Media for a Just Society Awards

The Media for a Just Society Awards are the only national recognition of media whose work furthers public understanding of adult justice, youth 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, journalism, media by a person who is incarcerated, podcast/radio, television/video, and youth media. Past winners include Kai Wright (Caught: The Lives of Juvenile Justice), Ta-Nehisi Coates (“The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration”), Jill Lepore (“Baby Doe”), Reginald Dwayne Betts (Bastards of the Reagan Era), Ava DuVernay (13th), and other illustrious journalists, writers, filmmakers, and creators.

In conjunction with the Media for a Just Society Awards, Evident Change recognizes one superlative piece of media with the Distinguished Achievement Award.

Learn about the 2023 Media for a Just Society Awards winners here. Past winners can be found here.


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