Peter Phillips, Project Censored’s second Director, introduced the phrase Media Democracy in Action to describe the overall work of the Project itself. The phrase served as a tagline of the annual books for many years. In the early 2000s, the Project’s yearbook series began including a chapter dedicated to promoting the work of organizations and individuals that exemplify “media democracy in action.”
Each year, this chapter provides a platform for exemplars of independent reporting in the public interest, advocates of critical media literacy education, champions of the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of information, and people and organizations who foster grassroots, democratic civic engagement. The people and organizations included in the Project’s annual Media Democracy in Action chapter provide worthy models and inspiration for civic action, based on the fundamental premise that a robust free press, freedom of information, and critical media literacy are essential pillars of democracy.