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.
Student Researcher: Melinda Xiong Faculty Instructor: Julie Andrzejewski, St. Cloud State University The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is delaying two studies exposing infants and schoolchildren to pesticides and other hazardous chemicals. The studies have been cancelled until further notice based on ethical and perception concerns such as “ensuring the greatest confidence in the approaches used.” […]
Student Researcher: Britten Johnson and Wanjiru Mugo Faculty Advisor: Julie Andrzejewski Canada is the largest foreign supplier of oil to the United States sending over 370 million barrels a year, half of which comes from Alberta’s tar sands. Tar Sands oil is extremely toxic to our environment. The amount of energy that you have to […]
Researcher: Zachery Stoe and Wanjiru Mugo Faculty Advisor: Julie Andrzejewski Evaluator: Anthony Akubue In the US, the Rocky Mountains are said to contain about a tenth of the country’s untapped oil and a third of its natural gas reserves. Just recently though, the Rocky Mountains, under the Bush administration, have opened up areas for what […]
Researcher: Bee Yang Faculty Advisor: Julie Andrzejewski Evaluator: Carla Magnuson According to Department of Defense (DoD) documents, the Pentagon paid more than $70 million to an oil company known as Hunt Refining. Hunt Refining is a corporate affiliate of Hunt Oil. Records show that Hunt Refining has received contract work increasingly larger sums of taxpayer […]
Researcher: Nick Sieben Faculty Advisor: Julie Andrzejewski, St. Cloud State University Evaluator: Carla Magnuson A recent research study by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) found that World military spending has grown 45 percent in the past decade, with the United States accounting for nearly half of all the expenditures. Military spending grew […]