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Sidney Awards

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.

August, 2012
Gerard Ryle and Kate Willson
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

A 13-journalist team led by International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Director Gerard Ryle and ICIJ reporter Kate Willson won the August Sidney Award for “Skin and Bone,” a sweeping investigation of the largely unregulated global trade in human tissues.

Gerard Ryle
Kate Willson
July, 2012
Monica Potts
American Prospect

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.

Monica Potts
June, 2012
Cindy Chang, Jan Moller, Jonathan Tilove and John Simerman

Cindy Chang, Jan Moller, Jonathan Tilove and John Simerman of the Times-Picayune won the June Sidney Award for their series, Louisiana INCarcerated, which explains how Louisiana became the nation’s prison capital.

Cindy Chang
Jan Moller
Jonathan Tilove
 John Simerman
May, 2012
Duff Wilson and Janet Roberts

Duff Wilson and Janet Roberts of Reuters won the May Sidney Award for their special feature, "How Washington Went Soft on Childhood Obesity."

Janet Roberts
Duff Wilson
April, 2012
Trymaine Lee
Huffington Post

Huffington Post reporter Trymaine Lee has won the April Sidney Award for his coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting.

Trymaine Lee
March, 2012
Ian Frazier
New Yorker

New Yorker writer Ian Frazier won the March Sidney for his account of the strike at the Stella D’oro biscuit company in the Bronx.

February, 2012
Susan Greene
Dart Society Reports

Susan Greene won the February Sidney Award for her shocking look into the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons for Dart Society Reports.

Susan Greene
January, 2012
John Branch
New York Times

New York Times reporter John Branch won the January Sidney for his three-part series on the death of hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard.

John Branch
December, 2011
Sara Ganim
Patriot News

Sara Ganim of the Harrisburg Patriot-News has won the December Sidney Award for her series of investigations exposing the Penn State sex abuse scandal.

Sara Ganim
November, 2011
Irin Carmon

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.

Photo Credit: Lindsay Beyerstein
Irin Carmon accepts the November Sidney

Irin Carmon

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