THE PROJECT CENSORED NEWSLETTER

NOVEMBER 2022

by Project Censored
Media and Us

City Lights and Project Censored Present

“The Media and Us”

Saturday, December 3, via Zoom

Join the Project for The Media and Us, an online symposium on critical media literacy and political engagement, presented by the City Lights Foundation on Saturday, December 3, 2022.

At a time when pundits and politicians alike promote fearful understandings of “fake news” and the negative impacts of social media, this online event aims to provide participants with resources to resist the lures of sensational disinformation and omnipresent advertising.

Drawing on their decades of teaching experience, the authors of The Media and Me: A Guide to Critical Media Literacy for Young People will show how symposium participants can use basic tools of critical media literacy to look beneath the surface and beyond the screens in order to create an honest, accurate, brighter, and more inclusive future.

The event is presented free of charge for all registered participants, who are invited to attend the entire day or to drop in for sessions focused on representation, access, and power; engaging teachers and young people; digital literacy; and news literacy, journalism, and advertising. See the City Lights event page for a full schedule of sessions, presenter bios, and how to register.


Pre-Orders of The Media and Me and State of the Free Press 2023 Ready to Mail

Media and Me BookWe now have print copies of both The Media and Me and State of the Free Press 2023 in house, ready to mail. That means if you preorder either of those titles directly from Project Censored now, we can likely have the book(s) in your hands before they ship from any online bookseller or appear on the shelf at your local bookshop.

You can place orders for The Media and MeState of the Free Press 2023, and any of the Project’s previous titles through the Project web store. Dare we mention that the classic Project Censored t-shirt and our newer Unplug from the Zombie Corporate Media shirt make great holiday gifts?

 

 


The Project Censored Show

This past month on the Project Censored Show, media scholars Allison Butler and Nolan Higdon addressed the question of whether Media Literacy Week has been co-opted. They explained how not all media literacy efforts are designed to fight fake news, and how we should be wary of media literacy programs that actually reinforce establishment narratives. Continuing on that theme, the radio program featured a rebroadcast of the plenary roundtable from last month’s Critical Media Literacy Conference of the Americas, featuring Robin Andersen, Eduardo Garcia, Maximillian Alvarez, and Mnar Adley. The expert panel, moderated by Mickey Huff, discussed the importance of critical media literacy education as a peaceful means to humanitarian ends, noting how a truly free press is necessary to resist corporate media propaganda and counter censorship. In another episode of the Show, Eleanor Goldfield looked at the potential for a Class I railroad strike. She sat down with Mark Burrows, Railroad Workers United (RWU) member and a 41-year veteran of the railroad industry, to discuss the ongoing assault on railroad workers, not only by corporate bosses, but also by the corporate media. In a subsequent episode, Eleanor addressed the ongoing climate crisis with Khadeeja Naseem, the Minister of State for Environment, Climate Change, and Technology for the Republic of Maldives, and professor and activist Rory Varrato. They discussed the dire situation and the movement to push wealthy nations to pay for loss and damages, a hot button topic at this year’s COP27 meeting.

Beyond the Project’s own radio program, Associate Director Andy Lee Roth appeared on Law and Disorder Radio with Heidi Boghosian and Marjorie Cohn to discuss censorship by proxy, critical media literacy, and some of the top stories from the forthcoming yearbook, State of the Free Press 2023.


The Latest News Analysis and Commentary in Project Censored’s Dispatches

What if Journalism DisappearedProject Censored’s Dispatches series continues to highlight the latest media industry news, the state of the free press, and the intersection of media and politics. In their article, What if Journalism Disappeared? Andy Lee Roth and Mickey Huff examine how journalism is missing from many Americans’ lives, and identify some false paths and promising routes to its reinvention. And, in Electoral Denialism Cuts Across Party LinesNolan Higdon and Mickey Huff argue that, despite what the corporate media would have the public believe, both major political parties engage in the “Big Lie,” to the detriment of all Americans.


Upcoming Events

Books

Project director Mickey Huff will participate in a webinar titled Book Banning: Lockdown on Learning—A Community Conversation. This free online event, to be held November 17 at 4pm Pacific time, is sponsored by the Contra Costa County Library and the League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley. The panel includes Deborah Caldwell-Stone of the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom and several other local librarians. Registration can be found here.

Mickey hosts Medea Benjamin for a KPFA in-person event at the historic Hillside Club in Berkeley, CA on December 1. Benjamin and Huff will discuss her newest book, War in Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict. See the KPFA website for more information about this event.