Sidney Hillman Foundation in the United States welcomes applications and nominations for the Hillman Prize in 2021.
The Hillman Prizes recognizes the importance of investigative journalism and commentary in service of the general good. Recipients of the award represent reportorial excellence, storytelling aptitude, and social justice influence. There is no fee to enter. There is no restriction to the amount of entries one outlet or publication may enter.
The demise of Sidney Hillman was seen as a profound personal loss by men and women in generally. Not long after, the union, which he had led since its establishment in 1914, was overwhelmed with requests to establish a living monument to the man who had become the spokesperson for progressive industrial democracy. The General Executive Board of the A.C.W.A reacted on November 17, 1946, by voting to create The Sidney Hillman Foundation.
On December 11, 1946, the Board donated the first $100,000 to the Foundation, and more contributions came from a lot of other sources, remarkably from Amalgamated members, natives, and joint boards; from the Textile Workers Union, which Hillman helped establish, and from the clothing producers, who had long acknowledged that Hillman had done more than anyone else to bring stability to a chaotic sector. Within a few months, a fund of $1,000,000 was obtained, and early in 1947, the Board of Directors voted the first awards.
In its first years, the Sidney Hillman Foundation made awards of tens of thousands of dollars for scholarship grants, research, and lecture series on college campuses. The Foundation has also awarded several large grants to assist medical research at the Sidney Hillman Health Centers in Philadelphia and New York.
Since 1950, the Sidney Hillman Foundation has reverenced journalists, writers and public figures that seek investigative journalism and public policy in service of the general good. Sidney Hillman was the creation president of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, a precursor union of Workers United, SEIU. Sidney Hillman, an architect of the New Deal, strived to build a vivacious union movement spreading beyond the shop floor to all areas of working people’s lives.
Worth of Award
- Beneficiaries are granted travel to New York City to obtain a $5,000 prize and a certificate at the awards occasion.
Eligibility for Sidney Hillman Foundation Award
Categories are as follows:
- Book (bound volumes and ebooks)
- Newspaper Journalism (story or series/in print or online)
- Magazine Journalism (story or series/in print or online)
- Broadcast Journalism (story/series/documentary minimum of 20 minutes in total package duration that has aired on television, radio or podcast)
- Web Journalism (story/series that did not appear in print) Available to blogs, photojournalism, and other multimedia projects and also text.
- Opinion & Analysis Journalism (any medium) Comprises all types of advocacy, commentary and analysis, opinion, typically short-form and/or frequent, irrespective of medium. Available to newspaper and magazine contributors, TV and radio presenters, blogs, podcasters, and bloggers.
- The competition is available to journalists and subjects internationally, although work should have been intended for and be broadly accessible to a U.S. audience.
- You may put forward your own work or someone else’s.
- You may put in on your own, or be nominated by your organization.
How to Apply for Sidney Hillman Foundation Award
- Please click on the box at the bottom of their page to enter for the contest.
- You will see category-specific details and also a textbox to submit your cover letter.
- You may upload files, submit URL’s and/or mail copies to their office but you are required to complete the form or they will not have a record of your application.
The call for applications for the 2021 Sidney Hillman Foundation award is now open. The closing date is January 30, 2021.
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