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.
Over 600 products now on the market contain nanoparticles so small that they may have dangerous biological impacts yet to be determined. Nanaparticles could be the asbestos of this century. Nanotechnology is a quickly growing global industry which is, for the most part unregulated. The worry lies in the fact that when these materials are […]
Irrigation in the Scott and Shasta river basins threaten salmon population. Water levels in these rivers are becoming so low that the fish cannot make it far enough up river to spawn. The reason for the low levels of water is that much of the water is diverted away from the rivers for irrigation on […]
Obama’s national education policy is to support the expansion of charter schools to undermine public education and school-teacher labor unions. According to Danny Weil, Obama wants to tie teacher’s pay to the student’s performance, which would be measured through test scores. Merit pay based on performance is strongly opposed by teachers unions nationwide. Teachers want […]
Student Researchers: Christopher Jerome & Sarah Johnson Faculty Instructor: Christina Knopf, Ph.D. Evaluator: Dr. Brian Snee, Professor of Communication, SUNY Albany Gun battles between suspected robbers and the Lagos police have resulted in the deaths of nearly 200 suspects in a mere 10 months. In addition to the casualties, 417 robbery suspects were arrested, 1,040 […]
Student Researcher: Devin Taft Faculty Instructor: Christina M. Knopf, Ph.D. Evaluator: Aisling Taft, journalist Since November 2004, “the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has entered a sad cycle of killings of media professionals.” Five journalists have been killed in similar circumstances and “it seems these are more likely targeted assassinations that random acts of violence.” […]