The Project Censored Newsletter—January 2024

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State of the Free Press 2024 in the News

Independent newsweeklies—from the North Bay Bohemian and Random Lengths News in California, to the Santa Fe Reporter (New Mexico), and the C-Ville Weekly (Charlottesville, VA)— have been featuring the top “Censored” stories from State of the Free Press 2024. The American Prospect has also featured this year’s story list.

The yearbook’s editors, Andy Lee Roth and Mickey Huff, have been guests on several news and public affairs programs. Huff joined John Fugelsang on Tell Me Everything (at 46:30 of the episode) to discuss how to hold corporate news media accountable; Roth discussed some of the year’s most important but under-reported news stories with Michael Welch on The Global Research New Hour. Andrew Keen interviewed Roth for the Keen On podcast. And Kevin Gosztola hosted Huff and Roth on Unauthorized Disclosure. Truthout published an interview by Peter Handel with Roth and Huff discussing the new book and the Project’s longtime mission of fighting censorship and advocating for critical media literacy.

The Progressive published an excerpt from Robin Andersen’s chapter on News Abuse, which critically examined George Santos’s election campaign lies and how a lack of government oversight contributed to the February 2023 Ohio train derailment disaster. The Los Angeles Progressive published Roth and Huff’s From News Deserts to Revitalization: Navigating the News Void, an excerpt from their introduction to the 2024 yearbook, which was also republished by Savage Minds, Dissident Voice, and Highbrow Magazine.

Mischa Geracoulis, who organized and introduced the yearbook’s Media Democracy in Action chapter, interviewed the US executive director of Reporters Without Borders, Clayton Weimers, for the Winter 2023 issue of Quill, the magazine of the Society for Professional Journalists.

Steve Macek and Andy Lee Roth published As the Planet Boils, Corporate Media Still Carry Water for Fossil Fuel Giants in Truthout. Their article draws heavily from a number of the environmentally-themed stories in the 2024 yearbook.

Website Redesign

Project Censored’s Adam Armstrong and Kate Horgan have been hard at work redesigning the website to provide users with an enhanced and intuitive browsing experience. In addition to the visual overhaul, the design team has implemented new features such as our revamped Censored Notebook, making it easier to find original articles and discover related content.

This new, clean design, which highlights our same trustworthy content, invites users to explore, engage, and become a part of a community dedicated to promoting independent investigative journalism, media literacy, and critical thinking. Dive into the website here.

Censored Press Happenings

Kevin Gosztola, author of Guilty of Journalism, appeared on Redacted with Clayton Morris, and on Making Sense of the Madness with Jason Bermas, to discuss the latest developments in the case against Julian Assange and the implications of his prosecution for the integrity of journalism.

Project Censored Dispatches on Media and Politics

In The Local News Crisis Lowdown, and a Glimmer of Hope for Democracy in the New Year, Mischa Geracoulis discusses the crisis of local news, according to Northwestern University’s latest The State of Local News report; how news deserts “threaten the civic health of cities and towns across the nation;” and the signs of hope still ahead in 2024. “As pivotal US presidential elections loom ahead,” Geracoulis writes, “the local news crisis will come into sharper focus, reminding us that we do not want a world without journalism.”

Light Through the Slats, by Andy Lee Roth and Steve Macek, examines visual metaphors of light and illumination to address the power of independent journalism. In the article, adapted from their introduction to Chapter 1 of State of the Free Press 2024, Roth and Macek write: “Examining public issues that independent journalists and outlets have reported but which fall outside the scope of corporate news coverage makes it possible to document in specific detail how corporate news media leave the public in the dark by marginalizing or blockading crucial issues, limiting political debate, and promoting corporate views and interests.”

The Project Censored Show

Follow the links for each episode to learn more about the Show’s featured guests and content. Find the comprehensive archive of Project Censored Show episodes here.

News Literacy Week and Back to School for Spring Semester

National News Literacy Week, as presented by the News Literacy Project and E.W. Scripps Company, will take place January 22-26. It is supported by many industry insiders, some of the same outlets we constructively critique for their lack of coverage on key topics in the public interest. At Project Censored, we think every week should be News Literacy Week, which is why our work never stops. As many are heading back to school for spring semester, consider including our free critical news media literacy curriculum in the classroom! We also offer free teaching guides and supportive resources for our many publications, including the award-winning The Media and Me: A Guide to Critical Media Literacy for Young People. Contact us to learn more about our educational programs!