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.
Global demand for seafood has risen steeply in the past decade, with the US alone consuming an average of 5 billion pounds of seafood a year. This insatiable global appetite is leading to mass loss of biodiversity, as well as increased costs to human wellbeing and economic activity. A recent report by the Food and […]
In the United States, upwards of 400,000 rape kits go untested annually, while 63% of all sexual assaults go unreported. For every 1,000 perpetrators of rape, 994 walk free. Out of 1,000 perpetrators of assault and battery, 967 walk free. These figures represent the failure of the justice system in the United States. Despite having […]
On March 10, 2017, thousands of Indigenous Americans and their allies gathered in Washington, DC, to affirm “the necessity to respect Indigenous Nations and their right to protect their homelands, environment and future generations.” When corporate news media covered the march, they focused narrowly on opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. However, Native lands around […]
The Trump campaign successfully elected Donald Trump as president of the United States on November 8, 2016. This may have been in part due to their reliance on behavioral data-analytics of the American citizenry through “microtargeting.” Microtargeting is a technique that uses computers and mathematical models to collect disparate pieces of information about voters, the […]
During the 2016 election season, private prisons and pharmaceutical companies made a number of donations towards anti-marijuana legalization campaigns across the United States in hopes of furthering their agendas. In November 2016, the legalization of recreational marijuana was put up to a vote on the five states’ ballots, California, Nevada, Arizona, Massachusetts and Maine. Among […]