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The Sidney Hillman Foundation honors excellence in journalism in service of the common good.

Our awards and programs honor the legacy and vision of union pioneer and New Deal architect Sidney Hillman.

Clear it with Sidney

by Lindsay Beyerstein

Notes on journalism for the common good

Wed, Sep 17, 2014
by Lindsay Beyerstein

An investigation by the Toronto Star uncovered numerous serious ethical and/or scientific problems with medical trials conducted by Canadian researchers, according to a report published Tuesday:

In 2012, a top Toronto cancer researcher failed to report a respiratory tract infection, severe vomiting and other adverse events.

Sidney Awards

Wed, Sep 10, 2014
Post and Courier Wins September Sidney for Investigation of South Carolina’s Domestic Homicide Crisis

Post and Courier

The grave of Detra Rainey and her four children, who were shot to death by her husband in 2006 in North Charleston.



The 2014 Hillman Prize ceremony was a night to remember! See photo slideshow here. Videos here. Congratulations to all the winners!  The entry deadline for the 2015 Hillman Prize contest will be January 30, 2015.

The 2013 Hillman Officers' Award for Public Service went to garment workers in Bangladesh in memory of Aminul Islam


The Canadian Hillman Prize reception was a huge success. Congratulations to the winners! See photos and video of acceptance speeches.

New and Notable

Join us on Thursday, Sept 11 at 6pm at SEIU 32BJ (25 W. 18th St, Manhattan) for a public forum on sweat shop labor, global supply chains, and what we can do to improve the lives of garment workers in Bangladesh and Cambodia. RSVP.

"Documented," the new documentary by Sidney Award winner, Jose Antonio Vargas, is now showing on CNN. Check listings.

In case you missed "Stuck in Segregation" at the Schomburg Center with Farai Chideya, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Richard Rothstein and Patrick Sharkey, you can watch the livestream video here, and download a PDF of Rothstein's "Segregation Never Really Ended: The Link Between Housing and Education" here.

Hillman hosted a preview screening of Slavery By Another Name with author Douglas Blackmon and director Sam Pollard, moderated by Gerry Hudson. Read about it here. See video of Q&A here.

E.J. Dionne received a special Hillman Award for Career Achievement. Photos and acceptance speech here.