.theportlandalliance.org). From 1987-1999 “Alliance” newspapers ecisted in the NW as local social justice publications that came out on montly and quarterly basiss respectively.
When the Portland Alliance discontinued print publication in 2011, several alternative media makers between Oregon and Washington came together to pave the way and forge the new horizons of broad scope media work in the NW and nationally. Inspired by the Allied Media Conference and other national and international independent media groups, NAAME started up the Cascade Media Convergence (CMC). The first and second CMC’s took place in 2014 and 2015 in Portland, Oregon.
The third CMC is projected to take place in the spring 2017 again in Portland, Oregon.
The Portland Alliance is the city’s oldest alternative progressive newspaper. The Alliance reports on the issues ignored or distorted by the corporate-dominated mainstream press, asking the hard questions you won’t hear on the evening news or read in your daily newspaper.
The Alliance was founded in 1981 as part of an effort to bring Oregon’s progressives together in one coalition to oppose the growing power of conservative forces in this state. While that coalition did not take root, the newspaper created to give that coalition voice did. Shifting to a more local focus, The Portland Alliance has been providing a voice ever since for environmentalists, trade unionists, social justice activists, and others who are usually shut out by the mainstream press.
Over the years the Alliance has broken stories missed by the mainstream press. In the 1990s we produced an award-winning series about health care and the homeless. In 2000, our coverage of Portland Police Chief Mark Kroeker’s ties with homophobic Christian groups made national news and placed the controversial police chief under greater public scrutiny. That same year, we ran an exclusive report on the health risks facing the poor, Native Americans and other people of color who rely on fish from the polluted Willamette River – a story reported several months later in the pages of The Oregonian.
The Alliance is about more than reporting the news. During the past three decades the paper has served as a place where Portland’s progressive community can air ideas and thrash out differences through open discourse
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