Validated Independent News stories (VINs) report information and perspective that the public has a right and need to know, but to which it has limited access. Before being posted as a VIN, each story undergoes evaluation by student researchers and faculty evaluators to determine that it is important, timely, fact-based, well documented, and under-reported in the corporate media. These VINs are candidates for inclusion among the top 25 stories in Project Censored’s annual book.
In October 2014, Aldo Guerrero of Fairness in Accuracy and Reporting (FAIR) reported that individuals with connections in the corporate and financial sectors dominate the executive boards of public television stations. FAIR conducted a study to determine trustee occupations, specifically to discover their corporate connections. They researched the boards of five major public television stations […]
Veterans and active duty military families are turning to food pantries across the country in the United States in order to meet their basic food needs, Michelle Chen reported for The Nation in August 2014. Nationwide over 620,000 military families are turning to food pantries, according to a report by Feeding America, a national network […]
Poverty is often seen as an issue that affects other countries but not the United States. However, as Dean Paton reports for YES! Magazine, in 2012, over 46 million Americans —including over 21% of the nation’s children—live below the standard U.S. poverty line of $23,492 per year for a family of four. Summarizing figures from […]
In northern Pakistan, a military campaign aimed at Taliban militants has led to a humanitarian crisis for hundreds of thousands of civilians, including especially pregnant women, Ashfaq Yusufzai reports for Inter Press Service. On June 15, 2014, Pakistan army air raids in Northern Pakistan forced many civilians from their homes and into neighboring provinces. Officials […]
“Deadly Environment,” a report by the non-governmental organization Global Witness. revealed that from 2002 to 2013 at least 908 people were killed globally due to their environmental advocacy, with the rate of murder doubling in the last four years. Latin America and the Asia-Pacific show the highest rates of violence as tensions over limited natural […]