Project Censored Aims to Highlight Underreported Stories and Strengthen Media Literacy – Central Florida News – Intersection
Mickey Huff (l) and Andy Lee Roth. Photo: Matthew Peddie / WMFE
Each year, Project Censored publishes a book of 25 stories that the group believes should receive more media coverage.
Project Censored was founded in 1976 at Sonoma State University to bring attention to media censorship and to help students develop their media literacy.
The group has a weekly radio show and continues to work with students to research underreported stories.
This week’s edition of the Orlando Weekly features 10 of the top 25 Project Censored stories this year, including reports on prescription drug costs, accusations Pfizer intimidated South American governments over its COVID-19 contracts and a wave of wildcat strikes for workers’ rights.
Project Censored director Mickey Huff and associate director Andy Lee Roth join Intersection for a conversation about the band’s work.
Huff says story number one is about the impact of soaring prescription drug prices on seniors.
“The role of the media is to tell the public what’s going on, and it’s really important that people understand the challenges we have in our medical system. This is just one of them, that prescription costs are fast becoming a major cause of death among the elderly, due to lack of availability, lack of ability to pay and obtain these. drugs, ”Huff said.
He says the need for media literacy is as great today as it was when Project Censored was founded.
“We all need to slow down the way we get our information a bit and not consume it, like so much junk food, right? And we have to think about where we get our information, we have to ask ourselves some important questions about why this platform wants me to know? What information is omitted? “
Roth says students play an important role in helping to verify stories for inclusion in the annual Top 25 list, and along the way, they learn valuable media literacy skills.
“They’ll be more engaged citizens and less likely to be the… person we’re all afraid of and who, you know, just uses their social media account to promote all kinds of misinformation and misinformation. So working with the students is, as I say, a source of great optimism for me. And one of the things that I think is just fueling what the project is doing. “