Community media comes in many different styles and levels of participation. It evolves according to the efforts of those
who support it.
Progressive non-community media often has a conscious editorial policy, such as The Guardian Weekly and New Internationalist, (which is proud to be 'biased' towards people in the Global South.)
Political commentary, in the form of blogs, also can be excellent. I really like Harold Hark's Blog.
On a similar note, AdBusters has initiated a campaign to democratise the world's media, called Media Carta. They state:
Media Carta is the human-rights battle of our information age. It is
about us, the people, taking a stand against a media system that
shuts us out and dominates our lives. It’s about building-up an
entirely new communication order to replace it, one that has at its
foundation the direct, democratic participation of citizens. It’s
about reclaiming our most basic freedom – the Human Right to
It's a really interesting campaign, particularly looking at their
Another interesting site is the Sydney Uni IdMedia digest, which is slightly conservative, but at least it has a very incisive critique of SRC factions, that I have to endure each
day as part of getting anything done in a grassroots way at Sydney Uni SRC.