In a banner year for journalism by non-conglomerate news outlets, the Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM) has announced the ninth annual Izzy Award will be shared by Mother Jones senior reporter SHANE BAUER and Nation Institute Investigative Fund reporter SETH FREED WESSLER who, working independently, revealed major abuses at for-profit U.S. prisons; and by The Nation senior contributing writer ARI BERMAN, who exposed voter suppression.
A “special documentary honor” will be conferred on “AMERICA DIVIDED,” a docu-series that powerfully illuminates structural inequality in the United States.
The Izzy Award, presented for outstanding achievement in independent media, is named after the late I.F. “Izzy” Stone, the dissident journalist who launched I.F. Stone’s Weekly in 1953 and challenged McCarthyism, racial injustice, the Vietnam War and government deceit.
The award ceremony will be held in Ithaca in April; details to be announced.
Full release here.
Democracy Now! broke the news this morning.
Call for Proposals
Radical Libraries, Archives, and Museums
Allied Media Conference 2017
Conference Dates: June 15-18, 2017
Location: Detroit, MI
Submission Deadline: March 12, 2017
Libraries, archives, and museums (LAM) are more than places for collecting and storing books and exhibiting artifacts. LAMs can be living, transformative spaces where artists, educators, technologists, and activists convene to access, document, share, organize, and find solutions to issues that impact their communities. We welcome proposals for sessions that will be accessible to participants of all ages and backgrounds, and interpret the work of galleries, libraries, archives, and museums through the lens of media-based organizing. In previous years, we have covered subjects such as restorative justice practices in teen librarianship, starting seed libraries, zine libraries, tool libraries, and community archives that center the narratives of people of color.
We are especially interested in sessions that:
– Challenge traditional gallery, library, archive, and museum structures, institutions, and organizations
– Discuss best practices for community-based organizations that provide books, technology or internet access, creative materials, or collaborative opportunities centering people of color, queer and gender nonconforming folks, disabled people, incarcerated people, and undocumented people
– Consider the role of librarians, archivists, and curators in strengthening the knowledge, culture, and collective memory of communities impacted by social and economic disparity and state sanctioned violence
– Address racism, white supremacy, and issues of inclusion in galleries, libraries, archives, or museums
Beyond the themes outlined above, if the idea of radical libraries, archives and museums resonates with you, we’d love to hear from you. The deadline to submit proposals is March 12th. Please feel free to reach out to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or one of the other track coordinators on the Allied Media website if you have any questions.