2017 Hillman Prizes for Journalism

Entry Deadline: January 30

The Sidney Hillman Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2017 Hillman Prizes which honor investigative journalism and commentary in the public interest. Winners exemplify reportorial excellence, storytelling skill, and social justice impact. The 2017 prizes will be given for work published or aired in 2016. Our categories are:

  • Book (nonfiction)
  • Newspaper Reporting (print or online)
  • Magazine Reporting (print or online)
  • Broadcast Journalism (story/series/documentary at least 20 minutes in total package length that aired on television, radio or podcast)
  • Web Journalism (story/series that appeared online but not in print) Open to blogs, photojournalism, and other multimedia projects as well as text.
  • Opinion & Analysis Journalism (commentary and analysis in any medium)


All entries must be received by January 30, 2017

There is no fee to enter

A cover letter and the nominated material are the only reqpirements. View the submission form and application instructions. See previous winners here.

Winners will be announced in April, 2017. Each winner is awarded travel to New York City to receive a $5,000 prize and a certificate designed by New Yorker cartoonist, Edward Sorel, at our ceremony to be held Tuesday May 9, 2017 at the New York Times Center. Submissions will be judged by our distinguished panel of journalists: Ta-Nehisi Coates, national corresuondent, The AtlanticJelani Cobb, staff writer, The New Yorker; Alix Freedman, Global Editor, Ethics and Standards, ReutersHendrik Hertzberg, staff writer,The New Yorker; Harold Meyerson, executive editor, The American Prospect; and Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher, The Nation.

Since 1950, the Sidney Hillman Foundation has honored journalists, writers and public figures who pursue investigative journalism 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. An architect of the New Deal, Hillman fought to build a vibrant union movement extending beyond the shop floor to all aspects of working peoples’s lives. 

For more information, please visit hillmanfoundation.org