Submissions for the CANADIAN Hillman Prize in Journalism - Postmark Deadline January 9, 2012

2nd annual Canadian Prize Honours Excellence in Journalism
In Service of the Common Good

* ATTENTION EDITORS AND AWARDS COORDINATORS *

TORONTO, Nov. 2, 2011 /CNW/ - The Sidney Hillman Foundation is now accepting nominations and submissions for the 2012 Canadian Hillman Prize honouring excellence in journalism in service of the common good.

The 2012 prize will be given to a reported piece or series produced, published, broadcast or exhibited in 2011. Eligible entries include reporting in newspapers, magazines, and online, as well as film and broadcast journalism (television and radio), photojournalism, and multi-media. The contest is open to journalists and subjects globally, although the content must have been published in Canada. The postmark deadline for submissions is January 9, 2012.  A winner will be announced in early March 2012.

The winner of the Canadian Hillman Prize will be awarded travel to receive a certificate and a $5,000 prize at a reception to be held Tuesday March 20, 2012 in Toronto. The winner will also get to travel to New York City to participate in the US awards ceremony to be held May 1, 2012. The Canadian winner will be listed among all 2012 Hillman Prize winners in the announcement that runs in the New York Times and be recognized on the Hillman Foundation website.

There is no submission fee. A cover letter and four copies of the nominated material are all that is required. For photojournalism entries, we would most like to see tear sheets (photos as they were published) but scanned work on discs is also acceptable and/or can be supplemental.

Submissions are judged by a distinguished panel of Canadian judges: Jim Stanford, Economist with the Canadian Auto Workers, Canada's largest private-sector trade union and columnist for the Globe and Mail; Laszlo Barna, Gemini Award-winning executive producer with 30 years experience in the dramatic and documentary film and television industry; and Bronwyn Drainie, editor-in-chief of the Literary Review of Canada.

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 workers' lives. 

"The 2011 Hillman Prize submissions demonstrated that journalists in all corners of the country are digging deep to shine a spotlight on the challenging lives of Canadians," said Alex Dagg, Canadian Director of Workers United. "We are very much looking forward to what we will learn from the 2012 submissions and ultimately meeting the winner who will be chosen by our esteemed judges."

Please forward all nominations/submissions to:

Annie Hennessey
Media Profile
500-579 Richmond Street West  Toronto, Ontario
M5V 1Y6
416-342-1839
Annie.Hennessey@mediaprofile.com

For more information and to see past winners, please visit the website at www.hillmanfoundation.org.

SOURCE Sidney Hillman Foundation

For further information:

Annie Hennessey
Media Profile
500-579 Richmond Street West  
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 1Y6
416-342-1839
Annie.Hennessey@mediaprofile.com

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