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 Researchers: Christopher Jerome & Sarah Johnson Faculty Instructor: Christina Knopf, Ph.D. Evaluator: Dr. Brian Snee, Professor of Communication, SUNY Albany Gun battles between suspected robbers and the Lagos police have resulted in the deaths of nearly 200 suspects in a mere 10 months. In addition to the casualties, 417 robbery suspects were arrested, 1,040 […]
Student Researcher: Devin Taft Faculty Instructor: Christina M. Knopf, Ph.D. Evaluator: Aisling Taft, journalist Since November 2004, “the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has entered a sad cycle of killings of media professionals.” Five journalists have been killed in similar circumstances and “it seems these are more likely targeted assassinations that random acts of violence.” […]
Student Researcher: Robert Bice Faculty Instructor: Christina M. Knopf Evaluator: Robert Moore, United States Border Patrol, Immigration Officer (retired) Billionaire Facebook investor, Peter Thiel, has donated one million dollars to NumbersUSA. NumbersUSA, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center is one of six core groups in the movement for anti-immigration. Thiel had no comment as […]
Student Researcher: Andrea McCarthy Faculty Instructor: Christina M. Knopf, Ph.D. Evaluator: Ryan McCarthy, Peace Corp member 2006-2008 Ghana military is not placed at polling stations to intimidate or persuade voters, but to help support Ghana police. Countries in Africa have had multiple problems with their elections being corrupt or crooked. While it may be intimidating […]
Student Researcher: Rachel Jenack Faculty Instructor: Christina Knopf, Ph.D. Evaluator: Dr. John Schwaller, President, SUNY Potsdam Over 200 men and women in Atenco, Mexico were arrested, and two young boys killed, in May of 2006 for resisting the police force that attempted to shut down flower vendors. Citizens that supported the flower vendors of Atenco […]