About

OptOut is the first news aggregation app for exclusively independent media. The app, which will launch in beta format in summer 2021, unites independent outlets and gives news consumers a refreshing, fully independent media ecosystem—100% free from corporate media narratives.

Unlike most news apps, OptOut seamlessly integrates articles, podcasts, and videos from our nearly 100 participating outlets. To find out more about the app, visit optout.news.

On this subdomain, we publish a free weekly newsletter with content from outlets in the OptOut network. In the future, we'll also publish original reporting, analysis, and podcasts produced by OptOut.

Since we don’t run ads, this project is funded entirely by paid supporters of this newsletter.

Please support us with a small, tax-deductible monthly or yearly contribution.

OptOut is a project of the OptOut Media Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity founded by independent journalists Alex Kotch and Walker Bragman in 2020.

Our mission is to to educate the public about current events and help sustain a diverse media ecosystem by promoting and assisting independent media outlets.

The app is being developed by volunteers with the Progressive Coders Network, a nonprofit, nonpartisan progressive community of tech and non-tech activists building open-source tools to empower the grassroots and reduce the influence of big money in politics.

Thanks also to Lawyers for Reporters, Morrison & Foerster, and Proskauer Rose for their pro bono legal assistance.

Why sign up?

Subscribe to receive weekly newsletters full of great content from our participating media outlets, stay up-to-date on all OptOut developments, take part in user surveys, and be first in line to access our free beta app.

Sign up here.

Why should I become a paid supporter?

OptOut is a nonprofit and totally volunteer operation, but in the short term, we need money for web hosting, other development fees, design, marketing, and fundraising. In the longer term, we want to build out a staff to curate your news experience and offer free services such as communications and podcast production to independent outlets with limited resources.

We need your help to make this happen so we can deliver 100% independent media to you every minute.

Support us here.