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 three journalists who undertook path-breaking and in-depth reporting in 2018. Earth Island Journal highlighted the connections between environmental degradation, women and indigenous peoples; Laura Flanders provided progressive and internationalist perspectives to American audiences; Dave Lindorff uncovered the opaqueness of Pentagon accounts and bloated military budgets; and Aaron Maté exposed the hollowness and hyperbole of the so-called Russiagate scandal.
The presentation of the Izzy Awards will take place on Monday, April 15, at 7 p.m. in Emerson Suites. The event is free and open to the public.
Earth Island Journal
The Autumn 2018 issue of Earth Island Journal on Women and the Environment brought to light the often-overlooked connections between environmental rights and women’s rights. The Journal published hard-hitting articles on the impact of fracking “man camps” on indigenous women; the grave threats faced by female environmental defenders in South America; the tireless efforts of behind-the-scenes female climate advocates, scientists and policymakers; and the grassroots struggles to address systemic harassment and violence within the U.S. food system.
“Earth Island’s special issue on women in the environmental movement was a breath of fresh air,” said the Izzy judges. “It presented a rare showcase of the powerful influence of women leaders and activists around the globe. More importantly, it brought disturbing attention to the gendered obstacles and dangers these women continually confront on a scale that men in the movement don’t face. Earth Island’s concentrated focus on these women’s stories is not only exceptional but unparalleled.”
Earth Island Journal is edited by Maureen Nandini Mitra and Zoe Loftus Farren.