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PBN honored for flood coverage, as Journal dominates R.I. Press awards

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PROVIDENCE – Providence Business News captured second place for its coverage of the March 2010 floods in the 2010 Rhode Island Press Association’s editorial contest, which were presented at the group’s annual meeting Friday night in North Kingstown.

The judges for the contest, members of the New Mexico Press Association, noted that PBN’s month’s-long approach showed “great integration of online and print content [with] a few surprising stories [and] lots of contact information for those affected.”

The Providence Journal collected 12 first place awards, including for its coverage of the 2010 elections, a special NCAA basketball tournament special section and investigative/analytical news story or series for work on insider deals in Central Falls.

Also garnering multiple first-place awards were Your Smithfield Magazine (with four), the Newport Daily News (two) and the Westerly Sun (two).

The Journal won a total of 25 awards at the 125-year-old organization’s annual competition, outpacing the dozen won by Sherman Publishing (which includes the Newport Daily News, the Northeast Independent, the South County Independent and Newport Life magazine) and the Southern Rhode Island newspaper chain, which grabbed 10 awards at its Woonsocket Call, Pawtucket Times, North Kingstown Standard Times, Narragansett Times and Chariho Times newspapers.

In addition to awarding journalism from the previous year, the association inducted three more journalists into the RIPA Hall of Fame:

  • Kimball W. Burgess, retired publisher of Observer Publications in Greenville.

  • Linda Lotridge Levin, chairwoman of the University of Rhode Island journalism department.

  • Carol J. Young, retired deputy executive editor at the Providence Journal.

The organization also elected officers for the coming year during the event:

  • President – Mark S. Murphy, editor of Providence Business News.

  • Vice president – Jill Rodrigues, editor of the Bristol Phoenix.

  • Treasurer – Nancy Kirsch, executive editor of the Jewish Voice & Herald.

  • Secretary – Linda Lotridge Levin, chairwoman, URI Department of Journalism.

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