The Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Prize is an award of $500 given to an article or series of articles that furthers the understanding of the history of working people. The prize will be given to insightful work that contributes to the understanding of labor history, shows creativity, demonstrates excellence in writing, and adheres to the highest journalistic standards of accuracy. The work should be published – in print or online – in a union or workers’ center publication or by an independent journalist.
By sponsoring this award we hope to inspire more great writing for a general audience about the history of work, workers, and their organizations.
The award is co-sponsored by LaborArts; Metro New York Labor Communications Council; the NYC Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO; and the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at NYU’s Tamiment Library.
The winner of the first award will be announced at the Tamiment Library on October 15, 2015, during a forum about the history of labor journalism.
We are guided by the vision of the late Debra E. Bernhardt, who worked in so many different realms to share the hidden histories of working people. As head of the Wagner Labor Archives she reached out to an astonishing number of people and organizations, to document undocumented stories and unrecognized contributions, and to make links between past and present.