The CJA Awards, generously supported by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, celebrate the outstanding individuals, organisations and journalists/broadcasters working to make the criminal justice system fairer and more effective. There are two parts to the CJA Awards: the Sector Awards and Media Awards.
The annual CJA Awards event was … a stand-out moment in terms of helping reframe the media narrative and celebrate best practice. Importantly, the event was acknowledged for engaging key journalists and a member summed up its positive impact as setting the gold standard and showing the sector what can be done.
The Jack Merritt Legacy Award recognises outstanding work for racial equality.
The winner of the Jack Merritt Legacy Award receives £1,000.
The runner-up of the Jack Merritt Legacy Award receives £500.
Winning the Saskia Jones Legacy Award was an honour and to hear from her family made me feel so humble.The recognition of hard work and efforts will forever be something we need – it inspires and motivates change.
Jenni Steele, Founder of Project Yana CIC, Winner of The Saskia Jones Legacy Award for Victim Services 2021
The Outstanding Documentary Award celebrates the documentary makers who have improved understanding and challenged misperceptions of criminal justice.
What I valued in somany of thenominations was theability of thejournaliststo take anindividual story andanduseittotell a muchbigger story aboutsocialchallengesandsystemicfailings. Andsometimes even successesandsolutions. Through the Media AwardstheCJA are setting the bar for safe, fair andpowerfulreporting of criminaljustice issues.
Judge of the CJA Media Awards 2021
Criteria for the CJA Awards
The work of nominees for the CJA Awards must be focused on criminal justice, such as crime prevention, diversion, policing, courts, victim services, restorative justice, prisons and probation.
The CJA Sector Awards Criteria
Contribution to a fairer and more effective criminal justice system
Delivers services which improve outcomes for people impacted by the criminal justice system and/or focuses on producing systemic change. This may include: training others, working with the media, campaigning, influencing policy or practice.
Demonstration of impact
Able to refer to examples of the impact of their work on a fairer and more effective criminal justice system.
Usefulness of prize
Describes a valuable and meaningful way in which the prize money would be spent, through improving their own work and/or the criminal justice system.
The CJA Media Awards Criteria
Demonstrates originality and relevance, including ‘hidden’ voices and issues.
It must show what works, not just what is broken.
Challenges myths and avoids stereotypes, clichés, negative terminology and sensationalism.
Encourages dialogue and discussion.
Well-crafted and responsibly sourced
Must be well researched, accurate and based on evidence with credible sources.
Engaging, persuasive and appropriate for the audience for which it was intended.
Safe and sensitive
Portrays individuals’ experiences authentically, humanely and sensitively.
Sets individuals’ experiences within a wider social policy context.
Reach and impact
Influences and inspires people to think differently, care about the issue and take positive action.
Consideration will be given to the audience reached in terms of number and / or a demographic likely to be less well informed about criminal justice and/or those who are able to make positive change in the system and/or those who are affected by the criminal justice system.