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Ithaca College To Present Independent Media Awards At March 31 Event

ITHACA, NY — The Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM) at Ithaca College will honor the winners of the first annual Izzy Award for special achievement in independent media in a ceremony on Tuesday, March 31. “Democracy Now!” host/executive producer Amy Goodman and blogger Glenn Greenwald will each speak at the event, which is being held at 7 p.m. at the State Theatre in downtown Ithaca. The award ceremony is free and open to the public, though tickets are required.

Tickets may be picked up at the Ithaca College Campus Center or the State Theatre box office. Located at 105 W. State Street, the State Theatre box office is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and before performances from two hours prior to showtime until a half hour past curtain. The IC ticket office, located in the recreation center on the first floor of Campus Center, is open Monday-Friday, 12:10 to 6 p.m.

The Izzy Award is named after the legendary muckraking journalist Isidor Feinstein “Izzy” Stone, who exposed government deceit and corruption while championing civil liberties, racial justice and international diplomacy. The judges chose Goodman and Greenwald to receive the inaugural award based on their “pathbreaking journalistic courage and persistence in confronting conventional wisdom, official deception and controversial issues.”

Greenwald’s blog is hosted at Salon.com, where week after week he skewers hypocrisy, deception and revisionism on the part of the powers that be in government and the media. He has toughly criticized both Republicans and Democrats, and his writing frequently sparks debate in major media and on Capitol Hill. On television, radio and the Internet, Goodman offers a cutting-edge broadcast featuring issues, experts and debates rarely heard in corporate media. “Democracy Now!” is a daily stop for journalists, scholars, officials and activists seeking not just to get behind the news, but to stay ahead of the news.

Judges of the inaugural Izzy Award were Park Center for Independent Media 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.

Based in the Roy H. Park School of Communications, the PCIM was launched in 2008 as a national center for the study of media outlets that create and distribute content outside traditional corporate systems and news organizations.

For more information, visit www.ithaca.edu/indy/izzy or contact Jeff Cohen at jcohen@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-1330.




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