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“Project Censored brings to light some of the most important stories of the year that you never saw or heard about. This is your chance to find out what got buried.” –Diane Ravitch, author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System.
Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review
“In another home run for Project Censored, Censored 2013 shows how the American public has been bamboozled, snookered, and dumbed down by the corporate media. It is chock-full of ‘ah-ha’ moments where we understand just how we’ve been fleeced by banksters, stripped of our civil liberties, and blindly led down a path of never-ending war.” –Medea Benjamin, author of Drone Warfare, cofounder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK.
“One of the most significant media research projects in the country.” —I. F. Stone
“Project Censored shines a spotlight on news that an informed public must have . . . a vital contribution to our democratic process.” —Rhoda H. Karpatkin, president, Consumer’s Union
“[Censored] offers devastating evidence of the dumbing-down of main-stream news in America. . . . Required reading for broadcasters, journalists, and well-informed citizens.” —Los Angeles Times
“[Censored] should be affixed to the bulletin boards in every newsroom in America. And, perhaps read aloud to a few publishers and television executives.” —Ralph Nader
“For ages, I’ve dreamed of a United States where Project Censored isn’t necessary, where these crucial stories and defining issues are on the front page of the New York Times, the cover of Time, and in heavy rotation on CNN. That world still doesn’t exist, but we always have Project Censored’s yearly book to pull together the most important things the corporate media ignored, missed, or botched.” –Russ Kick, author of You Are Being Lied To, Everything You Know Is Wrong, and the New York Times bestselling series The Graphic Canon.
“Activist groups like Project Censored . . . are helping to build the media democracy movement. We have to challenge the powers that be and rebuild media from the bottom up.” —Amy Goodman
“Project Censored is one of the organizations that we should listen to, to be assured that our newspapers and our broadcasting outlets are practicing thorough and ethical journalism.” —Walter Cronkite
“Censored 2014 is a clarion call for truth telling. Not only does this volume highlight fearless speech in fateful times, it connect the dots between the key issues we face, lauds our whistleblowers and amplifies their voices, and shines light in the dark places of our government that most need exposure.” –Daniel Ellsberg, The Pentagon Papers
“Project Censored continues to be an invaluable resource in exposing and highlighting shocking stories that are routinely minimized or ignored by the corporate media. The vital nature of this work is underscored by this year’s NSA leaks. The world needs more brave whistle blowers and independent journalists in the service of reclaiming democracy and challenging the abuse of power. Project Censored stands out for its commitment to such work.” —Deepa Kumar, author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire and associate professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University
“The staff of Project Censored presents their annual compilation of the previous year’s 25 stories most overlooked by the mainstream media along with essays about censorship and its consequences. The stories include an 813% rise in hate and anti-government groups since 2008, human rights violations by the US Border Patrol, and Israeli doctors injecting Ethiopian immigrants with birth control without their consent. Other stories focus on the environment, like the effects of fracking and Monsantos GMO seeds. The writers point out misinformation and outright deception in the media, including CNN relegating factual accounts to the “opinion” section and the whitewashing of Margaret Thatcher’s career following her death in 2013, unlike Hugo Chavez, who was routinely disparaged in the coverage following his death. One essay deals with the proliferation of “Junk Food News,” in which “CNN and Fox News devoted more time to ‘Gangnam Style’ than the renewal of Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ law.” Another explains common media manipulation tactics and outlines practices to becoming a more engaged, free-thinking news consumer or even citizen journalist. Rob Williams remarks on Hollywood’s “deep and abiding role as a popular propaganda provider” via Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. An expose on working conditions in Chinese Apple factories is brutal yet essential reading. This book is evident of Project Censored’s profoundly important work in educating readers on current events and the skills needed to be a critical thinker.” -Publisher’s Weekly said about Censored 2014 (Oct.)
“Project Censored interrogates the present in the same way that Oliver Stone and I tried to interrogate the past in our Untold History of the United States. It not only shines a penetrating light on the American Empire and all its deadly, destructive, and deceitful actions, it does so at a time when the Obama administration is mounting a fierce effort to silence truth-tellers and whistleblowers. Project Censored provides the kind of fearless and honest journalism we so desperately need in these dangerous times.” —Peter Kuznick, professor of history, American University, and coauthor, with Oliver Stone, of The Untold History of the United States
“At a time when the need for independent journalism and for media outlets unaffiliated with and untainted by the government and corporate sponsors is greater than ever, Project Censored has created a context for reporting the complete truths in all matters that matter. . . . It is therefore left to us to find sources for information we can trust. . . . It is in this task that we are fortunate to have an ally like Project Cen-sored.” —Dahr Jamail
“Most journalists in the United States believe the press here is free. That grand illusion only helps obscure the fact that, by and large, the US corporate press does not report what’s really going on, while tuning out, or laughing off, all those who try to do just that. Americans–now more than ever–need those outlets that do labor to report some truth. Project Censored is not just among the bravest, smartest, and most rigorous of those outlets, but the only one that’s wholly focused on those stories that the corporate press ignores, downplays, and/or distorts. This latest book is therefore a must read for anyone who cares about this country, its tottering economy, and–most important– what’s now left of its democracy.” –Mark Crispin Miller, author, professor of media ecology, New York University.
“Hot news, cold truths, utterly uncensored.” —Greg Palast
“Those who read and support Project Censored are in the know.” —Cynthia McKinney

