The Sidney Award

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The Sidney Award
Awarded forJournalism
CountryUnited States
Presented byThe Sidney Hillman Foundation
First awarded2009

The Sidney Award is a monthly journalism award given out by The Sidney Hillman Foundation to "an outstanding piece of socially-conscious journalism."[1] It is awarded to work published in an American magazine, newspaper, on a news site or a blog, or a photographic series. A broadcast by an American television or radio news outlet also qualifies for the award, it focuses on investigative work that nurtures social and economic consciousness.

The Sidney Hillman Foundation has been handing out various prizes in the discipline of journalism for more than fifty years, the Sidney Award was launched in 2009.[2]

The Foundation announces the monthly winner on the second Wednesday of each month.[1] Recipients are awarded $500, a bottle of union-made wine, and a certificate designed especially for the Sidney by New Yorker cartoonist Edward Sorel.[3]

Nominations can be made by anyone.[4]


Year Month Author Title Organization
2014 December Palast, Greg Jim Crow Returns and Voting-Rights Groups Challenge Electoral Purges Al Jazeera America
2014 November Chen, Adrian Unseen Wired
2014 October Ordoñez, Franco; Locke, Mandy; Jones, Ryann Grochowski; Raynor, David Contract to Cheat McClatchyDC and ProPublica
2014 September Pardue, Doug; Smith, Glenn; Hawes, Jennifer Berry; Natalie Caula Hauff Till Death Do Us Part The Post and Courier
2014 August Root, Jay Hurting for Work The Texas Tribune
2014 July Kaplan, Esther Losing Sparta: The Bitter Truth About the Gospel Of Productivity The Virginia Quarterly Review
2014 June Schwartzapfel, Beth[5] The Great American Chain Gang The American Prospect
2014 May Hayes, Chris The New Abolitionism The Nation
2014 April Miller, Carol Marbin and Burch, Audra D.S. Innocents Lost Miami Herald
2014 March Marvit, Moshe How Crowdworkers Became the Ghosts in the Digital Machine The Nation
2014 February Hess, Amanda[6] Why Women Aren't Welcome on the Internet Pacific Standard
2014 January Thompson, Gabriel The Caretakers Golf Digest
2013 December Updike, Nancy and Hannah-Jones, Nikole House Rules based on Segregation Now This American Life and ProPublica
2013 November Kirk, Michael et al. League of Denial: the NFL's Concussion Crisis Frontline
2013 October Twohey, Megan The Child Exchange Reuters
2013 September Stein, Sam Reporting on the effects of sequestration, including Sequestration's Biggest Victim: The Public Defender System and Sequestration Forces Scientist To Euthanize His Genetically Modified Rabbits The Huffington Post
2013 August Kocieniewski, David A Shuffle of Aluminum, but to Banks, Pure Gold The New York Times
2013 July Grabell, Michael[7] The Expendables: How the Temps Who Power Corporate Giants Are Getting Crushed ProPublica
2013 June Frey, John Carlos et al. Crossing the line at the border: Dying to get back Need to Know
2013 May Manik, Julfikar Ali; Greenhouse, Steven; Yardley, Jim Last Hope in Ruins: Bangladesh’s Race to Save Shaheena, The Most Hated Bangladeshi, Toppled From a Shady Empire, Major Retailers Join Bangladesh Safety Plan, Abercrombie & Fitch Signs Bangladesh Safety Plan The New York Times
2013 April Gantz, Joe and Gantz, Harry American Winter HBO Documentary Films
2013 March Brill, Steven Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us Time Magazine
2013 February Ortega, Bob False-negative results found in HPV testing The Arizona Republic
2013 January Patton, Leslie[8] McDonald’s $8.25 Man and $8.75 Million CEO Shows Pay Gap Bloomberg
2012 December Eidelson, Josh Historic Walmart Strikes Hit 100 Cities (Final Update: 9:20 PM) and With Biggest Strike Against Biggest Employer, Walmart Workers Make History Again The Nation
2012 November Moore, Jina Below the line: Poverty in America Christian Science Monitor
2012 October Chavkin, Sasha; Barry-Jester, Anna Maria; Greene, Ronnie Mystery in the Fields The Center for Public Integrity
2012 September Schwartzel, Erich and Rendleman, Julia Fouled Waters: Woodlands residents search for ways to survive without clean water Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
2012 August Ryle, Gerard and Willson, Kate Skin And Bone: The Shadowy Trade In Human Body Parts The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
2012 July Potts, Monica Pressing On the Upward Way The American Prospect
2012 June Chang, Cindy; Moller, Jan; Tilove, Jonathan; Simerman, John Louisiana Incarcerated: How we built the world's prison capital The Times-Picayune
2012 May Wilson, Duff and Roberts, Janet How Washington went soft on childhood obesity Reuters
