SAVE THE DATE.
April 12. Brave, independent journalists coming to Ithaca.
This year’s Izzy Award ceremony will feature honorees . . .
- ARI BERMAN (The Nation), who revealed the 2016 election scandal of voter suppression targeting people of color and youth
- SHANE BAUER (Mother Jones), who wrote the blockbuster expose: “My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard.”
- SETH FREED WESSLER (Nation Institute Investigative Fund), who exposed neglect and avoidable deaths inside U.S. for-profit prisons designated for non-citizens.
You’ll also meet the creators of a powerful docu-series on US structural inequality, “AMERICA DIVIDED,” which is receiving a special documentary honor. The series illuminated various issues, including environmental racism, worker exploitation, and mass incarceration.
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.
“The election of the next president is not yet a done deal. Electors of conscience can still do the right thing for the good of the country. Presidential electors have the legal right and a constitutional duty to vote their conscience.”
— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) December 8, 2016
Atul Singh is the Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Fair Observer (fairobserver.com). He teaches Political Economy at the University of California, Berkeley and at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar where he also teaches World History.
His lecture is Tuesday, November 29, 6:30pm in CNS 112.
These days the fourth estate is not doing so well. Apathy and ignorance have proved to be tougher enemies than repression and censorship. Shortening attention spans in the era of mobile phones do not help. Nonstop stimulation of the mind via social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat has turned people away from deep explanatory journalism. Besides, the Internet has destroyed the business model of newspapers and there are now five jobs in public relations for every job in journalism. People are also retreating to echo chambers where they only hear what they agree with in an age of increasing social fragmentation.
This retreat to superficiality and insularity is occurring at a time when iPhones are built in China, sneakers are made in Vietnam and software is created in India. With every passing day, the destinies of over 7 billion people are increasingly intertwined. It is no longer enough to know about one’s neighborhood, city or country. One has to be cognizant of what is going on around the world even if one does not understand it. The Islamic State is a classic case in point.
At some point, we will have to rethink and recreate our political systems, economic models and social frameworks in the light of the new challenges we face. We will have to ask critical questions again. We will have to focus on issues that matter, understand context and listen to a plurality of perspectives that cut across borders, backgrounds and beliefs. Eventually, we have to change the way we live as a species if we want to survive. In brief, we are all global citizens and we now have no alternative but to engage in a global discourse. Yet the role of the fourth estate is more critical than ever. The key question is who will play it and how.
Cosponsored by the Roy H. Park School of Communications, the Department of Journalism, and the Honors Program.
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