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Alternative news outlets featured on Capitol City Sunday

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Just fifteen years ago people only had a few options on where to get their news.  But the internet has given birth to thousands of alternative news outlets, many of which have a specific slant.

That's the focus of this weekend's Capitol City Sunday.

Wisconsin is home to several news outlets that believe they are providing important information the mainstream media are missing.

They are news websites that may or may not have large followings, but often have very loyal ones. That's because they approach the news with a specific mission.

The Wisconsin Reporter takes a free market approach to government reporting, while the Center for Media and Democracy focuses on the corporate influence on politics.

"We focus on bad governance," said Matt Kittle, Madison Bureau Chief for the Wisconsin Reporter.  "That's what's missing in, we believe, mainstream news organizations imp articular, news organizations at large."

"One of our positions is, austerity doesn't create jobs," said Mary Bottari, Deputy Director at the Center for Media and Democracy.  "And we're very critical of Governor Walker for all his cuts and all his austerity policies."

Those approaches come as a result of the agenda of those people who fund the organizations.

"I think that when you are in the realm of alternative media, that people deserve to know where you're coming from, they deserve to know who funds you and those kinds of things," said Bottari.

In the second half of the show two mainstream journalists discuss the way those new ventures are impacting public opinion.

"The important thing that distinguishes, you know, true journalism from partisan advocacy is are you allowed to be independent and are you allowed to challenge anybody in power no matter who they are," said Jack Craver, a reporter with the Capital Times.

"There have been some recent examples in Wisconsin of how important objective media is and our mission is not the same as partisan media groups or groups with a strong point of view, said Mary Spicuzza, a Capitol Correspondent with the Wisconsin State Journal.

Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m. on WKOW 27.

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