Author Naomi Klein and investigative reporter David Sirota are sharing the seventh annual Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media and journalism. Both winners will receive the award and give public talks at the open-to-the-public ceremony, which will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 7:30 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Campus Center at Ithaca College.

In 2014, NAOMI KLEIN published her landmark book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate – as well as powerful columns in The Nation and The Guardian on topics from climate change to racism to torture. Her work generated global discussion and debate. DAVID SIROTA published dozens of exposés in 2014 on corruption in our country’s $3 trillion pension system – first for PandoDaily and later for International Business Times.The result: mainstream media attention, official investigations, passage of legislation and changes in government practices.

“Naomi Klein and David Sirota are the journalistic heirs of I.F. Stone, taking on the most powerful forces in society – from Wall Street to Big Oil & Gas – and giving voice to the victims of predatory capitalism,” said PCIM Director Jeff Cohen.  Full release here.


The Park Center for Independent Media, launched in 2008, is a national center for the study of media outlets that create and distribute content outside traditional corporate systems and news organizations. Throughout history, technological and social upheaval have given rise to independent media voices. Today, independent media are growing amid crisis and conglomeration in mainstream journalism, and the rise of the Internet and new forms of media production and distribution. 

The Center's mission is to engage media producers and students in conversation about career paths in independent media, and financially viable ways to disseminate news and information. The center examines the impact of independent media institutions on journalism, democracy, and a participatory culture. Jeff Cohen is the founding director of PCIM. In spring 2010 Maura Stephens joined PCIM as associate director. Brandy Hawley is our administrative assistant. We invite you to "Like" and follow us on Facebook.

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