Rhode Island Monthly Wins Metcalf Award for Diversity in the Media
The Metcalf Awards for Diversity in the Media were held this morning at the Biltmore Hotel, and we’re proud to report that Rhode Island Monthly won the print/monthly category for Elizabeth Rau’s story, "In a Class by Themselves," which appeared in the April 2011 issue. The story examines the issues faced by students at Central Falls High School and the way that students, and the school, strive for success.
The Metcalf Award is organized by Rhode Island for Community & Justice (RICJ), a non-profit dedicated to fighting bigotry and promoting understanding between all races, religions and cultures. Established in 1988 to posthumously honor Michael Metcalf, publisher of The Providence Journal, this award program educates about the media's centrality in our lives, and its power to offer insights and information about the communities comprising our state in ways that dispel stereotypes and promote understanding.
Today’s awards presentation recognized journalists and media that do an outstanding job of showcasing the diversity of our region through stories that inspire and engage the public.
Writer Elizabeth Rau and Rhode Island Monthly editor Sarah Francis attended the awards ceremony this morning, but it was the Central Falls High School student who was featured in the article, Yessica Galdamez, who accepted the award on behalf of the magazine. She and her parents also attended the breakfast (pictured).
Rhode Island Monthly adds this honor to the sixteen awards we also received earlier this month from the Rhode Island Press Association.