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, radio, television/video, and youth media. Past winners include author Jesmyn Ward (Men We Reaped: A Memoir), journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates ("The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration"), David Simon (HBO’s The Wire), filmmaker Ava DuVernay (13th), and other illustrious journalists, writers, and filmmakers.
Learn about our 2018 finalists here.