Saturday, August 4, 2012

Associated Press honors Journal

Congratulations to the many staff editors, photographers and writers at The Providence Journal who together won 19 awards in the 2012 New England Associated Press News Executives Association contest.

The newspaper was honored for writing, investigative reporting, page design, illustration, photography and headline writing. The Journal won the prestigious Sevellon Brown Award for public service for its "Reinvent Rhode Island" series, about the state's economy (Brown, for whom the award is named, edited The Journal from 1953 to 1968). I am a member of the Reinvent team, which is headed by editor John Kostrzewa and overseen by acting executive editor Karen Bordeleau.

With photographer John Freidah, I also received a second-place enterprise award for my autumn 2011 series "War on Terror: Coming Home," about veterans of the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan. The series formed the basis for The Journal's first documentary film, Coming Home, which will be shown at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 11, at RISD's Metcalf Auditorium, as part of the 2012 Rhode Island International Film Festival.

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