2018 Finalists

2018 Finalists

NCCD is proud to announce this year’s finalists for the annual Media for a Just Society Awards. These awards are the only national recognition of media whose work furthers public understanding of social justice issues. Finalists were chosen from more than 150 nominations and submissions in six categories.


Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women
The New Press
Susan Burton and Cari Lynn

Chokehold: Policing Black Men
The New Press
Paul Butler

Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform
Basic Books
John Pfaff


Crown Heights
Matt Ruskin

Last Days of Solitary
Dan Edge and Lauren Mucciolo

The Blood Is at the Doorstep
Erik Ljung


“From Prison to PhD: The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones”
The Marshall Project
Eli Hager

“Trans, Teen and Homeless: On the Streets of New York With America’s Most Vulnerable Population”
Rolling Stone
Laura Rena Murray

“When Should a Child Be Taken From His Parents?”
The New Yorker          
Larissa MacFarquhar


“Ear Hustle”
Radiotopia From PRX
Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods

“Radio Replay: Crime as a Disease”
Hidden Brain, NPR
Shankar Vedantam

“Shots Fired: Part 1”
Matt Kelly


“Immigrant Prisons”
Brave New Films
Tara Vajra and Jim Miller

“Life on Parole”
Matthew O’Neill

“We Are Witnesses”
The Marshall Project
Jenny Carchman


“Blood Lines: Relatives Not Always the Best Caregivers for Foster Youth
The Chronicle of Social Change/Fostering Media Connections
Alexandria Maldonado

“Break the Cycle: The Power of Food to Interrupt the Revolving Prison Door
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Nyal Mueenuddin

“Wrong Place, Wrong Time
The Medill Justice Project
Amanda Westrich