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Teen Vogue Wins April Sidney Award for Cutting-Edge, Social Justice Coverage

Thursday, April 12, 2018

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New York, N.Y. – Teen Vogue wins the April Sidney Award for its agenda-setting social justice coverage. While best-known for lifestyle stories on fashion and trends for young people, Teen Vogue now also brings them up-to-date on the latest fight for gender, social and economic justice.

The brand has undergone a social justice reinvention over the past few years, garnering much attention for the website’s December 2016 piece “Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America” by Lauren Duca. In January 2018, chief content officer Phillip Picardi welcomed journalist Samhita Mukhopadhyay–who shared a Hillman Prize in 2011–as executive editor, with the goal of further deepening Teen Vogue’s political coverage and amplifying the voices of young activists.

Most recently, Teen Vogue has been at the epicenter of the national debate on gun control that followed the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The outlet dedicated its March cover to the new faces of the gun control movement.

Teen Vogue’s outspoken coverage has put it in the crosshairs of the NRA and the so-called Alt Right. The historic digital cover video showed gun control activist Emma Gonzales ripping up a shooting target, but hostile elements digitally altered it to make it look like she was ripping up the Constitution.

Their social justice coverage also extends to labor issues. They recently published a piece called “What a labor union is and how it works” by Kim Kelly that brings the next generation of workers up-to-speed on organized labor, teachers’ strikes and the pivotal Janus v. AFSCME case before the U.S. Supreme Court. (Janus seeks to block unions from collecting fees for the services they provide to workers who are not union members.)

“Teen Vogue’s political coverage is energizing, educating and entertaining a new generation,” said Sidney judge Lindsay Beyerstein. “They are driving the national conversation in a positive direction.”


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