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

ITHACA, NY — Nominations for the Izzy Award for calendar year 2011 are officially open. The annual honor for outstanding achievement in independent media — named after legendary journalist I. F. “Izzy” Stone — is a project of the Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM) at Ithaca College.

“The Izzy is presented to journalists and independent media that, like Izzy Stone, shine light into the darkness and give voice to the voiceless,” said PCIM director Jeff Cohen. “Our winners demonstrate the importance of independent media organizations in an era when large corporate media are in crisis.”

The inaugural Izzy Award for 2008 was shared by blogger Glenn Greenwald and “Democracy Now!” host/executive producer Amy Goodman. The 2009 award went to investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill and the 2010 award was shared by New York City investigative outlet “City Limits” and author/columnist/“Truthdig” cofounder Robert Scheer.

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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 fourth year in a row are communications professor and author Robert W. McChesney and Linda Jue, executive director and 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 2011 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 12, 2012, 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 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.

I.F. "Izzy" Stone