The Media Freedom Foundation (MFF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 2000 to support First Amendment organizations and investigative research. The MFF raises funds for and works closely with Project Censored, and other investigative research and media related organizations.
In 1976, Dr. Carl Jensen founded Project Censored at Sonoma State University as a media research program with a focus on student development of media literacy and critical thinking skills as applied to the news media censorship in the US. Each year the Project researches, vets, and compiles the Top Twenty Five most censored and under-reported news stories in the US, and offers scholarly analysis and critiques, which are published by Seven Stories Press.
Sociologist Dr. Peter Phillips became director in 1996 and continued to expand the annual book and educational outreach. In 2000, the Project came under the oversight of the non-profit Media Freedom Foundation, founded by Jensen and Phillips, to ensure its independence.
Board of Directors
Mickey Huff is the current director of Project Censored, founded in 1976, and president of the nonprofit Media Freedom Foundation. To date, he has edited or coedited eight volumes of Censored (published by Seven Stories Press in NY) and contributed numerous chapters to these works dating back to 2008. Additionally, he has coauthored several chapters on media and propaganda for many other scholarly publications. He is currently professor of social science and history at Diablo Valley College in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he is cochair of the history department. Huff is cohost with former Project Censored director Peter Phillips of The Project Censored Show, the weekly syndicated public affairs program that began in 2010, which originates from the historic studios of KPFA Pacifica Radio in Berkeley CA, and airs on 40 stations around the US and is also a podcast online. He sits on the advisory board for the Media Literacy and Digital Culture graduate program at Sacred Heart University in CT, and serves on the editorial board for the journal Secrecy and Society. For the past several years, Huff has worked with the national outreach committee of Banned Books Week, working with the American Library Association and the National Coalition Against Censorship, of which Project Censored is a member. He is a co-founding member of the Global Critical Media Literacy Project (www.gcml.org) and he also represents Project Censored as one of the cosponsoring organizations for the National Whistleblowers Summit held annually in Washington DC. Most recently, he became the critical media literacy consultant for a new educational Internet start up, Tribeworthy.com, which is a crowd contested media interactive online platform that allows users to rate news articles and sources for trustworthiness using critical media literacy skills. He has been interviewed by numerous media outlets around the world regarding critical media literacy, propaganda, and censorship issues as well as contemporary historiography in the US. He is a longtime musician and composer and lives with his family in Northern California.
Andy Lee Roth is associate director of Project Censored. He earned a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology at Haverford College.
He has co-edited eight editions of the Censored yearbook, including most recently Censored 2018: Press Freedoms in a “Post-Truth” World (Seven Stories Press, 2017). He coordinates the Project’s Validated Independent News program. His research, on topics ranging from ritual to broadcast news interviews to communities organizing for parklands, has been published in such journals as the International Journal of Press/Politics; Social Studies of Science; Media, Culture & Society; City & Community; and Sociological Theory. He reviews books and films for YES! Magazine.
Dr. Nolan Higdon is a professor of English, Communication, and History of the US and Latin America in the San Francisco Bay Area. His academic work focuses on nationalism, propaganda, and critical media literacy education. He sits on the boards of the Media Freedom Foundation, Sacred Heart University’s Media Literacy and Digital Culture Graduate Program, the Union for Democratic Communications Steering Committee, and the Northwest Alliance For Alternative Media And Education. Higdon is ta co-founder for the Global Critical Media Literacy Project. He has contributed chapters to Censored 2013-2017 as well as Stephen Lendman’s Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks World War III (2014). He has published articles on media and propaganda including “Disinfo Wars: Alex Jones War on Your Mind (2013),” “Millennial Media Revolution (2014),” and “Justice For Sale (2015).” He has been a guest on national radio and television programs.
Kenn Burrows, MPH has been a health consultant and college educator for over thirty years, and a core faculty member of the Institute for Holistic Health Studies (IHHS) at San Francisco State University since 1995. Nationally known for his commitment to an integral approach to health studies, Burrows is a strong advocate for integrating the personal, environmental, social, and political aspects of health. His dedication to an expanded model of healthcare is reflected
in numerous educational and outreach activities, including: founding and directing The Holistic Health Learning Center, a unique interdisciplinary library and community action center for HH students at SF State. Since 1997 he has taught the popular course: Holistic Health: Human Nature and Global Perspectives—which explores evolutionary history and the world’s wisdom traditions with applications for today’s global challenges and post-modern society. Since 2004 he has produced: The Future of Health Care, a national conference held biennially at the university. The 2016 conference: Re-Visioning Human Potential, Education and Healthcare was co-hosted by The Society for Humanistic Psychology. Since 2001, the Gandhi-King Season for Nonviolence—a 64-day (1/30-4/4) educational campaign showing how nonviolent behavior can empower our personal and collective lives.
He is also a member of the executive board of Media Freedom Foundation which oversees Project Censored, a national effort educating the public about media censorship and critical media literacy. In this capacity, Mr. Burrows and his students have been regular contributors to the annual book published by Project Censored: Censored—The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of the Year.
Prior to coming to SF State, Mr. Burrows taught at Foothill Community College for twelve years and operated Stress-Care, a corporate training and consulting company. His current research and teaching interests include: holistic philosophy (inquiry into the complexity, vitality and beauty inherent in nature/whole systems), stress and self-care skills, and dialogic methods and appreciative inquiry to support positive social capacity in groups and individuals.
