This year, Project Censored—the non-profit media watchdog organization, founded at Sonoma State University (SSU) by Professor Carl Jensen—celebrates forty years of documenting significant news stories that independent journalists and news organizations have covered, but that corporate media have either ignored altogether or reported only in incomplete, slanted fashion. To mark this anniversary, Project Censored is hosting a national Media Freedom Summit, to be held on Friday and Saturday, October 21-22 at SSU.
From across the country, the Media Freedom Summit will bring together independent journalists, media activists, professors, students, and members of the public, for the weekend to discuss the links between media power and political power, and to share effective strategies for advancing social justice by promoting media freedom and critical media literacy. See a detailed itinerary of the weekend events HERE.
A highlight of the Media Freedom Summit will be the Project’s official 40th anniversary celebration, to be held on Friday night, October 21st. Beginning with a reception at 5:00pm, and including hors d’oeuvres with wine and beer available for purchase, the evening will feature a an overview of the Project’s work, the latest Top Censored Stories, and a panel discussion led by Abby Martin with Mnar Muhawesh, David Talbot, and Mark Crispin Miller on the state of media freedom and the significance of independent journalism. The Friday night program is included for summit registrants. The general public is invited to the Friday night gala as well. See below for more details.
Abby Martin is the creator and host of “The Empire Files,” an investigative news program broadcast weekly by teleSUR English, the former host of RT’s “Breaking the Set,” and the founder of Media Roots. Martin contributed to a chapter in Censored 2017.
Mnar Muhawesh is the founder and editor-in-chief of MintPress News and host of the program “Behind the Headline.” Project Censored’s judges selected one of her news stories for inclusion among the Top 25 Censored stories of 2015-2016. Muhawesh also contributed to a chapter in Censored 2017.
David Talbot, best-selling author most recently of The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and America’s Secret Government. Talbot was the founding editor of Salon.com. His most recent endeavor is Hot Books, a new imprint in partnership with Skyhorse Publishing that’s producing hard-hitting, muckraking titles on key issues of our times that often escape the attention of corporate media.
Mark Crispin Miller is professor of media, culture and communication at New York University, author of numerous articles and books on media censorship and election fraud, including Loser Take All: Election Fraud and the Subversion of Democracy, 2000-2008. He is also curator of the Open Road Media series, Forbidden Bookshelf, a project that republished titles of America’s repressed history that focused on issues and events that are too often left in the dark, including abortion, organized crime, the CIA, and financial inequality. Miller wrote the Foreword to Censored 2017.
Our evening’s speakers are scholars of media and history and exemplary investigative reporters on the cutting edge of an increasingly robust, revitalized, and digitally-networked Fourth Estate. The 40th anniversary celebration promises to be an informing and inspiring evening.
By exposing and opposing news censorship and promoting independent investigative journalism, media literacy, and critical thinking, Project Censored educates students and the public about the crucial role of a free press for democratic self-government. The Project’s campus affiliates program links together hundreds of teachers and students from dozens of college and university campuses across the country and around the world in a collective effort to raise public awareness of the limits of corporate news coverage and the importance of a truly independent press.
The Media Freedom Summit is co-sponsored by ACME, the Action Coalition for Media Education, and Sacred Heart University’s Media Education and Digital Culture MA Program, as well as the SSU School of Social Science, Sociology Department, Communications Studies Department, and Sociology Social Justice and Activism Club.
Registration for the entire weekend of workshops and panel discussions, including the Friday night celebration, is $150, which includes a copy of Censored 2017. Those wishing to only attend the Friday evening festivities and round table discussion can do so for $40. Students are welcome to attend the Summit free of charge with valid school ID. Limited scholarships and assistance may be available. Contact [email protected] and check www.projectcensored.org for more updates and details.
Registration Cost: $150
Students with valid college IDs are admitted free (Students Must Register even though there is no fee)
Vendors who wish to table, $25 for one day or $40 for two days
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A signed copy of Censored 2017
Full Friday and Saturday program
Abby Martin of The Empire Files, cash bar
Friday evening Hors d’oeuvres and celebration, Keynote panel conversation led by
Those wishing to only attend the Friday evening festivities and round table discussion can do so for a suggested donation of $40
Saturday morning continental breakfast/coffee (DIY lunch at SSU not included)
Sunday, conference attendees plan their own outings from the beach to wine country to carry on the mission of the Summit outdoors as they see fit
“It is immensely gratifying to be able to congratulate Project Censored on the Fortieth Anniversary of its remarkable achievements, both in bringing to us critically important stories that have had little or no media attention and in engaging young activists who will be able to carry on this very valuable work. A crucial contribution to the hope for a more just and democratic society.” –Noam Chomsky