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Project Censored Summer Internships

 

Project Censored encourages undergraduate students with strong interests in independent journalism and critical media literacy to apply for a summer internship. Summer interns will be engaged in the Project’s daily work, which includes identifying and vetting independent news stories, researching current news topics and issues in press freedom, communicating with partner organizations, and promoting the Project’s work through its website, social media channels, and public events.

 

Reflecting the Project’s longstanding commitment to direct student engagement in critical media literacy, past interns have conducted research leading to publication bylines in the Project’s yearbook, State of the Free Press; its online “Censored Notebook”; and journals such as the Index on Censorship. Summer interns may also help with production of audio segments for the Project’s weekly syndicated radio program, The Project Censored Show.

 

We strongly encourage students of color, students from working-class backgrounds, women, LGBTQ+ people, and students from other traditionally-marginalized communities to apply.

Summer internships typically run for an 8-week period, beginning in late May or early June. Start and end dates are flexible. Interns are expected to work several days per week, averaging 10-15 hours per week. The Project provides interns with a $2000 stipend for their work over this period.

The summer internship is designed for interns to work remotely. No previous experience in journalism is necessary, but strong writing and critical thinking skills as well as careful attention to detail are a must.

Summer interns will develop skills that prepare them for a career in journalism, but which are
also fundamental to successful employment in a variety of fields. These skills include research,
fact-checking, editing and proofreading, online posting, outreach, and teamwork.

Applicants with active interests in independent journalism and critical media literacy and sharp attention to detail are encouraged to apply. The application consists of three items:

  • a cover letter, describing your motivation, relevant experience, and any specific areas of interest;
  • a résumé; and
  • one writing sample (optional)

Please combine all materials in a single PDF and send submissions by email to shealeigh@projectcensored.org, using the subject line SUMMER INTERNSHIP APPLICATION.

The application deadline for Summer 2024 is Monday, April 1st.

Events

Independent Media Week

Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library, April 17-18th, Ashland, Oregon

SPJ New England Conference Panel

Saturday, April 20th, 10:45 AM EST, Emerson College

Tuscon Festival of Books

Sat & Sun, March 9th & 10th 2024, Tuscon AZ

Endorsements

Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky Author, linguist, and media scholar

“A crucial contribution to the hope for a more just and democratic society.”

I. F. Stone Investigative journalist, muckraker

“One of the most significant media research projects in the country.”

Greg Palast
Greg Palast Author of the Best Democracy Money Can Buy

“Hot news, cold truths, utterly uncensored.”

Ralph Nader Consumer advocate, lawyer, and author of To the Ramparts

“Project Censored … has evolved into a deep, wide, and utterly engrossing exercise to unmask censorship, self-censorship, and propaganda in the mass media.”

Diane Ravitch
Diane Ravitch Author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System

“Project Censored brings to light some of the most important stories of the year that you never saw or heard about. This is your chance to find out what got buried.”

Walter Cronkite Former anchorman for CBS Evening News (1962-1981), broadcast journalist

“Project Censored is one of the organizations that we should listen to, to be assured that our newspapers and our broadcasting outlets are practicing thorough and ethical journalism.”

Naomi Wolf Author of the bestselling books The Beauty Myth; The End of America; and Give Me Liberty

“Project Censored is a lifeline to the world’s most urgent and significant stories. The Project’s list of the top stories that get very little mainstream media traction should in fact drive the reporting agendas of every major news outlet.”

David Rovics
David Rovics Musician and activist

“Project Censored continues to do the work they’ve been persistently pursuing since 1976: Exposing the secrets that those in power would prefer to keep hidden and the corruption that should be scandalous, but isn’t, because the corporate media won’t cover it.”

Deepa Kumar
Deepa Kumar Author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire

“Project Censored continues to be an invaluable resource in exposing and highlighting shocking stories that are routinely minimized or ignored by the corporate media...”

Historical Highlights

Dr. Carl Jensen founded Project Censored

Dr. Carl Jensen developed the Project to research and publicize news media censorship in the US and to develop students’ critical thinking skills and media literacy. The Project produced its first list of important but under-reported news stories in 1976. Jensen and Project Censored circulated the earliest annual reports in mimeographed form. From early on, Bruce Brugmann helped to increase the Project’s impact by publishing Project Censored’s annual report of the “news that didn’t make the news” in the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

1976

Sonoma State University

First Censored Yearbook is published

The Shelburne Press (Chapel Hill, NC) published the first Censored yearbook, Censored: The News That Didn’t Make the News—And Why, edited by Carl Jensen, in 1993. In addition to the Top 25 Censored Stories of 1992, the initial volume included chapters on Junk Food News (a term that Jensen coined), an update on the status of previously censored news stories (Deja Vu News), and a chronology of censorship dating back to 605 BC. The 1994 and 1995 Censored yearbooks, also edited by Jensen, were published by Four Walls Eight Windows (New York). Jensen recruited an illustrious panel of media experts—including Noam Chomsky, Susan Faludi, George Gerbner, Edward Herman, Sut Jhally, Nicholas Johnson, Judith Krug, Michael Parenti, and Herbert Schiller—to serve as judges of the Project’s annual story lists.

1993

Launch of The Project Censored Radio Show

Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff launched The Project Censored Show, a weekly public affairs program originating from the historic studios of KPFA in Berkeley, California, part of the Pacifica network. The program is currently hosted primarily by Huff with co-host Eleanor Goldfield and is syndicated on more than 50 radio stations across North America.

2010

Project Censored: The Movie: Ending the Reign of Junk Food News

Release of Project Censored the Movie: Ending the Reign of Junk Food News, the second documentary about the Project, directed and produced by former student Doug Hecker with Christopher Oscar. The documentary premiered at the Sonoma International Film Festival, and screened around the world, winning several awards.

2013

Dispatches on Media and Politics

Launch of Project Censored’s Dispatches on Media and Politics series, cogent articles of the latest media industry news, the state of the free press, and the intersection of media and politics. The Dispatches series is published biweekly and reprinted by numerous independent media outlets.

2022

Partner Websites

  • Empire Files
  • KPFA
  • Mass Media Literacy
  • MintPress News
  • National Coalition Against Censorship
  • News Enlightenment Initiative (Project Censored Germany)
  • Open the Gov
  • Random Length News
  • The RealNews
  • Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • Weave News
  • Women Rising Radio