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Professor Brian Murphy (Niagra University) on Project Censored’s influence in truth-telling

July 30, 2012

“Three ways Project Censored has influenced my professional life. As a Canadian journalist covering the wars in southern Africa for the international alternative news agency Inter Press Service during the 1980s I heard and saw Project Censored was one of the few media outlets in the USA consistently featuring the under reported versions of the Apartheid war – one of the few  national voices coming out of the United States. I paid attention. When I was working with the film making company Media Education Foundation where we were trying to be part of a national initiative defining and promoting Media Literacy, the annual publication of Project Censored was one of our reference points. When I joined the faculty of the Department of Communication Studies at Niagara University we decided to completely redesign the program as a degree in Communicating for Social Justice. In ten years that re-design has become a model for many other Communication Departments. At every step Project Censored’s work was an example of the kind of fearless ‘truth telling’ Social Justice journalism students should be exposed to. And today, Project Censored is integrated into our curriculum with at least one course a year doing research to contribute to the list of contenders for the top 25 under-reported stories. Our success at having three of our students’ researched stories voted into the top 25 in 2012 is a testament to Project Censored’s value as a media literacy teaching tool, introducing a whole new generation to what REAL press freedom looks like.

Brian Martin Murphy, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Communication Studies, Niagara University

Former, Research Director, Media Education Foundation

Former, Correspondent and a Southern Africa Bureau Chief (Africa Information Afrique) Inter Press Service

Censored 2013  will hit shelves this September

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