The Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM)
at Ithaca College has announced that this year’s Izzy Award
“for outstanding achievement in independent media” will be shared by a publication and three journalists who undertook path-breaking and in-depth reporting in 2018. Earth Island Journal highlighted the connections between environmental degradation, women and indigenous peoples; Laura Flanders provided progressive and internationalist perspectives to American audiences; Dave Lindorff uncovered the opaqueness of Pentagon accounts and bloated military budgets; and Aaron Maté exposed the hollowness and hyperbole of the so-called Russiagate scandal.The presentation of the Izzy Awards will take place on Monday, April 15, at 7 p.m. in Emerson Suites. The event is free and open to the public.
“Laura Flanders’ TV shows have always been filled with the kind of stimulating analyses and insights missing in so much other media coverage,” noted the judges. “But what she’s been especially good at recently is fleshing out the narratives around grassroots-driven solutions to our economy and politics. Her reporting on how Britain’s Preston Model of community wealth building is influencing American activists, along with the British Labour Party’s transformation into a more modern, U.S.-influenced populist movement, spotlights the globalization of ordinary people rising to take control of their political and economic lives.”
As Laura says, “I’m honored and happy to be receiving this award, named after the great I.F. Stone. Thanks-be to the entire The Laura Flanders Show
team (past and present) and to our generous donors and subscribers. Media is a plural noun and a group effort.”