Project Censored in the Classroom

studentsCritical thinking and media literacy are essential skill sets for students in the 21st century. Teachers who bring Project Censored into their classrooms give their students direct, hands-on opportunities to develop their critical thinking skills and media literacy.

For college students, researching Validated Independent News stories (VINs) can be a challenging and rewarding assignment that instructors can tailor to fit their courses and students’ needs. Identifying, researching, and summarizing candidate stories will sharpen students’ critical thinking skills (including interpretation, evaluation, and explanation) and enhance their media literacy.

Project Censored posts candidate stories accepted as Validated Independent News (VINs) online and subsequently considers these for inclusion among the top 25 stories in our annual book. Both online and in the book, we acknowledge the students and faculty who contribute VINs by name.

For guidelines on how to find, evaluate, and summarize Validated Independent News stories, click here.

For both high school and college students, instructors can consider our “Censorship Guide for Teachers: 12 Ways To Use Project Censored In Your Classroom.” We also recommend the Action Coalition for Media Education (ACME) resource, “Our 21st Century Media Culture: Eight Shifts.”


Professor Testimonials

3I love using Project Censored in my classes. When the students begin the process of analyzing independent news stories it is as if a lightbulb has turned on for them and they never look at media the same way again.

Susan Rahman, Sociology, College of Marin and Sonoma State University


pic 2I have used the Project Censored books in my classes for 20 years.  The top 25 Censored stories quickly demonstrate to students that they cannot rely on the corporate media for the accurate information necessary to a democracy.   Project Censored lays the foundation for teaching a global analysis of social and environmental justice and the activism required to work for it.

Julie Andrzejewski, Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education, St. Cloud State University



Few assignments are as relevant to liberal arts education for the 21st century as Project Censored. According to published reports by the Pew Research Center and others, news consumption among young people is on the decline. Project Censored cultivates student engagement with news, civic affairs, and public policy debates – arguably a cornerstone for rigorous liberal arts training.

Project Censored is a unique mechanism for establishing disciplinary connections across campus. Here at DePauw University, students enrolled in introductory media studies courses work collaboratively with faculty and staff whose expertise may be in economics, history, women’s studies, environmental science or conflict studies, among other disciplines.  These collaborative efforts demonstrate the potential for student-faculty research—research that not only makes it to publication, but also highlights student agency in counteracting the deficiencies of a dysfunctional journalistic culture. In the parlance of activists and reform-minded critics, Project Censored encourages students and faculty alike to “speak back” to the media.

-Kevin Howley, Media Studies, DePauw University


2Project Censored’s annual yearbook, published by Seven Stories Press, anchors my Alternative Media class, serving not only as a textbook and guide to alternative media, but as an inspiration for my students. This is a designated Service Learning class where students validate censored or underreported stories for Project Censored, which our institution has vetted as a Service Learning partner. Since the vast majority of censored or underreported stories come from alternative media, searching for and validating such stories gives students an intimate familiarity with the breadth of available alternative media sources, making this partnership ideal as a real world tool for teaching about alternative media. The process of discovering an important censored or underreported story, researching and validating it, and seeing it go “global” as a neat package on Project Censored’s website, all before the end of the semester, has proven to be an inspirational and sometimes transformational experience for students. Once a story goes online, students often enthusiastically share the experience on social media, virally sharing what they have learned.

Michael I. Niman, Journalism & Critical Media Studies, State University of New York-Buffalo


Nolan HigdonNolan Higdon is a history instructor in the San Francisco Bay Area. His academic work focuses on nation-building through propaganda in the US and Latin America. He has worked with Project Censored since 2008, recruiting interns and publishing essays on the relationship between contemporary media and society.
“Offering students the same opportunities Project Censored offered me as a student is what motivates me as a faculty adviser.”
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