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.
Indonesia is currently undergoing one of the worst environmental disasters of the 21st century. Fires rage across the length of Indonesia as a result of companies looking to profit from the land. The smoke has reduced visibility to 30 meters in some cities while there are reports of children who have choked to death. There […]
The television network ESPN downplays NFL scandals and crises to protect the league’s reputation while its exploiting players. The National Football League is a multi-billion dollar business that uses billions of tax dollars to fund its owners. Players have a weak union, a hidden domestic abuse problem, and a rise in mental health issues. Although […]
In a country plagued by gun violence, the restrictive laws surrounding gun permit statistics and the lack of federal funding for gun violence research have created a gaping hole in our knowledge of guns in the US. In 1996 all federal funding for gun violence research was cut and since then numerous state laws have […]
The “broken windows” theory of policing, introduced in 1982 by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling, is meant to focus on the importance of “fixing”—also known as policing, getting rid of, or cleaning out—“broken windows” as a way of preventing more serious crimes. Thus, for example, according to the theory, preventing relatively minor crimes […]
80 percent of America is in debt. The economy is set up to get us in debt and to keep us there. Banks, medical bills and education are the main causes of debt. This is a huge problem and its getting worse because the system has set us up to fail. Different organizations have been […]