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Nominations Open for Third Annual 'Izzy Award' for Independent Media

ITHACA, NY — Nominations for the 2010 Izzy Award are officially open. The annual award for outstanding achievement in independent media — named after legendary muckraker I. F. “Izzy” Stone — is a project of the Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM) at Ithaca College.
The 2009 award went to investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill. The inaugural award in 2008 was shared by blogger Glenn Greenwald and “Democracy Now!” host/executive producer Amy Goodman.

For more information on the award, visit /indy/izzy.

“The Izzy is presented to journalists who follow the independent path of Izzy Stone,” said PCIM director Jeff Cohen. “Our previous winners reflect the growing importance of independent media in an era when corporate media are so cozy with the powerful and so obsessed with the trivial.”

In 1953, during the depths of the anti-communist witch hunts, Stone launched “I. F. Stone’s Weekly,” through which he challenged official deception, McCarthyism and racial bigotry. In 1999, a poll of prominent journalists ranked the publication as number 16 among the “Top 100 Works of Journalism in the United States in the 20th Century.” Ithaca College houses a unique collection of mementos from Stone, who died in 1989.

Izzy Award winners are chosen by a panel of judges who have expertise in independent media. Joining Cohen on the panel for the third year in a row are communications professor and author Robert W. McChesney and Linda Jue, director and executive editor at the G. W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism.

This year’s Izzy Award will be given for work published, broadcast or posted in 2010 by an independent media outlet, journalist or producer. The award may relate to a single piece or a body of work. Journalists, academics and the public at large — as well as the judges — may submit nominations by the January 13, 2011, deadline. The winner will be announced early next spring, with an award ceremony to follow.

Nominations should be submitted via a brief e-mail that includes supporting Web links and/or attached materials to Brandy Hawley at bhawley@ithaca.edu. Only if e-mail is not possible, nominations may be mailed to Brandy Hawley, Ithaca College, Park Center for Independent Media, 953 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.

Launched in 2008 and located within Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications, the Park Center for Independent Media is a national center for the study of media outlets that create and distribute content outside traditional corporate systems and news organizations.
 



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