ProCon.org was referenced by the media (including scholarly journals) 344 times in 2013 and over 1,200 times since our beginning in 2004. Some of those references include the New York Times, BBC, CNN, 60 Minutes, New England Journal of Medicine, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Slate, Houston Chronicle, PBS, Associated Press, Fox News, USA Today, several radio stations, and more.
Scroll down to see which media mentioned us and in what context.
Santa Monica Daily Press / Santa Monica, CA – Oct. 15, 2014
Santa Monica Daily Press referenced Local ElectionsProCon.org in an article by Kelsey Fowler titled "Squirm Night Highlights Candidate Positions." The author wrote, "About 200 to 250 people attended throughout the evening sponsored by ProCon.org, which saw candidates addressing controversial issues in the city, with the occasional rare direct answer."
The article featured an interview with ProCon.org President and Managing Editor Kamy Akhavan discussing our latest website. The author wrote, "Santa Monica based ProCon.org, a sponsor of the Santa Monica Daily Press' Squirm Night, is developing an interactive survey that shows voters which candidate shares their values. The surveys are the organization’s flagship product and the Santa Monica election will be the first time the system has been applied to a local election following successful implementation in the 2008 and 2012 presidential races."
Reading Eagle referenced Medical Marijuana ProCon.org in an editorial article titled "Pennsylvania Won't Approve Cannabis Measure This Year." The article cited pros and cons of medical marijuana "according to ProCon.org, a nonprofit organization the goal of which is to provide resources for critical thinking and to educate without bias."
Times-Picayune referenced School Uniforms ProCon.org in an article by Danielle Dreilinger titled "From ProCon.org: Are School Uniforms a Good Idea?" The article stated, "The nonpartisan website ProCon.org presents the school uniforms debate this month. Along with the arguments, there are some pretty stunning stats... The ProCon mini-site is worth a read, especially if you like footnotes."
Philly.com / Philadelphia, PA - Sep. 12, 2014
Philly.com referenced Prostitution ProCon.org in an article by Morgan Zalot titled "Forced into Sex, Then Victimized by the System." The article stated, "In New Jersey, although the penalties worsen with repeat offenses like in Pennsylvania, the maximum penalty, according to ProCon.org, an organization that aggregates information on social issues, is 18 months in jail and/or a fine."
PBS' POV series referenced AbortionProCon.org in its lesson plan to accompany a film titled After Tiller, a movie about doctors who continued to provide abortions after the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller. The lesson plan said of ProCon.org, "To encourage critical thinking and civil discourse, this nonpartisan website provides summaries of debates over controversial issues."
The Times of Israel / Jerusalem, Israel - Sep. 1, 2014
ESPN linked to Medical MarijuanaProCon.org in an article by Kevin Seifert titled "Marijuana Policy Is behind Times." The author wrote, "This website offers a balanced look at research on the effectiveness of marijuana as a pain reliever."
SFGate.com, the website for the San Francisco Chronicle, linked to Medical Marijuana ProCon.org in an article by Debra J. Saunders titled "Marijuana Prohibition Doesn't Work."
Daily Californian / Berkeley, CA - July 28, 2014
Daily Californian, an independent student newspaper serving the University of California at Berkeley campus, linked to Prostitution ProCon.org in an editorial article by the senior editorial board titled "Legalize Prostitution Now."
Newsmax / National - July 28, 2014
Newsmax referenced Medical Marijuana ProCon.org in an article by Melissa Clyne titled "Quinnipiac Poll: Floridians High on Legal Marijuana." The author wrote, "According to ProCon.org, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legal medical marijuana, and a host of others are considering recreational use laws."
The article featured an interview with ProCon.org President and Managing Editor Kamy Akhavan, stating in part: "Once these people reach a critical mass of information from mainstream sources, they feel the need for more and search outside the big outlets, says Kamy Akhavan, president and managing editor of ProCon.org, an LA-based news site devoted to the principle of presenting the arguments on both sides of important issues of the day."
The article was reprinted by Yahoo! News on July 15, 2014.
PBS linked to Israeli-Palestinian ConflictProCon.org in a lesson plan for PBS Learning Media titled "Making a Difference in the Midst of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict." The lesson plan states, "This website features a variety of information, including statistics, maps, timelines and pro and con statements related to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict."
Evansville Courier & Press / Evansville, IN - June 26, 2014
Evansville Courier & Press referenced Gay Marriage ProCon.org in an article by Charles Wilson of the Associated Press titled "JUDGE STRIKES DOWN GAY MARRIAGE BAN; AG Office Asks Young to Stay Ruling until Appeal." The article stated, "According to the website ProCon.org, which tracks the subject, Indiana becomes the ninth state to allow same-sex marriage based on a court decision, and the sixth in the past year."
Inquisitr News / National - June 26, 2014
Inquisitr News referenced Social Networking ProCon.org in an opinion article by Renee Stegall titled "Are Facebook and Twitter Ruining Our Lives?" The author wrote, "In October 2012, Facebook reported having one billion monthly users, according to SocialNetworking.ProCon.org."
