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GCMLP Coordinator

Ben Boyington, M.Ed., is an educator and education activist based in New Hampshire. He teaches media, English, film, and history at the high school and college levels. Boyington founded his high-school media studies work on the idea that skepticism and activism are essential to citizenship. He believes that depth of understanding comes from integration, design, and teaching others, and that heutagogy is more important than pedagogy. His research into the 1:1 screen initiative is published in Media Education for a Digital Generation (Routledge, 2016). In addition to his work with the GCMLP, he is vice president of the Action Coalition for Media Education, which also focuses on the integration of critical media literacy education from kindergarten through doctoral studies. You can follow Ben Boyington on Twitter (@BenBo370), and you can follow GCMLP on Facebook and Twitter (@GCMLProject).

GCMLP Board Members

Lori Bindig, PhD, Co-Media Literacy Officer, joined the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Sacred Heart University in 2011. She earned her doctorate in Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she was awarded the title of University Fellow in 2004. Dr. Bindig also holds a BA in American Studies, a BFA in Musical Theatre, and a MA in Communication from the University of Hartford along with an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Feminist Theory through the Department of Women’s Studies at UMass.

Julie Frechette, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Worcester State University, Worcester, MA, where she teaches courses on media studies, critical cultural studies, media education and gender representation. She is the co-editor of the book Media Education for a Digital Generation (Routledge, 2016), as well as the co-editor and co-author of the textbook Media In Society (Bedford St. Martin’s Press, 2014). Her book, Developing Media Literacy in Cyberspace: Pedagogy and Critical Learning for the Twenty-First-Century Classroom (Praeger Press, 2002), was among the first to explore the ‘new multiple literacies’ approach for the digital age. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on media literacy, critical cultural studies, and gender and media. She serves as co-president of the Action Coalition for Media Education (ACME), and sits on the board for the Sacred Heart University Masters Degree in Media Literacy Education.

Mickey Huff is director of Project Censored and serves on the board of the Media Freedom Foundation. To date, he has edited or coedited seven volumes of Censored and contributed numerous chapters to these works dating back to 2008. Additionally, he has coauthored several chapters on media and propaganda for other scholarly publications. He is currently professor of social science and history at Diablo Valley College in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he is co-chair of the history department. Huff is cohost with former Project Censored director Peter Phillips of The Project Censored Show, the weekly syndicated public affairs program that originates from KPFA Pacifica Radio in Berkeley CA. For the past several years, Huff has worked with the national planning committee of Banned Books Week, working with the American Library Association and the National Coalition Against Censorship, of which Project Censored is a member. He also represents Project Censored as one of the cohosting and cosponsoring organizations for the National Whistleblowers Summit held annually in Washington DC. He is a longtime musician and composer and lives with his family in Northern California.

Peter Phillips, PhD, has published fourteen editions of Censored: Media Democracy in Action from Seven Stories Press. Also from Seven Stories Press is Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney (2006) and Project Censored Guide to Independent Media and Activism (2003). In 2009, Phillips received the Dallas Smythe Award from the Union for Democratic Communications. Dallas Smythe is a national award given to researchers and activists who, through their research and/or production work, have made significant contributions to the study and practice of democratic communication. He is also the winner of the Firecracker Alternative Book Award in 1997. Phillips writes op-ed pieces for independent media nationwide having published in dozens of publications, newspapers and websites including: Project Censored, Global Research, and Daily Censored. He is co-host with Mickey Huff on the hour long weekly Project Censored show on Pacifica Radio originating at KPFA in Berkeley for airing nationwide.

Andy Lee Roth, PhD, is the associate director of Project Censored. He coordinates the Project’s Validated Independent News program. He has coedited six editions of Project Censored’s yearbook, in addition to contributing chapters on Iceland and the commons (Censored 2014), the Military Commissions Act (Censored 2009), and news photographs depicting the human cost of war (Censored 2008). His research on topics ranging from ritual to broadcast news interviews and communities organizing for parklands has also appeared in journals including the International Journal of Press/Politics; Social Studies of Science; Media, Culture & Society; City & Community; and Sociological Theory. He reviews books for YES! Magazine. He earned a PhD in sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA in sociology and anthropology at Haverford College. He has taught courses in sociology at UCLA, Bard College, Sonoma State University, College of Marin, and most recently, Pomona College. He serves on the boards of the Claremont Wildlands Conservancy and the Media Freedom Foundation.

Bill Yousman, PhD, Co-Media Literacy Officer is the Director of the Media Literacy and Digital Culture graduate program at Sacred Heart University. His research focuses on media and race, ideology in popular culture, and the representation of incarceration on television. His essays have appeared in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies; Communication Theory; the Journal of Communication; Communication Quarterly; Race, Gender, and Class; Communication Research Reports; Tikkun; and a number of edited books. His book, Prime Time Prisons on U.S. TV: Representation of Incarceration, was published in 2009. His most recent book, The Spike Lee Enigma: Challenge and Incorporation in Media Culture, was published in 2014. Yousman is the former Managing Director of the Media Education Foundation in Northampton, MA.


