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: April Pearce Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Andy Stern is facing growing internal criticism that he is seeking to consolidate unions to increase size and leadership power at the expense of rank-and-file members. Most recently, the SEIU’s executive board has taken over one of its largest locals, California’s 150,000-member United Healthcare Workers […]
Student Researcher: Curtis Harrison Faculty Evaluator: Keith Gouveia The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor announced that they were at last issuing the long-threatened but first ever indictments against a sitting head of state, Omar al-Bashir, the Arab President of Sudan. Following the announcement the story was broadcasted all over the Western media system and […]
Student Researcher: Christine Wilson Faculty Evaluator: Samantha Brim Carbon “cap and trade, ” or Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) investment, has become a means by which industrialized countries avoid reducing their own emissions by implementing “emissions-reduction” projects in developing nations, thereby earning “carbon credits.” In fact many trans-national corporations are using cap and trade programs […]
Researcher: Ashleigh Hvinden Faculty Evaluator: Diana Grant Army Emergency Relief hoarded an excess of $345 Million in the fiscal years 2003-2007 according to an Associated Press investigation of tax records. The AER was created in 1942 for the sole purpose for providing financial support to those whose family members were financially dependent on the […]
Student Researchers: Annie Sexton, Gwendolyn Brack, Hallie Fischer, Bernadette Gorman, Paige Henderson, Daryl Mowrey, Taylor Prodromos Faculty Instructor: Kevin Howley, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Communication and Theatre Evaluator: Jeanette Pope, Professor of Geology, DePauw University Many chemicals that have already been claimed as “substances of high concern,” are being mass produced in the United […]