Independent Media Award Winners to Speak at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — Journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Center for Media and Democracy executive director Lisa Graves will discuss the importance of independent media as watchdogs on the powerful on Tuesday, April 10, at Ithaca College. Free and open to the public, their presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall.

Kouddous and the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) are sharing the fourth annual Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media, 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.

Born in the United States and raised in Egypt, Kouddous covered the 18-day Tahrir Square uprising of Egyptians against dictatorship and the upheaval that followed as a correspondent and senior producer for “Democracy Now!” His reporting was the primary source for the HBO documentary “In Tahrir Square” and his analysis from Egypt has been widely posted in other media outlets, including “The Nation,” “Foreign Policy,” “Egypt Independent” and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

The CMD is being honored for its investigative work on “ALEC Exposed,” which probed the American Legislative Exchange Council, a corporate-funded organization that has promoted a wish list of pro-corporate legislation into law in state after state and in Congress. CMD made its investigation public last July in collaboration with “The Nation,” and the exposé sparked months of news coverage in mainstream and independent outlets. The publisher of PRWatch, SourceWatch and BanksterUSA, the center has been doing investigative reporting since 1993, with a special focus on corporate and government propaganda.

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.

The previous winners of the Izzy Award are author/columnist Robert Scheer, New York’s in-depth outlet “City Limits,” investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, blogger Glenn Greenwald and “Democracy Now!” host/executive producer Amy Goodman.

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Lisa Graves, executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy