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Updated by Kendra Brea Cooper on Apr 26, 2014
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Underground Media: 5 Books that Will Help You Sidestep the Mainstream and Get Your Message Out

How do you get your story out when you don’t have access to mainstream media outlets? These books will inspire your own media action and help you gain a platform (or soapbox).

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Islands of Resistance: Pirate Radio in Canada By Andrea Langlois, Ron Sakolsky, Marion van der Zon

Islands of Resistance: Pirate Radio in Canada By Andrea Langlois, Ron Sakolsky, Marion van der Zon

Spread your message by using the coolest medium out there: pirated radio. Sure, it’s old fashioned but its history is media rebellion. This book is great for both the media student and the activist who is already rocking the radical airwaves. With articles like “Latitudes of Rebellion: Free Radio in an International Context” and “The Art of Unstable Radio”, you are sure to find your own unique radio voice.

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Autonomous Media by Andrea Langlois & Frederic Dubois

Autonomous Media by Andrea Langlois & Frederic Dubois

This book covers all kinds of independent media and ways to get your message out. It focuses on autonomous space and guerilla reporting for freedom journalists. Here you’ll find info on street newspapers and video activism. It’s small enough to carry in your bag as your go-to book for street stories.

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Friends, Followers, and the Future: How Social Media are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, and Killing Tradi...

Friends, Followers, and the Future: How Social Media are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, and Killing Tradi...

It’s no secret that social media has had an incredible impact on the world. This book dissects that impact to help us discover the potential inside. Social media extends our voices to our fingertips and then out into the world. It’s a fast paced way of moving information and if we use it properly we can change society for the better.

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Indie Publishing: How to Design and Produce Your Own Book by Ellen Lupton

Indie Publishing: How to Design and Produce Your Own Book by Ellen Lupton

Indie Publishing is a read for those who want to D.I.Y. their own publishing and keep creative control in their own hands. Who needs a publisher when you can make your own book? It is packed full of eye-catching techniques that are sure to get those pages flipped.

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The Guerilla Film Makers Movie Blueprint by Chris Jones

The Guerilla Film Makers Movie Blueprint by Chris Jones

Film making can be a pricey way to get your message across but it’s effective. This book offers detailed explanations of the process from the creative to the book keeping. It can be done with some love and effort. The final product is a visual representation of your ideas and that is amazing and absolutely worth it.