2012 April Lee, Trymaine Trayvon Martin's Family Calls For Arrest Of Man Who Police Say Confessed To Shooting The Huffington Post
2012 March Frazier, Ian Out of the Bronx: Private equity and the cookie factory The New Yorker
2012 February Greene, Susan The Gray Box: An investigative look at solitary confinement Dart Society Reports
2012 January Branch, John Derek Boogaard: A Boy Learns to Brawl The New York Times
2011 December Ganim, Sara Who knew what about Jerry Sandusky? There were many missed chances to investigate as early as 1995 The Patriot-News
2011 November Carmon, Irin The next front in the abortion wars: Birth control Salon
2011 October Soper, Spencer Inside Amazon's Warehouse The Morning Call
2011 September Bottari, Mary and Graves, Lisa[9] ALEC Exposed: Milton Friedman's Little Shop of Horrors and ALEC Exposed: The Koch Connection The Nation
2011 August Gogola, Tom Bycatch 22: As a twisted consequence of overfishing regulations, commercial fishermen have no choice but to catch sea bass, flounder, monkfish, and tuna—and throw them dead back into the sea New York Magazine
2011 June Vargas, Jose Antonio My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant The New York Times
2011 May Sallah, Michael; Barry, Rob; Miller, Carol Marbin; Fadely, Chuck Neglected to Death The Miami Herald
2011 April Popper, Nathaniel Ikea's U.S. factory churns out unhappy workers Los Angeles Times
2011 March Kocieniewski, David G.E.’s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether The New York Times
2011 February Sargent, Greg Big majority of Wisconsin independents wants Walker to compromise and Right-leaning think tank says Rove group "misrepresented" its data in ad attacking public employee unions The Plum Line
2011 January Simon, Joel et al. The Committee to Protect Journalists The Committee to Protect Journalists
2010 December Delany, Arthur and Grim, Ryan The Poorhouse: Aunt Winnie, Glenn Beck, And The Politics Of The New Deal the Huffington Post
2010 November Berkes, Howard CEO Of Massey Energy Announces Retirement National Public Radio
2010 October Colloff, Pamela Innocence Lost Texas Monthly
2010 September Savage, Dan It Gets Better Project It Gets Better Project
2010 August Greene, Ronnie Tiny toxic Florida town takes on a corporate Goliath The Miami Herald
2010 July Luce, Edward The crisis of middle-class America The Financial Times
2010 June McClelland, Mac Depression, Abuse, Suicide: Fishermen's Wives Face Post-Spill Trauma Mother Jones
2010 May Powell, Michael Blacks in Memphis Lose Decades of Economic Gains The New York Times
2010 April Struck, Doug Buying carbon offsets may ease eco-guilt but not global warming The Christian Science Monitor
2010 March Halperin, Alex Drill, Maybe Drill? The American Prospect
2010 February Barstow, David Tea Party Lights Fuse for Rebellion on Right The New York Times
2010 January Cooper, Anderson In the Midst of Looting Chaos CNN
2009 December Judt, Tony What Is Living and What Is Dead in Social Democracy? The New York Review of Books
2009 November Jamieson, Dave Health Care's Frequent Fliers: The Treatment of Kenny Farnsworth The Washington Post
2009 October Bolger, Katy The Forgotten Navajo: People in Need Pavement Pieces
2009 September Gonnerman, Jennifer Last Home Standing New York Magazine
2009 August Gabrielson, Ryan and Reese, Michelle Private school tax credits rife with abuse The East Valley Tribune
2009 July Taibbi, Matt The Great American Bubble Machine Rolling Stone
2009 June Cruz, Victoria Best Couple WNYC

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  1. ^ a b "Sidney Awards". Sidney Hillman Foundation. Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Client Spotlight: Sidney Hillman Foundation". Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  3. ^ "Sidney Awards". April 26, 2011. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  4. ^ Archived 2015-02-16 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Beth Schwartzapfel Wins Sidney Award for Prospect's Prison Labor Exposé". June 11, 2014. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  6. ^ "Slate Writer Amanda Hess Wins Sidney Award for Examining Online Sexism". February 17, 2014. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  7. ^ "ProPublica's 'Temp Land' Investigation Wins Sidney Award". July 10, 2013. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  8. ^ "Bloomberg wins January Sidney award". January 9, 2013. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  9. ^ "CMD and The Nation Magazine Win the Sidney Award for Investigative Journalism". September 14, 2011. Retrieved February 24, 2015.

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