12/8 Webinar on Project Censored’s VINS

Educators! Learn how to help your students flex their critical media literacy muscles!

Check out this webinar featuring our own Allison Butler and friends of ACME!

December 8, 2020, 5 pm CST (6 pm EST/3 pm PST)

Project Censored in the Classroom: A Critical Media Literacy Webinar (Zoom link: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/92206824586) will provide a practical introduction to Project Censored’s Validated Independent News exercise, which develops students’ critical thinking and digital media literacy skills by engaging them in identifying, evaluating, and summarizing important but underreported news stories. It also provides an opportunity for students to share the results of their work with a wider public, online via Project Censored’s Validated Independent News feature, and in print as part of the Project’s annual book series.

The webinar’s featured panelists will present the basic elements of the Validated Independent News exercise, describe its pedagogical benefits, and discuss how they adapt the assignment to be suitable to lower- or upper-division courses across a broad array of academic disciplines.

ALLISON BUTLER, Senior Lecturer, Department of Communication, and Director, Media Literacy
Certificate Program, University of Massachusetts Amherst
STEVE MACEK, Professor of Communication; Chair of the Department of Communication and
Media Studies, North Central College
ANDY LEE ROTH, Associate Director, Project Censored
SHEALEIGH VOITL, student and Project Censored research intern, North Central College

Please pre-register here. All webinar participants who pre-register will be entered in a raffle to win free copies of Project Censored’s latest yearbook, State of the Free Press | 2021, just out from Seven Stories Press.

If you have questions about the webinar, please contact Steve Macek.


This webinar is co-hosted by the Department of Communication and Media Studies, North Central College, and the Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts Amherst.


About Project Censored
Established in 1976, Project Censored champions the importance of a free press and an informed public for democracy. The Project’s work promotes high-quality independent investigative journalism; holds corporate news media to account when they fail to provide news coverage that adequately informs the public; and provides hands-on education in critical media literacy to students. We believe that increasing public awareness of, trust in, and support for independent journalism is an essential dimension of every movement for social justice. Learn more about Project Censored here.

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