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RIPR, ProJo, Jewish Voice and Herald and RI Monthly win Metcalf Awards

April 27, 2012

Rhode Island Public Radio, the Providence Journal, the Jewish Voice and Herald and Rhode Island Monthly have been given Metcalf Awards for Diversity in the Media.

RIPR won for a series called Providence Mi Ciudad, a look at the capital city’s rising Latino Community. This work featured interviews with a wide spectrum of people from all facets of the Latino community. It came on the heels of Angel Taveras’ election as Providence’s first Latino mayor. The series was reported by Ian Donnis, Elizabeth Harrison, Flo Jonic, Megan Hall and Scott MacKay under the direction of RIPR news director Catherine Welch. This is the third consecutive year that Rhode Island’s NPR affiliate has won a Metcalf.

Elizabeth Rau, a fine reporter and writer who once worked for the ProJo, captured a Metcalf for her “honest but compassionate’’ look at students from Central Falls High School that appeared in RI Monthly.

Rick Massimo, the ProJo’s accomplished music writer, won for his story `Evoking Memories of RI’s Racial Divide’

Rabbi James Rosenberg, whose columns at the Jewish Voice and Herald should never be missed, was recognized for his columns on religious diversity. Rabbi Rosenberg is an elegant writer and clergyman known for intellectual rigor and honesty.

PsYSM, the Providence Student Youth Movement web site, won in the Internet category for its `Stop Racial Profiling’ presentation.

Paul Edward Parker and Karen Ziner of the ProJo won for a five-part series on the U.S. Census data and Rhode Island Poverty. Ziner, who has long covered immigration issues for the Journal, is a great journalist and compassionate person who has won many Metcalf awards. She seems to win just about every year!

The public is invited to the awards presentation breakfast on Tuesday, May 15 at 8 a.m. at the Providence Biltmore Hotel. Cost is $40 per person. This is the 24th year that the Metcalf Awards have been given for media excellence in reporting on diversity issues in Rhode Island. Michael P. Metcalf is the late Providence Journal publisher who took great pride in the journalistic excellence of his newspaper and worked to build bridges among Rhode Island’s diverse population groups.

For more information on the awards breakfast, contact Toby Ayers, executive director of Rhode Island Community & Justice, at or call 401-467-1717, extension 102. RICJ administers the awards.

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