The Media for a Just Society Awards are the only national recognition of media whose work furthers public understanding of criminal justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, and adult protection issues. We seek stories that illustrate current realities or the promise of reform, especially those that help people understand the complex issues surrounding the nation’s social systems.
Categories include book, film, print/online journalism (longform), print/online journalism (shortform), radio, television/video, and youth media. Past winners have included author Nell Bernstein (Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison), filmmaker Malik Vitthal (Imperial Dreams), journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates ("The Case for Reparations"), author Michelle Alexander (The New Jim Crow), David Simon (creator of HBO’s The Wire), and other illustrious journalists, writers, and filmmakers.
The deadline to submit work from 2015 has passed. Please check back in November for instructions on how to submit 2016 work.
To learn about the 2015 winning pieces, and other past winners, click here.