Canadian journalists eligible for prestigious Hillman Prize

2020.01.09

(Graphic adapted from screen capture at www.HillmanFoundation.org)

The call for entries for the 2020 Canadian Hillman Prize, which honours excellence in journalism in service of the common good, is now open.

There is no fee to enter work that was published or broadcast in Canada in 2019 and was widely accessible to a Canadian audience. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 15.

The winner receives $5,000 and a certificate at a reception in Toronto on March 26 and will be invited to attend the U.S. awards ceremony in New York City on May 4.

Last year’s Canadian prize went to the team at CBC’s The Fifth Estate for its 2018 investigation Unbuckled: School Bus Safety. Sharing the honours were CWA Canada / Canadian Media Guild members Harvey Cashore, Bob McKeown, Kimberly Ivany, Aileen McBride, Saman Malik, Doug Husby, and Lisa Mayor.

The Hillman Prize “seeks out 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.”

The Sidney Hillman Foundation, established in 1946 as a memorial to a union leader who had become “the spokesman for progressive industrial democracy” in the United States, launched the prize program in 1950. It now bestows awards in six categories (book, broadcast, magazine, newspaper, opinion/analysis, and web).

The Canadian Hillman Prize was inaugurated in 2011.

Judges of this year’s Canadian entries include Tony Burman, former chief news editor of CBC News and managing director of Al Jazeera English; Garvia Bailey, arts journalist, broadcaster and producer; and Bonnie Brown, longtime documentary and news producer at CBC Radio and Television.

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