Syosset Patch linked to Medical Marijuana ProCon.org in an article by Heather Doyle titled "Medical Marijuana to Be Legalized in New York." The article was reprinted in Long Beach Patch, Huntington Patch, and more on June 19, 2014.
Examiner.com referenced Medical Marijuana ProCon.org in an article titled "Cannabis Passes in N.C. House." The author wrote, "Currently, there are twenty-two states plus DC that allow for medical marijuana use, according to procon.org."
The Moderate Voice / San Diego, CA - June 12, 2014
The Moderate Voice referenced Immigration ProCon.org in an article by Courtney Gordner titled "Cantor's Defeat Doesn't Bode Well for Progress." The author wrote, "According to ProCon.org, there are currently more than 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States, and immigration is one of the most controversial issues in our country."
Seattle Post-Intelligencer / Seattle, WA - June 2, 2014
Seattle Post-Intelligencer linked to Medical Marijuana ProCon.org in an article by Jake Ellison "Minnesota Passes Medical Marijuana Law, but Few Will Benefit." The author cited our research on state laws, stating "according to procon.org, a nonprofit organization tracking marijuana laws and other controversial issues in America."
Philippine Daily Inquirer / Philippines – June 1, 2014
Education World referenced ProCon.org in an article by Kassondra Granata titled "Critical Thinking Web Site Presents Pros and Cons on Social Issues." The article stated, "ProCon.org, the largest known provider of 'pro and con' research on controversial issues, has reached over 5,000 schools in all 50 states and 66 countries. Educators appreciate ProCon.org's ability to develop critical thinking skills by presenting both sides of key social issues such as Obamacare, alternative energy, illegal immigration, gay marriage and more."
Salt Lake Tribune / Salt Lake City, UT - May 22, 2014
New England Law Review / Boston, MA – May 18, 2014
New England Law Review referenced Euthanasia ProCon.org in an article by Lindsay Reynolds titled "Losing the Quality of Life: The Move Towards Society's Understanding and Acceptance of Physician Aid-in-Dying and the Death with Dignity Act."
All Africa / Africa and Washington, DC – May 16, 2014
All Africa, a website covering 130 African news organizations, referenced ProCon.org in an opinion article by Jeremy Shapiro titled "Gambia: Class Warfare. War On Teachers. War On Business. War in America?." The article stated, "[P]eople who want to learn, think, and develop solutions for our society's problems would do well to start with No Labels, Constructive Debate, and ProCon.org."
Morning Sun linked to Gay Marriage ProCon.org in an article by Ed Fisher titled "Tell Schuette to Get Out of Marriage Debate." The first sentence of the article stated, "The website www.procon.org, March 24, 2014, listed 17 states that recognize gay marriage."
Telegraph - Herald / Dubuque, IA - May 4, 2014
Telegraph - Herald referenced Gay Marriage ProCon.org in an article by Mary Nevans-Pederson titled "Same Difference."
The article was reprinted by Business Insider on Apr. 20, 2014.
WIBC 93.1 / Indianapolis, IN - Apr. 20, 2014
WIBC 93.1 FM referenced Social NetworkingProCon.org in an interview with President Kamy Akhavan on the show Pete the Planner, hosted by Peter Dunn. The two twelve-minute segments addressed the pros and cons of using social media.
Pete told his listeners, "If you do feel one way about an issue, it behooves you to understand the other side of an issue. That's why I like ProCon.org. It presents both sides, it doesn't pass judgment on either side, it just shows you pros and cons to every question they have on the site."
We have made the interview available for free download as an MP3 audio file. Click to listen to part one and part two, or right click each link and select "save as" to save to your computer and listen later. The 10.86MB and 10.79MB audio files may take a few minutes to load.
Huffington Post / National – Apr. 20, 2014
Huffington Post, Politics edition, referenced Medical Marijuana ProCon.org in an article by Matt Ferner and Nick Wing titled "Marijuana Has Come a Long Way Since Last 4/20." The article listed our page on pending medical marijuana state laws as an "Around the Web" resource.
Guardian Liberty Voice / Las Vegas, NV – Apr. 19, 2014
Huffington Post, Politics edition, referenced Medical MarijuanaProCon.org in an article titled "This Map Shows Just How Quickly America Has Embraced Marijuana." The article featured a map of the United States using our research to show which states have already legalized medical marijuana and which ones have pending legislation to legalize it.
Newsday referenced Medical Marijuana ProCon.org in an article by Yancey Roy titled "Medical Marijuana - Now Legal in 20 States - Is a Top Issue for the Governor and the Legislature in This Election Year." The article stated, "The website procon.org, a nonprofit that researches controversial issues, compiled 105 peer-reviewed studies on marijuana - most of them small and short-term."
