Clear It With Sidney

Notes on journalism for the common good, by Lindsay Beyerstein

Sidney's Picks: Trump Picks McSecretary of Labor, Attacks Carrier Union Leader 

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Sidney’s Picks: The Best of the Week’s News

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

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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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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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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.

Sidney's Picks: A Texas Refugee Crisis, Digital Redlining, and Informal Employment

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The Best of the Week’s News

Sidney's Picks: Progressive Economics, Journalism, and the Facts About Late-Term Abortions

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Sidney’s Picks: The Best of the Week’s News

Sidney's Picks: Fight for 15 to GOTV, Trump Plays Hooky, & Kratom Gets a Reprieve

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A wild kratom tree, by Dinesh Valke, Creative Commons.

Sidney’s Picks: The Best of the Week’s News

  • The Fight for Fifteen will be doing GOTV in over three dozen cities.
     
  • Trump blows off debate prep…again. 
     
  • Hillman hosted South African labor leader and author Johnny Copelyn, Thursday. 
     
  • The DEA reconsidering its proposed ban after an outpouring of support for the natural painkiller kratom

Copelyn on South African History, Politics, and Labor

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Johnny Copelyn, a former South African labor leader and member of parliament, discussed his new memoir, “Maverick Insider,” in Manhattan on Thursday night. The talk was sponsored by the Sidney Hillman Foundation and hosted by 1199 SEIU. Copelyn was introduced by his longtime friend and colleague Bruce Raynor, the president of the Hillman Foundation. 

Copelyn’s memoir covers his 40-year career in the South African labor movement, starting with the first wave of labor radicalism in 1973 when brick-makers in Durbin shocked the nation by successfully agitating for a raise of one Rand a week. Their success sparked a national trend. Eventually, labor unions became second only to churches as institutions for black South Africans agitating for freedom. 

The South African labor movement was a key ally of the African National Congress. Copelyn explained that such interconnectedness created complications after South Africa’s first multi-racial democratic elections in 1994. Labor was so closely associated with the ruling party that many labor leaders were also government officials. Copelyn argued that this loss of independence was a problem for South African labor because it put union leaders in the uncomfortable position of defending government policies that their membership didn’t necessarily with. Copelyn argued that labor in South Africa has yet to fully recover from this loss of independence. 

Copelyn also discussed the complexities of unions owning and running for-profit businesses, including liquor companies and casinos. The wine served at the talk was supplied by a union-owned South African winery. 

 

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