NCCD Now: Media for a Just Society

NCCD Now: Media for a Just Society

October 4, 2015 | NCCD

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Stories have a central role in our lives. From the cradle on, they shape our principles, our behavior, and our aspirations.

More than ever, our society looks to the media for the important stories we need to hear to understand—and change—our world. This is why NCCD has long recognized outstanding portrayals of the systems we work in and the people whose lives they touch.

Stories have a central role in our lives. From the cradle on, they shape our principles, our behavior, and our aspirations.

More than ever, our society looks to the media for the important stories we need to hear to understand—and change—our world. This is why NCCD has long recognized outstanding portrayals of the systems we work in and the people whose lives they touch.

This year’s Media for a Just Society Award winners represent voices who are telling stories that the world needs to hear. Our guest judges reviewed the powerful work of over 150 nominees in seven categories: book, film, TV/video, radio, print/online journalism (longform and shortform), and youth media.

Our winners this year include renowned author and MacArthur “Genius” grant winner Ta-Nehisi Coates for his seminal Atlantic article, “The Case for Reparations,” and White House Champion of Change Nell Bernstein for her book, Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison.

To see the full list of this year’s winners, click here.

In the coming weeks, we will hear from this year’s winners and finalists about the inspiration behind their work. Also watch for the announcement of this year’s Distinguished Achievement Award winner, as well as upcoming Media for a Just Society–related events.

Congratulations to this year’s winners on their achievements and the important work they do to create the just and equitable society we all desire and deserve!

Blog posts will be listed here as they go live:

Imperial Dreams: Hope From the Chaos by Malik Vitthal, Director – 2015 MJS Winner

Amplifying Youth Voices on Criminal Justice by Brett Myers, Senior Producer, Youth Radio – 2015 MJS Finalist

F R E E  by Suzanne LaFetra, Co-Director – 2015 MJS Finalist

Rationalizing the Deaths of Unarmed Black Men: From Ferguson to Boston by Philip Martin, Author – 2015 MJS Finalist

Changing Reality: The Movement to End Solitary Confinement by Victoria Law, Author – 2015 MJS Finalist

The Point of Literature by Marc Kornblatt, Director/Producer – 2015 MJS Finalist

The True End of Mass Incarceration by Jonathan Simon, Author – 2015 MJS Finalist

Rehabilitation Versus Retribution: Juvenile Justice System Reform by Nadine Pequeneza, Producer – 2015 MJS Finalist

Paying for It: The Making of Guilty and Charged by Joseph Shapiro, Producer – 2015 MJS Finalist

Media for a Just Society Awards: Acceptance Videos and 2016 Call for Entries