NCCD Now: Media for a Just Society

NCCD Now: Media for a Just Society

September 2, 2014 | Danielle Stewart, Communications Coordinator, NCCD

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We’ve all heard stories that change us—stories that reveal truths about the world that make us want to do something, to be engaged, to act.

Each year, through NCCD’s Media for a Just Society Awards, we recognize outstanding journalists, artists, and creators who tell the stories we need to hear to help us create social change and right injustice.

We’ve all heard stories that change us—stories that reveal truths about the world that make us want to do something, to be engaged, to act.

Each year, through NCCD’s Media for a Just Society Awards, we recognize outstanding journalists, artists, and creators who tell the stories we need to hear to help us create social change and right injustice.

This year, our judges reviewed the powerful work of over 150 nominees in eight categories across the full range of creative and journalistic media.

Our eight winners include author Jesmyn Ward for her book Men We Reaped: A Memoir, recounting her observations on race and the experience of black men in the modern American South, and director Dawn Porter for her documentary Gideon’s Army, portraying three young lawyers who work with few resources to truly provide “justice for all.”

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

As part of these awards, each year NCCD recognizes one outstanding work that changes the dialogue around a critical social justice issue. This year’s Distinguished Achievement Award winner is filmmaker Ryan Coogler for his film Fruitvale Station, which portrayed the events leading up to the death of Oscar Grant, an African-American boy shot by a police officer in a subway station in Oakland in 2009. The story of Oscar Grant is one in a long list of similar tragedies that have caused a collective demand for justice and a desire to change our nation for the better.

In the coming weeks, we will go behind the scenes with this year’s finalists and winners. We will link blog posts here as they go live up until the awards ceremony on October 15.

We congratulate this year’s winners and thank them for the crucial work they do to tell the stories that guide us all to a more just and equitable future.

Blog posts will be listed here as they go live:

Dawn Porter, director of the film Gideon’s Army: Why We Need Public Defenders

Ali Budner and Martina Castro, reporters, KALW: Radical Response: The Oakland 911 System

Tracey Quezada, director of You and Me and the Fruit Trees: Activism Through Film: Ending Child Sexual Abuse

Brickson Diamond, Chair of the Blackhouse Foundation: Independent Film: A Force for Change

Jill Tucker, Education Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle: Seeing Children Instead of Statistics

Jordan Melograna, Content Director, Brave New Films: Our Turn to Dream

Raelene Holmes-Andrews: Life Under Suspicion

Heather Ann Thompson, Professor, Temple University: Undoing our Distorted Democracy: Weighing in on American Justice Policy in the 2016 Election and Beyond