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
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
“The Invisible Army,” The New Yorker
Hillman Prize in Broadcast Journalism
“Crime After Crime,” The Oprah Winfrey Network
Honorable Mention: Anderson Cooper, “Sissy Boy Experiments,” CNN
Hillman Prize in Photojournalism
“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
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.