Rhode Island Public Radio led the pack at the 29th annual Metcalf Awards for journalistic excellence in reporting matters of diversity in ways that inspire, engage and empower. The awards are organized and presented by Rhode Island for Community & Justice (RIJC).
RIPR won in two categories -- Broadcast Radio and Advocacy. The `Speaking Across Difference’ series of conversations, done by the station’s newsroom, presented conversations with Rhode Islanders who have bridged divides and differences through friendships and relationships.
In the advocacy category, RIPR won for reporting on the `St. George’s Loophole’ by John Bender, Chuck Hinman and news director Elisabeth Harrison. Their multi-part series on sexual abuse at the St. George’s perp school revealed a loophole in Rhode Island’s child abuse laws, prompting advocates and state lawmakers to change the law to require reporting alleged sexual abuse.
The Providence Journal won in the print daily category for `Saving Rob’ by reporter G. Wayne Miller on the DCYF foster care crisis in Rhode Island.
Latino Public Radio won the community award for a series by Vanessa Toledo-Vickers of the Academy for Career Exploration for a series on how the high school is reshaping its educational approach to preparing youths for a 21st Century Workplace.
Rhode Island Monthly won for a story by Casey Nilsson entitled `They’ve All Come to Look For America’ about a Syrian refugee family living in the Ocean State and the challenges they encounter.
Jim Vincent, president of the Providence chapter of the NAACP won for his work on the Jim Vincent Show on the `Effect of Elections’ in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election on diverse communities. The shows ran on Providence PEG and CW28.
The Metcalf Awards were established 29 years ago to honor the memory of Michael Metcalf, the publisher of the Providence Journal who died in a tragic bicycle accident. Metcalf was known for his integrity and devotion to journalistic excellence.
The awards will be presented at a breakfast celebration at the Providence Biltmore Hotel on Wednesday, May 17 at 8 a.m. Tickets are $40 each. For information or to purchase tickets visit www.rijc.org or call 401-467-1717.