Support progressive journalism

By Amanda Marcotte
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 19:00 EDT
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In honor of May Day, I’ll be fortunate enough to be attending the Hillman Awards, an annual group of awards from the Hillman Foundation for excellence in progressive journalism. As part of the blogger committee, I will be tweeting from the awards tonight starting at 6PM, so follow along on Twitter. You can also follow the Hillman Foundation’s feed here

Progressive journalism is a critical part of advancing liberalism, human dignity, and equality, so I ask that you spend this May Day getting to know the work of this year’s winners:

Hillman Prize in Book Journalism
Frank Bardacke
Trampling Out the Vintage: Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the United Farm Workers, Verso Books

Hillman Prize in Opinion & Analysis Journalism
Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic

Hillman Prize in Newspaper Journalism
Heather Vogell, Alan Judd, John Perry
“The Atlanta Schools Cheating Scandal,” The Atlanta Journal Constitution

Honorable Mention: Danny Hakim and Russell Buettner, “Abused and Used: At State
Run Homes Abuse and Impunity,” The New York Times

Hillman Prize in Magazine Journalism
Sarah Stillman
“The Invisible Army,” The New Yorker

Hillman Prize in Broadcast Journalism
Yoav Potash
Crime After Crime,” The Oprah Winfrey Network

Honorable Mention: Anderson Cooper, “Sissy Boy Experiments,” CNN

Hillman Prize in Photojournalism
Katie Falkenberg
“A Lasting Toll,” Los Angeles Times

Honorable mention: Lara Solt, “Unending Battle,” The Dallas Morning News

Hillman Prize in Web Journalism
Seth Freed Wessler
“Thousands of Kids Lost From Parents In U.S. Deportation System,” Colorlines.com

Sol Stetin Award for Labor History
Nelson Lichtenstein
MacArthur Foundation Chair in History
Director of the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy
University of California, Santa Barbara
Central and influential in the field of labor history. Books include: Walter Reuther: the Most Dangerous Man in Detroit (1996) and State of the Union: A Century of American Labor (2002).

The Foundation also announced a special Officers’ Award given to activist, songwriter, and musician Tom Morello for his commitment to workers’ rights.

In addition, I want to point out that American Prospect is in a dire situation. They’re one of the few consistent sources of in-depth reporting on policy and politics from a liberal point of view, and they have a strong history of developing young and upcoming voices in progressive journalism. If they were to go under, it would be a terrible shame, so please, help if you can. They’ve been home to some of my pop culture writing as of late, which has been a real pleasure. My latest piece looks at Karl Rove’s attempt to go “Animal House” on Obama, and why it’s bound to fail. You can read my entire stint as a pop culture writer for them here

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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