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Notes on journalism for the common good
by Lindsay Beyerstein

#Sidney's Picks: Walmart's Hunger Games; FBI's Stupid Reporter Trick


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NYC-Subsidized Construction Firms Owe Millions to Their Own Workers

The Daily News reveals that contractors recruited by New York City to build affordable housing owe their own workers millions of dollars in unpaid wages:Continue reading...

Sidney's Picks: Walmart Workers Hold Historic Sit-Down Strike

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"Pregnant and No Civil Rights"

Adrian Chen Wins November Sidney for Wired Feature on the FB Mods Fighting the Rising Tide of Dick Pics

Adrian Chen, a rising journalistic star known for his coverage of the digital world, is the winner of this month's Sidney Award for his Wired feature, "Unseen," which introduces the reader to a hidden army of content moderators who battle to keep dick pics, child porn, gory traffic accident footage, and beheading videos off Facebook and other social networking sites. Continue reading...

2015 Hillman Prizes in Journalism: Call for Entries Now Open!

The Sidney Hillman Foundation is now accepting entries for the 2015 Hillman Prizes which honor investigative journalism and commentary in the public interest. Winners exemplify resourcefulness and courage in reporting, skilled storytelling, social impact and relevance to the ideals of Sidney Hillman.

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John Oliver on Why State Legislatures Matter More Than the U.S. Senate

John Oliver explains why state legislatures, aka "the meth labs of democracy," matter more to the average American's day-to-day life than which party controls the U.S. Senate.

Hint: Unlike our federal legislators, State leges pass a ton of laws...and ALEC writes them. 

Sidney's Picks: Rogue Drills, White Supremacy, and Other Scary Stuff

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The Undocumented Immigrants Who Rebuilt New York After Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy damaged or destroyed more than 650,000 homes in New York. At least 4000 day laborers toiled to clean up the mess. An estimated 75% of these workers were undocumented migrants, an atypically high percentage. Most hailed from Mexico or other Latin American countries. Continue reading...