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.
After an unprecedented communitywide protest for justice, a male student at Norman High School in Norman, Oklahoma, was belatedly arrested and charged with raping at least two female students. The case began in September 2014, when a 16-year-old girl awoke in a lot of pain the morning after a party, with no memory of what […]
As the climate continue to change, invasive species will continue to seek out favorable climates. Ebola and West Nile are just the first of many. Daniel Brooks of the Laboratory of Parasitology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is a co-author of a February 2015 report that documents how the appearance of diseases in new places […]
In August 2014, the creators of OpenBazaar, an unregulated website for buying and selling, announced they were releasing a beta version of their software that could change online commerce forever. OpenBazaar’s plans reminded many of past unsuccessful attempts to establish surveillance-free trade zones online – most notoriously Napster, which ran afoul of corporate copyright law, […]
In April 2014, the Parr family was awarded $2.95 million in a lawsuit alleging that environmental contamination from nearby Aruba Petroleum’s hydraulic fracturing (gas fracking) sites in Wise County, Texas, sickened them and killed their livestock. Residents in Minisink, New York claimed to suffer from ailments similar to the Texas family. Such ailments included acute […]
In light of a growing population, climate change, and projected long-term water shortages, many cities are being forced to rethink water use. The city of Los Angeles currently imports more than 85 percent of its water, and yet every year LA drains billions of gallons of rainwater straight into the ocean. What if they valued […]