Project Censored

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Project Censored "is a media research group out of Sonoma State University which tracks the news published in independent journals and newsletters. From these, Project Censored compiles an annual list of 25 news stories of social significance that have been overlooked, under-reported or self-censored by the country’s major national news media.

"Between 700 and 1000 stories are submitted to Project Censored each year from journalists, scholars, librarians, and concerned citizens around the world. With the help of more than 200 Sonoma State University faculty, students, and community members, Project Censored reviews the story submissions for coverage, content, reliability of sources and national significance. The university community selects 25 stories to submit to the Project Censored panel of judges who then rank them in order of importance. Current or previous national judges include: Noam Chomsky, Susan Faludi, George Gerbner, Sut Jhally, Frances Moore Lappe, Norman Solomon, Michael Parenti, Herbert I. Schiller, Barbara Seaman, Erna Smith, Mike Wallace and Howard Zinn. All 25 stories are featured in the yearbook, Censored: The News That Didn’t Make the News...

"Project Censored 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 to associate professor of sociology and media research specialist, Dr. Peter Phillips." [1]

Project Censored 2007 National Judges

Accessed April 2008: [2]

  • Robin Anderson, associate professor and chair, Department of Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University
  • Liane Clorfene-Casten, cofounder and president of Chicago Media Watch,.award-winning journalist with credits in national periodicals such as E Magzine, The Nation, Mother Jones, Ms., Environmental Health Perspectives, In These Times, and Business Ethics. She is the author of Breast Cancer: Poisons, Profits, and Prevention.
  • Lenore Foerstel, Women for Mutual Security, facilitator of the Progressive International Media Exchange (PRIME)
  • Robert Hackett, professor, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University; Co-director of News Watch Canada since 1993..His most recent publications include Democratizing Global Media: One World, Many Struggles (Co-Edited With Yuezhi Zhao, 2005), And Remaking Media: The Struggle To Democratize Public Communication (With William K. Carroll, 2006)
  • Carl Jensen, professor emeritus communication studies, Sonoma State University, founder and former director of Project Censored; author of Censored: The News That Didn’t Make the News and Why (1990-1996) and 20 Years of Censored News (1997)
  • Sut Jhally, professor of communications and executive director of the Media Education Foundation, University of Massachusetts
  • Nicholas Johnson*, professor, College of Law, University of Iowa; former FCC Commissioner (1966-1973); author of How to Talk Back to Your Television Set
  • Rhoda H. Karpatkin, president of Consumers Union, non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports
  • Charles L. Klotzer, editor and publisher emeritus, St. Louis Journalism Review
  • Nancy Kranich, past president of the American Library Association (ALA)
  • Judith Krug, director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association (ALA); editor of Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom; Freedom to Read Foundation News; and Intellectual Freedom Action News
  • Martin Lee, investigative journalist, media critic and author. He was an original founder of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting in New York and former editor of Extra Magazine.
  • Dennis Loo, Associate professor of Sociology at California State University Polytechnic university, Pomona, Co-editor of Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney, Seven Stories press, 2006
  • William Lutz, professor of English, Rutgers University; former editor of The Quarterly Review of Doublespeak; author of The New Doublespeak: Why No One Knows What Anyone’s Saying Anymore (1966)
  • Julianne Malveaux, PH.D., economist and columnist, King Features and Pacifica radio talk show host
  • Mark Crispin Miller, professor of media Ecology, New York University; director of the Project on Media Ownership
  • Brian Murphy, Associate Professor Communications Studies Niagara University specializing in Media Programming and Management, Investigation and Reporting, Media History and Theory and International Communication.
  • Jack L. Nelson,* professor emeritus, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University; author of 16 books, including Critical Issues in Education (1996), and more than 150 articles
  • Michael Parenti, political analyst, a lecturer, and author of numerous books, including The Culture Struggle, 2006. Superpatriotism, 2004. The Assassination of Julius Caesar, A People's History of Ancient Rome 2003. The Terrorism Trap, September 11 and Beyond, 2002. Democracy for the Few, 2001
  • Barbara Seaman, lecturer; author of The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women: Exploding the Estrogen Myth (Hyperion 2003); The Doctor’s Case Against the Pill; Free and Female; Women and the Crisis in Sex Hormones; and other books; cofounder of the National Women’s Health Network
  • Nancy Snow, professor, author and writer; College of Communications, California State University-Fullerton; Senior Fellow, USC Center on Public Diplomacy; Adjunct Professor, University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication; author, Propaganda, Inc. (Seven Stories, 2002), Information War (Seven Stories, 2004), co-editor with Yahya R. Kamalipour, War, Media and Propaganda (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004).
  • Sheila Rabb Weidenfeld,* president of D.C. Productions, Ltd.; former press secretary to Betty Ford

(*Indicates having been a Project Censored judge since our founding in 1976)



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  1. About, Project Censored, accessed April 1, 2008.
  2. Project Censored Letter to Narco News, Narconews, accessed April 1, 2008.