Accepts entries starting
Entry Deadline January 31, 2014
Decision Date April 1, 2014
Ceremony Date May 6, 2014
Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

Since 1950, the Sidney Hillman Foundation has honored journalists who pursue investigative reporting and deep storytelling in service of the common good. Sidney Hillman was the founding president of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union of America, a predecessor union of Workers United, SEIU. Sidney Hillman, an architect of the New Deal, fought to build a vibrant union movement extending beyond the shop floor to all aspects of workers’ lives.

Notable Winners

2014 Winners:

• Book Journalism - Ira Katznelson, "Fear Itself"
- Liveright Publishing Corp, a division of W. W. Norton & Co.

• Newspaper Journalism - Pat Beall, "Private Prisons: Profit, Politics, Pain"
- The Palm Beach Post

• Magazine Journalism - Jonathan Cohn, "The Hell of American Daycare"
- The New Republic

• Broadcast Journalism - Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Bud Bultman, Roni Selig, Melissa Dunst Lipman, Carl Graf, Saundra Young,
“Weed: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports”

• Web journalism - Craig Wlech & Steve Ringman, "Sea Change: The Pacific's Perilous Turn"
- The Seattle Times and the Puliter Center on Crisis Reporting

• Opinion and Analysis - Digby aka Healterh Parton, "Hullabaloo"


Rose Marie Arce
Senior Producer, CNN

Hendrik Hertzberg
Senior Editor, The New Yorker

Susan Meiselas
Photographer, Author,
Magnum Photos

Harold Meyerson
Editor at Large,

The American Prospect
Katrina vanden Heuvel
Editor and Publisher, The Nation

Monetary/Material Award Details

$5,000 + Travel to New York City for award ceremony, and certificate

Eligibility Requirements

The contest is open to journalists and subjects globally, although work must have been intended for and widely accessible to a U.S. audience. You may nominate your own work or someone else's

Entry Fee Details

Required Material

Material for each prize:

1. Book (bound volumes and eBooks)

2. Newspaper Journalism (story or series/in print or online) 

3. Magazine Journalism (story or series/in print or online) 

4. Broadcast Journalism (story or series/at least 20 minutes in total package length) Open to television, web TV, radio, podcast, and documentary film.

5. Web Journalism (publication/story or series/multimedia) Open to blogs, photojournalism, computer-assisted reporting, new investigative tools, mapping, crowd sourcing, and other multimedia projects. Entries should feature both text and visual components.

6. Opinion & Analysis Journalism (any medium) Includes all types of advocacy, opinion, commentary and analysis, normally short-form and/or frequent, regardless of medium. Open to newspaper and magazine columnists, TV and radio presenters, podcasters, blogs, and bloggers.

Entry Format

Entry is through the online Submission form. It has category-specific instructions as well as a box to enter your cover letter.

You may upload your files, provide URL's and/or mail copies to the office depending on the category-specific instructions. If sending tear sheets (preferred for large Newspaper series), applicants should indicate with a highlighter or sticker which article is being submitted on each page.

Please mail all hard copy submissions (that are not uploaded online) to:
The Sidney Hillman Foundation 12 West 31st St., 12th fl.
New York, NY 10001

Contact Information

Alexandra Lescaze
646-448-6413 [email protected]

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