About the Progressive Media Project

 The Progressive Media Project is an invaluable asset. In a time when people construct vastly different realities depending on the media they consume, it is vitally important to bring progressive thinkers and ideas to outlets beyond the big-city bubble. That is precisely the mission of the Progressive Media Project, and it is needed now more than ever before.

-Laurie Mazur, Editor, Island Press

Media diversity is critical to a healthy democracy. We founded the Progressive Media Project in 1993 to diversify our nation’s op-ed pages. Each year, we hold a series of workshops to train activists and nonprofit staff on how to write powerful op-eds. We also solicit op-eds from activists every week, and distribute them via wire service to newspapers around the country. 

Our goal is to support voices that are underrepresented in the mainstream media and generate nationwide dialogue on critical issues reflecting underreported and marginalized perspectives. In 2019, we published 86 op-eds from 70 writers that reached a collective audience of more than 150 million readers. Through July  2020, we have sent 78 op-eds, a reflection of the project’s greater relevance and urgency in the age of COVID-19 and the national Black Lives Matter movement. 

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In our op-ed workshops we share tools to empower participants to write strong op-eds and to best communicate their messages. Our op-eds are distributed nationally by the Tribune News Service and reach more than a potential audience of 150 million readers each year and are regularly picked up by mainstream news sites, including the Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Houston Chronicle, Miami Herald, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Charlotte Observer, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer.


Learn more about our Op-Ed writing clinics.

The Progressive Media Project distributes most of its op-eds through the Tribune News Service. We track placements in newspapers, handle reprints (online and print media), field reader responses and media follow up (tv/radio interview requests, etc.) and provide ongoing editorial support for participating nonprofits.

For more details or questions, please contact Elizabeth Miller.

 Wow! I never thought my piece would be picked up 7 times in one month, reaching a potential audience of over one million people. I'm so grateful for the Progressive Media Project for taking a chance on me!!

-Linda Wiggins-Chavis, middle school science teacher and social justice activist, Tampa, Florida