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Izzy Awards for Independent Media to be Presented at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — Journalist/author Robert Scheer and “City Limits” editor Jarrett Murphy will speak at Ithaca College on Monday, April 11, as they accept the third annual Izzy Award for independent media. The award ceremony, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall.

Scheer and the New York City–based investigative outlet “City Limits” share the Izzy Award this year. Presented by the Park Center for Independent Media, the award is named after the late I.F. “Izzy” Stone, who used his muckraking newsletter “I.F. Stone’s Weekly” to expose government deceit and corruption while championing civil liberties, racial justice and international diplomacy.

Currently the editor in chief of the news site “Truthdig,” Scheer recently published his sixth book, “The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street.”

In his acceptance speech, Scheer will review his decades working in both mainstream and independent media to address what he sees as “the bright future of journalism.” In the 1960s, he was a top editor at the pioneering independent magazine “Ramparts,” and he has likened today's Internet-fueled independent media to “Ramparts on speed.”

“City Limits” is an independent investigative magazine and news site that focuses on communities neglected by mainstream media, including low-income New Yorkers, immigrants and communities of color. Published by the nonprofit Community Service Society of New York, “City Limits” dedicates each issue to comprehensive reporting on a single topic. Its companion website, CityLimits.org, provides in-depth reporting, jobs, resources and multimedia.

Based in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, the Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM) was launched in 2008 as a national center for the study of media outlets that create and distribute content outside traditional corporate systems.

Judges of the Izzy Award are PCIM director Jeff Cohen; University of Illinois communications professor and author Robert W. McChesney; and Linda Jue, director and executive editor of the San Francisco-based G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism.

The previous winners of the Izzy Award are investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, blogger Glenn Greenwald and “Democracy Now!” host/executive producer Amy Goodman.

For more information, visit /indy/izzy or contact Jeff Cohen at jcohen@ithaca.edu.
 



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While it is true that prior allegations of Stone’s involvement with the Soviet Union tended to be more polemic in nature and rely on hearsay and innuendo but that is no longer the case. Historians John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr working together with former First Chief Directorate of the KGB Alexander Vassiliev have made a very credible case that Stone was an active NKVD agent for several years. Using archival access that Vassiliev had and to some extent still has, they were able to shed light on old allegations (allegations that Haynes and Klehr did not see great validity in until they researched them independently) and substantiate them including details about Stones work for the NKVD.

I find it odd that Park Center for Independent Media would dedicate an award to an individual who has been confirmed by former Soviet Intelligence officials as a former active agent of the NKVD for several years.