2009 Videos & Transcripts

The video clips posted on the following pages show portions of the I.F. Stone Medal presentation and panel discussion held at American University on October 1, 2009. The transcripts for each section may include comments that were not captured on tape.

Welcome – Part I
Larry Kirkman, Dean, American University School of Communication

Good evening. I’m Larry Kirkman, dean of the School of Communication. On behalf of our faculty, students and alumni, welcome to American University. I want to thank the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and its curator Bob Giles for selecting the School of Communication to host this ceremony. And, a special thanks to Jeremy Stone for his support and vision.

It is our great honor to host the I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence. I. F. Stone’s Weekly represents core values and goals of the American University School of Communication. We are here to inspire and train the next generation of public affairs reporters, with the knowledge and know-how, ideals and determination to present the evidence and testimony that drive public debate, to speak truth to power, to hold governments and corporations accountable.

In the spirit of I.F. Stone and Jon Alpert, the School is a laboratory for innovation in public service media.

Our Investigative Reporting Workshop, Center for Social Media and J-Lab: the Institute for Interactive Journalism are exploring new ways to do journalism and new ways to engage and involve the public. And we are developing and incubating new models for supporting and sustaining independent journalism and documentary filmmaking.

In the spirit of I.F. Stone, we are dedicated to exposing the data and documents that explain the most complex public problems, who benefits and who suffers. In the spirit of Jon Alpert, we are dedicated to giving voice to those whose struggles to improve their lives are neglected or altogether denied.

The I.F. Stone Weekly and Downtown Community Television embody the ideal of communication as a human right.

In the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19 claims that “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

NEXT: 2009 Welcome – Part II