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. Before being posted as a VIN, each story undergoes evaluation by student researchers and faculty evaluators to determine that it is important, timely, fact-based, well documented, and under-reported in the corporate media. These VINs are candidates for inclusion among the top 25 stories in Project Censored’s annual book.
Student Researcher: Christine Wilson Faculty Evaluator: Samantha Brim Carbon “cap and trade, ” or Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) investment, has become a means by which industrialized countries avoid reducing their own emissions by implementing “emissions-reduction” projects in developing nations, thereby earning “carbon credits.” In fact many trans-national corporations are using cap and trade programs […]
Researcher: Ashleigh Hvinden Faculty Evaluator: Diana Grant Army Emergency Relief hoarded an excess of $345 Million in the fiscal years 2003-2007 according to an Associated Press investigation of tax records. The AER was created in 1942 for the sole purpose for providing financial support to those whose family members were financially dependent on the […]
Student Researchers: Annie Sexton, Gwendolyn Brack, Hallie Fischer, Bernadette Gorman, Paige Henderson, Daryl Mowrey, Taylor Prodromos Faculty Instructor: Kevin Howley, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Communication and Theatre Evaluator: Jeanette Pope, Professor of Geology, DePauw University Many chemicals that have already been claimed as “substances of high concern,” are being mass produced in the United […]
Student Researcher: Caitlin Ruxton As the American chemical industry blocks regulation of products that are linked to cancer, infertility, neurological and hormonal disorders, Europe has launched stringent new regulations requiring companies seeking access to their lucrative markets eliminate toxic substances and manufacture safer electronics, automobiles, toys and cosmetics. US deregulation of toxic substances, such as […]
Student Researcher: Erin Galbraith Unlike many countries, the United States does not have an accurate statistic regarding the maternal death rate. This could be because not all 50 states have the same death-certificate form and most of these death-certificates do not ask the question of “if the deceased woman had been pregnant in the weeks […]