"Growth And Power Of Independent Media" To Be Focus Of Ithaca College Symposium

ITHACA, NY — Journalists, experts and leading innovators will gather at Ithaca College September 15–16 to discuss the growing independent media and their impact on journalism, politics and society. Sponsored by the new Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM), this inaugural symposium features panels for two dozen invited participants as well as a free public presentation by award-winning blogger Josh Marshall, founder of Talking Points Memo.

“Independent media are booming today,” said symposium organizer and founding PCIM director Jeff Cohen, “because new technologies and crises in corporate mainstream media are clearing a path for new voices and communities to be heard. The symposium will focus on how to amplify the success of independent outlets — whether big or small, local or international — in terms of revenue, audience and technology.”

Josh Marshall’s lecture, “The Importance and Future of Independent Media,” will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall.

Marshall won this year’s Polk Award in legal reporting for his relentless coverage of the politically motivated firings of U.S. Attorneys, coverage that led to Congressional hearings and the ultimate resignation of the Attorney General. Beginning as a one-person operation, Marshall built his Talking Points Memo blog into one of the most influential journalistic destinations on the Internet.

Also participating in the symposium will be Robert Greenwald and James Miller of Brave New Foundation, who will discuss Internet outreach and fundraising for documentaries, and the future of TV/video on the web.

Greenwald is the director/producer of such documentaries as “Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers,” “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price” and “Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism.” Miller, a 1985 Ithaca College graduate, is executive director of the foundation, which promotes social issues through video, Internet and grassroots involvement.

Other media institutions represented at the symposium include The Huffington Post, J-Lab, Maynard Institute, Media Consortium, Real News Network and New America Media (a nationwide association of over 700 ethnic media organizations). Panels will cover such topics as “Independent Media Successes,” “Business/Revenue Models” and “New Initiatives, Collaborations and Technologies.”

For more information on the symposium, visit /rhp/independentmedia/symposium or contact Jeff Cohen at 607-274-1330 or

About the Park Center for Independent Media

Launched in 2008, 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. Located within Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications, the center’s mission is to study the growing independent media sector, encourage career paths inside independent outlets and examine the impact that maverick, entrepreneurial and independent institutions are having on journalism, politics and culture.

About Jeff Cohen

In addition to serving as director of the PCIM, Jeff Cohen is an associate professor of journalism in the Park School. In 1986 he founded the media watch group FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting), and in the 1990s he cowrote the syndicated “Media Beat” column. He is the author or coauthor of five books, including “Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media” and “The Way Things Aren’t: Rush Limbaugh’s Reign of Error.”

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