The Sidney Hillman Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Canadian Hillman Prize honouring excellence in journalism in the public interest. The Hillman Prize seeks out top investigative reporting that draws attention to social or economic injustice and hopefully leads to corrective measures. We strive to recognize discernment of a significant news story, resourcefulness and courage in reporting, skill in relating the story and the impact of the coverage.
Past Canadian Hillman Prize winners include The Toronto Star for “Sexual Assault and Harassment in Canada — from Jian Ghomeshi to College Campuses,” CBC’s Investigative Unit and the fifth estate for “Scout’s Honour,” Ottawa Citizen’s Glen McGregor and Post Media News’ Stephen Maher for their robocalls investigation, Edmonton Journal‘sKaren Kleiss and Calgary Herald’s Darcy Henton for an investigation into the death of children in provincial care and Hamilton Spectator’s Steve Buist for “Code Red”.
The 2016 Canadian Hillman Prize will be given to a reported piece or series published or broadcast in 2015. Eligible entries include reporting in newspapers, magazines and online, as well as broadcast journalism (television and radio), tablets and multi-media. The contest is open to journalists and subjects globally, although the content must have been published in Canada and have been widely available to a Canadian audience.
The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2016.
The winner of the 2016 Canadian Hillman Prize will be announced in mid-March and be awarded travel to receive a $5,000 honorarium and certificate at a reception to be held on Thursday March 31, 2016 in Toronto. The winner will also travel to New York City to participate in the U.S. Hillman Prize ceremony to be held May 3, 2016. The Canadian winner will be listed among all Hillman Prize winners on the Hillman Foundation website.
There is no entry fee. Submission of a cover letter explaining why the entry meets the required criteria and the nominated material is all that is required. These can be entered online at the link below.
This year’s entries will be judged by a distinguished panel of Canadian judges: Tony Burman, previously managing director of Al Jazeera English, chief news editor of CBC News, and currently the Research Chair in News Media and Technology at Ryerson’s School of Journalism; Armine Yalnizyan, senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives who has weekly appearances on CBC Radio and Television, and Bonnie Brown, television documentary producer and radio news producer at CBC for 16 years.
Since 1950, the Sidney Hillman Foundation has honoured journalists, writers and public figures who pursue social justice and public policy for 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 working peoples’ lives.
“Assembling the resources to produce investigative, socially significant stories in an environment where infotainment floods the media is always a challenge,” said Alex Dagg, Director of Operations for the National Hockey League Players Association and Hillman board member. “But such is the dedication of Canadian reporters and editors that the Hillman Prize competition always proves that no matter the obstacles, journalists will find a way to tell their stories. We are very much looking forward to seeing this year’s entries.”
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