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What does Democracy Now! bring to my local station?


Covering news with a diversity of local and global voices and perspectives makes Democracy Now! a unique broadcast news platform which attracts a diverse, highly involved public affairs-focused audience of all ages. The Democracy Now! audience is predominantly committed public media supporters. Democracy Now! news stories offer fresh insights to current events and offers stations an important balance to other daily news and public affairs programming.

Independent journalism with integrity

As an independent news program, Democracy Now! is audience-supported, which means editorial independence is never compromised by corporate underwriting, advertising revenue or government interests. Democracy Now!’s daily news reporting provides a unique and sometimes provocative perspective on national and global events not heard in commercial media.

Democracy Now! has been recognized around the globe by prestigious juries for solid, courageous journalism. Co-hosts Amy Goodman and Juan González and the Democracy Now! news team has garnered more than 60 top journalism awards including:

  • The Society for Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for Television Breaking News Coverage of the Standoff at Standing Rock: Epic Native Resistance to Dakota Access Pipeline
  • The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation/UNCA Global Prize Gold and Silver Medals for reporting on climate change
  • I.F. Stone Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nieman Foundation
    for Journalism at Harvard University
  • The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award
  • United Press International Award
  • Associated Press Award
  • RTNDA (Radio-Television News Directors Association)
  • Gracie Award for American Women in Radio and Television Public Broadcasting
  • James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism
  • The Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize” honouring courageous people solving global problems

And dozens of other awards and accolades.

Democracy Now! is also available daily in Spanish

Since 2005 Democracy Now! has offered Los Titulares de Hoy, a translation of the English language daily news headlines making them available to Spanish-speaking audiences across the U.S., Latin America and around the world.

Today, more than 430 Spanish language media outlets carry Democracy Now! en Español programming including the daily 15-minute Los Titulares de Hoy and a Spanish translation of Amy Goodman’s weekly column.

All Spanish language broadcast quality audio mp3s and text are available at at no cost to stations and publications as long as a credit to Democracy Now! is provided. Broadcasters, please send us contact and schedule information.

How is Democracy Now! funded?

Democracy Now! is a non-profit organization funded through individual donations from viewers and listeners and foundation grants. Democracy Now! does not accept any corporate underwriting, advertising, or government funding.

Is there a cost to air Democracy Now!?

Because programming cost should never be a barrier to stations airing quality independent news, Democracy Now! is offered at no cost to public, college and community access TV, radio and internet stations

What type of stations air Democracy Now!?

Democracy Now! airs on more than 50 PBS channels and is carried on 40 NPR stations, hundreds of college and independent community TV and radio stations including public access and PEG television channels around the U.S. as well as TV, radio and online channels around the world.

Many of these stations broadcast the news hour on multiple channels and frequencies, some up to 3 times a day.

What broadcast formats are available?

The TV program is available to:

  • Public broadcasting stations via the PBS Westlink satellite
  • Other TV stations on the free-to-air C-band satellite
  • Dish Network subscribers on the Free Speech TV channel
  • Public Access and PEG stations via Telvue Connect Media Server
  • Any broadcaster via broadcast quality livestream and digital video files with closed captioning

The radio program is available to:

  • Public radio and NPR stations on the PRSS Satellite and Content Depot
  • Pacifica affiliated stations via audioport
  • Any broadcaster via free broadcast quality livestream and digital files

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