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The Society of Professional
Journalists has announced its Region 1 Mark of Excellence Awards, recognizing the
best collegiate journalism in Region 1, which is Connecticut, Maine,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Central and Eastern
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Regional winners will then compete at
the national level with top winners to be announced late spring.
Two winners were named in
Newspapers – In-depth
Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Caught in Rhode
Island – by The College Hill Independent staff, Brown University – April, 2019
Newspapers – Art/Graphics
– General News Photography (Small)
Winner: Photo – June Speakman
sweeps primary – by Kayla Ebner, Roger Williams University – The Hawks’ Herald
– Feb. 2019
All awards are listed here: https://www.spj.org/news.asp?utm_sq=gd5eaxxhbw&ref=1706&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=spj-tweets&utm_content=pressreleases
The College Hill
Caught in Rhode Island – An
investigation into how court fees and fines trap low-income Rhode Islanders in
Anderson, Harry August, Matt Ishimaru, Olivia Kan-Sperling, Sophie Khomtchenko,
Alina Kulman, Julia Rock, Nick Roblee-Strauss, and Lucas Smolcic Larson.
Illustration by Pia Mileaf-Patel.
The award winning article
is an in-depth look at “a two-tiered justice system in Rhode Island and across
the country – the well-off easily pay court costs, dodging prison and further
involvement with the legal system, while low-income defendants,
disproportionately people of color, are cast headlong into a cycle of debt.
Often, these individuals must choose between meeting basic expenses, like rent,
and paying the courts to avoid being locked up. Within a criminal justice
system that time and time again produces punitive outcomes for low-income
communities, subjecting them to harsh policing and incarceration, fees and
fines are a quiet but far-reaching burden”.
Read the full story, here:
The Hawk’s Herald – Roger Williams
June Speakman sweeps primary – by Kayla Ebner, Roger Williams University
June Speakman secured the Democratic nominee slot in
the primary for State Representative of District 68 (Bristol/Warren) with 73
percent of the votes, beating opponent Richard Ruggiero.
Here is the link to the full
story and photo:
RINewsToday is a member of the national Society of Professional Journalists – we congratulate all of our Rhode Island journalists!