The Criminal Justice Alliance (CJA) Annual Media Awards 2019 are generously supported by the Hadley Trust. This year we have refreshed our criteria and nominations process, as well as adding an exciting new Digital Media Champion category.

In refreshing our criteria, we have drawn on the expertise of journalists, academics and people with lived experience of the criminal justice system to define what good criminal justice media looks like. We look forward to announcing the winners at our annual Awards Ceremony in Central London on Friday 29 November.

Shortlisted nominees for the 2019 CJA Media Awards are:


Outstanding Journalism:

  • Claudia-Liza Armah and the Channel 5, 6:30 News Team, for coverage of the impact on children on the imprisonment of their mothers.


Outstanding Digital Media Champion:

  • Lady Edwina Grosvenor, for the JUSTICE podcast which explores aspects of the criminal justice system from a range of different perspectives.



Judging Panel CJA Media Awards 2019

  • Danny Shaw (BBC Home Affairs Correspondent)
  • Raphael Rowe (Investigative Reporter – Panorama, Netflix, The One Show)
  • Penelope Gibbs (Transform Justice, Author of ‘Reframing Justice’)
  • Jodie Jackson, (Author of ‘You are what you read’, Constructive Journalism Project)
  • Nadine Smith (CJA trustee, young adult)



  1. Relevant content
  • The focus must be on criminal justice such as: crime prevention, diversion, policing, courts, victim services, restorative justice, prisons and probation.
  • It must show what works, not just what is broken.
  • Demonstrates originality and relevance, including ‘hidden’ voices and issues.
  1. Challenges perceptions
  • Challenges myths and avoids stereotypes, clichés, negative terminology and sensationalism.
  • Encourages dialogue and discussion.
  1. 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.
  1. Safe and sensitive
  • Portrays individuals’ experiences authentically, humanely and sensitively.
  • Sets individuals’ experiences within a wider social policy context.
  1. 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.