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.
In recent years, numerous reports have highlighted illegal or inhumane actions committed by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials in their attempts to expel illegal immigrants. Despite the severity and frequency of these abuses, any official records documenting them may soon be destroyed. According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), ICE officers in […]
In February 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to more strictly regulate Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and to implement a policy known as net neutrality. Net neutrality has been equated to “the First Amendment of the Internet.” This means that all data everywhere is treated equally, and ISPs cannot charge website hosts for faster […]
The ability to ‘grow’ meat in a lab was a hot media story for a few days, while research predicting the innovation in food production would increase greenhouse gas emissions has received little attention. Cellular Agriculture is a technology that allows meat to be grown from cells in a bioreactor rather than harvested from livestock. […]
Beyond the commonly-reported physical damage, Hurricane Maria exacerbated an already poor economic situation in Puerto Rico. The hurricane hit the island on September 20, 2017, and months later little has improved. At the end of December 2017, two-thirds of Puerto Rico’s small or mid-sized businesses were still closed and businesses that remained open were frequently […]
Russiagate, which began as a scandal over Russian efforts to sway the 2016 US election, has since proliferated into a drama of dossiers, investigative councils, Russian adoption cover-ups, and beyond. As journalists from the Intercept, Truthdig, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, Rolling Stone, and other independent outlets document, corporate media coverage of Russiagate has created […]