Project Censored was founded at Sonoma State University in 1976 and is an educational organization that seeks to bring awareness to news stories by independent journalists that are ignored or underreported by the mainstream media. Their mission is to promote critical media literacy and democracy. The Censored Alert newsletter was published in the late 1990s and early 2000s; since 1993 they have also published a yearbook featuring collections of censored news stories and media critiques.
Shown here is the cover page of the Winter 2004 issue of Censored Alert!: The Newsletter of Project Censored. The feature headline reports on the “National Conference on Media Reform” and reports on the conference held November 7-9 in Madison, Wisconsin. Project Censored staff attended the conference and shared names of seminars such as “Challenging local corporate media institutions” and keynote sessions with speakers such as Al Franken, Amy Goodman, FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, Sen. Russ Feingold, Congressional Representatives Bernie Sanders, Maurice Hinchey, and Louise Slaughter. The reporters were hopeful that “issues of media concentration and media power may finally enter the scope of mainstream political debate.”