journalism

Project Censored in 2016

Nov 9, 2015

  “Media Freedom on the Line” is the subtitle for the annual volume of media analysis and under-covered news stories from Project Censored. Today's report looks at the latest work from the media watchdog group.

West Marin Papers Merging

Apr 26, 2015

  For more than seven years, two rival weekly newspapers have struggled to survive serve western Marin County. Now their long-running competition is coming to a close.

Marin’s Breast Cancer Cluster Disputed

Feb 14, 2015

Despite years of reporting about the high incidence of breast cancer in Marin County, the reasons for it have never been conclusively identified.  But unpacking the data behind the reports suggests why the causes have been elusive.

 Not only do multiple mammograms detect more anomalies, says investigative journalist Peter Byrne, but it has turned out that one type that is commonly found doesn’t actually require treatment.

 

A Little Paper with a Big Archive

Nov 19, 2014

  Back in 1974, the little west Marin town of Bolinas started its own community newspaper, The Bolinas Hearsay News. Remarkably, it’s still going, but now the paper’s full 40 year history is collected and on display at the town’s museum. The exhibit opened over the past weekend.

Early editions of the Bolinas Hearsay News were handwritten or drawn, but today the paper is published online. You’ll find a link to their digital archives on their website, as well.

  Homeowners and businesses up and down California are under increasing pressure to conserve water; however, they only account for one fifth of the state’s water consumption. Agriculture uses most of the rest, but many of the local water districts that serve farmers in the central valley are out of compliance with state laws that require them to monitor and report on their usage. Today we hear from a reporter who has been tracking that situation.

New Sonoma Plaza Flap Unfurls Over A Flag

Mar 12, 2014
Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Remember the outcry over the pink door at the ice cream parlor facing the Sonoma Plaza? The door has been allowed to stay, unchanged, so that particular fuss has been settled, just in time for a new one to flare up. This time, though, you could say the issue is black and white.

You can read Don Frances’ full report on this burning issue here.

A Challenging Year for Journalism

Sep 30, 2013

  2013 was a hard year for journalists and whistle-blowers, according to the annual assessment of Project Censored. Their new book of media critiques is ready for release, and KRCB’s Bruce Robinson has a preview.

  Throughout its 37 year history, Project Censored has been guided by a broad and inclusive definition of the word censored. But in the past year, notes Associate Director Andy Roth, some instances of journalistic suppression have been brutally direct.

Unethical Postal Real Estate Sales

Sep 18, 2013

The US Postal Service has been saddled by Congress with an enormous debt, one that they are now trying to shrink by selling off valuable properties across the country. But a closer look at those deals raises more questions than proceeds.

Midnight in Mexico

Jun 7, 2013

It’s not easy being a reporter in a sometimes lawless land with a limited history of a free press. But that’s what Alfredo Corchado has done, as he recounts in his first book, Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness.

  Corchado explains that he chose the title of his book carefully, to imply a glimmer of optimism through the darkness of the events he recounts.