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.
In 2008, the US Department of Defense founded the Minerva Initiative, a “social science research initiative” which focused on regions of “strategic importance to US national security policy.” The initiative focuses on results that can be used in the field (that are “warfighter relevant,” in the words of the Minerva Initiative website). The DoD is […]
In October 2014, the international anti-poverty group Oxfam, released a report entitled Even it Up: Time to End Extreme Poverty which reveals that inequality has spiraled out of control, with the number of billionaires worldwide more than doubled since the 2009 financial crisis. Following its release, Sarah Dransfield, Oxfam’s Senior Press Officer, posted a press […]
It has been over 50 years after the passing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and Native Americans (both Indians and Alaska Natives) still do not possess equal access to voting polls, as Stephanie Woodward reports for In These Times. Unequal voting access has produced lower voting turnout among Natives for two distinct reasons. The […]
In October 2014, Aldo Guerrero of Fairness in Accuracy and Reporting (FAIR) reported that individuals with connections in the corporate and financial sectors dominate the executive boards of public television stations. FAIR conducted a study to determine trustee occupations, specifically to discover their corporate connections. They researched the boards of five major public television stations […]
Veterans and active duty military families are turning to food pantries across the country in the United States in order to meet their basic food needs, Michelle Chen reported for The Nation in August 2014. Nationwide over 620,000 military families are turning to food pantries, according to a report by Feeding America, a national network […]