The Project Censored Newsletter—August 2023

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Back to School! Project Censored in the Classroom

The imminent start of the school year also signals the launch of the Project’s 2023-2024 Validated Independent News (VINs) story cycle. Thanks to the our most recent student interns, including Riley CumminsReagan Haynie, and Ashton Sidford, the next VINs cycle is off a strong start, with coverage of independent news reporting on

These and other recent 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. Posted VINs are candidates for inclusion among the top 25 stories in Project Censored’s annual book.

Teachers: Check out the completely updated and rebuilt In the Classroom page, on the Project Censored website, which includes a host of educational resources. (Thanks to Adam Armstrong who rebuilt the Classroom webpage!) College and university professors interested in the Project’s Campus Affiliates Program can find updated story guidelines and recommendations for teachers for the Validated Independent News exercise.

The new In The Classroom webpage also features teaching guides for The Media and Me, Project Censored’s book on critical media literacy for young people, and the most recent Censored yearbook, State of the Free Press 2023. Find the guide to The Media and Me here, and the guide for State of the Free Press 2023 here. Both books and their guides make outstanding classroom tools for helping students “flex” their critical thinking and media literacy skills.

Project Censored Dispatches on Media and Politics

Shealeigh Voitl authored What’s ‘Realistic,’ What’s ‘Disturbing’?, a critical analysis of how entertainment trade magazines have spun the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Voitl calls out the anti-labor propaganda being pushed by major Hollywood studios and reminds readers that, by seeking living wages, entertainment industry workers are asking for a minute fraction of the vast wealth they help to create.

At the start of the month, Eleanor Goldfield wrote about the possibility and implications of Sweden joining NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. In How Swedish Love for the US Turned Deadly she noted that, as tensions mount around Russia and the war in Ukraine, an increasing number of Swedes favor joining NATO—but that doing so could have unintended consequences for Sweden’s citizens, including cuts to funding for education, health, and other basic human needs.

Find the complete archives of Project Censored’s Dispatches on Media and Politics series here.

The Censored Press Happenings

Helen Mercer of The Morning Star, a reader-owned UK news cooperative, reviewed Guilty of Journalism, by Kevin Gosztola, concluding that he has “brilliantly succeeded” in his aim of providing a clear and compelling guide to the prosecution of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange. “This book is all that a relative newcomer needs to understand the history of the US persecution of Assange,” Mercer wrote, noting that, for those already familiar with the issues, Guilty of Journalism provides “the proof and arguments to persuade others to become active in Assange’s defense.”

Gosztola recently spoke with Eleanor Goldfield about the Assange case and Guilty of Journalism at an event hosted by Red Emma’s in Baltimore, Maryland.

Adam Bessie and Peter Glanting, the author and illustrator of Going Remote: A Teacher’s Journey, have a new comic, Waiting for the Next Wave, published in Mutha Magazine. Bessie recently did a book event, with concept artist Colin Fix, at Eastbay Coffee, in Pinole, California. And The Beat featured an interview with Bessie about Going Remote and how teaching in community college has changed since the pandemic. Truthout also published an extended interview with Bessie, We Need a New Deal for Community College in the Wake of the Pandemic.

The Project Censored Show

Mickey Huff talked with historian Peter Kuznick about Christopher Nolan’s summer blockbuster, Oppenheimer. Kuznick and Huff highlighted what the film leaves out as untold history, including controversies around the decision to drop the atomic bomb and its human costs in Japan, the US, and the larger Pacific theater. Then, Peter Phillips and Bill Tiwald discussed the harsh realities of “limited” nuclear war and the challenges we face in the present.

Eleanor Goldfield hosted Taya Graham and Stephen Janis for a discussion of police accountability issues; and US Army Col. (ret.) Ann Wright shared updates and perspectives on the recent Global Women for Peace United Against NATO conference in the EU.

For an episode on Media Freedom Matters, Huff interviewed media scholars Daniel Müller and Andy Lee Roth about the partnership between the News Enlightenment Initiative in Germany and Project Censored, and the two groups’ newly-released Top 5 underreported international news stories. Then, Kevin Gosztola rejoined the program for an update on the latest developments in the Julian Assange case as the UK and US get closer to extradition.

Finally, Eleanor Goldfield talked with Danny Haiphong and Gnaka Lagoke about imperialism and neocolonialism in geopolitics through the lens of US-China relations and the latest developments in West Africa, including a resurgence of Pan-Africanism.

Project Censored In the News

Nolan Higdon was a guest on The Young Turks. He spoke with host Cenk Uygur of TYT’s “The Conversation” about the divisive state of American politics and his recent critical thinking textbook, co-authored with Mickey Huff, Let’s Agree to Disagree. Mickey Huff was a guest on the Living the Good Life podcast with hosts Steve Kass and Deb Morais. They discussed his books co-authored with Nolan Higdon, United States of Distraction and Let’s Agree to Disagree, focusing on ways to bridge the divide in US politics and the necessity of a return to critical thinking in education and accountability in the Fourth Estate.