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October 2000 - Project Censored

Project Censored: Who Are We?

Through a faculty, student, and community partnership Project Censored has, for the past 25 years, served as a national press/media ombudsman. This is done by identifying and researching important national news stories that are under-reported, ignored, misrepresented, or censored by media corporations in the United States. The Project also encourages and supports journalists, faculty, and student investigations into First Amendment and freedom of information issues through its annual Yearbook, Censored Alert Newsletter, and nationwide advocacy.

With the help of 150 Sonoma State University faculty, students, and community members, Project Censored reviews over 1,000 stories, submitted by concerned citizens from around the world. We look for national or international significance and for credibility based on clear documentation. The university community selects 25 stories to submit to the Project Censored panel of judges who then rank the top 25 to be featured in the yearbook, Censored: The News That Didn’t Make the News. In 1996 and 1997, the yearbook won the Firecracker Alternative Book Award, celebrating the best in alternative publishing. Over 12,000 of the Project Censored yearbooks were sold last year. Current national judges include: Robin Anderson, Richard Barnet, Susan Faludi, Dr. George Gerbner, Juan Gonzalez, Dr. Carl Jensen, Sut Jhally, Nicholas Johnson, Rhoda Karpatkin, Cahrles Klotzer, Nancy Kranich, Judith Krug, Frances Lappe, William Lutz, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Robert McChesney, Jack Nelson, Michael Parenti, Herbert Schiller, Barbara Seaman, Erna Smith, Sheila Weidenfeld, and Howard Zinn.

The release of Project Censored’s yearbook has developed into a national alternative press event. In 1999, along with several national magazines, over 40 alternative newsweeklies carried the top Censored stories in metropolitan areas throughout the country. Project Censored was also featured on more than 125 radio talk shows and television shows. Throughout the next decade, Project Censored will continue to inform the public, advocate for First Amendment rights and spark debate on current events involving media monopoly.

Project Censored, sponsored by Sonoma State University Academic Fund, a 501-c-3 organization, is a national research effort launched in 1976 by Dr. Carl Jensen, professor emeritus of Communications Studies at Sonoma State University. Upon Jensen’s retirement in 1996, leadership of the project was passed on to associate professor of sociology and media research specialist, Dr. Peter Phillips.

Do You Know Of Any Censored Stories?

You can help the public learn more about what is happening in its society by nominating stories you feel should have received more coverage by the mass media. The story should be current and of national social significance. It may have received no media attention at all, appeared in the back pages of your newspaper, or in a small circulation magazine. To nominate a “best censored story,” just send us a copy of the story including the source and date. (To view full story nomination criteria please click here.)

Check Us Out…

On the Web…

Project Censored’s home on the web can be found at www.projectcensored.org. At ProjectCensored.org one can read up on current censored stories, view hundreds of past censored stories, download issues of “Censored Alert” (project censored’s newsletter), join web chat, order a books / CDs /Video, find information about volunteering, and much much more!

In Person…

Project Censored will be hosting a large celebration of alternative media on April 29-30 at San Francisco State University, CA. The event will be both honoring and featuring hundreds of members of the alternative media throughout the US and Canada. For more information on this event please stay tuned to ProjectCensored.org’s event page or subscribe to either our e-mail or snail-mail newsletter.

Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Phone (707) 664-2500 Fax (707) 664-2108
e-mail: [email protected]

“The press has the Power to stimulate people to clean up the environment; to prevent nuclear proliferation; to force corrupt politicians out of office; to create a truly equitable society…

This is why we must have an aggressive press – a press that truly earns its First Amendment rights. Indeed, a press not afraid to do a little muckraking.

Then and only then will we all have the information we need to build a more enlightened and responsive citizenry.”

– Dr. Carl Jensen,
Founder, Project Censored

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