Evident Change 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
Greg Berman and Julian Adler
The New Press

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

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


Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip
Upstander Project

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

The Sentence
Rudy Valdez
Park Pictures/HBO


“Cultivating a Community: A Journal Sentinel Special Report”
James E. Causey and Angela Peterson
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“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
Kai Wright
WNYC Studios

Serial Season 3
Sarah Koenig and Emmanuel Dzotsi
Serial Productions

Ear Hustle
Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods


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

Jim Crow Juvenile Justice
Andy Stepanian
Youth First Initiative

Juvenile Justice Reform in Virginia
Robert V. Wolf and William Harkins
The Atlantic


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

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

Fostered or Forgotten
Johnathan Hamilton and Lucina Kayee
Teen Vogue