Project Censored September of 2010 - Spanish Version
Dear Project Censored Universities and Colleges,
Effective this year all participating colleges and universities will have equal status in
nominating and selecting the final top 25 censored news stories for the annual 2011
yearbook scheduled for release in September of 2010.
The Spring 2010 story nominations and selection schedule is as follows:
Nominations Accepted Until Friday April 10—send in nominations early for priority
posting. Nominations for most important censored news story of the year must be submitted
in the Validated Independent News (VIN) format. See samples at: http://www.mediafreedominternational.org/ and below.
Campuses should submit at least five VIN news stories in order to participate in the
vote. News stories published in print or on-line (radio and TV transcripts accepted)
during the thirteen-month period between March 2009 and March 2010 are eligible.
All participating colleges and university professors and their classes are eligible to
vote on the nominated VIN stories during the week of April 12-16. Each campus will submit
a ranked list of their choices for the top 25 most important censored news stories of the
year. All campus votes will be of equal status and merged for the final selection.
If your news story is selected for inclusion in the Censored 2011 yearbook you will be
invited to write by May 7 the 800-word synopsis for publication.
You can signup for opening posting on the MFI site through our webmaster Adam Armstrong
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or you can edit your student’s work and send it directly to us
Additionally, the Censored 2011 writing team with Media Freedom Foundation is accepting
chapter proposals for this year’s book. Contact us as soon if you are interested in
submitting a chapter proposal.
The Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored board of Directors has recently appointed a
new director of Project Censored. Mickey Huff—co-editor of Censored 2010 and professor of
History at Diablo Valley College is now director of Project Censored/Media Freedom
Welcome to the new inclusive international Project Censored.
President, Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored
Director, Project Censored/Media Freedom Foundation
Florida Imprisons Black Children for Life
There are 73 children, 14 and younger, who have been imprisoned for life without parole
Florida. 84 percent of prisoners in Flordia are black, and African American youths are
serving life without parole 10 times that of white youths. For the age 13 and younger,
there are nine kids serving life in prison including both homicide and non-homicide
In the 90's there was the myth of the “super predator” which was introduced as packs of
mostly Black and Latino kids who were “wilding” or being rowdy and said to be the new
breed of criminal. What people didn't know was that by stereotyping these packs of
minority kids as the “super predator” they created a monsterous stereotype that led to
many faulty arrests.
One of the key persons who created the idea of the “super predator” was John DiIulio, a
professor at Princeton, who stated he was wrong, but still many groups of black teens
were targeted, arrested, and paid for the mistake.
Title: Ugly Truth Most U.S. Kids Sentenced to Die In Prison Are Black
Author: Liliana Segura
Source: Alternet.org, 11/11/09
Student Researcher: Garet West
Faculty Evaluator: Peter Phillips
SAMPLE DIRECTIONS FOR VIN RESEARCH FOR STUDENTS
Independent Media Political News Analysis
Students will read political news stories from Independent media each week.
Sources: Daily News at: http://mediafreedom.pnn.com/5174-independent-news-sources
Validated News & Research at: http://www.mediafreedominternational.org/
Daily Censored Blog at: http://dailycensored.com/
Come to class prepared each week to talk about political news stories in the independent
media. Students will complete one news analysis portfolio of a political news story that
was not covered in the mainstream corporate media.
Content of a News Analysis Portfolio: Original Copy of Your Story, Search History and
results, Summary of consultation with a faculty evaluator, 150 word synopsis of your news
story that explains the authors major points and key issues
Story Research Report Format Samples at:
Synopsis: Use third person objective style for the synopsis. Focus on what, where, when,
how and why for the synopsis. Include the title of the article, author’s name,
publication source, date, and URL. Print out a hard copy for inclusion in your portfolio
and e-mail an electronic copy to instructor.
Initial Media Coverage Search to Determine that the news story was not in the corporate
media. Goggle the Title of the Story: If it appeared in a major US newspaper, stop and
find another story
Secondary Verification of non-corporate media coverage using Lexis/Nexis
Selecting search terms: Write down key words and phrases that are important and unique to
this story (these will be your search terms when you begin your search on Lexis/Nexus).
These are nouns (persons, places and things) that the story could not be written without.
Some examples might include the name of an individual, or a specific location name.
Lexis/Nexis is available through the Library Homepage.
Go to the SSU Library Homepage
Click on Research Articles & More
Click on Data Base Subject—News
Click on Lexis/Nexis Academic
Enter Search Terms
Select Major US, TV, and Wire
Click on “Previous two years”
If your story received front-page coverage in a major paper, NY Times, Washington Post,
Chicago Tribune, LA Times, and/or on TV news read the story/transcript completely to make
sure important information has not be left out. If your story is adequately covered in
the corporate media then stop and find another story to search.
Is this an accurate and important news story? To help answer these question you are to
consult with a faculty advisor. You can ask any college faculty member or professional
person with expertise in the filed to help review your story. Have your advisor read the
news story and get back to you with questions to research or concerns about the accuracy
or completeness of the story. Record results of the advisor interview in writing in your
Current Affiliates/Invited Effective Spring 2010
1. Mickey Huff, email@example.com, Diablo Valley College
2. Rob Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org, Champlain College
3. Natalie P. Byfield, email@example.com, St. John's University, Jamaica, NY 11439
4. Carl Bybee, firstname.lastname@example.org, University of Oregon
5. Brian Murphy, email@example.com, Niagara University
6. Kevin Howley, firstname.lastname@example.org, DePauw University
7. Tom Huckin, email@example.com, University of Utah
8. Bryan Sacks: firstname.lastname@example.org, Immaculata University
9. Michelle Ronda, email@example.com, Marymount Manhattan College, NY
10. Stephanie A. Flores-Koulish, firstname.lastname@example.org, Loyola College in Maryland
11. Julie Andrzejewski, email@example.com, St. Cloud State University
12. Patricia Gibbs Stayte, GibbsPatricia@fhda.edu, Foothill College, CA
13. Christina Knopf, firstname.lastname@example.org, SUNY Potsdam
14. Kathleen de Azevedo Feinblum, email@example.com, Skyline College, CA
15. Victoria Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org, University of Missouri-Columbia
16. William Dinan, email@example.com, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
17. James F. Tracy, firstname.lastname@example.org, Florida Atlantic University
18. William Du Bois, email@example.com, Southwest Minnesota State University
19. Duane Macha, MATCHA@siena.edu, Siena College
20. Elliot Cohen, firstname.lastname@example.org, Indian River State College
21. Jaime Becker, email@example.com, University of San Francisco
22. Peggy Lopipero-Langmo, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, City College of San
23. Linda Bowen, firstname.lastname@example.org, California State University Northridge
24. Denny Bozman-Moss, email@example.com and Michael Apapicio
firstname.lastname@example.org, Santa Rosa Junior College
25. Nancy Gallagher, Gallagher@history.ucsb.edu, UC Santa Barbara
27. Ken Burrows, email@example.com, San Francisco State University
28. Robin Takahashi, Ohlone College class, firstname.lastname@example.org
29. John Sullivan, Lora Taub-Perwzpour , David Tafler, email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Muhlenberg College
30. Peter Ludes, firstname.lastname@example.org, Jacobs University, Germany
Tobias Koher, email@example.com
31. Horst Pottker, firstname.lastname@example.org, Dortmund University, Germany
Mariam Bunjes, email@example.com
32. Ann Strahn, firstname.lastname@example.org, CSU Stanislaus
33. Eileen Meehen, email@example.com, , Southern Illinois University Carbondale
34. James Compton, firstname.lastname@example.org, University of Western Ontario
35. Michael Niman, email@example.com, Buffalo State University
36. Kevin Wehr, firstname.lastname@example.org, CSU Sacramento
37. Sine anahita, email@example.com, University of Alaska Fairbanks
38. James Wittbols, firstname.lastname@example.org, University of Windsor
39. James Tracy, JFTracy@fau.edu, Florida Atlantic University
40. Rosemay Powers, email@example.com, Eastern Oregon University
Bill Grisby, firstname.lastname@example.org
41. John Duvall, email@example.com, Dominican University
42. Andy Opel, firstname.lastname@example.org , Florida State University
43. Marla Donata, email@example.com, Columbia College
44. José Manuel de Pablos, firstname.lastname@example.org, Universidad de La Laguna - Canary Islands
45. Rainer Giebler, email@example.com, Siegen University, Germany
Andreas Hetzer, Andreas.Hetzer@uni-siegen.de
46. María del Carmen Cevallos, firstname.lastname@example.org, Centro Internacional de Estudios
Superiores de Comunicación para América Latina, Ecuador
47. Peter Phillips and Ben Frymer, Peter.email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Sonoma State University.