'Mother Jones' Journalists to Speak at Ithaca College Izzy Award Ceremony

ITHACA, NY — Leading journalists from Mother Jones — including Washington Bureau Chief David Corn, who unearthed the “47%” video that rocked the Mitt Romney presidential campaign — will speak at Ithaca College on Wednesday, April 17, as they accept the Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in 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.

A nonprofit outlet specializing in investigative journalism, Mother Jones earned the Izzy Award by publishing impactful stories and investigations last year on topics ranging from mass shootings to “dark money” funding of both major political parties to the battle over reproductive rights.

Presented by Ithaca College’s 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 while championing civil liberties, racial justice and international diplomacy.

Last September, Corn shook up the presidential race by releasing an undercover video of candidate Romney at a fundraising event describing 47% of the electorate as people “who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims.” In his acceptance speech, Corn will discuss his reporting on Romney as well as his relationship with Stone. Before joining Mother Jones in 2007, Corn was the Washington editor of “The Nation,” a position Stone held in the 1940s.

Also accepting the award on behalf of Mother Jones will be publisher Steve Katz and reporter Kate Sheppard, who covers energy, environmental politics and reproductive health for the outlet. Sheppard is a 2006 graduate of Ithaca College, where she double-majored in journalism and politics.

After the ceremony, the three journalists will take part in a book and magazine signing. Corn’s best-selling books include “Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War.”

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 journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous; the Center for Media and Democracy/“ALEC Exposed”; author/columnist Robert Scheer; New York City’s in-depth outlet “City Limits”; investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill; blogger Glenn Greenwald; and “Democracy Now!” host/executive producer Amy Goodman.

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

'47%' video revealer David Corn will speak at Ithaca College