January 2024 | Hillman Foundation

Clear It With Sidney

The best of the week’s news by Lindsay Beyerstein

January 2024

Sidney's Picks: Texas Defies Supreme Court, Dares POTUS to Respond

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Thomas Hawk, Creative Commons.

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Sidney's Picks: Koch-Backed Supreme Court Challenge Imperils Environment

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Herring fishery, by Deborah Freeman, Creative Commons.

The Best of the Week’s News 

Sidney's Picks: Crackdown on "Ghost Tags" After Sidney-Winning Exposé

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Illustration by Martin Schapiro, courtesy of Streetsblog.

The best of the week’s news

  • Licenses yanked from dozens of car dealerships after Sidney-winning exposé of illegal “ghost tags.” (Streetsblog)  
  • National Labor Relations Board blocks bid to dissolve Starbucks union at Mall of America. (MN Reformer)  
  • Elmore Nickleberry, one of the last living participants in the Memphis sanitation strike of 1968, dies at age 92. (NYT)  
  • The “legitimate shell company” that Oversight Chair James Comer initially denied owning was shut down twice. (Daily Beast)  
  • Big Oil drops eight figures on ads to derail action on the climate crisis. (Guardian)

Sidney's Picks: Starbucks Faces Mounting Pressure

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Mike MozartCreative Commons

The Best of the Week’s News

  • Organizers keep the pressure on Starbucks in 2024. (NYT)
  • Hillman Prize-winner Julie K. Brown discusses the newly unsealed trove of Jeffrey Epstein papers. (NPR)
  • Elon Musk illegally fired eight SpaceX workers for criticizing him, NLRB alleges. (Fortune)
  • Companies like Trader Joes use endless delays to wear down workers seeking their first union contracts. (Guardian) 
  • Nerds Unite: Fantasy role-playing staffers vote to join Workers United. (NYT)
  • Donald Trump received at least $7.8 million from 20 foreign governments during his term in office, House Dems report. (MSNBC)

Announcing the SEIU Award for Reporting on Racial and Economic Justice

The SEIU Award for Reporting on Racial and Economic Justice honors investigative journalists who expose and confront workplace injustice. The award commends journalists whose reporting plumbs the depths of racial discrimination and economic inequality, sparking crucial conversations and driving positive change.

Entries are evaluated on impact, depth of investigation, and quality of storytelling. The SEIU Award aims to inspire workers fighting for justice in the workplace and provide a platform to share the stories of these everyday changemakers. Through this recognition, the SEIU Award celebrates the vital role of investigative journalism in creating a more equitable and inclusive society.

All entries to the 2024 Hillman Prizes for Journalism will be automatically considered for this award.

The SEIU Award will be presented at the annual Hillman Prizes for Journalism celebration in May in New York City.