Type of site
|News, political analysis, and commentary for the progressive community|
Common Dreams NewsCenter, often referred to simply as Common Dreams, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, U.S.-based news website that declares itself as serving the progressive community. Common Dreams publishes news stories, editorials, and a newswire of current, breaking news. Common Dreams also re-publishes relevant content from numerous other sources such as the Associated Press and had published left-wing writers such as Robert Reich and Molly Ivins. The website also provides links to other relevant columnists, periodicals, radio outlets, news services, and websites.
Inspiration for the name, "Common Dreams", came from the book title, The Twilight of Common Dreams: Why America is Wracked by Culture Wars, written by Todd Gitlin and published in 1995.
The nonprofit organization, Common Dreams, was founded in 1996 by political consultant, Craig Brown, and the News Center was launched the following year, in May 1997, by Brown and his wife, Lina Newhouser (1951–2008). Brown, a native of Massachusetts, has a long history in progressive politics. He was the director of the Maine Public Interest Research Group from 1973 to 1977 and worked on the presidential campaigns of former U.S. Senator Alan Cranston and U.S. Senator Paul Simon. Brown also served from 1990 to 1994 as chief of staff for Tom Andrews. Part of Brown's job was to compile news for Representative Andrews, which gave Brown the impetus to do the same on the internet.
During the Kosovo War Common Dreams hosted the "Drumbeats of War" site which, according to the BBC, presented "a round-up of interesting articles with wide-ranging points of view that have previously appeared in newspapers and journals across the United States." Common Dreams is also known for its strong anti-war stance.
Common Dreams is funded through subscriptions and donations of its readers and does not have advertising.
Common Dreams has featured original articles by the following authors:
- "CommonDreams.org 'about us'". Cite journal requires
- Rob, Kelley (4 February 2007). "War on the Web Four: sites worth checking out". Willamette Week. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007.
- "Kosovo - the conflict on the Web". BBC Online. June 14, 1999. Retrieved January 2, 2010.
- Campbell, Duncan (26 September 2001). "Internet Gives Peace a Chance; The anti-war movement has been fuelled by counter-cultural online news services, making it very different from its Vietnam predecessor". Guardian Unlimited (London).
- Nieves, Evelyn (16 February 2003). "Antiwar Organizer's Politics Cause Rift; In a letter on the Web site Commondreams.org, more than 150 of the most notable progressive writers and intellectuals in the country." (subscription required). Washington Post: A22.
- Kirkpatrick, David (2 February 2006). "Two T-Shirts, Two Messages and Two Capitol Ejections". New York Times.