Denison Series Sets Talk by Media Watchdog Peter Phillips
Posted: October 25, 2004
GRANVILLE -- The Denison University Lecture Series welcomes Project Censored director and media watchdog Peter Phillips to present "What the Press Forgets to Tell You." Phillips will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday (Nov. 4) in Slayter Auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Project Censored is a media research group out of Sonoma State University which tracks the news published in the country's major national media. For the past 24 years, the Project has compiled an annual list of 25 news stories of social significance that have been overlooked, under-reported or self-censored by the media.
Between 700 and 1000 stories are submitted to Project Censored each year, and with the help of more than 200 people, the Project reviews the story submissions for coverage, content, reliability of sources, and national significance. The Project then selects 25 stories to submit to the Project panel of judges who rank them in order of importance. The top three stories from the 2003-2004 Top 25 Censored Media Stories are: "Wealth Inequality in 21st Century Threatens Economy and Democracy," "Ashcroft vs. the Human Rights Law that Holds Corporations Accountable," and "Bush Administration Censors Science." In 2003, along with several independent national magazines, over 40 alternative newsweeklies carried the Top 10 Censored stories, and Project Censored was featured on more than 125 independent talk radio and television shows.
Phillips, who is currently an associate professor of sociology and media research specialist at Sonoma State, will use these stories to give a thoughtful presentation that focuses on the importance of developing "media literacy" in a democratic society. Phillips earned his doctoral degree at the University of California, Davis.
For press inquiries:
- Barbara Stambaugh
- Position Title
- Director, Media Relations
- Primary Email
- Business Phone
- (740) 587-8575