The Sidney Hillman Foundation's annual journalism awards were announced yesterday, via, an ad on the op-ed page of the New York Times (it's not yet on the foundation site).
Among the winners are Faiz Shakir and Amanda Terkel, for their progressive blog, ThinkProgress.org.
Asked for a comment, Shakir, whose family is from Pakistan, told SAJAforum: "To have our work be recognized as journalism is a great testament to the increasing reliability and influence of the blogosphere. I'm not sure if that's an honor for us or a blow to traditional journalism. Either way, I'll take it."
From the about us page of ThinkProgress:
Faiz Shakir is the Research Director at the Center for American Progress and serves as Editor-in-Chief of ThinkProgress.org and The Progress Report. He holds a B.A. degree in Government from Harvard University and a J.D. degree from the Georgetown Law Center. Faiz has previously worked as a Research Associate for the Democratic National Committee, as a Legislative Aide to Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL) on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, and as a communications aide in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. His writings have appeared in the Jerusalem Post, Florida Today, and Salon. Faiz has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and CNBC television, among other places, and has been a guest on many radio shows.
See Shakir's archive of postings here.
More on the awards:
"Since 1950, the Sidney Hillman Foundation has recognized journalists, writers and public figures whose work promotes social and economic justice. These awards reflect the vision and commitment of Hillman, president of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (a predecessor union of UNITE HERE), whose tireless efforts to bring dignity and respect to working people left a lasting legacy for the American public."
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