For more than fifty years, the Sidney Hillman Foundation has awarded the Hillman prizes, which are among the most prestigious honors in journalism. In 2009, the foundation inaugurated the Sidney, a monthly award for an outstanding piece of socially-conscious journalism. We are looking for investigative work that fosters social and economic justice. Make a nomination.
American Prospect reporter Monica Potts has won the July Sidney Award for her portrait of poverty and enterprise in Appalachia. "Pressing on the Upward Way" tells the story of Sue Christian and her family as they struggle to create opportunities for themselves in America’s poorest county.
Huffington Post reporter Trymaine Lee has won the April Sidney Award for his coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting.
Salon’s Irin Carmon won the November Sidney Award for “The Next Front in the Abortion Wars: Birth Control,” a look into how a Mississippi initiative could ban abortion, criminalize birth control, and challenge Roe v. Wade.
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Irin Carmon accepts the November Sidney
Certificate designed by Edward Sorel
The Sidney is awarded monthly to a piece published in an American magazine, newspaper, on a news site, or a blog. Television and radio broadcasts by an American news outlet are also eligible, as are published photography series.
Deadlines are the last day of each month. The piece must have been published in the month preceding the deadline. In the case of magazines, please nominate according to the issue date on the publication, not when it first appeared.
Nominations are accepted for one's own work, or for someone else's.
The Foundation will announce a winner on the second Wednesday of each month. Recipients will be awarded $500, a bottle of union-made wine, and a certificate designed especially for the Sidney by New Yorker cartoonist, Edward Sorel.
If you wish to nominate yourself or a piece by anyone else, please click here for our nomination form.If you have any further questions about the nomination process, please send your inquiry to email@example.com