November 2016 | Hillman Foundation

Clear It With Sidney

Notes on journalism for the common good, by Lindsay Beyerstein

November 2016

Sidney's Picks: "Choice" in Rapid City, Life After Pulse

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Rapid City, South Dakota, by JSF539, Creative Commons.

The Best of the Week’s News

  • “Choice” in Rapid City: Kiera Feldman’s moving account of a woman contemplating an abortion in South Dakota 
  • How a survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting overcame survivor guilt and rebuilt his life.  
  • Civil rights leaders say voter suppression tipped the election for Trump. 
  • What a Trump Supreme Court could mean for the union movement

2017 Hillman Prizes: Call for Entries on Now Through January 30

The Sidney Hillman Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Hillman Prizes which honor investigative journalism and commentary in the public interest. Winners exemplify reportorial excellence, storytelling skill, and social justice impact. The 2017 prizes will be given for work published or aired in 2016. Our categories are:

  • Book (nonfiction)
  • Newspaper Reporting (print or online)
  • Magazine Reporting (print or online)
  • Broadcast Journalism (story/series/documentary at least 20 minutes in total package length that aired on television, radio or podcast)
  • Web Journalism (story/series that appeared online but not in print) Open to blogs, photojournalism, and other multimedia projects as well as text.
  • Opinion & Analysis Journalism (commentary and analysis in any medium)
All entries must be received by January 30, 2017There is no fee to enter. A cover letter and the nominated material are the only requirements. View the submission form and application instructions. See previous winners here.
Winners will be announced in April 2017. Each winner is awarded travel to New York City to receive a $5,000 prize and a certificate designed by New Yorker cartoonist, Edward Sorel, at our ceremony to be held Tuesday May 9, 2017 at the New York Times Center.


Sidney's Picks: Trumpocalypse Edition

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Cheetoh-Orange Mushroom Cloud courtesty of MUN2-Nuclear Disarmarment, Creative Commons. 

The Best of the Week’s News

Sidney's Picks: The Dark Side of Trader Joe's & The Rise of Alex Jones

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JeepersMedia, Creative Commons.

The Best of the Week’s News

2017 Canadian Hillman Prize Call for Entries On Now!

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If you’re Canadian, you’ll understand why we chose this “Roll Up the Win To Win” illustration, courtesy of Rick Harris, Creative Commons.

The call for entries for the 2017 Canadian Hillman Prizes is on now through January 13, 2017. The Canadian Hillman recognizes excellence in journalism for the common good. The winner will receive $5000 and a trip to New York City for the Hillman Prize awards ceremony in May. There is no fee to enter.

Click here for the complete rules and eligbility criteria 

Last year, Kathryn Blaze Baum and her team at the Globe & Mail won for their unforgettable submission, “A Country’s Crisis: Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.”

The year before, the honor went to Kevin Donovan, Jesse Brown, Jayme Poisson, Emily Mathieu, Randy Risling for exposing sexual assault and harrassment at all levels of Canadian society.  

Our distinguished Canadian judges are the celebrated journalists Bonnie Brown, and Tony Burman, and the esteemed progressive economist Armine Yalnizyan.