Kudos to Metcalf Award Winners

Congrats to the winners of Rhode Island for Community & Justice's annual Metcalf Diversity in the Media Awards, who were feted during a breakfast yesterday at the Providence Marriott.

The Journal covers the story today (although apparently not online), including how the ProJo's own Paul Davis won a Metcalf Award, his third, for his six-part 2006 series about Rhode Island's place in the slave trade. The award is named for former ProJo publisher Michael P. Metcalf, who died in a mysterious 1987 bicycle accident.

(Speaking of the slave trade, the ProJo recently detailed how Ted Widmer -- perhaps the only person in the world who bears the distinction of being a former Phoenix columnist and a former special assistant to a president -- helped to create the $50,000 George Washington Book Prize, and how one of the finalists is Charles Rappleye, the brother of WJAR-TV political reporter Bill Rappleye, for his Sons of Providence: the Brown Brothers, the Slave Trade, and the American Revolution.)

RICJ (formerly the National Conference for Community & Justice) has been generous in awarding Metcalf Awards to the Phoenix in the past. We finished out of the action this year, although the judges had kind words for last year's package about Latino and black involvement in Rhode Island politics.

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