Dr. Mary Cardaras, Ph.D. Northeastern University, Political Science, Public & International Affairs, M.S.J. Northwestern University, Broadcast Journalism
B.A. Valparaiso University, Journalism
Dr. Cardaras is an Associate Professor at California State University, East Bay and is Chair of the Department of Communication. She is producing a documentary about journalism, This Just In, with her company, Bummer Lamb Pictures, and has curated and edited an anthology about documentary film, Documentary Film: An Insider’s Perspective, published by Cognella in January 2016. She also recently finished Sunday Dinner, a documentary short about the weekly gathering of a large Chinese immigrant family. Three years ago, she published her first book, Fear, Power and Politics: The Recipe for War in Iraq after 9/11. She is helping to build and manage a new journalism curriculum and is hoping to develop a new bachelor’s degree program in Journalism for Social Justice and is on the governing board of the Center for Sport and Social Justice (CSSJ) at California State University, East Bay and the Media Freedom Foundation. She built the television, radio broadcasting, and digital film department at The New England Institute of Art in Brookline, Massachusetts and served as its chair for 13 years. She has been teaching college journalism courses since 1991 at universities including, LaSalle (Philadelphia), Syracuse (London campus) and at the American International University (Richmond, UK), Georgia State (Atlanta) and Northeastern (Boston). Dr. Cardaras free-lanced for CNN, Boston, and has worked for CNN, Atlanta, CNN and World Television News, London, and for numerous other news departments across the country in five other major markets spanning more than 30 years in journalism. Also, she has conducted media training workshops for students and professionals in the Arab world and in Vietnam. Dr. Cardaras is the recipient of two EMMY awards for excellence in spot news producing and feature producing and has been nominated numerous times during her career in journalism. She served on the board of the Global Press Institute (San Francisco) as Vice President and served as both President and Vice President of the board of the Provincetown International Film Festival, (Provincetown, Massachusetts), which is home to the oldest art’s colony in America, and was its college and university liaison. She also served as Vice President of the board for the Boston Living Center, an organization that serves people with HIV/AIDS. She is a member of Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA), National Gay & Lesbian Journalists Association (NLGJA), Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science Honor Society Member, American Political Science Association (APSA), Middle East Studies Association (MESA), and the College Media Association (CMA). She worked extensively with the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation in Brookline, Massachusetts, and the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University about which she Executive Produced, Chaos and Order: Making American Theater. She has worked with the Sonoma International Film Festival and is a volunteer for the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance. In addition, she is a SCUBA diver, an aspiring sailor, a curious, enthusiastic traveler, a lover and patron of the arts, and someone who believes passionately in the influence and necessity of responsible journalism all over the world.
Allison Butler is a Lecturer, Chief Undergraduate Advisor, and the Director of the Media Literacy Certificate Program in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst, MA, where she teaches courses on cultural studies, critical media literacy, and representations of education in the media. Butler co-directs the grassroots organization, Mass Media Literacy (www.massmedialiteracy.org), where she develops legislation, teacher training, and curriculum for the inclusion of critical media literacy in Massachusetts K-12 public schools. She is the Co-President of the ACME (Action Coalition for Media Education) Board and serves on the Board of the Media Freedom Foundation. She holds an MA and a PhD from New York University. She is the author of numerous articles and two books on media literacy, Media Education Goes to School (Peter Lang, 2010) and Majoring in Change (Peter Lang, 2012).
Dr. Nicholas L. Baham III is a Professor of Ethnic Studies at California State University East Bay and teaches courses in African American Studies and Genders & Sexualities in Communities of Color. His academic research focuses on marginalized African American communities structured around non-traditional religious beliefs, sexual practices, and artistic expression. His book, The Coltrane Church: Apostles of Sound, Agents of Social Justice was published in 2015 by McFarland Press. Dr. Baham is an emerging James Baldwin scholar who is currently working on an edited volume on James Baldwin’s influence on West Coast Black politics. Dr. Baham is a co-creator of the James Baldwin Digital Annotation Project and has presented papers entitled “Rough Sex and Racial Reconciliation in James Baldwin’s Another Country” and “Blackness Without Bullshit: James Baldwin and the Queering of Malcolm X” at several international James Baldwin conferences. In addition to his work on the Coltrane Church and the legacy of James Baldwin, Dr. Baham has also developed a reputation as an emerging scholar of Black Sexualities and is working on a forthcoming oral history project of African Americans in the Bay Area kink or BDSM scene. He can be followed on his blog of African American politics and culture called The Upper Room at nicholasbaham.blogspot.com.
Doug Hecker was born in San Francisco, Ca in 1966 and moved to Petaluma in 1971 where he currently lives. Doug has been married to Marlene for 22 years and has three children, Davis, Madelyn, Dawson, and has a horse, two goats and a dog. Doug has been coaching youth sports for over 17 years including baseball, soccer, basketball and cycling. He studied communications, sociology, investigative journalism, screenwriting and film while attending Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, Ca. It was there where he attended the Project Censored class taught by the former director, Peter Phillips. Doug graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis on journalism. Doug and his film partner, Christopher Oscar, released their documentary film in 2013, Project Censored The Movie, which has won several awards at film festivals, including Best Directors of a feature documentary at the Madrid International Film Festival in Spain. Doug has been a realtor for over 17 years. Doug’s favorite things to do are: anything and everything w/his family, cycling, motorcycles, coaching youth sports, camping and backpacking and working around his house. Doug has been contributing a percentage of every real estate transaction to the Committee on the Shelterless (C.O.T.S.)
in Petaluma for over 12 years.
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