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Sidney Awards

For more than fifty years, the Sidney Hillman Foundation has awarded the Hillman prizes, which are among the most prestigious honors in journalism. In 2009, the foundation inaugurated the Sidney, a monthly award for an outstanding piece of socially-conscious journalism. We are looking for investigative work that fosters social and economic justice. Make a nomination.

July, 2015
The Post & Courier wins the July Sidney Award for its coverage of the Emanuel AME church shooting.
The Post and Courier

The Post and Courier distinguished itself with breaking news coverage of the shooting itself, and the hunt for the killer.

Above all, the Post and Courier deserves credit for establishing the shooter’s connection to white supremacism. The paper’s meticulous coverage established that the shooter had ties to organized hate groups.

June, 2015
Maslin Nir wins June Sidney for exposing the rampant exploitation of immigrant women in New York nail salons
The New York Times

Sarah Maslin Nir wins June Sidney for “The Price of Nice Nails” and “Perfect Nails, Poisoned Workers, an investigative series for the New York Times.

May, 2015
Stillman wins May Sidney for investigating the lucrative kidnapping of migrant children on the border
The New Yorker

Sarah Stillman wins May Sidney for “Where are the Children?,” a feature for The New Yorker.

April, 2015
Woodman Wins April Sidney for Exposing Amazon’s Outrageous Noncompete Clauses
The Verge

Spencer Woodman wins the April Sidney for “Amazon makes even temporary warehouse workers sign 18-month non-competes,” an exclusive feature for the Verge.

March, 2015
Daniel Zwerdling wins March Sidney
National Public Radio

Daniel Zwerdling of National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” wins the March Sidney Award for “Injured Nurses,” a four-part series that reveals the shockingly high rate of crippling back injuries among nurses in the face of widespread indifference by hospitals.

February, 2015
Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting Wins February Sidney for Exposing No-Jail Jailers

R.G. Dunlop and Jacob Ryan of the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting win the February Sidney Award for exposing an outrageous system of patronage with their story “Only in Kentucky: Jailers Without Jails.” Due to a quirk in Kentucky’s constitution, 41 counties have a county jailer, but no jail.

January, 2015
L.A Times Team Wins January Sidney for Exposing the Brutal System That Puts Perfect Mexican Produce on U.S. Tables
Los Angeles Times

Richard Marosi and Don Bartletti wins the January Sidney Award for “Product of Mexico,” a multi-media package for the Los Angeles Times documenting the brutal labor practices on Mexican farms that supply tomatoes and other produce to major U.S. retailers including WalMart.

December, 2014
Greg Palast wins December Sidney for Exposing a Defective Database that Endangers the Votes of Millions of People of Color
Al Jazeera America

Greg Palast wins the December Sidney for “Jim Crow Returns,” and “Challenging Crosscheck,” a two-part Al Jazeera America exposé that shows how millions of innocent people were flagged as suspected vote fraudsters just because they have the same first and last name as a voter in another state.

On the eve of the 2014 elections, officials had begun to purge voters based on Crosscheck, with over 40,000 voters being dropped from the rolls in Virginia alone.

November, 2014
Adrian Chen wins November Sidney for spotlighting the workers who keep ‘dick pics’ and beheadings out of your Facebook feed

Adrian Chen wins the November Sidney Award for “Unseen,” a Wired feature about content moderators, the invisible army of contractors who spend their days sifting through all the porn, gore and hate speech that users try to upload to social networks.

October, 2014
McClatchy & ProPublica Win October Sidney for Exposing Multi-Billion-Dollar Tax Fraud by Worker Misclassification

McClatchy and ProPublica win the October Sidney Award for “Contract to Cheat,” a year-long investigation showing that roughly 10 million construction workers are being misclassified as independent contractors. The scam harms workers and cheats taxpayers out of billions of dollars, but regulators have done nearly nothing about it.

Certificate designed by Edward Sorel

The Sidney is awarded monthly to a piece published in an American magazine, newspaper, on a news site, or a blog. Television and radio broadcasts by an American news outlet are also eligible, as are published photography series.

Deadlines are the last day of each month. The piece must have been published in the month preceding the deadline. In the case of magazines, please nominate according to the issue date on the publication, not when it first appeared.

Nominations are accepted for one's own work, or for someone else's.

The Foundation will announce a winner on the second Wednesday of each month. Recipients will be awarded $500, a bottle of union-made wine, and a certificate designed especially for the Sidney by New Yorker cartoonist, Edward Sorel.

If you wish to nominate yourself or a piece by anyone else, please click here for our nomination form.If you have any further questions about the nomination process, please send your inquiry to [email protected]