What Role Do the Media Play in Social Justice?
By National Counci..., September 16 2013
We’ve all had the experience of being captivated by a sensational story of a harrowing crime. Television shows, movies, articles, and books about these statistically rare events grab our attention and grip us in fear. They feed the idea that catching only the few very bad people and locking them up for life is the bulk of what the justice system does.
Reality is far more complex, of course. From mass incarceration for nonviolent crimes to overrepresentation of black people in the justice system, there are thousands of stories that deserve to be told, not just because they are real people’s experiences but because they raise questions that we as a society need to face.
It is the media’ s role and responsibility to tell the stories we as citizens need to hear. When stories are compelling and accurate, they move us to think more deeply, connect with those we might have not felt connected to, and act to change our world.
That’s why each year, through our Media for a Just Society Awards, the National Council on Crime and Delinquency recognizes those individuals in the media whose work furthers public understanding of criminal justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, and adult protection issues. The winners of the 2013 MJS Awards competed against over 100 other nominees in the categories of film, book, magazine, newspaper, radio, TV/video, and web. This month, NCCD is featuring many MJS winners in a special blog series. Through these posts, we will learn about the impetus for their work, the challenges of its creation, and what these issues mean to them.
Topics: Juvenile Justice Reform, Media, No bio box