2019 Finalists

2019 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 100 nominations and submissions in six categories.


Start Here: A Road Map to Reducing Mass Incarceration
The New Press
Greg Berman and Julian Adler

The Impossible Imperative: Navigating the Competing Principles of Child Protection
Oxford University Press
Jill Duerr Berrick

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row
St. Martin’s Press
Anthony Ray Hinton


Upstander Project
Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip

Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland
David Heilbroner

The Sentence
Park Pictures/HBO
Rudy Valdez


“Cultivating a Community: A Journal Sentinel Special Report”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Greg Borowski

“You’ve Been Arrested. Will You Get Bail? Can You Pay It? It May All Depend on Your Judge”
Anna Maria Barry-Jester

“Mothers Are Incarcerated at Record Rates, Yet Prison-Nursery Beds Go Empty”
Victoria Law


Caught: The Lives of Juvenile Justice
WNYC Studios
Kai Wright

Serial Season 3
This American Life
Sarah Koenig

Ear Hustle
Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods


From Defendant to Survivor: How Courts Are Responding to Human Trafficking
Center for Court Innovation
Robert V. Wolf and William Harkins

Jim Crow Juvenile Justice
Youth First Initiative
Andy Stepanian

Juvenile Justice Reform in Virginia
The Atlantic
Nicholas Pollock


“America’s Criminal Justice System Is Failing Young People Like Me. Clean Slate Laws Are the Answer”
Teen Vogue
Peter Rezk

Back of The Class (a series)
Part 5: “The Role of Campus Police”
YR Media
Shawn Wen

Fostered or Forgotten
Teen Vogue
Johnathan Hamilton and Lucina Kayee