Park Center for Independent Media

The Park Center for Independent Media, launched in 2008, is a national center for the study of media outlets that create and distribute content outside traditional corporate systems and news organizations. Throughout history, technological and social upheaval have given rise to independent media voices. Today, independent media are growing amid crisis and conglomeration in mainstream journalism, and the rise of the Internet and new forms of media production and distribution. 

The Center's mission is to engage media producers and students in conversation about career paths in independent media, and financially viable ways to disseminate news and information. The center examines the impact of independent media institutions on journalism, democracy, and a participatory culture. Jeff Cohen is the founding director of PCIM. In spring 2010 Maura Stephens joined PCIM as associate director.

Releases by this organization

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Friday, March 10, 2017
Izzy Award to be Shared by Journalists Who Exposed Private Prison Abuses and Voter Suppression Efforts; ‘America Divided’ Docu-Series Also Honored
In a banner year for journalism by non-conglomerate news outlets, the Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM) at Ithaca College has announced the winners of the ninth annual Izzy Award . The award will be shared by Mother Jones senior reporter SHANE BAUER and Nation Institute Investigative Fund...
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Friday, February 26, 2016
Izzy Award to be Shared by Inside Climate News and Chicago Journalists Jamie Kalven and Brandon Smith; Amy Goodman Named to I.F. Stone Hall of Fame
In a year rich with exceptional journalism from non-corporate outlets, the Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM) at Ithaca College has announced the winners of the eighth annual Izzy Award . The honor will be shared by Inside Climate News for its series “Exxon: The Road Not Taken,” and...
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Independent Journalists Naomi Klein and David Sirota Share Annual Izzy Award
Author Naomi Klein and investigative reporter David Sirota are sharing the seventh annual Izzy Award presented by the Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM) at Ithaca College. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in independent media and journalism. The Izzy Award is named in memory of...
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Thursday, December 12, 2013
Nominations Open for Sixth Annual ‘Izzy Award’ for Independent Media
Nominations for the Izzy Award for calendar year 2013 are officially open. The annual honor for outstanding achievement in independent media — named after maverick journalist I. F. “Izzy” Stone — is a project of the Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM) at Ithaca College.
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Center for Media and Democracy Share Izzy Award Honoring Independent Media
The Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College has announced that its fourth annual Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media will be shared by a journalist who reported firsthand on the Tahrir Square uprising in Egypt and a public interest newsgroup that probed efforts by a corporate-funded organization to generate state and federal legislation.
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