Research / Journalism Award in Community and Restorative Justice
The National Association of Community and Restorative Justice endorses, encourages and supports both well designed academic research and thorough, unbiased investigative journalism, in print or media, which explore potential or actual applications of community and restorative justice theory and/or practices that contribute to the development of safe, just and equitable communities. NACRJ periodically recognizes, at its conferences, accomplishments by academic researchers with its Research/Journalism Award.
The award shall recognize individuals, organizations or groups for an important work and/or sustained productivity in academic research (qualitative, quantitative, legal, and theoretical), or investigative journalism focused on theory construction, program evaluation, policy analysis, implementation, and impacts of restorative and/or community justice theory and practice.
- The researcher(s) being recognized must publish their research in established academic outlets (peer reviewed journals, law journals, academic books, or monographs published by university research institutes or highly regarded private research institutes).
- The central research questions explored by the research publications featured in the nomination statement must be directly relevant to restorative justice or community justice theory, application, or evaluation.
- The publication(s) featured in the nomination statement must provide a substantively relevant literature review which demonstrates, in addition to the significance of the nominee’s research, a sound understanding of theory, values, and principles of restorative justice and community justice.
- The publication(s) featured in the nomination statement must demonstrate that the researcher(s) applied relevant theory, values, and principles to inform the design or theoretical/legal exploration of the research questions being explored.
- The print or media investigative journalist (or group of journalists) being recognized must have published their article(s) in credible journalistic or media outlets that have well established reputations for maintaining high ethical standards for journalistic ethics [see the code of ethics for the Society of Professional Journalists and the Center for Investigative Reporting].
- The substantive focus of the investigative research project featured in the nomination statement must be directly relevant to restorative justice or community justice theory, application, evaluation, or impacts.
- The work(s) featured in the nomination statement must demonstrate that the journalist(s) have a sound understanding of the theory, values, and principles of restorative justice and community justice.
- The work(s) featured in the nomination statement, in its published or final form, must explore and discuss the topic in informed ways consistent with theory, values, and principles of community justice and restorative justice.