GCMLP Officers

Robin Andersen, PhD, Critical Advertising Officer, is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University. She also directs the Peace and Justice Studies Program. Her book, A Century of Media: A Century of War, published by Peter Lang Publishing in 2006, won the Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award for 2007. She is the author of dozens of book chapters and journal articles, and writes media criticism for a variety of publications. Her current research explores the implications of merging news and information with entertainment and fiction in media representations of war, including war-themed video games. Her article, “From America’s Army to Call of Duty: Doing Battle with the Military Entertainment Complex,” Robin Andersen and Marin Kurti, is published in Democratic Communique Volume 23, Issue 1 (Spring 2009). Her latest article, “Media Literacy, Sustainability and Citizenship,” is published in State of the World 2010, published by the World Watch Institute. Her other books include Consumer Culture and TV Programming, published by Westview Press, and she co-edited the Oxford University Press anthology Critical Studies in Media Commercialism. She coedited Battleground: The Media, a two-volume reference set published by Greenwood Publishing in 2008.

Crystal Bedford, Co-Student Club Officer, is completing her undergraduate work in economics at University of California, Davis. As a Project Censored intern her research focus has ranged from the Prison Industrial Complex and the Trans Pacific Partnership, to the representation of feminism in the media. She is a strong proponent of service learning, and co-founded the Project Censored club at Diablo Valley College.

John Boyer, Co-Grant Officer, co-founded the Media Stewards Project and serves as Senior Advisor for, a non-profit organization seeking to foster cross cultural understanding and conflict resolution though social media diplomacy, public engagement, education and outreach. A public television researcher and producer specializing in international media issues, he helped organize the Journalism That Matters conference at Yahoo which addressed issues associated with the MSP. He also helped establish the Media Education Laboratory at Rutgers University-Newark where he taught broadcast journalism, and was Research Director and Producer for the Emmy award winning PBS media criticism series Inside Story with Hodding Carter. Productions addressing the need for media education include On Television: Teach The Children with Edwin Newman about the regulation of children’s television, and Media Literacy: The New Basic? with John Merrow, education correspondent for the NewsHour on PBS. He is a board member of the Action Coalition for Media Education (ACME).

Elliot D. Cohen, PhD, Ethics in Media Officer, is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Humanities Department. His areas of specialization are professional ethics (counseling, legal, medical, and journalism ethics), applied logic and critical thinking, and philosophical counseling. He is author of many books and articles in these areas including The Dutiful Worrier: How to Stop Compulsive Worry without Feeling Guilty, The New Rational Therapy: Thinking Your Way to Serenity, Success, and Profound Happiness, What Would Aristotle Do? Self-Control through the Power of Reason, Critical Thinking Unleashed, Ethics and the Legal Profession (co-ed. Michael Davis), and Philosophical Issues in Journalism. He enjoys playing guitar, banjo, and harmonica, writing songs, and bike riding.

Patricia Elliot, PhD, Local Investigative Journalism Officer, Patricia Elliott is a freelance magazine journalist and alternative media practitioner who has been cited numerous times by the Canadian Association of Journalists and National Magazine Awards for outstanding investigative journalism. She is the author of a book on Burma, The White Umbrella, and is active in several community-based media projects. Her research interest is alternative media, with a focus on community radio.

Barbara Duggal, Library Services Officer, is an academic librarian and associate professor at Ohlone College in the San Francisco Bay Area. She teaches information literacy with a special emphasis on research as inquiry and source evaluation.

Doug Hecker, Co-Video Solutions Officer, was a student in Peter Phillips’ first class he taught as director of Project Censored in 1997. He was editor of the Sonoma State University campus newspaper, The Star. Hecker co-wrote, directed, and produced the award-winning documentary Project Censored The Movie: Ending The Reign of Junk Food News.

Ellie Kim, Co-Student Club Officer, is completing her degree in journalism and political science at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. She has interned with Project Censored since 2014. Much of her work critiques the normalization of Western prejudice against marginalized groups, such as trivializing women in government to obstruct political parity and institutionalizing anti-Muslim sentiments to justify legislation. Ellie co-wrote a chapter for Censored 2016. She has spoken on numerous panels about issues of media and censorship. Her work in the Project Censored club at Diablo Valley College focused on free speech, media literacy, and attracting prominent guest speakers, screened movies, and public discussions to the campus.

Chris Oscar, Solutions Video Officer, attended college in Connecticut (Post College) and in Long Island, (LIU CW Post campus.) He studied sociology, investigative journalism, communications, screenwriting, film, marketing and advertising while in college. It was there where he found his calling to be an advocate for social justice. Christopher graduated with a bachelor of fine arts with a specialization in Journalism. He began a career in Newspaper Advertising that would span 18 years, from 1994-2008. Oscar co-wrote, directed, and produced the award-winning documentary Project Censored The Movie: Ending The Reign of Junk Food News. Christopher’s wish that everybody live from the heart and contribute to each other with their gifts.