Announcing This Year’s Award Winners

December 9, 2020 | by Evident Change

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Evident Change is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Media for a Just Society Awards and Distinguished Achievement Award. These annual awards recognize media that further public understanding of adult justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, and adult protection issues. We also want to recognize and congratulate the finalists for this year’s awards. You will hear more from some of the finalists and winners in the coming months, as they write blog posts for Evident Change about their work.

The Distinguished Achievement Award goes to the HBO documentary It’s a Hard Truth, Ain’t It. This film was co-directed by Dennis Brown, Marshaun Buggs, Al’Jonon Coleman, James Collins, Franklin Cox, Brandon Crider, Clifford Elswick, Quentis Hardiman, Joseph Henderson, Charles Lawrence, Herb Robertson, Rushawn Tanksley, and Mark Thacker, all of whom are incarcerated at Indiana’s Pendleton Correctional Facility; and Madeleine Sackler, a film director and producer. Our panel of guest judges chose It’s a Hard Truth for this honor.

Because our 2020 awards program included media published or produced in 2019 only, COVID-19 was not part of the narrative in any of the entries. However, the pandemic has had a major impact on those living in prisons. Sadly, two of the people we honor with these awards will never know it, as both died from COVID-19 while incarcerated. It’s a Hard Truth co-director Charles Lawrence and the author of one of our winning essays, Timothy Bazrowx, died earlier this year. We hope these awards are a fitting tribute to their lives and work.

Evident Change commends all the finalists and winners for creating media that avoid sensationalism and instead look deeper, consider trends, and offer insight. Congratulations!

We are now accepting submissions for the 2021 awards. More details are available here.