Twelve students from the College of Western Idaho (CWI) were published this week on the award-winning, independent journalism site, Project Censored. They are students in Michelle Mahoney’s Introduction to Mass Media online class.
Students were instructed to find, evaluate, and summarize an under-reported news story from an independent news organization that has gone largely unnoticed by major corporate media outlets. The goal of this assignment was two-fold: to show students they have a voice in the vast media landscape and to expose them to independent news organizations.
Students, Logan Adams, Molly Peterson, Payton Gibbs, Scott Keene, Tim Stanton, Zaynah Almaaita, Cody Wiggins, Courtney Hale, Devon Harris, Kevin Nielsen, John White, and Ky Tucker were selected for publication.
“It is empowering for students to have a voice. I am so proud that our students have been published, but more than that, I hope they realize that their voice matters,” said Michelle Mahoney, Media Arts faculty at CWI. “We live in an unprecedented era and I firmly believe that solid journalism is a much needed and integral part of our democracy.”
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Project Censored was founded in 1976 by Dr. Carl Jensen at Sonoma State University and aims to educate students and the public about the importance of a free press for democratic self-government. Their mission is to promote independent investigative journalism, media literacy, and critical thinking.