From Jeff Cohen, Director, Park Center for Independent Media (December 12, 206)
Nominations for the Izzy Award for calendar year 2016 are now 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.
Journalists, academics and the public at large may submit nominations by January 19, 2017, and self-nominations are acceptable. (The judges may also nominate.) Nominations should be submitted via a brief e-mail (250 words or less) that includes supporting Web links (no more than six) and/or attached materials to Brandy Hawley at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information here.
Izzy Award winners are selected by a panel of judges with expertise in independent media. Joining PCIM director Jeff Cohen on the panel for the ninth 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.
- The inaugural Izzy Award in 2009 was shared by blogger Glenn Greenwald and “Democracy Now!” host/executive producer Amy Goodman.
- 2010: Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill.
- 2011: Shared by New York City investigative outlet “City Limits” and author/“Truthdig” cofounder Robert Scheer.
- 2012: Shared by journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous and the investigative outlet Center for Media and Democracy for its work on “ALEC Exposed.”
- 2013: Nonprofit outlet “Mother Jones.”
- 2014: Shared by investigative journalists John Carlos Frey and Nick Turse. Also in 2014, previous Izzy winners Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill were inducted into the newly established I.F. Stone Hall of Fame.
- 2015: Shared by author Naomi Klein (“This Changes Everything”) and investigative journalist David Sirota.
- 2016: Shared by “Inside Climate News” for its series “Exxon: The Road Not Taken” and independent journalists Jamie Kalven (Invisible Institute) and freelancer Brandon Smith for exposing the cover-up of the Chicago police killing of Laquan McDonald. Also in 2016, Amy Goodman was inducted into the I. F. Stone Hall of Fame.