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: Samantha Barowsky Faculty Evaluator: Douglas Anderson, Ph.D Southwest Minnesota State University In Georgia welfare is down even while unemployment skyrockets. In 2004 28,000 adults received benefits, now those who receive welfare number fewer than 2,500. Some applaud this aggressive push to end reliance on TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), but for the […]
Researcher: Rena Hawkins Faculty Evaluator: Sangeeta Sinha, Ph.D. Southwest Minnesota State University Schools are more segregated today then when Martin Luther King was assassinated. Segregation has increased not only based upon race but children from different classifications, Teachers curriculum, the government and also the test that are given to students to test their level of […]
Student Researcher: Amie Shirkey Faculty Evaluator: John Sterner Southwest Minnesota State University In Ecuador, there is a new movement called Gravity Birthing. These birthing rituals started small but have become more popular due to the amazing results they have had. These births are shown to reduce complications at the hospitals. Ecuador has a lot of […]
Student Researcher: Alexander Rott Faculty Evaluator: Michael J. Munford, Director of Campus Security Southwest Minnesota State University The number of people being killed in the United States by police is on the rise. In just two years police killings have gone up 13 percent, from 622 deaths in 2003, to 703 deaths in 2005. […]
Student Researcher: Brittany Sandager Faculty Evaluator: B. C. Franson, J.D. Southwest Minnesota State University While the world press focused on Barack Obama’s election, Israel broke the ceasefire with Palestine on the U.S. election day. Israel’s bloody bombing of Gaza began on November 4 while the truce which began Jun. 19, 2008 was still in […]