Pacific News Service
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Pacific News Service (PNS) is an American nonprofit media organization founded in 1969 by historian and sociologist Franz Schurmann and Orville Schell, author, journalist and former Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, located in Berkeley, California. It is an alternative-news source.
In 1974 after the war ended, PNS changed its objective from covering the Far East to the United States, especially California, under the guidance of Executive Editor Sandy Close.
PNS operates a news-wire service; produces documentary films and television shows; and publishes Youth Outlook, a monthly news magazine by and about young people.
It is known for running stories written by or about those on the margins of society. In 1995, PNS editor Sandy Close received the MacArthur Genius Award for her work in giving "voice to the voiceless" through PNS.
New America Media was founded by PNS in 1996 which serves as a clearinghouse for news and feature stories from and in America's ethnic media.
Some noted contributors include:
- Jamal Dajani
- Lyn Duff
- Ilka Hartmann, photographer, reporter
- Lucy Komisar, investigative journalist who wrote on Gladio (Italian branch of NATO "stay-behind" secret paramilitary organizations, which has been involved in terrorist "false flags" operations, starting with the 1969 Piazza Fontana bombing) and also on Clearstream scandal, one of the biggest financial scandals ever
- Andrew Lam
- Renée Montagne
- Richard Rodriguez, contributor to PBS NewsHour
- Franz Schurmann, co-founder of PNS
- Yoichi Shimatsu former associate editor of PNS