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2020 Hillman Prizes: Call For Entries on Now!

Attention journalists, editors, and awards coordinators, the call for entries for the 2020 Hillman Prizes in Journalism is on now!

The Hillman Prizes honor investigative journalism and commentary in service of the common good. 

Prizes are awarded in the following categories:

  • Book
  • Newspaper
  • Magazine 
  • Broadcast 
  • Web
  • Opinion & Analysis 

Each prize consists of a $5000 honorarium and travel to New York City to attend the awards ceremony. 

Deadline for applications is January 30, 2020. 

Click here for full details and to enter.

Sidney's Picks: The Religious Right, the Bolivian Coup, and Uber's Big Tax Bill

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Bolivian Cityscape, Belinda Grasnik, Creative Commons. 

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  • Fundamentalist Christian legislators have seized Bolivia in a coup and unleashed a wave of anti-indigenous violence. 
  • New Jersey hits Uber with $640 million tax bill for misclassifying employees as contractors. 

Sidney's Picks: Life in the Shadows, ParaSites, and Jim Jordan

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Rep. Jim Jordan. Photo by Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons. 

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2020 Canadian Hillman Prize, Call For Entries: Open Now Through January 15

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Victor To, Creative Commons. 

Attention, journalists, editors, and awards coordinators:

The Sidney Hillman Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Canadian Hillman Prize honouring excellence in investigative journalism!

The Canadian Hillman Prize celebrates print, digital and broadcast reporting that highlights injustice and leads to public policy change. 

Winning entries will be judged on the following criteria: 

  • Significance of journalism in service of the common good
  • Resourcefulness and courage in reporting 
  • Skill in relating the story and impact of the coverage

Eligibility: Entries must be published or broadcast in 2019 and have been made widely available to a Canadian audience. Nominated material and a cover letter explaining how the entry meets the requirements can be submitted here. Deadline: January, 15, 2020. There is no fee to enter.

The Canadian Hillman Prize winner will be honoured at a ceremony in Toronto on March 26, 2020 and be awarded a certificate, $5,000 honorarium, and travel to New York City for the U.S awards ceremony in May.

Sidney's Picks: Teachers' Victory, Coal's Betrayal, Warren's Biggest Plan Yet

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Charles Edward Miller, Creative Commons. 

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Sidney's Picks: Chicago Teachers, Eastman Scandal, Red Thursdays

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Marc-John Dombrowski, Creative Commons. 

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Sidney's Picks: Bare Knuckle Bankruptcy and the Betrayal of the Kurds

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Seuss, Creative Commons. Photo from Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame in Bellfast, NY.

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Sidney's Picks: Skies Wide Shut, Radical Climate Solutions, and GM Strikers

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Ant and Carrie Coleman, Creative Commons. 

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Hillman Announces Launch of ‘Reporting the U.S. Workplace’ at Newmark J-School

The Sidney Hillman Foundation is launching a unique training program for reporters aimed at improving the country’s understanding of issues around work and labor. ‘Reporting the U.S. Workplace’ will be hosted at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. Tom Robbins, the J-School’s Investigative Journalist in Residence, will serve as the program’s convener.

At a time when few news organizations have full-time reporters on the labor beat, this first-of-its kind initiative will bring print, broadcast and digital journalists to the school in New York City for two days of advanced workshops on how to cover these critical issues. The program is scheduled for Jan. 9-10, 2020. The program pays all expenses including transportation, hotel and food.

Among the confirmed faculty are: Steven Greenhouse, veteran New York Times labor reporter; Michael Grabell, who covers labor, economy and trade for ProPublica; Amy Julia Harris, reporter at the New York Times, Sharon Block, executive director of Harvard’s Labor and Worklife Program; Heidi Shierholz, Senior Economist and Director of Policy at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) in Washington, DC; and Janice Fine, associate professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University. Robbins, Greenhouse, Block, and Dorian Warren, executive director of the Center for Community Change, are on the program’s advisory board. 

Reporters who are interested in attending the program should apply here. The deadline for applications is Nov 25. 2019 but will be considered on a first-come basis.

Full announcement here

Sidney's Picks: Salmon, James Franco, and Kickstarter

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Charles Burns, Creative Commons.

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