Izzy Award for Independent Media to Be Shared by Truthout and Journalists Liliana Segura and Tim Schwab


Contributed by Brandy Hawley

The Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM) at Ithaca College has announced that this year’s Izzy Award “for outstanding achievement in independent media” will be shared by a publication and two journalists who undertook trailblazing and intrepid reporting during 2020.

The nonprofit news outlet Truthout extensively covered the injustices enmeshed in the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting its political, economic, environmental, and racial issues.

 Liliana Segura at The Intercept undertook path-breaking reporting that revealed longstanding truths about the unfairness of capital punishment — from its disproportionate impact on people of color to the arbitrariness of how people end up on death row.

And Tim Schwab writing in The Nation uncovered The Gates Foundation’s striking conflicts of interest, complicated web of influence, and troubling monopoly power in the field of global health.

The Izzy Award is named for I. F. “Izzy” Stone., the dissident journalist who launched I. F. Stone’s Weekly in 1953. This year’s judges were Robert W. McChesney, Raza Rumi, Jeff Cohen, and Patricia Rodriguez.

Read more about this year’s Izzy Award winners here.

*Award Ceremony will be held at the end of April 2021