Cannabis Now Magazine / Berkeley, CA – Apr. 6, 2014
Kansas City Star / Kansas City, MO - Mar. 31, 2014
Kansas City Star referenced ProCon.org in an article by Paula Sirois titled "Should I or shouldn't I? How to decide." The article featured an interview with ProCon.org President Kamy Akhavan, who stated "Just like looking both ways before crossing the street, we should consider the pros and cons before making important decisions. Really understanding other perspectives, whether we agree with them or not, makes us more informed, better citizens and more advanced critical thinkers."
The article was reprinted by the Sacramento Bee, the Bradenton Herald and the Macon Telegraph on Mar. 31, 2014.
SiteProNews referenced Euthanasia ProCon.org in an article by Chris Malette titled "Deathly Afraid to Decide: Dying on Whose Terms?" The article stated, "There is a stirring pro versus con discussion on the issue listed on ProCon's website."
NBC News referenced Medical MarijuanaProCon.org in a televised interview with ProCon.org President Kamy Akhavan. The two-minute video by reporter Tracie Potts focused on efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Maryland.
Charlotte Observer / Charlotte, NC - Mar. 12, 2014
Journal of Children's Literature / National - Spring 2014
Journal of Children's Literature referenced Gay Marriage ProCon.org in an article by Karla J. Möller titled "Heather is 25! So, What Literature Featuring Gays and Lesbians Is Available for Primary Grades Today?"
KQED referenced Felon Voting ProCon.org ProCon.org in an article by Matthew Green titled "Should Felons Have the Right to Vote?" Our historical timeline of felon voting was listed under "More Resources."
KQED / Northern California - Feb. 28, 2014
KQED referenced Felon Voting ProCon.org ProCon.org in an article by Matthew Green titled "Map: States Where Felons Can't Vote." The introduction stated, "A good overview of each state's specific restrictions can be found at ProCon.org."
International Business Times / United Kingdom - Feb. 27, 2014
KOGO News Radio 600 AM / San Diego, CA - Feb. 21, 2014
KOGO News Radio 600 AM, owned by Clear Channel, referenced Medical MarijuanaProCon.org on the show The Voice of Merrill in an interview with ProCon.org President and Managing Editor Kamy Akhavan. Host Chris Merrill recommended ProCon.org to his listeners, calling our website "very useful" and "dynamite." The interview can be found on the KOGO website.
Windsor Star / Windsor, Ontario, Canada – Jan. 25, 2014
Windsor Star referenced Medical Marijuana ProCon.org in an article by William Marsden titled "U.S. Pot Revolution Gathers Force; Transactions in Cash as Banks Face Laundering Laws."
Montreal Gazette / Montreal, Canada – Jan. 25, 2014
Montreal Gazette referenced Medical Marijuana ProCon.org in an article by William Marsden titled "Marijuana Revolution Gathers Force in U.S.; More States Are Turning Their Back on the War on Drugs - and Cashing in on Pot."
The author wrote, "The group ProCon.org, a nonprofit group that keeps track of government studies worldwide, claims 105 studies on medical marijuana have been conducted worldwide, mostly in Europe and Canada, between 1990-2012."
The Independent, a daily newspaper, referenced Medical Marijuana ProCon.org in an article titled "Could Ohio Legalize Marijuana? It Depends on Whom You Talk to." The article stated, "The website ProCon.org cites 105 studies done on marijuana's effects on individuals with severe neuropathic pain, multiple sclerosis, cancer-related pain and other symptoms related to chronic pain."
ChicagoNow, a blogging site managed by Tribune Media Group, a subsidiary of the Chicago Tribune, referenced Medical Marijuana ProCon.org in an article by Sabrina Nixon titled "The Pros and Cons of Medical Marijuana." The author wrote, "I stumbled upon an interesting website respectfully called ProCon.org. This website is a non-profit organization that lists the pros and cons of controversial issues."
MSN Money referenced Medical Marijuana ProCon.org in an article by Bill Meagher titled "Marijuana Stocks Are Smokin'." The author wrote, "Twenty states and Washington, D.C., allow the use of medical pot and 11 states allow marijuana dispensaries, according to ProCon.org, a website that tracks marijuana legislation."
Red Bluff Daily News / Red Bluff, CA - Jan. 7, 2014
Red Bluff Daily News referenced Medical Marijuana ProCon.org in an article titled "Teens and Pot." The article stated, "A Mayo Clinic report published in 2006 and reported on in procon.org found that "marijuana smoke contains 50 percent to 70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than does tobacco smoke and has the potential to cause cancer of the lungs and respiratory tract."
Washington Post / Washington, DC - Jan. 5, 2014
Washington Post linked to Gay MarriageProCon.org in an article by Jennifer Rubin titled "What Mattered in 2013."
The Denver Post referenced Medical Marijuana ProCon.org in an article by Suzanne S. Brown titled "Teens and Pot Use: Parents, Here's What You Need to Talk about." The author wrote, "A Mayo Clinic report published in 2006 and reported on in procon.org found that 'marijuana smoke contains 50 percent to 70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than does tobacco smoke and has the potential to cause cancer of the lungs and respiratory tract.'"
The article was reprinted in the Lebanon Daily News and the Canon City Daily Record.