Media Freedom Summit, October 21-22, Northern California

From Project Censored:

Project Censored cordially invites you to attend the Media Freedom Summit: Celebrating 40 Years of Project Censored, to be held at Sonoma State University (SSU) in scenic Northern California on October 21-22, 2016. The Summit will be an opportunity for journalists, students, faculty, activists, and community members to identify and address crucial threats to media freedom, to learn about and share effective strategies for advancing media freedom, and to promote critical media literacy education in service of social justice and positive, meaningful change in local communities and larger society. The Summit is co-sponsored by ACME: Action Coalition for Media Education and Sacred Heart University’s Media Education and Digital Culture MA Program. Registration and Summit information will be available at ProjectCensored.org after March 7, 2016, and will be updated with new information as details develop.

The Summit

The Summit will witness the official launch of the Global Critical Media Literacy Project (GCMLP at www.gcml.org ), a new joint venture between Project Censored and the Summit cosponsors. The GCMLP provides social justice oriented pedagogy and curricular models for educators working in a variety of disciplines. The GCMLP empowers students with meaningful learning and an educational pathway from junior college to graduate school and opportunities for civic engagement in their communities. The Summit will also inaugurate the process of determining the first recipient of a new annual Carl Jensen Award, named for Project Censored’s late founder, honoring a stellar educator dedicated to media literacy in the fight against censorship. The first award will be given in 2017.

A number of the Summit’s sessions and workshops will highlight how interested faculty, students, and members of the public can join in the GCMLP’s collaborative mission. The Summit opens Friday morning with registration followed by two concurrent panel discussions, a DIY lunch on campus, afternoon sessions with speakers leading conversations and workshops discussing Summit themes, followed by a dinner and celebration Friday night with keynote conversation led by journalist Abby Martin of The Empire Files. Saturday the program continues with workshops, dialogue, and strategy sessions from morning through late afternoon. One of the major goals of the Media Freedom Summit is the establishment of a working document, Priorities of Media Freedom for the World, which will serve as a practical guide to informed action. This will take place at the end of the Summit Saturday evening. Sunday will be a free day for summit participants to self organize and plan their own outings around the San Francisco Bay Area and carry on their own conversations building upon the Summit’s themes!

Throughout the Summit proceedings, in workshops and group discussions, participants will be identifying and addressing these priorities. The resulting document will be a joint statement by Summit attendees on how educators, activists, and students can best advocate for media freedom and education in a digital age. Come engage with award-winning journalists, professors, activists, and students and strategize how to better epitomize media freedom in action! Stay tuned for a more detailed calendar of events.

Registration Fees

Registration Cost: $125 (early bird rate until July 4th, $150 thereafter)

Students with valid college IDs are admitted free (Students Must Register even though there is no fee)

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Lodging

The Best Western Inn has discount rates available for this event. Please let them know that you are attending the Project Censored Media Freedom Summit at Sonoma State University for the discounted rate.

The Best Western Inn Address is:

6500 Redwood Dr, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Phone:(707) 584-7435

Fee Include:

A signed copy of Censored 2017

Full Friday and Saturday program

Friday evening Hors d’oeuvres and celebration, Keynote panel conversation led by

Abby Martin of The Empire Files, cash bar (DIY lunch at SSU not included)

Friday celebration is open to the general public for $40

Saturday morning continental breakfast/coffee (DIY lunch at SSU not included)

Sunday, conference attendees plan their own outings from the beach to wine country to carry on the mission of the Summit outdoors as they see fit

The Media Freedom Summit: Celebrating 40 Years of Project Censored October 21-22, 2016 at Sonoma State University

Project Censored’s Top 25 stories of 2014-2015

From Project Censored
The News that Didn’t Make the News

The Censored 2016 Yearbook is now available. http://www.projectcensored.org

It contains their selection of the top unreported or underreported stories of the year.

The presentation of the 2014-2015 Top 25 stories extends the tradition originated by Professor Carl Jensen and his Sonoma State University students in 1976, while reflecting how the expansion of the Project to include affiliate faculty and students from campuses across the country has made the Project even more diverse and robust. During this year’s cycle, Project Censored reviewed 203 Validated Independent News stories (VINs) representing the collective efforts of 191 college students and 31 professors from 18 college and university campuses that participate in our affiliate program.

For information on how to order the 2016 Yearbook, join their mailing list or contribute to their work, and read about the top stories,
http://www.projectcensored.org/category/top-25-of-2014-2015/?mc_cid=6c5290fd99&mc_eid=27e356d1b3

Project Censored does investigative reports in addition to producing the Yearbook. The latest are

“Private military companies in service to the transnational capitalist class”
http://www.projectcensored.org/private-military-companies-in-service-to-the-transnational-capitalist-class/

“Domestic abuse victims being evicted for calling local police” http://www.projectcensored.org/domestic-abuse-victims-evicted-for-calling-police/

They produced a lengthy report in 2010 on electromagnetic weapons http://www.projectcensored.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/ElectromegnaticWeapons.pdf

This is a stellar organization.