While alternative news media has existed in print form since the 17th century, economic barriers long associated with production and distribution became largely alleviated in the 21st century with the advent of electronic technologies, enabling less well-funded alternative news media to expand in prominence and reach. Broadly defined, the term alternative news media refers to a heterogeneous range of media and journalistic practices identified by how alternative news media structure, function, and processes differ from those of traditional news media. Alternative news media cannot be understood or analyzed separately from that of traditional news media, as alternative news media exists, in part, to compensate for the shortcomings of traditional news sources and coverage. The following sections detail the similarities and differences in content ...
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